Although the foreclosure crisis is considered over, some areas of the U.S. continue to suffer from high foreclosure rates. This research presents findings from in-depth interviews conducted with 18 service providers who worked with families to prevent their foreclosures in Cleveland, Ohio. The research focused on better understanding the landscape of the Cleveland foreclosure experience. Service providers provided insight into families’ experiences with the foreclosure process. The three main themes developed from the interviews included: (1) clients lacked knowledge about the mortgage process; (2) lenders exploited clients’ lack of knowledge, setting them up to fail with predatory mortgages and targeting specific groups; and (3) mortgage servicers were inflexible, inconsistent, incompetent, and lacked regard for clients, except for local servicers. The findings provide implications for housing research, policy, and practice.
foreclosure, housing counselors, qualitative, interviews
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Recommended APA Citation
Collins, C. C., DeRigne, L., Anthony, E., Rothstein, D., & Taylor, D. (2023). Legal and Housing Service Providers’ Perspectives on Clients’ Experiences with Foreclosure. The Qualitative Report, 28(11), 3232-3256. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2023.6005