Servicing

New York unveils $13 million program for cities' fight against zombie homes

New grant program uses Morgan Stanley settlement funds
The state of New York takes its next steps in its ongoing battle against neighborhood blight caused by abandoned foreclosures by unveiling a new program designed to help cities throughout the state fight back against the rise of zombie homes. And the state is using money from a massive settlement with Morgan Stanley to do it.
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Republican Party calls for significant changes to housing in 2016

Party platform blasts "corrupt business model" of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac
If the Republican Party sweeps November’s elections, the world of housing finance could be in for some significant changes, as the party's 2016 platform calls for seriously cutting the government’s role in housing. The platform could potentially abolish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and end the use of disparate impact.
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Here's the social media guide tailored just for mortgage lending

The key to client retention
$1.6 trillion. This number defines the business potential you have in mortgage originations. The trick is to use social media to beat out all the other companies in the mortgage space that are also fighting for their share. But you’re not trying to just master social media, you’re trying to harness a tool to connect with future clients and enhance client retention to grow your business. This is how you do that.
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Bomb threat forces evacuation of Nationstar corporate headquarters

Threat called in on nearby unaffiliated building; all-clear given after several hours
The corporate headquarters for Nationstar Mortgage, home to approximately 900 of the company's employees, sat vacant for several hours Monday morning as a bomb threat to a nearby unaffiliated building forced an evacuation. After a few hours, Dallas Police gave the "all clear" and Nationstar's employees returned to work. Here are more details on the developing situation.
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Study: Recent changes to reverse mortgage rules cut default risk in half

New report from Center for Retirement Research at Boston College lauds HECM program
A new study from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College states that recent changes made to the rules governing reverse mortgages, specifically those that are part of the government's Home Equity Conversion Mortgages program, will dramatically cut the risk of default for borrowers.
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Here's why the FHA's changes to non-performing loan sales are a universal win-win

Boston Community Capital CEO Elyse Cherry on why changes could alter industry
Recently, HUD announced important, valuable, and substantive changes to its Distressed Asset Stabilization Program, under which the FHA sells off deeply delinquent loans to private investors. The reforms will benefit homeowners, entire neighborhoods, and our economy as a whole – and have the potential to transform the way the private sector approaches the housing market. Here's why.
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Fitch: Mortgage servicers are in for a rough year

Low interest rate environment, rising refinances lead to shrinking portfolios
Many of the largest bank and nonbank mortgage servicers saw their portfolios decline in the first quarter of 2016, according to a new report from Fitch Ratings. And with mortgage interest rates remaining near historic lows ever since the Brexit, things aren't likely to get much better for mortgage servicers this year.
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RealtyTrac: More homeowners are avoiding foreclosure than ever before

New report shows that foreclosure starts hit record low in first half of 2016
A new report from RealtyTrac shows that more homeowners are keeping their homes out of foreclosure than ever before. According to RealtyTrac's report, the number of homes that started the foreclosure process during the first half of 2016 was the lowest for any half-year period since the company began tracking foreclosure starts in 2006.
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