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Schumer: Sandy homeowners should receive break on mortgage

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Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) is calling on banks to extend the mortgage payment delay period, known as a forbearance period for homeowners still affected by Hurricane Sandy.  

After Sandy, many banks allowed homeowners to stop making mortgage payments for three-six months. That meant homeowners would not be penalized for missing payments, which have now expired or are about to expire.  

In addition to forbearance expiration, many banks are requiring homeowners to repay the missed months in one unaffordable lump sum payment.  

Senator Schumer is asking the banks to extend the forbearance period and waive the late fees. He is also wants banks to provide flexible repayment options so families won't lose their homes.      

"Many homeowners have used every dime they have to repair their houses and put a roof over their homes, and don't have the resources to pay months worth of mortgage payments at one time," said Schumer. "Banks can help families, who have long made payments on time, bridge the gap between now and when federal aid arrives if they extend the payment holidays and provide some flexibility. Sandy devastated entire communities, and banks have the responsibility to help their customers through this difficult time."  

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac recently extended their forbearance periods from 90 days to 180 days to help individuals impacted by Sandy. Schumer called on banks to adopt Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's forbearance policy by extending the period for individuals still affected by the storm.

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