National Mortgage Settlement

AP/Cliff Owen

Bank of America, the second largest U.S. bank, reached a record-breaking settlement totaling more than $16 billion dollars with federal and state prosecutors over alleged fraud that led to the financial collapse in 2008. The settlement was the work of the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group.

Back in 2012, President Obama said the State of the Union was getting stronger, the country was getting a foothold in the economic recovery, and he announced what would later be called the Residential Mortgage-backed Securities Working Group.

AP/John Minchillo

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is launching a free loan program to help homeowners struggling to avoid foreclosure. Homeowners can borrow up to $40,000 interest free.

The loans are aimed at homeowners trying to secure mortgage modifications which may be stalled because of small outstanding debts like back taxes or delinquent second mortgages.