New Obstacles on the Course: State Foreclosure Laws Continue to Complicate Mortgage Loan Servicing

By: Nanci L. Weissgold and Morey E. Barnes Yost

It is no secret that the housing crisis is a drag on the economy for which there appears to be no quick and easy fix.  President Obama’s recent announcement that his administration would revise the underutilized Home Affordable Refinance Program (“HARP”) in the hopes of assisting underwater borrowers was the latest federal effort to assist homeowners during the ongoing financial crisis.  As has been the case with each previous federal effort, the HARP announcement comes on the heels of ever more inventive – and, for servicers, expensive – state and local legislative initiatives with the same ends. 

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