Today, the government announced that a landmark $25 billion settlement between 49 states and the nation's largest banks had been reached.
Under the deal, about 1 million borrowers who owe more than their homes are worth will have their debt reduced or be able to refinance at lower rates.
Another 750,000 who lost their homes in the last 3 years will get a check for about $2,000.
The settlement stems from a laundry list of abuses that occurred after the housing bubble burst.
"Not just the robo-signing conduct that has been so publicly discussed, but a long list of mortgage servicing issues, such as lost paperwork, long delays, missed deadlines..."