HousingWire TECH100 winner FormFree issued pioneering patent

HousingWire TECH100 winner FormFree issued pioneering patent

All-digital verification is now a thing

Ginnie Mae ditches paper and goes eMortgage

Electronic filing to start very soon

Fannie Mae offers new suite of HomePath financing

Goodbye HomePath Mortgage and HomePath Renovation
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1 in 6 homes still seriously underwater as home price growth slows

Down 26% from 2013, but decline slowed with slowing price gains
July 24, 2014
Some 9.1 million U.S. residential properties were seriously underwater in the second quarter, representing 17% of all properties with a mortgage, RealtyTrac reports.
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CFPB, FTC file 9 lawsuits against deceptive foreclosure firms

Regulators perform giant sweep of industry
July 23, 2014
In a giant sweep against foreclosure relief scammers, the CFPB, FTC and 15 states are filing a handful of lawsuits against companies and individuals that collected more than $25 million in illegal advance fees with false promises to prevent foreclosures.
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Black Knight: Foreclosures hit lowest level since May 2008

Twenty-six months of declines; prepay rate is up
July 23, 2014
The national inventory of loans in foreclosure declined again in June, down 1.5% for the month, almost 36% for the year, making this the 26th consecutive month of declines, Black Knight Financial Services reported.
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Google workers disturb homeowners' peace

Google said it responds to complaints
July 23, 2014
Google Fiber contractors are supposed to leave property in the condition they found it or better. According to local press in Kansas City, this isn't always the case.
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IMA oversees $1B MSR portfolio, mortgage banker sale

Fannie, Freddie, Ginnie approvals in good standing
July 22, 2014
IMA is overseeing the sale of a Northeast mortgage banker that has retail/wholesale originations and a $1 billion mortgage-servicing rights portfolio with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae approvals in good standing.
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Fannie Mae contractor Cyprexx accused of racial discrimination

Homes in African American, Latino neighborhoods were treated “very poorly”
July 22, 2014
"Cyprexx is required by federal law to maintain foreclosures without regard to the racial makeup of the neighborhood, but the evidence we uncovered flies in the face of that obligation," said Shanna Smith, CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance. A Cyprexx source said the company was not made aware of any complaints and the NFHA, to his knowledge, never reached out.
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Homeowner awarded million-dollar mortgage settlement

Will homeowner ever receive a dime?
July 21, 2014
What's unusual is the sheer size of the settlement, which PHH Mortgage Services is fighting and other lawyers say is excessive. Lawyers for Philip Linza said the award included $514,000 in compensatory damages and $15.7 million in punitive damages.
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Happy 4th birthday Dodd-Frank! Everyone hates you

How effective has Dodd-Frank really been?
July 21, 2014
"As a Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP progress report on the legislation indicates, the deadlines for 280 rulemaking requirements have passed, as of July 18," analysts from SNL Financial write in a new report. “Of those, 127 deadlines were missed. Of the 398 total required rulemakings contained in the bill, 96 have yet to be proposed."
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Foreclosure law firm to pay $10m to settle price-gouging complaint

Came to the front when Fannie Mae pulled plug
July 18, 2014
In a call to HousingWire, an attorney with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, the firm representing Aronowitz & Mecklenburg, said his client is also going to look for someone to purchase the foreclosure operation. Colorado's attorney general filed a complaint alleging the foreclosure law firm set unreasonably high prices for its services, knowing there was little homeowners or the state could do about it.
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Did Colorado foreclosure lawyers create artificial fees?

Went unnoticed until Fannie Mae pulls plug
July 17, 2014
The AG’s office said the two firms weren’t happy with flat fees they could charge to process foreclosure paper. So they allegedly came up with a plan to bilk more money out of the process.
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