Busted: Bankers and The Global Economy

May 19, 2008

Mortgage Vultures and Congress

In a recent hearing on mortgage servicing, Senators probed Countrywide Mortgage on exactly how mortgage servicers make their profits. Servicers earn revenue through a fee that is a percentage of the mortgage, float income from interest on temporarily-held funds, and through retained fees like late charges and other fees paid by borrowers.

Senator Charles Schumer described the addition of these fees as “piling on”. Mr. Schumer is convinced that a “vulture mentality” is developing among mortgage servicers as defaults rise. Senator Schumer called Steve Bailey of Countrywide to task for attempting to deny that mortgage servicers profit everyday from delinquent homeowners, even when borrowers and loan holders might benefit if the family retained its home, rather than struggle to pay an avalanche of default costs. (more…)

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