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In the Wake of Enforcement Actions Against Mortgage Servicers, Brown Introduces Bill to Keep...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - April 14, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- In the wake of a settlement between 14 U.S. mortgage servicers and foreclosed homeowners, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced landmark legislation to prevent future servicer fraud and errors, improve foreclosure counseling and prevention, and reform oversight of mortgage-based investing.

Investigation by Cuyahoga County Mortgage Fraud Task Force Resulted in the Indictment of Daniel...

CLEVELAND, OH - April 1, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- County Prosecutor Bill Mason and the Cuyahoga County Mortgage Fraud Task Force operating under authorization of Ohio Attorney General and Ohio's Organized Crime Investigations Commission announced that Daniel R. Hagen was indicted on five counts of mortgage fraud offenses including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. Arraignment is scheduled April 12, 2011.

Brown at Banking Committee Hearing: Use Federal Resources to Keep Families in Their Homes...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 15, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) attended a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs today entitled ‘The Administration’s Report to Congress: Reforming America’s Housing Finance Market.’ The hearing examined the progress the Obama Administration has made in reforming the mortgage During the hearing, Sen. Brown announced that he would file legislation to help Ohio homeowners avoid foreclosure through both affordable mortgage modifications.

Cuyahoga County Mortgage Fraud Task Force Announces Indictment of Donna Sherman, Owner of Sherman...

CLEVELAND, OH - March 15, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- County Prosecutor Bill Mason and the Cuyahoga County Mortgage Fraud Task Force operating under authorization of Ohio Attorney General and Ohio's Organized Crime Investigations Commission announced a 46 count indictment against Donna Sherman and her title company, Sherman Title Agency, located in Northfield, Ohio.

Fred Loewinger of Fast Mortgage Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

CLEVELAND, OH - February 17, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- County Prosecutor Bill Mason and the Cuyahoga County Mortgage Fraud Task Force operating under authorization of Ohio Attorney General’s Office and Ohio's Organized Crime Investigations Commission announced that Fred Loewinger was sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to pay $1.4 million in restitution. Co-defendant Mitchel Petti was found guilty at trial of 13 felony mortgage fraud charges and will be sentenced March 14, 2011.

Jeffrey St. Martin Sentenced to Six Years In Prison

CLEVELAND, OH - January 19, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- County Prosecutor Bill Mason and the Cuyahoga County Mortgage Fraud Task Force operating under authorization of Ohio Attorney General's Office and Ohio's Organized Crime Investigations Commission announced that Jeffrey St. Martin was sentenced to six years in prison. He was ordered to pay $3,089,750 in restitution and $30,000 in forfeiture

Sen. Brown Urges Fed to Maintain Key Protection for Homeowners

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 4, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and five of his Senate Banking Committee colleagues urged the Federal Reserve to reconsider proposed rules that would eliminate the ability of homeowners to stop foreclosures and rescind predatory home loans. The proposed rule would prevent homeowners from cancelling mortgages that violate the Truth in Lending Act

Boehner: Eye-Opening Report Details Gov’t Mortgage Companies’ Role in Financial Meltdown

Washington, DC - December 16, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- House Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following statement in response to a report released by the Republican commissioners on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) regarding the causes of the financial crisis:

OHFA LAUNCHES THE NEW HOME SWEET HOME PROGRAM

COLUMBUS, OH - November 23, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) today announced the launch of the New Home Sweet Home Program that allows homebuyers to obtain a conditional loan reservation to lock their mortgage interest rate during new-home construction. The New Home Sweet Home Program is an extended lock option for homebuyers who purchase a new home and want to use OHFA's first-time homebuyer programs. By allowing for a conditional loan reservation, a lender can offer a rate lock for up to 180 days while a builder completes the construction of the home. The interest rate at the time of reservation will be set at .25% higher than OHFA's standard rate which is currently 4.25% for unassisted loans and 4.75% for loans with down payment assistance.

Sen. Brown at Banking Committee Hearing on Foreclosures: Mortgage Servicers Akin to Predatory Lenders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 17, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) attended a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs today entitled ‘Problems in Mortgage Servicing from Modification to Foreclosure.’ The hearing examined the role that the nation’s largest banks have played in exacerbating the foreclosure crisis in Ohio. Yesterday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report requested by Brown on the practice of "abandoned foreclosures," also commonly referred to as "bank walkaways."

Following Sen. Brown Request, New Report Examines How Bank Foreclosure Practices Exacerbate Neighborhood Blight

WASHINGTON, DC - November 15, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report requested by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, Chairman of the Economic Policy Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, on the practice of "abandoned foreclosures," also commonly referred to as "bank walkaways." This is the practice whereby banks decline to take possession of properties after initiating the foreclosure process, most often because the costs — from legal fees to maintenance — exceed the value of the real estate

Ohio Real Estate Agent Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Mortgage and Tax...

COLUMBUS, OH - November 11, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Todd M. Gongwer, of Columbus, Ohio, was sentenced today to two years in prison for conspiring with convicted Columbus area home builder Thomas Parenteau to commit a mortgage fraud scheme in which the pair defrauded banks into lending more than $10 million to Gongwer, his nominees and unqualified borrowers, the Justice Department announced today. Gongwer was also sentenced for committing tax evasion by using bank accounts of others to hide the income that he earned from ReMax Affiliates from 2000 through 2005

Ohio Joins Multi-State Investigation of Foreclosure Problems

COLUMBUS, OH - October 13, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, who recently filed the first lawsuit in the nation against a mortgage servicer over fraudulent affidavits filed in foreclosure cases, announced today that his office is joining with other state attorneys general in a multi-state investigation of these practices."This is the clearest signal yet to the major mortgage lenders and servicers that they need to take serious measures to fix problems with affidavits," Cordray said. "What we have seen are not mere technicalities, as some suggest; rather, this is about the private property rights of homeowners facing foreclosure and the integrity of our court system, which cannot enter judgments based on fraudulent evidence.

OHFA reduces mortgage interest rates on fixed-rate financing to the lowest in the agency’s...

COLUMBUS, OH - September 13, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) today reduced mortgage interest rates on loans through its First-Time Homebuyer Program to the lowest rates in the Agency's history.

Ohio Hardest-Hit Fund (Ohio HHF) plan approved by U.S. Department of Treasury

COLUMBUS, OH - August 4, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The U.S. Department of Treasury today announced the approval of the Ohio Hardest-Hit Fund (Ohio HHF) plan.

Kucinich Blisters JP Morgan Chase’s Home Finance CEO

Washington, DC - June 24, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today continued his relentless efforts on behalf of Cleveland area homeowners during a hearing examining the efficacy of the Administration’s centerpiece program to assist borrowers seeking modifications of their mortgages.

Mark Kellogg Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Operating a $5.8 Million Mortgage...

CLEVELAND, OH - May 21, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- County Prosecutor Bill Mason and the Cuyahoga County Mortgage Fraud Task Force operating under authorization of Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray and Ohio’s Organized Crime Investigations Commission announced that Mark Kellogg was sentenced to 14 years on May 19, 2010 for operating a large mortgage fraud scheme in Slavic Village. Kellogg was ordered to pay restitution of $5,831,500 to lenders and $186,715 to 109 neighbors who sold properties located on the same city block as the foreclosures resulting from mortgage fraud

Cordray Statement on Sentencing of Mortgage Broker

COLUMBUS, OH - May 19, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- In a case symbolic of the nation’s foreclosure crisis, a mortgage broker was sentenced today in Cuyahoga County for orchestrating a mortgage fraud scheme that involved $5.8 million in bogus loans and 78 homes in Cleveland’s Slavic Village.

OHFA seeks nominations for outstanding homeownership programs

COLUMBUS, OH - April 14, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) is the leader in developing effective programs that strengthen Ohio communities and address affordable housing needs throughout the state. OHFA is recognizing the best in innovative and quality initiatives across the affordable housing industry with the Spirit of Homeowner Excellence Awards (SHEAs).

Investigation by Federal, State and Local Task Force Leads to Mortgage Fraud Charges Against...

CINCINNATI, OH - January 29, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- A two-year investigation by the Greater Cincinnati Mortgage Fraud Task Force has resulted in a seven-count indictment charging two Cincinnati area home builders, a former Huntington National Bank vice president, and a self-employed tax preparer and interior designer with participating in a mortgage fraud scheme to sell four high-end luxury properties to “straw buyers.”

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Affordable Housing Out Of Reach for Low-Income Families in Ohio

Report Demonstrates Need To Expand Ohio Housing Trust Fund WASHINGTON, D.C. - (RealEstateRama) -- Ohioans need to earn at least $14.45 an hour in order...

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High Standards of Professional Conduct Apply to Insurance Needs of Ohio...

Purchasing a home or business property is a time of joy, excitement and inevitably stress generated by the work and by the unfamiliarity buyers have with the layers of demands from loan calculations to insurance commitments being thrust at them. The Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI) may help by providing information about the various insurance types and also through its rigorous regulation of insurance agents, Jillian Froment, ODI director, said.