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According to mortgage fraud research, older people, single women and minorities top the hit parade as targets of mortgage fraud.  Who woulda thunk it?

 

Take the most financially vulnerable, put them in a cage with a bunch of sharks masquerading as mortgage loan officers and what do you have?  The curret mortgage bloodbath. 

 

I’ve seen women who are so desperate to get out of dangerous apartments, that they put themselves in debt with risky loans, only to throw up their hands a few years later because their dream home was now in the middle of Crackhead Alley.  I’ve seen others get tired of fighting city governments over decaying neighborhood sewer systems, and walk away from homes, ruining their credit, because they tired of replacing appliances and furnaces on a yearly bases.

 

There are thousands of desperate single mothers out there, desperate to create a better life for themselves and their families, desperate to stop enriching greedy landlords, desperate to hold a piece of the American Dream for their own.  And, in their desperation, they have become lunch meat for the predatory loan industry, even if they have “good credit.”

 

Years ago, I worked with a woman who was then in her mid seventies.  She was one of the first women to own a home in her small southern Indiana community, and that was only after she dug her heels in and went head to head with the financial establishment who said giving her a home loan would take funds away from “a man who had to support his family.”

 

What did they think she was, chopped liver?  Apparently so.  At the time, single women were considered credit risks—no man with a good job to pay the bills.  Didn’t matter if she was making more than most of the men in town at the time, it was the principle of the thing, you see.

 

Unfortunately for the wanna be back alley deal makers, my friend has a backbone of steel and a will to match.  She bought her home.  Raised her children and left her house only when her health failed and she moved into an assisted living facility forty years later.

 

She was college educated and had moved from the northwest coast to Indiana way back in the early sixties, when her then-husband obtained a job with a local plastics facility.   When the marriage went south, she decided to stay in the Midwest and permanently settle in a small town, which then and now, was the center of the plastics industry in southern Indiana.

 

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