Tennessee Couple Gets $5,000 Loan, 59% Interest Rate

Tennessee Couple Gets $5,000 Loan, 59% Interest Rate

Kay and Lewis Brown wanted some quick cash so they could make a moderate addition to their home. They turned to CashCall, an online loan service, after seeing the ads on TV. The company lent them $5,000 — at 59% interest. Now the couple is on the hook for $20,830.

http://consumerist.com/2009/04/06/sallie-mae-is-going-to/

Sallie Mae is going to “reverse outsource” and move 2,000 jobs from overseas back to the US in order to get people, (the president?) to like them again. Will it work? HAHAHHAHAHA. Oh, sorry. That was unprofessional. [Reuters]

House Preparing To Legalize Payday Loans With 391% APRs

House Preparing To Legalize Payday Loans With 391% APRs

A House subcommittee wants to legalize payday loans with interest rates of up to 391%. Lobbyists from the payday industry bought Congress’ support by showering influential members, including Chairman Luiz Gutierrez, with campaign cash. The Congressman is now playing good cop, bad cop with the payday industry, which is pretending to oppose his generous gift of a bill.

http://consumerist.com/2009/04/02/mortgage-rates-are-at-a/

Mortgage rates are at a record low of 4.78%, according to Freddie Mac. [Bloomberg]

A Big-Ass List Of Student Loan Resources

A Big-Ass List Of Student Loan Resources

It’s a tough economic climate to be graduating from school — and maybe an even tougher one for those of you trying to get financial aid. We’ve put together a list of some financial aid and student lending resources to help make things easier.

Battle Of The Most Hated Companies: Countrywide Sues AIG

Battle Of The Most Hated Companies: Countrywide Sues AIG

Last year’s Worst Company in America winner, Countrywide Home Loans, has sued AIG for not paying their claim on losses from failed real estate loans that they had insured with the company.

Top 10 States For Mortgage Fraud

Top 10 States For Mortgage Fraud

As you might imagine, mortgage fraud is up, up, up. 26%!

1 In 8 US Households Either Late Or In Foreclosure

1 In 8 US Households Either Late Or In Foreclosure

Here’s your daily depressing mortgage news — as employers shed jobs mortgage delinquencies are rising — intensifying and spreading the mortgage crisis.

http://consumerist.com/2009/03/04/looking-for-a-mortgage-you/

Looking for a mortgage? You might want to consider an FHA loan. The New York Times says, “The Federal Housing Administration used to be known as a place for low-income borrowers with tarnished credit histories. But now, it has become a destination for borrowers whose credentials are respectable, but not stellar.” [NYT]

Meet The Savings & Loan That Destroyed Wachovia

Meet The Savings & Loan That Destroyed Wachovia

60 Minutes recently took a look at World Savings Bank, the acquisition that ultimately wounded Wachovia so badly that it had to be acquired by Wells Fargo. What was wrong with an institution for which Wachovia was willing to pay $25 billion? Well, one whistleblower claims that World Savings was engaged in fraud and predatory lending — tricking its customers into signing up for dangerous “option-arm” or (as they cheerfully called them) “pick-a-payment” loans.

Make The Bank Prove It Really Owns Your Mortgage Before You Let Them Toss You Out

Make The Bank Prove It Really Owns Your Mortgage Before You Let Them Toss You Out

We’ve written about this before, but as more and more people face foreclosure (last year’s foreclosures totaled 2.3 million, according to the AP) its a good time to remind people of this strategy.

http://consumerist.com/2009/02/10/treasury-secretary-timothy-geithner-has/

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has announced a new website, financialstability.gov, to increase transparency in the financial stability program.

Faces Of Foreclosure: The Nonagenarian (He's 92.)

Our sister publication, Consumer Reports, put together some video interviews with people who, for one reason or another, are facing foreclosure. They are the human side of this financial meltdown.

Fannie Mae Relaxes Standards For Refinancing

Fannie Mae Relaxes Standards For Refinancing

Bloomberg says that Fannie Mae will loosen standards for refinancing in the hopes that more homeowners will be able to take advantage of historically low interest rates.

Faces Of Foreclosure: The Former Police Officer

9 In 10 Executives At Bailed-Out Banks Kept Their Jobs

9 In 10 Executives At Bailed-Out Banks Kept Their Jobs

Over 100,000 people have been laid off by banks, but 9 in 10 executives at banks that accepted bailout money are still working says the Associated Press.

http://consumerist.com/2009/01/27/heres-a-resource-to-help/

Here’s a resource to help you determine whether your library lends digital media such as audiobooks and ebooks. It also helps you locate other libraries that offer digital lending. [Overdrive] (Thanks to jojo319!)

Auto Title Loans, Illegal In Most States, Even Riskier In Georgia

Auto Title Loans, Illegal In Most States, Even Riskier In Georgia

Meet Scott. When builders in financial trouble stopped paying him the money he was owed as a brick and stone contractor, he became desperate. He needed a loan to buy him time while he tried to collect the money he was owed. Thinking he understood the risks, he used his wife’s 2004 Ford Expedition to get an auto title loan of $2,000 at an interest rate of 25% per month — or 300% APR.