Wells, BofA and JPM Chase Were More Disparate By Race

Posted on April 6, 2009. Filed under: Banking, Finance, Foreclosure Defense, Fraud, Housing, Mortgage Fraud, Mortgage Law, Predatory Lending | Tags: , |

NEW YORK, April 2 — In the first study of the just-released 2008 mortgage lending data, Fair Finance Watch has found that the seeming survivors of the banking meltdown, Wells Fargo, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase, had worse disparities by race and ethnicity in denials and higher-cost lending than the banks they acquired, Wachovia and Countrywide. Mortgage lending in the U.S. will become more and not less disparate because of the emergency mergers and bailouts engineered by the regulators, the FFW study predicts.

Fair Finance Watch notes that JPMorgan Chase’s massive closing of branches of Washington Mutual will also make credit harder to come by, especially in poor neighborhoods. 2008 is the fifth year in which the data distinguishes which loans are higher cost, over the federally-defined rate spread of 3 percent over the yield on Treasury securities of comparable duration on first lien loans, 5 percent on subordinate liens.

Wells Fargo Bank in 2008 confined African Americans to higher-cost loans above this rate spread 2.18 times more frequently than whites, according to Fair Finance Watch. Wachovia Mortgage FSB, the largest lender of Wachovia which Wells Fargo acquired, had a lower disparity, at 1.46.

http://www.innercitypress.com/ffw2data040209.html

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