Fitch warns Ocwen-related RMBS deals face major downgrade

Fitch warns Ocwen-related RMBS deals face major downgrade

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WATCH: Famous televangelist gives terrible reverse mortgage advice

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S&P reportedly close to massive mortgage-bond rating settlement

WSJ: Department of Justice may get billions
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Moody’s: FHA premium cut will increase home sales by 45,000 this year

Provides a "meaningful boost" to housing economy
Ben Lane
According to the Moody’s report, the FHA premium cut will reach its maximum impact in mid-2016, when Moody’s Analytics’ model expects annualized home sales to increase by 100,000 as a result of the FHA cut, with 40,000 additional single-family housing starts in 2016 as well.
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WATCH: Famous televangelist gives terrible reverse mortgage advice

Let's clear this up for Maria
Jacob Gaffney
In Pat Robertson’s world, there is only one kind of reverse mortgage and that is the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage from the Federal Housing Administration. And, he knows little about it. Nonetheless, he goes right ahead and fires away.
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ABA renews endorsement of Fannie Mae secondary market options

Says it helps community banks stay competitive
Trey Garrison
The ABA says Fannie Mae secondary market options help community banks remain competitive in their local markets. Here’s how.
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Mortgage applications drop 3.2% after two weeks of strong gains

Refinancings slip 5% for the week
Trey Garrison
Following two weeks of incredibly strong weekly gains, mortgage applications decreased 3.2% from one week earlier. Here’s what happened.
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Executive Conversation: Milt Shaw on leadership and vendor management

PEMCO Limited meets compliance challenges head on
Sarah Wheeler

As an AMC, compliance with regulations is a critical component to success. We maintain strong relationships and continuously outperform our competitors. Regulations differ from state to state so we decided to grow slowly and concentrate in building a strong client foundation in California prior to evaluating opportunities in other states.


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Trulia doubles MLS partnerships in 2014

Now boasts direct relationships with 125 MLSs
Ben Lane
It turns out that 2014 was quite a good year for Trulia in terms of forming new partnerships with multiple listing services. During 2014 alone, Trulia entered into 69 new MLS relationships, with 21 in the fourth quarter alone, more than doubling its previous total.
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Mortgage Bankers Association adds 21 new members

Closes 2014 with strong growth
Ben Lane
See who joined the Mortgage Bankers Association in the month of December.
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ICBA: 73% of community banks say regulations hurt mortgage lending

Half of all rural banks don't qualify for QM's "rural" exception
Trey Garrison
Three-quarters of community bankers surveyed say that new mortgage regulations are impacting their ability to serve borrowers, blocking potential buyers from access to mortgage credit. Here are the findings.
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CFPB issues confidential supervisory information bulletin

Non-disclosure agreements can't hinder CFPB oversight
Brena Swanson
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reminded the industry just how much power it has on Tuesday, when it issued a bulletin to supervised financial institutions, including nonbank companies, reviewing regulations about the treatment of confidential supervisory information.
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WATCH: HUD Secretary Castro tells Daily Show FHA’s “trajectory” is strong

FHA’s reserve capital questioned by host Jon Stewart
Ben Lane
HUD Secretary Julián Castro continued his media tour Monday night, joining The Daily Show with Jon Stewart for a wide-ranging discussion touching on the recent announcement that FHA will cut its annual mortgage insurance premiums, whether the government has learned anything from the housing crisis and whether the FHA will need another bailout any time soon.
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