Boston Community Capital Shows the Way on Foreclosures

Date: 26 Mar 2012 | posted in: Public Good News, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

While the nation’s biggest banks, with a taxpayer bailout of more than $2.5 trillion and counting, continue to refuse to write down the principal on a mortgage to allow people to stay in their homes, Boston Community Capital (BCC) is showing what is possible.  This small non profit is buying houses out of foreclosure, selling them back to families that lost them and giving them a new, more affordable mortgage.

The New York Times reports that BCC handles only about 120 homes per year.  But it shows how we can avoid millions more displaced families.  But adding insult to injury, some of the nation’s largest banks, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, will not permit BCC to sell a home back to the original owner.  The New York Times reports These banks are “saying they’re trying to prevent fraud”, the New York Times reports.  Now that’s chutzpah.  According to many experts, the entire mortgage edifice created by these same banks is fraudulent from head to toe.


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