The real reason Fannie and Freddie don't do principal modifications

Julián Castro sworn in, spends first day as HUD Secretary

Former San Antonio mayor takes over for Shaun Donovan

Blackstone adviser: Investors worried about ‘serious correction’

Byron Wien still holds his line
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Borrowers save $1B in interest refinancing for rest of 2014

Freddie: Cash out refinances decline
July 29, 2014
Borrowers will save in aggregate more than $1 billion in interest payments over the coming year, as borrowers continued to shorten their payment terms and build equity in their homes.
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CFPB obtains $92M for predatory lending scheme

Service members given false promises
July 29, 2014
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and 13 state attorneys general obtained approximately $92 million in debt relief for about 17,000 U.S. service members and other consumers harmed by Colfax Capital Corporation and Culver Capital.
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FHFA extends G-fee input deadline

Seeks industry opinion on G-fee policy
July 29, 2014

The Federal Housing Finance Agency extended its deadline for accepting industry input on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guarantee fees to Sept. 8, allowing more time for public comment on G-fee policy and implementation regarding the optimum level of G-fees required to protect taxpayers.


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Could the post office get into the mortgage business?

It’s not as crazy as you might think
July 29, 2014

For consumers, having a little more choice in banking wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. We’ve certainly seen what banks can do when left to their own devices. But on the other hand, it’s not like the post office is a bastion of economic excellence either.


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New legislative proposal would turn the post office into a bank

USPS could offer small loans, other banking services
July 29, 2014

Representative Cedric Richmond, D-La., has introduced a bill, called The Providing Opportunities for Savings, Transactions and Lending Act (or POSTAL Act, because it just had to have the catchy acronym), which would allow the USPS to offer "basic financial services."


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Before reading into the homeownership rate drop…

Kolko puts numbers into perspective
July 29, 2014
Although the national homeownership rate is dropping slightly, it doesn't warrant a significant amount of concern, according to Trulia’s chief economist.
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4 tech troubles brokers and agents need to fix right now

The mortgage market could use this help
July 29, 2014
From agents approaching going mobile with the wrong priorities to brokers not using available data that could give great insight into their business to anyone not understanding the value of online ratings — there are many ways real estate professionals aren’t getting the most out of their technology.
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DOJ demands more in BofA, Countrywide deal

Deal hung up over penalties
July 29, 2014
The Department of Justice is not satisfied with its negotiations over Bank of America's cash penalty amount for the dealings of Countrywide and Merrill Lynch. The $13 billion is not enough.
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Julián Castro sworn in, spends first day as HUD Secretary

Former San Antonio mayor takes over for Shaun Donovan
July 28, 2014
"Julián has lived the American Dream in his own life, and I’m confident he will help Americans across our country seize their own piece of that dream for themselves and their children," President Barack Obama said when Castro was confirmed by the Senate earlier this month.
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DBRS: CFPB rules, tighter credit driving down mortgage originations

Until uncertainty with QM, ATR settled, many buyers will be shut out
July 28, 2014
Federal regulations coupled with a general shift from refinance to purchase activities have resulted in historically low volumes of mortgage loan originations, even though home prices have continued to rebound and delinquency and foreclosure rates are at their lowest levels in years.
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