BofA reaches $16.65B settlement over "toxic waste" mortgages

BofA reaches $16.65B settlement over "toxic waste" mortgages

Loans date back to Countrywide and Merrill Lynch

KBRA: More smoke than fire in Ocwen’s restated earnings

Cautions that MSR transactions could see more regulatory scrutiny

Truth is, those recent housing numbers aren't so shiny

Housing starts? More like housing stops, amirite?
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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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Compass Point: Refi burnout hurting Walter Investment

Reiterates “sell” rating and lowers target price by 20
Ben Lane
Citing increasing operating costs and declining profit margins, Compass Point Trading & Research said that Walter Investment is headed towards a poor 2014 and an even worse 2015.
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Fees and costs: It's time to redefine reasonable

The road ahead for mortgage servicing must include a new set of transparent business practices
Recent events within the servicing industry have challenged common business practice – and that means that everything that has been done in the past now needs to be re-examined, rationalized, and made transparent.
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Outrageous jury award reveals contempt for mortgage lenders

Borrowers need saving, from themselves
Lynn Effinger
This large judgment that hammers PHH, comes amid concerns regarding potential crackdowns by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on servicers who fail to adapt stringent new rules requiring better communication with borrowers who are in default.
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