The foreclosure scandals that dominate headlines today could have been averted had Fannie Mae paid more attention to one foreclosed homeowner, according to the New York Times.
Nye Lavalle, a well-to-do business professional, was preparing to pay off the $100,000 balance in 1988 on a loan he took out for a home in Dallas, Texas. But Lavalle found discrepancies in the paperwork that inflated his bill by $18,000. He refused to pay his loan servicer, and endured a long, and ultimately unsuccessful, legal process to fight the charges. In 1995 he lost the home. [more]