The New York Times rambles, and mangles mortgages along the way

The New York Times rambles, and mangles mortgages along the way

Mortgage finance and mortgage regulation aren’t the paper’s strong suits

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Ocwen Financial moves from profit to loss

Beleagured nonbank books a $100M charge for potential settlement
Trey Garrison
Ocwen Financial missed analyst expectations by more than a dollar per share, posting a pretax loss of $75.3 million or $0.58 per share compared to a profit of $60.6M and $0.39 one year ago as the company books a $100 million pretax charge for a potential settlement with the New York Dept. of Financial Services.
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Fidelity National Q3 revenue rises over 3Q13

$1.7 billion in total revenue equals 2Q14
Ben Lane
Fidelity’s third-quarter revenue of $1.7 billion equaled its second-quarter revenue, which also came in at $1.7 billion, and was also up from $1.6 billion in the second quarter of 2013.
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Trulia’s 3Q revenue surges as unique visitors soar 89%

The search for real estate starts online
Brena Swanson
Trulia’s total revenue for the third quarter of 2014 was $67.1 million, up 67% year-over-year. Total subscribers as of Sept. 30 were approximately 77,900, an increase from approximately 74,000 as of June 30.
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QE3 ends, how long until interest rates rise?

Hensarling: "The end of QE is good news"
Brena Swanson
The market expected the announcement of the end of quantitative easing Wednesday, putting an end to a more than two-year-old asset purchase program. Now the market is left to adjust for where the next step could potentially be.
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7 recommendations for CFPB to improve HMDA

Better measurements needed for home loans, mods, affordable housing
Trey Garrison
More than 40 California organizations join with the California Reinvestment Coalition in calling on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to strengthen the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act through greater transparency.
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FOMC: Tapering is officially over

Economy expands at moderate pace
Brena Swanson
It’s over. The Federal Open Market Committee officially decided to conclude its two-year-old asset purchase program this month due to the substantial improvement in the outlook for the labor market and strength in the broader economy. The Zero Interest Rate Policy, on the other hand, remains in full effect.
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The New York Times rambles, and mangles mortgages along the way

Mortgage finance and mortgage regulation aren’t the paper’s strong suits
Trey Garrison

Reading the New York Times is a great intellectual exercise because you get to read news articles and say to yourself, “Hmm. That’s interesting. I wonder if it’s true?” Today in the financial section, though, was an opinion piece on mortgage financing that had me instead asking, “Do you even English, New York Times?”


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Hilco Real Estate Finance sold, rebrands as Jordan Capital Finance

Will focus on “fix and flip” investors; offer lines of credit up to $5 million
Ben Lane
“Following such a successful first year and a half of lending, originating loans in approximately 20 states and rapid expansion of the operations, we decided that the time was right to carefully transition the company to a new capital partner that wanted to aggressively scale the business,” Hilco Real Estate CEO Neil Aaronson said.
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$3.2M Detroit foreclosure mystery bidder revealed

Here are the plans going forward
Brena Swanson
The mystery buyer behind the purchase of more than 6,000 Detroit foreclosed homes was revealed on Tuesday. Here are his plans for what he hopes to do with it.
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Fannie Mae joins JPMorgan to launch new risk-sharing bond deal

One distinction: cash used as collateral
Ben Lane
Fannie Mae is partnering with JPMorgan to launch a new risk-sharing vehicle, J.P. Morgan Madison Avenue Securities Trust. The first offering in the series checks in at $989 million, but there are differences from Fannie’s previous risk-sharing offerings.
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