Ex-Countrywide execs to aid housing
NEW YORK (AP) — Countrywide Financial placed itself at the epicenter of the housing crisis by making far too many risky loans to homeowners who ultimately couldn't afford them. Those missteps cost CEO Angelo Mozilo his job when the lender was taken over by Bank of America a year ago at a fire sale price.
Mozilo is now spending most of his time dealing with the dozens of lawsuits naming him as a defendant, but his one-time No. 2 executive and a team of Countrywide alumni are still in the game — shopping around a new business called PennyMac that buys up distressed mortgages and modifies borrowers' loans.So, the same people who helped create the housing mess are now trying to make money cleaning it up....