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Predatory Lending Schemes and Scams

Beware Of Predatory Lending Schemes

Most mortgage lenders are reputable and provide a valuable service by allowing families to own a home without saving the thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars necessary to buy it outright. However, a few, unscrupulous lenders, especially those who make high risk second mortgages, engage in predatory lending practices that can increase the likelihood that a borrower will lose his or her home to foreclosure. These abusive practices include making a mortgage loan to an individual who does not have the income to repay it, charging excessive interest, points and fees or repeatedly refinancing a loan without providing any real value to the borrower.

Borrowers facing unemployment and/or foreclosure are frequent targets of predatory lenders because they are desperate to find any "solution" to their default.

Homeowners frequently receive refinance offers in the mail telling them that they have been "pre-approved" for credit based on the equity in their home. When you are wondering how you are going to pay your mortgage and other bills, it may appear very attractive to borrow against your house. But consider this, if you cannot make your current payments, increasing your debt, even if you get some temporary cash, will make it harder to keep your home.

Beware of Scams:

  • Equity skimming: a buyer offers to repay the mortgage or sell the property if you sign over the deed and move out.
  • Phony counseling agencies. Some groups calling themselves "counseling agencies" may approach you and offer to perform certain services for a fee. These could well be services you could do for yourself for free, such as negotiating a new payment plan with your lender, or pursuing a pre-foreclosure sale. If you have any doubt about paying for such services, call a HUD-approved housing counseling agency at (800) 569-4287 or TDD (800) 877-8339. Do this before you pay anyone or sign anything. Don't sign any papers you don't fully understand.
  • Make sure you get all "promises" in writing.
  • Beware of any contract of sale of loan assumption where you are not formally released from liability for your mortgage debt.
  • Check with a lawyer or your mortgage company before entering into any deal involving your home.
  • If you're selling the house yourself to avoid foreclosure, check to see if there are any complaints against the prospective buyer. You can contact the Arizona Office of the Attorney General Consumer Fraud Unit for this type of information.
  • Do not sign anything you do not understand. It is your right and duty to ask questions.
  • Information is your best defense against becoming a victim of predatory lending especially for a desperate homeowner! 

Where to Report Suspected Predatory Lending – homeowners can contact the Arizona Office of the Attorney General, or call 1(800) 352-8431 to get information on what steps to take to file a complaint. You may also want to look at Predatory Lending Brochure from the Office of the Attorney General. 

For more information about Predatory Lending go to:

HUD's Predatory Lending Web Site

Attached Document
.pdf Predatory Lending Schemes and Scams


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  • My husband recently lost his job after working for the company for 10 years they let him go, we couldn’t afford the payment on the house with my pay so we contacted our mortgage they made partial payment plan for us for 12months so we don’t loose our home after some long time of searching for job my husband and used up all the credit cards so we couldn’t pay them all of so we filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy after that my husband found a job and we contacted our WF mortgage loan to start the payment process next thing i know ee got motion filed with the court to forclose our home what should
  • When does a foreclosure come off a credit report? Seven years from the date the loan went into foreclosure, from the date of last payment or from the date of the sale at auction?
  • I'm renting a home for the last 7-8 years ,and now I found out its going into foreclosure .Do I still need to pay rent,and would like to know what my options are thank you.
  • We received a tro from district court on our foreclosure it was mysteriously remanded to state court then dismissed by state court we are under appeal to 9th circuit. It turns out opposing counsel clerked for judge at the AZ supreme court and US court of appeals for the ninth circuit. Neither the judge or opposing counsel disclosed there past relationship! Is this not a conflict of interest? Is the judge not required to disclose there past relationship? Is the lawyer not required to disclose there past relationship? Is it of any use in a dismissal?
  • Last year we fell behind on our home payments. We tried to work with the lender for months, Instead they set a foreclosure date. We only owe $265,000 plus the arrears on our home which is now appraising at $422k. We were forced to file Ch. 13 in order to stop the foreclosure and save our equity. My spouse now has a high income job offer out of state. We want to rent out our home instead of selling & dismiss the BK but still owe over $18k in arrears. With our bad credit due to the BK, what are our options for getting a loan to pay the arrears? Our home will rent for $2800 and our payment is 2k.
  • My father took out a reverse mortgage. The house appraised @ $320k, they wrote him a line of credit for $425. Thankfully he didn't use all of this money. Is this considered preditory?
  • Is a single unit in a large condominium complex treated the same as a single family residence under the AZ anti-deficiency statutes?
  • I have a balloon payment due this November. And I believe my house isn't even worth what I owe at this point. Is someone willing to lend in these cases? Should I be shopping for a fefinance this early? I know we are negative, but we love our house and know it will rebound one day, just need to get through this hard time. Any idea's? Thanks, Tomm
  • My house is in foreclosure, what financial damage will happen to me during and after the foreclosure of my home? Will I be responsible for the difference if the foreclosure is less than the mortgage on the home? Can this foreclosure effect my license as a LCDC counselor granted through the State of Texas?
  • A sibling had a piece of land that was sold in a trustee's sale in June 2016 . It was 2.55 acres and had no single family residence. I am clear that it doesn't fall under the deficiency exemption because of the size of the lot and no home. Since it's been over 90 days, is it safe to say there will be no legal recourse? Can they still send the debt to ordinary collections agent? Thank you

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