Feds appeal decision to release #FannieGate memos

Claim that court made severe, irreversible error
The government is now fighting back against the court’s decision that ordered them to release 56 documents to the public that could show that the Treasury took over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac despite the secondary mortgage market firms being adequately capitalized. Now, however, the government claims the judge made that decision based on a misunderstanding of the principles that govern executive privilege.
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Ellie Mae posts first $100 million revenue quarter

Beats capital consensus
The record-breaking quarters for Ellie Mae are not slowing down. Once again, Ellie Mae reported record revenue, breaking the record that was set last quarter, which actually broke the record set in the quarter prior to that. This time, however, marks the first ever quarter that Ellie Mae posted more than $100 million in revenue.
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WCI Communities doesn't find better offer; $643M merger with Lennar to move forward

"Go shop" period expires, but deal isn't done yet
When WCI Communities, a “lifestyle community developer and luxury homebuilder” headquartered in Florida, announced last month that it agreed to a “definitive merger agreement” with fellow homebuilder Lennar for $643 million, the company said that its board was going to take a 35-day “go shop” period to seek a better deal. Now, the 35-day “go shop” period is over and the merger with Lennar is moving forward, but it’s not a done deal yet.
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FormFree chosen to provide asset verification for Fannie Mae

"Day 1 Certainty" program will use AccountChek to verify borrower assets
Lost in all the hubbub about Fannie Mae’s big announcement this week that it would be offering lenders protection from buyback risk, provided the lender uses Fannie Mae’s Desktop Underwriter and Collateral Underwriter tools, was just how Fannie Mae intended to provide lenders with that protection. So how is Fannie Mae going to verify a borrower’s assets? By using AccountChek from FormFree Holdings, as it turns out.
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Ocwen returns to profitability for first time since Q2 2015

Sets aside additional $10 million for settlement with California
Earlier this year, when Ocwen Financial reported a net loss for the second quarter, marking its fourth straight quarter of taking a loss, the company’s executives said that despite the “legacy” issues Ocwen faced, they believed the company was on a path back to profitability. What they didn’t say is just how long it would take the nonbank to get back into the black. As it turns out, it only took one quarter.
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FHA lowers owner-occupancy requirements for condos

Changes part of Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act of 2016
When President Obama signed the "Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016" into law a few months ago, many celebrated because it changed the Federal Housing Administration’s rules for condominium financing, among other changes. Wednesday, the FHA delivered, lowering its owner-occupancy requirements on certain condo developments.
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SIGTARP moves to hold top brass accountable for bad bank behavior

End the era of the "insulated CEO"
Former Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf and other Wells Fargo executives could still face criminal charges over how much the bank’s management knew about the more than 2 million fake accounts that 5,000 of the bank’s former employees opened in order to get sales bonuses. Even if Stumpf and the others don’t end up facing criminal charges, the Wells Fargo situation could still prove to be a tipping point as one financial regulator is proposing big changes that would hold executives personally responsible for the actions of their companies.
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RE/MAX getting into the mortgage business; launches Motto Mortgage

Plans to open mortgage brokerage franchises across the country
While most of the biggest names in mortgage lending are focused on the Mortgage Bankers Association’s annual conference, taking place right now in Boston, one of the biggest names in real estate revealed that it is getting into the mortgage business. On Tuesday, RE/MAX announced that it is launching Motto Mortgage, a mortgage brokerage franchise that the company plans to take nationwide.
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