The five largest banks in the United States have settled with 49 of the 50 states to settle suits of improper, abusive, and negligent foreclosure practices.
The banks will pay a combined $26 billion into a settlement fund to compensate individuals who lost their homes or are currently underwater on their mortgages. A big chunk of the fund — $17 billion — will be used to lower the principal balance of homeowners who are behind on payments and owe far more than their home is worth.
While this is a good deal I can’t help but be a bit bothered that no compensation is paid to homeowners who are on time with their current mortgages (aside from part of the fund being used to help refinance those loans to low rates) or to homeowners who sold their homes as short sales or at serious losses out of their own pockets. In short, homeowners who did the right thing are getting the least (if any) help.