More than 21,000 North Carolinians will get checks this month totaling $30.6 million as part of a landmark agreement reached last year with the nation's five largest mortgage servicers, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper announced.
Consumers who submitted a valid foreclosure payment claim through the National Mortgage Settlement will receive approximately $1,480 each. Checks will be mailed between June 10 and 17.
"Many people lost their homes through foreclosures done wrong," Cooper said."While these payments can't make up for the loss of a home, they do put money back in deserving consumers' pockets."
Eligible consumers had their mortgage serviced by one of the settlement's five participating banks, lost their home to foreclosure between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2011, and submitted a valid claim form. The participating banks are Ally (formerly GMAC), Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo.
The funds are part of a $37 billion national settlement to reform mortgages and prevent foreclosure abuses, which includes $338 million in help for North Carolina homeowners. Preliminary data from the independent settlement monitor shows that the banks have so far provided approximately $50 billion in direct settlement relief to consumers nationwide including through principal reductions, short sales, and loan modifications.
"This landmark agreement is preventing unfair foreclosures, helping people keep their homes, and stabilizing home values here in North Carolina and across the country," Cooper said.
Benefits of the settlement to North Carolina communities include: more housing counselors, financial fraud investigators and prosecutors; new rules to prohibit many past foreclosure abuses, such as robo-signing and inadequate documentation; and prevention of unnecessary and improper foreclosures.
The settlement set aside $1.5 billion to help compensate borrowers across the country for foreclosure and mortgage servicing abuses. Nationally, 962,278 eligible consumers will receive checks through the settlement.
Some consumers will not receive a check in the initial mailing or will receive a split payment for the following reasons:
- In situations where borrowers are divorced or separated and no longer live at the same address, the payment will be evenly split between the borrowers.
- Consumers who submitted a claim form but do not have a valid Social Security number on file will be delayed in receiving their payments while tax-related issues are addressed.
- Two servicers recently identified an additional 31,000 consumers who may be eligible for payments. These consumers will receive a notice later this summer and will have the opportunity to submit a payment application.
Every consumer who filed a claim will receive a letter regarding their outcome. Consumers with questions about their payment should call settlement administrator Rust Consulting at 1-866-430-8358.