PROTECTION FROM PREDATORY LENDERS

 

Before you decide on a lender that is right for you, you need to do your homework. Some lenders exploit innocent customers by offering high-cost loans and putting home equity at risk. Know what your rights are and make sure you have the facts before you sign.

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS PROVIDED BY:

 

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Housing Finance Board, Federal Trade Commission, National Credit Union Administration, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, Office of Thrift Supervision.

ARE YOU IN NEED OF CASH?

DO YOU WANT TO CONSOLIDATE YOUR DEBTS?

ARE YOU RECEIVING HOME EQUITY LOAN OR REFINANCING OFFERS THAT SEEM TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE?

DOES YOUR HOME NEED REPAIRS THAT CONTRACTORS TELL YOU CAN BE EASILY FINANCED?

 

 

If you are a homeowner who needs money to pay bills or for home repairs, you may think a home equity loan is the answer.

But not all loans and lenders are the same — you should shop around. The cost of doing business with high-cost lenders can be excessive and, sometimes,

downright abusive. For example, certain lenders — often called "predatory lenders" — target homeowners who have low incomes or credit problems

or who are elderly by deceiving them about loan terms or giving them loans they cannot afford to repay.

 

Borrowing from an unscrupulous lender, especially one who offers you a high-cost loan using your home as security, is risky business.

You could lose your home and your money. Before you sign on the line,

 

 

 

Think about your options.

Do your homework.

Think twice before you sign.

Know that you have rights under the law.

 

 

 

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