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JPMorgan Chase: Hold the phone on those DOJ robo-signing charges

Claims DOJ misrepresented settlement agreement
Ben Lane
JPMorgan Chase is pushing back at the Department of Justice’s claims that it admitted to misfiling more than 50,000 payment change notices in bankruptcy courts that were “improperly signed, under penalty of perjury, by persons who had not reviewed the accuracy of the notices.” According to Chase Vice President and Head of External Communications Jason Lobo, Chase made no such admissions, despite agreeing to the settlement.
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Here’s how much mortgage servicing Altisource Residential is offloading

SEC filing reveals contract details with BSI Financial and Fay Servicing
Ben Lane
Last month, HousingWire reported that Altisource Residential agreed to separate mortgage servicing contracts with two vendors, Fay Servicing and BSI Financial Services. What wasn’t known at the time was just how much servicing Altisource would be transferring, but a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission reveals the size of the contracts.
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DOJ fines JPMorgan Chase $50 million for robo-signing

Chase admits to misfiling mortgage documents
Ben Lane
JPMorgan Chase admitted to misfiling more than 50,000 payment change notices in bankruptcy courts that were “improperly signed, under penalty of perjury, by persons who had not reviewed the accuracy of the notices,” and will pay more than $50 million to homeowners as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over its mortgage practices.
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Ocwen troubles aren’t over yet

Preparing to book $370-$420 million goodwill charge off
Ben Lane
When Ocwen Financial does finally report its yearly financial data, there will be several more negative items in the ledger, and the company is attempting to preemptively alleviate investor concerns by getting out in front of the news. In a press release Monday, the company said that it is expecting its fourth quarter and year-end results to be affected by a $370-$420 million non-cash charge to write-off goodwill.
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Altisource Portfolio Solutions reports 2014 net income of $134.5 million

Ocwen’s troubles force cutbacks, including layoffs
Ben Lane
Despite its business taking a hit due to Ocwen Financial’s regulatory troubles, Altisource Portfolio Solutions still reported a 3% increase in net income in 2014, with the company’s income rising from $129.97 million in 2013 to $134.49 million in 2014.
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Things at Ocwen just went from bad to much, much worse

Embattled company hit with an avalanche of bad news
Ben Lane
Just when it looked Ocwen Financial may finally be getting some good news, the nonbank was hit with an avalanche of bad news. A new report from Compass Point says that Ocwen was just terminated as servicer on two RMBS deals, and worst of all, Ocwen now stands accused of costing mortgage bond investors $26 billion.
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Stonegate just grew warehouse lending by 888%

No, that’s not a typo
Ben Lane
Stonegate Mortgage Corporation reported an incredible 888% year-over-year increase in its warehouse lending in the fourth quarter, rising from $47.8 million in 2013 to $472.4 million in 2014. But it still wasn't enough to help Stonegate turn a profit in 2014.
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Capstone demands Altisource family divorce

Calls for Altisource Residential to terminate Altisource Asset Management agreement
Ben Lane
Over the last few months, Ocwen, Altisource Portfolio Solutions and Home Loan Servicing Solutions bore the brunt of the regulatory and investor scrutiny — Altisource Residential and Altisource Asset Management escaped mostly unscathed. But now, Altisource Residential is the target of an investor who’s demanding an Altisource family divorce.
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Moody’s: Home Loan Servicing Solutions sale bolsters Ocwen’s future

Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?
Ben Lane
Maybe there’s finally some good news for embattled nonbank Ocwen Financial. In a new report, analysts from Moody’s Investors Service say that the $1.3 billion acquisition of Ocwen associate Home Loan Servicing Solutions by New Residential Investment will actually help to stabilize Ocwen’s own servicing operations and improve Ocwen’s future prospects.
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Is self-servicing the future of mortgage servicing?

Thoughts on the future from MBA Servicing 2015
Ben Lane
Whether in the meeting rooms, in the hallways, or down on the expo floor of the Gaylord Texan, one of the main discussion topics at this year’s MBA Servicing conference has been the future of the mortgage servicing business. One trend that attendees are sure will continue is the migration of the mortgage process onto the web and servicers need to be prepared.
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