Lawsuit alleges former LandCastle Title CEO embezzled $30 million

Lawsuit alleges former LandCastle Title CEO embezzled $30 million

Nat Hardwick allegedly used funds for private jets, gambling

Fannie Mae: Lenders ask these 4 questions about MSRs

All about transfer and execution

Fidelity National bails out Landcastle Title

Discovered “substantial account misappropriations”
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U.S. District Court in Minnesota dismisses multiple MERS challenges

Court issues three rulings citing no break in chain of title
Trey Garrison
The U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota issued rulings in three cases that are favorable to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems.
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Fannie Mae: Lenders ask these 4 questions about MSRs

All about transfer and execution
Jacob Gaffney
“Servicing of mortgage loans can be an important, valuable component of a lender’s business and we thought it would be helpful to address some of these topics,” writes Fannie Mae's Stephen Pawlowski.
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CoreLogic: Far fewer foreclosures coming to market

Down by more than one-third
Jacob Gaffney
The monthly foreclosure report is out from mortgage data and analytics provider CoreLogic. And for those who rely on a healthy foreclosure pipeline to sell property, the results show yearly inventory is down by more than one-third.
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Rushmore Loan Management Services to open branch in Puerto Rico

Expands loan servicing operations with office in San Juan
Ben Lane
The company plans to hire approximately 50-60 new employees to staff the San Juan office. According to Rushmore CEO Terry Smith, Rushmore will immediately begin servicing approximately 4,000 residential loans and REO when the branch office opens in November.
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Black Knight: Foreclosure starts are up for the third consecutive month

Overall foreclosure inventory continues to fall
Trey Garrison
Foreclosure starts in July were up for the third consecutive month even as the overall inventory continues to decline, according to Black Knight Financial Services.
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BofA settlement consumer relief comes with a price

Tax requirements change true financial benefit
Brena Swanson
Although $7 billion of the Bank of America settlement is going toward consumer relief, those who accept it could face some financial difficulties later due to tax requirements.
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Huge tax bill for homeowners who receive BofA settlement?

The relief could be too good to be true
Ben Lane
There could be a huge tax bill coming for borrowers that accept relief as part of the $16.65 billion settlement between Bank of America and the U.S. Department of Justice.
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HOPE NOW: Foreclosure sales fall to pre-bust levels

Total number of loan modifications since 2007 reaches 7.1 million
Ben Lane
The estimated 115,000 foreclosure sales in the second quarter represented a decline of 9% from the first quarter’s total of 126,000. HOPE NOW notes that the second quarter total was the lowest since it started tracking the data in 2007.
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Corcoran Consulting and Coaching to offer free webinars for Equator

Collaboration between firms will include performance coaching
Levi Shultz
“We are honored to be in collaboration with Equator as we continue to provide value-added services to real estate professionals in the REO and short sale industries,” said Bubba Mills, executive vice president of Corcoran Consulting and Coaching.
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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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