One of the largest consumer financial protection settlements occurred earlier this year and as a result, Florida homeowners received more than $3.6 billion in mortgage relief. Between March 1st and September 30th, more than 309,000 borrowers across the nation received some sort of mortgage relief. According to a report by Joseph Smith who monitors the settlement, the average relief per homeowner was about $84,385. As of September 30th, approximately 48,998 Floridians have received relief. On average, Floridians received $73,663, which is about $10,700 less than borrowers in other states.
The settlement was between 49 states and the five largest mortgage lenders for a total of $26.1 billion. According to Smith, around $13.1 billion of that relief came in the form of short sales. Banks have cut homeowners’ mortgage balances nationwide by $6.3 billion as a part of the settlement. Refinancing home loans accounted for approximately $1.4 billion. Banks participated in trial loan modifications equivalent to $4.2 billion. Also, as part of the settlement, banks erased $2.6 billion in first-lien loans and $2.8 billion in second-lien loans.
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