Doubleline Capital Management portfolio manager Vincent Fiorillo said it will take at least $100 billion to put an end to litigations against banks with faulty mortgages or restrain the state attorney general from filing lawsuits. This amount is four times the $25 billion settlement amount involved in ongoing talks to settle mortgage issues. Fiorillo said the idea of big settlement allows a clean start. A member of the Association of Mortgage Investors, Fiorillo became the institutional mortgage investors’ spokesman. He has appeared several times on Capitol Hill to testify on mortgage crisis resolutions.
According to Fiorillo $100 billion would allow loan modifications for those with above home value mortgage balances. It will also allow payments to investors who lost money on securities due to dubious mortgage loans. He hopes quick action takes place before the national elections as he is doubtful that any resolution before 2013 can happen. He mentioned that the Obama administration already failed to grab what could have been a concession with mortgage investors and banks in 2009. It could have alleviated the housing market suffering and now Fiorillo fears that less people are taking action to solve the problem.
Economists and analysts point a blaming finger to a weak housing market, rising foreclosures and the large number of underwater borrowers as reasons for the sluggish forward move of the economy. Fiorillio wonders if there are ears being lent to people who can fix the issue or if there’s anyone against it. There have been defections from the foreclosure violations-centered multi-party settlement negotiations headed by Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller. New York, California and Massachusetts attorneys general have decided to hold independent inspection of large banks. Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley filed a case against 5 of the biggest mortgage lenders on suspicion of loan modifications and falsifying documents. To date, the state gained over $600 million from aggressively collecting penalties and restitution.
Lawmakers have made changes to loan regulations as a result of the crisis. Now, stricter lenders are required to take more precautionary measures before granting a loan.