Goldman Sachs agrees to pay $3.15B in FHFA suit

Goldman Sachs agrees to pay $3.15B in FHFA suit

Settlement will resolve RMBS claims

It's settled: Principal reduction is smart policy

How the BofA settlement opened the door

Pavaso CEO: CFPB eClosing mortgage pilot “historic event”

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Huge tax bill for homeowners who receive BofA settlement?

The relief could be too good to be true
Ben Lane
There could be a huge tax bill coming for borrowers that accept relief as part of the $16.65 billion settlement between Bank of America and the U.S. Department of Justice.
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HOPE NOW: Foreclosure sales fall to pre-bust levels

Total number of loan modifications since 2007 reaches 7.1 million
Ben Lane
The estimated 115,000 foreclosure sales in the second quarter represented a decline of 9% from the first quarter’s total of 126,000. HOPE NOW notes that the second quarter total was the lowest since it started tracking the data in 2007.
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Corcoran Consulting and Coaching to offer free webinars for Equator

Collaboration between firms will include performance coaching
Levi Shultz
“We are honored to be in collaboration with Equator as we continue to provide value-added services to real estate professionals in the REO and short sale industries,” said Bubba Mills, executive vice president of Corcoran Consulting and Coaching.
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KBRA: More smoke than fire in Ocwen’s restated earnings

Cautions that MSR transactions could see more regulatory scrutiny
Ben Lane
Kroll notes that audit firms, like Deloitte & Touche, advise public companies on how to structure their finances related to GAAP, however “the public company is ultimately responsible for the public disclosure,” which leads to the public company “taking the blame” for what its auditor advised it to do.
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CFPB expresses “heightened” concern over MSR transfers

New bulletin reminds servicers of responsibilities to borrowers
Ben Lane
In the new bulletin, the CFPB said that it is reminding servicers of their responsibilities to borrowers, “in light of potential risks to consumers that may arise in connection with transfers of residential mortgage servicing rights.”
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Are we facing yet another foreclosure crisis?

Property preservation remains vital component to default servicing
Lynn Effinger
Despite numerous reports indicating that there has been a deep decline in foreclosure inventory over the past several months in many markets, the reality, as chronicled in several articles recently penned by this author and others, is that foreclosure rates are very likely to rise again in the not-too-distant future.
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5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirms MERS authority to assign mortgage

Trey Garrison
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed MERSCORP Holdings’ authority to assign the mortgage lien as its basis for affirming the dismissal of a wrongful foreclosure lawsuit.
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SEC subpoenas Ocwen over Altisource, HLSS associations

Joins NYDFS in questioning company’s relationship with its affiliates
Ben Lane
Ocwen’s close relationship with Altisource Residential, Altisource Asset Management Corp., Altisource Portfolio, and Home Loan Servicing Solutions has been under scrutiny since New York's Department of Financial Services first sent a letter to Ocwen’s general counsel about the dealings between the affiliated companies in February.
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Who said the MSR market was frozen?

Another billion-dollar bulk portfolio available for sale
Ben Lane
Ocwen Executive Chairman William Erbey called the mortgage servicing rights market frozen in April. While that may be true from his perspective, recent activity shows a fair amount of activity elsewhere in the space.
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SEC filings reveal ZAIS Financial's big mortgage plans

REIT to purchase $100 million in loans; originate new loans
Ben Lane
The real estate investment trust appears to be looking to fill the gap of falling originations and a weak secondary market by ramping up its efforts in both areas.
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