(Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd) – The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that Freedom Mortgage Corporation will pay $104,000 to settle allegations that it discriminated against mortgage loan applicants with disabilities by requiring them to provide medical or other documentation regarding their disability.
Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Freedom will set up a three-tiered system of relief. Aggrieved applicants will receive $1,000, $2,000, or $5,000 in damages; Freedom will amend its underwriting guidelines to abolish disability-related income verification; and require employees to attend Fair Housing training.
“Applicants who are otherwise qualified for a home loan may not have additional requirements placed on them because of a disability,” said Gustavo Velasquez, HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “We are pleased that this national mortgage lender, through the agreement, is making a commitment to comply with its obligation to treat persons with disabilities the same way they treat those who are no disabled.”
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Jeff Sorg is a co-founder of OnlineEd®, an online real estate, mortgage broker, and vocational school founded in 1997, where he also serves as Chief Executive Officer, and School Director. Sorg holds vocational and post-secondary school instructor licenses in several states and has authored numerous real estate continuing education and pre-licensing courses and has been awarded the International Distance Education Certification Center’s CDEi Designation for distance education. Memberships include ARELLO (Association of Real Estate License Law Officials), the National Association of REALTORS®, Oregon Association of REALTORS®, and Portland Metro Association of REALTORS®. Awards and service include REALTOR® Emeritus in the National Association, Life Member award in Portland Metro Association and Chairperson of the Oregon Real Estate Forms Committee.
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