Senator Asks Countrywide to Stop Bad Lending

August 29, 2007 No Comments »

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer asked Countrywide Financial Corp. to lower interest rates, stop steering homeowners towards risky loans, and to waive prepayment penalties as a means to help homeowners refinance.

Schumer asked the nation’s largest mortgage lender to stop charging “above-market fees” that he felt took advantage of unknowing borrowers.

He also felt Countrywide was pushing mortgage brokers to put homeowners into risky loan programs by offering higher associated commissions.

Additionally, Schumer wants Countrywide to waive prepayment penalties, which restrict homeowners from refinancing or selling their homes in a given time period.

It’s quite common for a loan to have a prepayment period of 3-5 years, which prevents a homeowner from refinancing or selling without being hit with a hefty fee.

The typical prepayment penalty is 80% of six months interest, which often adds up to a significantly large sum.

Though it should be noted that prepays typically allow homeowners to secure lower mortgage rates, and homeowners should be aware of the implications upon signing loan documents.

Leave A Response