Ocwen Chairman Erbey resigns as company admits misconduct

Ocwen Chairman Erbey resigns as company admits misconduct

Company to pay $150 million to homeowners

Existing home sales collapse 6.1% in November

Tumble comes amid record low declining rates, prices

Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Oil’s crash will impact MBS market

Mortgage fraud is still a problem, plus the gift of housing metrics
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Mortgage Bankers Association adds 14 new members

MBA continues its growth
Ben Lane
See who joined the Mortgage Bankers Association in the month of November.
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Lack of millennial homebuyers drags on housing

Veros: Prices, credit reduce first-time homebuyers
Trey Garrison
Despite the easing of credit restrictions, millennial reticence is dragging down first-time homebuyer sales.
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Home-price growth will stabilize around 4% through 2015

Capital Economics: Lower LTV will offset any drags
Trey Garrison
Despite likely coming interest rate hikes and depressed energy prices, Capital Economics expects home-price growth to stabilize around 4% in 2015. Here's why.
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Accenture: 3 big predictions for mortgage lending next year

Will housing survive or thrive?
Brena Swanson
Ghazale Johnston, a managing director with Accenture Credit Services, outlined in an interview with HouingWire 3 topics she believes will take precedence in 2015. And here they are.
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Ellen DeGeneres lists two Los Angeles condos

Priced close to $16 million
Brena Swanson
On screen, Ellen DeGeneres is known for her comedic talk show. But along with her days on television, DeGeneres is known for her love of fixing up and selling houses.
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Fitch Ratings: Housing in Texas and California are officially overvalued

Oil’s impact on two of the largest states
Brena Swanson
While many Americans’ wallets are thankful that gas prices are drastically low, Texas and California may not be as enthusiastic. And the root of the problem: Oil prices.
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FHA loans could face "tidal wave of defaults"

All indices hit series high
Trey Garrison
"The increase in risk for all the major government agencies over the past two years is cause for concern," said Stephen Oliner, co-director of AEI's center. "This is especially true for FHA loans, which would experience a tidal wave of defaults if we have another severe financial crisis."
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Community bankers call on FHA to lower mortgage insurance premiums

Costs threaten housing recovery, trade groups say
Trey Garrison
The FHA is getting back on its fiscal feet, but it's still charging premiums that the mortgage finance industry worry are too high. Here's what they want, and why.
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What the hell is going on in the appraisal world?

The confusion of Fannie Mae's Collateral Underwriter
Anthony Roveda
It’s incumbent upon all in the industry to understand and implement best practices, but when the VERY use of appraisal services doesn’t employ some level of disclosure we might have a few problems. These problems are occurring right now with the massive confusion going on within the valuation space.
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18 Senators, mortgage bankers tell HUD: Time to lower FHA premiums

Letters cite health of MMIF as reason for lowering fees
Ben Lane
A group of 18 U.S. Senators and the Mortgage Bankers Association both sent letters to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Thursday, stating that the time has come for the Federal Housing Administration to lower its mortgage insurance premiums.
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