On Thursday, the federal government reached a $26 billion deal with the nation's largest banks to compensate homeowners. In Florida, where a lawyer uncovered and named the rushed mortgage-approval process, some lawyers and homeowners say technical issues and trust battles remain for courts and the banks.
The $26 billion settlement reached by the federal government, most states and the nation's largest banks to compensate homeowners for abusive foreclosure practices is unlikely to end the housing crisis, analysts say. It could also lead to a new round of foreclosures, which would drive prices even lower.
Government officials have worked out a deal with the nation's five big banks to settle state and federal investigations of alleged foreclosure abuses. Banks would have to pay $5 billion in cash and another $20 billion in loan modifications under the terms of the deal.
The House on Thursday passed a bill that would ban congressional insider trading. With congressional approval at all-time lows, the bill was widely seen by lawmakers as a small step in restoring public confidence. But differences remain to be worked out with a Senate measure, passed last week.
Officials have been pressing five banks to offer mortgage relief and some financial aid to homeowners who got crushed when the housing bubble burst or were caught up in the "robo-signing" scandal that sped up the foreclosure process.
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