Claren Financial: The mortgage market faces 3 more years of recovery

Judge tosses whistleblower letter, limits discovery in Zillow-Move suit

Motions to limit subpoenas, strike letter benefit Zillow in legal row

San Francisco leads the nation in property bidding wars

Well above national average
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Servicing

PHH returns to profitability in first quarter

Reports 46% jump in mortgage applications
Ben Lane
After a year of transition that saw PHH Corp. sell off its fleet management business and take a net loss from continuing operations of $191 million in 2014, PHH returned to profitability in the first quarter. How did PHH turn it around?
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BSI Financial approved as Ginnie Mae issuer

Now able to service loans in Ginnie Mae securitizations
In a release, BSI Financial said that the Ginnie Mae approval provides “further evidence of BSI Financial's sound servicing practices and its track record of regulatory compliance.” The company also said that the accreditation “opens the door” for further expansion of the company's loan subservicing solutions.
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MBA: Mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures drop in 1Q

Is the housing market normalizing?
Trey Garrison
The delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit residential properties decreased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.54% of all loans outstanding at the end of the first quarter of 2015. Analysts say it's a good sign for a market that's faced a lot of headwinds. Here's why.
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Nationstar’s surprise 1Q loss pulls down nonbank servicers

NSM drops below 52-week low in afternoon trading
Trey Garrison
All the major nonbank mortgage servicers were bleeding in trading through early afternoon, after Nationstar Mortgage Holdings reported its first-quarter surprise loss. Here's where the red ink is spilling.
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What’s the future of Ocwen?

Analysts weigh in on what’s next for the nonbank
Ben Lane
Now that the dust is beginning to settle after Ocwen Financial reported its first-quarter results, industry observers are beginning to question what’s next for the nonbank. Despite the company being back in the black, analysts hold diametrically opposed views of Ocwen’s future.
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Ocwen turns profit in first quarter but CEO vows to “do better”

Reports net income of $34.4 million in first quarter
Ben Lane
Reversing a trend that saw it lose $546 million in 2014, Ocwen Financial reported net income of $34.4 million, or $0.27 per share, for the first quarter of 2015. But Ocwen President and CEO Ron Faris said the company is not satisfied and intends to "do better."
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$1.18 billion in Fannie, Freddie MSRs hit market

MountainView marketing two GSE pools
Ben Lane
Mortgage servicers hoping to get their hands on the servicing rights for loans owned by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have that chance, according to MountainView Servicing Group, which is acting as advisor in the sale of two separate sales of agency mortgage servicing rights.
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Dealing with one housing bubble at a time

HELOCs and other factors constrain housing “recovery”
Lynn Effinger
RealtyTrac predicts that as the average HELOC borrower's ten-year interest-only period ends, that person's or family’s monthly bill will perhaps more than double from $133 to $279. This could pose a serious problem. Let's start with that, first.
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Assurant exits health insurance; focus shifts to housing

Plans expansion of lender-placed insurance and other programs
Ben Lane
Assurant is planning to exit the health insurance and employee benefits business and will shift its focus instead to its housing insurance programs, which include renters/apartment insurance, flood insurance, manufactured housing and force-placed insurance.
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Ocwen, Assurant to pay $140 million to settle force-placed insurance suit

Class-action suit accused Ocwen of artificially inflating costs
Ben Lane
Ocwen Financial and Assurant agreed to pay $140 million to settle a massive class-action lawsuit, which accused Ocwen of artificially inflating the cost of force-placed insurance in exchange for kickbacks from Assurant. The settlement agreement, which is awaiting final approval from federal court in Florida, resolves claims of 399,843 homeowners who allege they were overcharged for insurance.
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