This is what justifies Texas economic pride

This is what justifies Texas economic pride

Happy Independence Day, Texas

Morgan Stanley expects mortgage bond lawsuit from New York AG

Subprime securitizations at the center of lawsuit

Things at Ocwen just went from bad to much, much worse

Embattled company hit with an avalanche of bad news
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This is what justifies Texas economic pride

Happy Independence Day, Texas
Brena Swanson
The Lone Star state celebrated its 179 birthday Monday. And looking at the latest housing report from the Texas Association of Realtors, Texas has plenty of reason to brag.
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Kofax acquires Aia for $19.5 million

Dutch company provides customer communications management software
Ben Lane
Kofax announced the acquisition of Aia Holding BV, a customer communications management company based in The Netherlands, for $19.5 million in cash. Aia’s customer communications management software will be integrated into Kofax’s TotalAgility offering, and will continue to be offered on a standalone basis as well.
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BBVA Compass launches zero-percent down mortgage program

HOME Program designed to boost homeownership
Ben Lane
For some prospective borrowers, saving up 3% for a down payment on a home is still a hurdle they can’t quite clear. However, a new program from BBVA Compass will allow borrowers to put down even less for a down payment.
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FHFA revamps nonperforming mortgage servicing rules for Fannie and Freddie

Reduces taxpayer risks
Brena Swanson
Freddie Mac sold severely delinquent loans through two transactions in the past six months, totaling approximately $1 billion in unpaid principal balance. From this pilot program, the Federal Housing Finance Agency formed these enhanced requirements for sales of nonperforming loans by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
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Patrick Harker appointed next Philadelphia Fed president, CEO

11th president of the bank
Brena Swanson
The board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia appointed Patrick Harker as its 11th president and CEO of the Philadelphia Fed, succeeding Charles Plosser, who retired effective March 1, 2015.
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Fannie Mae's Collateral Underwriter gets a mixed reaction

Appraisers and AMCs weigh in
Fannie Mae released its Collateral Underwriter program to lenders in January, and the industry reaction has been varied and intense.  

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From HW Magazine

Big banks, big returns?

Some of the nation's largest financial institutions offer better deals at low risk

The real no-brainer, however, is to look at how the bank performed in the last downturn. Invest in one that not only didn’t need a bailout but one that didn’t take major risks for the sake of short-term versus long-term gains.


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From HW Magazine

The 2015 HW Tech100

Introduction

Wow! That was our reaction to the response we received for this year’s HW TECH100 call for nominations. This year, more than 250 companies submitted a nomination, and we’re grateful for the interest in our efforts with this unique program.


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From HW Magazine

What really happened at LandCastle Title?

Missing money from escrow accounts starts a landslide of accusations

Johnson’s lawsuit states that while Hardwick was attempting to secure those loans, the Wittstadts entered into secret negotiations with Fidelity National Financial to bail out the firm “in order to prevent a disastrous national impact on the housing market should the escrow account misappropriations become public before the Wittstadts could cover everything up.”


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Company Spotlight: ComplianceEase

John Vong explains why "the devil is in the details"

When lenders have to justify and document every decision, it really raises the bar for compliance. Those that are still trying to handle compliance manually or by using multiple, disparate systems as a work-around are going to find it difficult to meet new requirements. The CFPB’s new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule will only exacerbate this situation, according to Vong.


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