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  • Morgan Stanley settles for $3.2 billion over 'deceptive' mortgage bond practices

    Morgan Stanley will hand out hundreds of millions of dollars in consumer relief and fork over hundreds of millions more to state governments as part of $3.2 billion settlement over its “deceptive” mortgage bond practices in the run-up to the financial crisis, the New York Attorney General’s Office said Thursday. Click the headline to read more.

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Morgan Stanley settles for $3.2 billion over 'deceptive' mortgage bond practices

Internal e-mail: We are running under the radar and do not want to document this
Morgan Stanley will hand out hundreds of millions of dollars in consumer relief and fork over hundreds of millions more to state governments as part of $3.2 billion settlement over its “deceptive” mortgage bond practices in the run-up to the financial crisis, the New York Attorney General’s Office said Thursday. Click the headline to read more.
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Survey: 45% of non-homeowners say finances keep them from buying

Nearly 30% say they can’t afford a down payment
Nearly half of all non-homeowners say that their financial situation is preventing them from buying a home, a new report from Bankrate.com showed. According to Bankrate’s survey, nearly 30% of all non-homeowners say that they can’t afford a down payment, despite only needing to save 3%.
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Manager of 'predatory' loan modification law firm sent to jail

Michael Nazarinia gets 9 months for role in mortgage fraud scheme
A San Diego businessman will spend the next nine months in prison after being convicted for his role in a fraudulent mortgage loan modification business that presented itself as a “law firm” in order to con more than 1,000 struggling homeowners out of more than $3 million total.
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Can the Fed reverse interest rate hikes, impose negative rates?

Fed Chair Yellen testifies before House Financial Services Committee
The hot topic for questioning during Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s hearing before the House Financial Services Committee Wednesday morning centered around the feasibility of negative Fed rates. The Fed announced in December that it was officially raising the federal funds rate for the first time since June 2006. Is this all about to change?
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NAR: Inventory shortages push homeownership further out of reach

And it’s not going away anytime soon
A lack of housing inventory continues to stifle the housing market, making it difficult for potential homeowners to get on the property ladder. And according to the latest quarterly report from the National Association of Realtors, the problem is not going to subside anytime soon, impacting more than first-time homebuyers.
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CFPB corrects error in TRID rule

Falls victim to the dreaded 'typographical' error
It’s been four months since the implementation of the CFPB’s TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures rule in October shook up the housing industry, and many in the industry are still getting used to the new normal. But, starting Wednesday, there’s a small portion of the TRID rule that will be changing, thanks to a “typographical error” in the supplementary information provided by the CFPB.
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