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As industry insiders have known for a long time, when it comes to getting a loan modification working with a bank tends to be easier than working with a loan servicing company. This is partially because loan servicing companies have less authority to make decisions about modifications. But it is also partially due to laziness and/or ineptitude in other cases. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner promised to do more to crack down on loan servicers that aren’t doing enough to help people avoid foreclosure. Here is a bit from a recent Reuters article on the topic:

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Thursday slammed mortgage service companies for failing to do enough to help Americans avoid losing their homes and promised to crack down on shoddy practices.

“We do not believe servicers are doing enough to help homeowners — not doing enough to help them navigate the difficult and frightening process of avoiding foreclosure,” Geithner said in prepared remarks for delivery to a Senate appropriations subcommittee.

He said Treasury was “troubled” by reports that servicers had done things like foreclose on homeowners who were potentially eligible for relief under the government’s Home Affordable Mortgage Program, lost documents or claimed to have done so and even steered troubled homeowners away from available assistance.

“None of this is acceptable,” Geithner said, adding that Treasury was doing “targeted, in-depth compliance reviews” to make sure that servicers were acting in good faith.

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