So far, the nationâ€™s five largest banks have provided $19 billion in mortgage principal write-downs to about 240,000 borrowers under a settlement reached last year over allegations of faulty foreclosures.Â
Bank of America has completed the most principal write-downs at about $13.5 billion.Â
Under last yearâ€™s settlement, the five largest banks agreed to provide at least $10 billion in principal write-downs and $10 billion in additional home owner aid, such as short sales. A watchdogâ€™s report released Thursday said the banks had provided aid worth up to $45.8 billion to more than 550,000 borrowers.Â
Short sales have accounted for the biggest bulk under the settlement. Banks have forgiven about $19.5 billion on more than 168,000 homes to date, according to the report.Â
The settlement involves Bank of America, Ally, Citigroup Inc., JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo.Â
Source: â€œBanks Provide $19 Billion in Debt Write-Downs Under Foreclosure Settlement,â€ The Wall Street Journal (Feb. 21, 2013)
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