Servicing

Washington hits Ocwen with fine for using unlicensed offshore companies

Ocwen to pay $900,000; only use licensed entities to service Washington loans
Ocwen Financial will pay $900,000 to the state of Washington after an investigation conducted by the state found that Ocwen used unlicensed companies in India and the Philippines to service mortgage loans, the state’s financial regulator announced Thursday. Here are the details.
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6 critical areas vendors need to deliver for the FHA’s CWCOT program

Compliance risk mitigation requires careful coordination
While the primary goal of the FHA's "Claims Without Conveyance of Title" program may be to encourage a faster sale of the property, the CWCOT program involves far more than just arranging for a sale of real estate. To help properly execute the program, here are six areas in which a vendor must perform exceedingly well in order to put a working CWCOT program together.
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FHA makes it easier for struggling borrowers to keep their homes

Announces "streamlined" loss mitigation process for mortgage servicers
Borrowers with a high loan-to-value ratio mortgage received some welcome news on Thursday morning when the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced that it plans to extend the Home Affordable Refinance Program into 2017. But what about struggling borrowers whose loans are insured by the Federal Housing Administration? Well, those borrowers are now about to get some relief of their own.
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HARP extended into 2017; FHFA plans new refinance program

More than 300,000 homeowners still eligible for HARP
It's not over. Homeowners are yet again getting another chance from the Federal Housing Finance Agency to take advantage of the Home Affordable Refinance Program. The new deadline is now Sept. 30, 2017. But this time around, things are different.
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Could the mortgage market be facing a liquidity crisis?

Kroll Bond Rating Agency's Christopher Whalen thinks so
The mortgage market could be staring at a liquidity crisis in the very near future thanks in part to the Federal Reserve's repeated reluctance to increase interest rates, Kroll Bond Rating Agency Senior Managing Director Christopher Whalen told CNBC on Wednesday.
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Executive Conversation: Deborah Garcia-Gratacos on servicing the Hispanic market

Deval provides bilingual documents and personnel for optimal communication
Hispanics are the fastest-growing segment of the American population, with 55.3 million Hispanics in the United States in 2014 and this is projected to grow to 30% of the population by 2060. Deval LLC discusses the unique requirements for servicing the Hispanic community.
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Black Knight: Fewer homeowners refinancing

But foreclosure starts down
Rates are near all-time lows. This should be great news for homebuyers, but despite this, homeowners are not refinancing their homes. According to a new report from Black Knight Financial Services, nearly 9 million people aren't taking advantage of this low-rate environment.
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S&P: State regulations squeeze mortgage servicing profits

But compensation rates aren’t changing
A new S&P Global report outlines the challenges facing mortgage servicers, pointing out the likely additional cost and resource allocation. As the costs increase though, servicer compensation appears to be stagnant. HousingWire continues in-depth coverage of mortgage servicer costs and compensation. Click the headline to read more.
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