July 3, 2008
Mortgage makeover: Is there a way to keep desperate homeowners in their houses?
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The NOW website at www.pbs.org/now offers an interactive map for prospective homeowners looking for financial advice in their community, and a look at where Barack Obama and John McCain stand on the issue of predatory lending practices.
Complete Show Description:
After the subprime mortgage debacle, have we learned that quick-turnaround mortgages to customers with low credit scores are always too good to be true? One enterprising entrepreneur says NO, and he has some success to back it up. This week, NOW on PBS takes a look at the non profit organization “Just Price Solutions” and the man behind it, Brian Cosgrove. Cosgrove created a new mortgage model that, in his view, marries the speed and efficiency of the subprime model to safe lending practices including homeownership counseling and fixed rate mortgages. Cosgrove says the new system helps prevent foreclosures and safely protects individuals from predatory subprime lenders, but not everyone agrees. Some feel home ownership is oversold in America and that this mortgage enterprise is still risky business.
Can Just Price Solutions place and keep people in affordable homes, or is this another cautionary tale in the making? Next on NOW.
This show is part of “Enterprising Ideas,” NOW’s continuing spotlight on social entrepreneurs working to improve the world through self-sustaining innovation.
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New York Times: Approval Is Near for Bill to Help U.S. Homeowners
Neighborhood Housing Services of America: R-Home Initiative
Center for Responsible Lending: Analysis of HR 3915 Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act
U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Dodd, Shelby Announce Housing Bill