Thursday, March 29, 2007

Pointing Fingers

Interesting how no one wants to take responsibility. It's all "pass the buck" all the time. I read an article in the Post that Mayor Bloomberg laid some of the blame for the rise in New York foreclosures on the borrowers themselves for taking out loans they knew they could not pay. Housing and consumer advocates say the Mayor is wrong, that the lenders are to blame.

So if the disclosures are confusing to consumers, and they don't understand the Good Faith Estimate and the Truth-In-Lending Disclosure, is more of the same the answer? Wouldn't it be a better response to try to simplify a document that at more than one closing I've attended has been described by the borrower's attorney as "it's confusing, just sign it."

I guess it's one of the those cases of "it's going to get worse before it gets better."

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