It’s finally official. The so-called $25 billion foreclosure settlement has been signed off by a federal judge.
This comes after the settlement was filed in court last month. DC District Judge Rosemary Collyer did the honors Wednesday.
I won’t rehash my thoughts about what’s good and what’s bad about this settlement. Everything that needs to be said about it has been said.
You and I know that the banks will get more of a pass than they are entitled to for all of their robosigning shenanigans. In reality they are really only paying out about $5 billion in actual money, and I’ve still haven’t seen a single banking officer jailed.
Just remember this fight ain’t over yet!. This settlement was a necessary step, in order for the feds to move on to their investigation into securitized trusts.
THAT is where the banks will hopefully get what’s really coming to them.
Now that the settlement is official, the new government agency that will be watching the banks is now open for business.
North Carolina Banking Commissioner Joseph Smith is going to oversee the office and how the banks will receive “credits” towards the settlement for providing homeowners mortgage relief.
Relief, unfortunately, will often come in the form of transactions, such as short sales, that the banks were already doing before the settlement was announced.
“By itself, this settlement will not remedy every problem that system faces. But trust in our mortgage system can move forward if we use this opportunity to show fairness, transparency and accountability,” Smith said. “