Lending

California regulator reveals what Ocwen did wrong

Auditor found "hundreds" of violations of law
Ocwen Financial announced late last week that it successfully extricated itself from the mortgage servicing restrictions placed on it by the California Department of Business Oversight. The final settlement total was nearly $200 million more than Ocwen reserved for. So why was it so much higher than previously thought? Turns out that Ocwen’s operations weren’t exactly squeaky clean for the last few years.
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What does Trump's SEC chair choice think about deregulation?

WSJ provides inside look at Jay Clayton’s likely approach
President Donald Trump recently selected a new leader for one of the government’s top financial regulators, nominating top Wall Street lawyer Jay Clayton to serve as the chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission. But what does Clayton think about the current state of financial regulations? Here's a glimpse.
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Household debt to hit new record in 2017

All categories of debt increased in Q4
Household debt is set to hit an all-new high in 2017 after showing the largest increase in over a decade. Mortgages made up the majority of household debt in 2016, however student debt is also on the rise.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Was TRID worth it?

Plus a window into the credit invisible
For businesses in the mortgage space, there's some optimism of late thanks to the Trump administration's emphasis on deregulation. And that's understandable. But what about all the time, energy, and money that the industry spent over the last few years dealing with a glut of new regulations? Was it all worth it?
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Ocwen reaches $223 million settlement with California over servicing violations

Mortgage servicing restrictions lifted, can now acquire California MSRs
Ocwen Financial announced late Friday that it reached a $223 million settlement with the California Department of Business Oversight, ridding itself of the restrictions that hampered its mortgage business in California for more than two years. The settlement includes a cash payment of $25 million. Ocwen is also required to provide an additional $198 million in debt forgiveness.
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Altisource Portfolio Solutions to pay $32 million to settle class action suit over Ocwen relationship

Investors sued when stock plummeted after NYDFS investigation
Altisource Portfolio Solutions revealed recently that the CFPB is looking into the company’s relationship with Ocwen Financial. But that wasn’t the only Ocwen-related revelation of the week. The company also reached a $32 million settlement in a class action lawsuit brought by Altisource investors who claimed financial harm after Altisource’s stock plummeted when the New York Department of Financial Services began investigating the company’s relationship with Ocwen in 2014.
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Freddie Mac selling off $759 million in non-performing loans

First NPL sale of 2017
Recently, Fannie Mae announced its first non-performing loan sale of 2017, stating that it plans to sell 10,000 delinquent loans with a total unpaid principal balance of $1.76 billion from its portfolio. Fannie Mae’s fellow government-sponsored enterprise announced a NPL sale of its own on Friday.
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What will come first: July 2018 or new plans for the CFPB?

Expert attorney on the mostly likely process going forward
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit finally ruled on the landmark case between the Consumer Financial Projection Bureau and PHH in favor of the CFPB. The decision significantly lengthens the timeline for knowing the fate of the bureau and its director, Richard Cordray. So what’s likely to happen now? Alan Kaplinsky, partner and leader of Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Financial Services Group, explains what he thinks will happen.
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Goldman Sachs: Mortgage interest rates will rise to 5.5% by 2019

Current 30-year mortgage rate is approximately 4.15%
The most recent data from Freddie Mac shows that the average interest rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage is around 4.15%, but interest rates are going to increase by a significant margin over the next few years, analysts from Goldman Sachs said in a new report. Here are the details.
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