“I have seen where situations like mine have ended marriages or causes suicides,’’ Curtis says. “There is a stigma to foreclosures, and I understand that. But there needs to be more public awareness of how common this is.’’


Layton Mayor Steve Curtis Knows Firsthand About Wrongful Foreclosures

Layton • Mayor Steve Curtis came home two weeks before Christmas in 2010 to find a foreclosure notice hanging on his front door.

Without ever being behind on his house payments, the 55-year-old telecommunications worker, after being laid off, had approached his bank earlier in the year for loan-modification help.

“We had been told we were doing everything right,’’ he says. “But the right arm wasn’t actually telling the left arm what they were doing.’’

Elected mayor in 2006 after 10 years on the Layton City Council, Curtis speaks passionately about the growing impact of home losses on families and communities, as well as the prevalence of wrongful foreclosures.

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