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March 14, 2006
Local and national groups opposing housing discrimination urged the county council of Montgomery County, Md. to support a fair lending ordinance and not reverse its commitment to fair housing for everyone. Mortgage lenders sued the county for passing an ordinance prohibiting lenders from discriminating. Their lawyers persuaded a judge to delay the new law, supposed to take effect last week, pending a hearing. Discrimination is already illegal under federal and state laws, and already covers the lenders who are complaining about the Montgomery County ordinance. So it is difficult to see...
March 2, 2006
Yesterday, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced that the last three major out-of-state payday lenders had agreed to stop making illegal loans in North Carolina. As a result, working families in the state will save almost $100 million each year -- money they can use to buy food, pay their bills, and balance their family budget. Payday lenders make small loans and charge interest rates of as much as 400 percent, trapping families in a cycle of debt from which many never recover. The Center for Responsible Lending, a nonprofit, non-partisan research group based in Durham, NC, applauds the...
February 23, 2006
Download the Report The Best Value in the Subprime Market: State Predatory Lending Reforms (PDF 432kb) A study by the Center for Responsible Lending proves that laws against predatory lending thwart abusive lenders while in many cases increasing availability of credit for people who need it most. "The Best Value in the Subprime Market: State Predatory Lending Reforms" is the most comprehensive study of its kind. Researchers examined more than 6 million subprime mortgages from 1998 through 2004, or three-quarters of all the loans in the subprime market during those years. States with...
February 23, 2006
Download the Report The Best Value in the Subprime Market: State Predatory Lending Reforms (PDF 432kb) A study by the Center for Responsible Lending proves that laws against predatory lending thwart abusive lenders while in many cases increasing availability of credit for people who need it most. "The Best Value in the Subprime Market: State Predatory Lending Reforms" is the most comprehensive study of its kind. Researchers examined more than 6 million subprime mortgages from 1998 through 2004, or three-quarters of all the loans in the subprime market during those years. States with...
February 13, 2006
Augusta, ME - Predatory lending practices cost Mainers at least $23 million a year, say Coastal Enterprises Inc. and the Center for Responsible Lending in the first comprehensive study of predatory lending in Maine. These predatory practices endanger the homes and financial security of some of Maine's most vulnerable citizens. Based on the findings of the report, approximately 1,000 families are affected each year by these practices. "Our findings are not about Maine banks and credit unions which serve our communities," said Ron Phillips, president of Coastal Enterprises. "Rather, it's...
February 8, 2006
A report by the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions -- which found car title lenders illegally charging rates as high as 360% APR -- shows that the states need to protect borrowers from this predatory business, says the Center for Responsible Lending. Title lenders, who make small loans at extremely high interest rates to people who put up their cars as security, took 17,313 vehicles from Tennessee borrowers in 2004, the report found. More than a quarter of the lenders the department surveyed charged illegal fees, including late fees and fees when the lenders repossessed cars...
January 23, 2006
The Center for Responsible Lending applauds a $325 million settlement between a team of state attorneys general and Ameriquest Mortgage Co. to end abusive lending practices. Today's agreement shows that states play a key role in fighting predatory lending, said Deborah Goldstein, executive vice president of the center, a non-profit research and advocacy group. "The states are quicker to identify new predatory lending abuses and protect borrowers from losing their homes," Ms. Goldstein said. "Here is a good example of this principle at work. "We congratulate the attorneys general who...
December 22, 2005
RALEIGH, NC -- The Center for Responsible Lending endorsed a tough ruling today by the North Carolina Commissioner of Banks that the "rent-a-bank" arrangement payday lender Advance America used to operate in the state is illegal. While Commissioner Joseph A. Smith Jr.'s ruling applies only to Advance America, the Center for Responsible Lending hopes four other payday lenders using the "rent-a-bank" tactic in the state will sever these relationships and leave the state. Mr. Smith ordered Advance America to stop doing business immediately in North Carolina. Although North Carolina has...
December 1, 2005
State Officials, Others Caution Pending Ney-Kanjorski Bill Would Roll Back State Consumer Protections, Spur New Abuses WASHINGTON, D.C. -- State officials and other experts strongly cautioned today that a bill in Congress would weaken laws against predatory mortgage lending in New York, Illinois, South Carolina, and Arkansas and other states with major anti-predatory lending laws on their books. Those issuing the warning are Chief of the Civil Rights Bureau of the NY Attorney General, Dennis Parker, Illinois Assistant Attorney General Tom James, South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice...
October 12, 2005
Washington, D.C. — American families are turning to credit cards to make ends meet in an increasingly volatile economy, according to The Plastic Safety Net: The Reality Behind Credit Card Debt in America, a new report released today by Demos and the Center for Responsible Lending. Released just five days before the new bankruptcy law takes effect and effectively shuts the door on financial recovery for millions, The Plastic Safety Net presents new findings from a national survey on credit card debt among low- and middle-income households—those whose earnings fell between 50...

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