Since the CFPB started accepting complaints,
it has received over 223,000 mortgage-related complaints!
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s most recent monthly complaint report focused on mortgage complaints and on California. According to the CFPB, it has “handled approximately 223,100 mortgage complaints since July 21, 2011, making mortgage the second most-complained-about product after debt collection, representing 26 percent of total complaints.”
The statistics from the report are troubling:
- Fifty-one percent of complaints are related to loss mitigation: According to the CFPB: “consumers complained of prolonged loss mitigation review processes in which the same documentation was repeatedly requested by their servicer. Consumers also complained that they received conflicting and confusing foreclosure notifications during the loss mitigation review process.”
- Loan servicing transfers still unclear for customers: This is a common problem that has been identified in multiple surveys the California Reinvestment Coalition has conducted with housing counselors and legal advocates. You can see our most recent report here, or listen to an interview with an Oakland survivor homeowner, KaRynn Kelly, on NPR’s Morning Edition: Foreclosure Overhaul Comes Too Slowly For Many Homeowners
- Communication is still a problem: Consumers complaints that when they were able to speak with their servicers, “the information they received was often confusing and did not provide the clarifications they were hoping for.”
- Four companies who received most complaints: According to the CFPB, the four companies who received most mortgage-related complaints between Nov 2015 and Jan 2016 were Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Ocwen, and Nationstar.
The CFPB notes: “Company-level information should be considered in context of company size and/or market share in a given geographic area. In the February 2015 – January 2016 period, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Experian led the list of most-complained-about companies by California consumers. “
You can read the full CFPB report here: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Monthly Complaint Report Vol. 10 (April 2016)