Mortgage Settlement Monitor "Progress" Report Gooses Numbers to Hide Lack of Real Relief to Homeowners
2012-11-20 — nakedcapitalism.com
As we and others have written at considerable length, the mortgage settlement was a big exercise in optics. The $26.1 billion number sounds impressive until you compare it to the size of the housing market and the damage done to homeowners. 40% of the value of the settlement can come from junk credits, things the banks would have done anyhow or should be doing in the normal course of business, like razing vacant homes, short sales, and giving homes to charities.
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