5 things mortgage lenders need to do before TILA RESPA goes into effect

Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Home price and wage divergence raise alarms

Plus the endgame for two billion-dollar R&W settlements?

The 15 hottest markets for homebuyers and sellers this spring

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Investments

Redwood Trust turns in “disappointing” first quarter

Net income falls from $27 million to $15 million
Ben Lane
Low interest rates sent Redwood Trust's net income down again in the first quarter of 2015, falling from $27 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 to $15 million in the first quarter. In a letter to shareholders, Redwood’s CEO, Marty Hughes, and president, Brett Nichols, said they were “disappointed” by the results of the first quarter.
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Quicken Loans raises $1.25 billion with debt issuance

Majority will flow to Dan Gilbert’s Rock Holdings
Ben Lane
Quicken Loans raised $1.25 billion last week with a bond issuance, according to a report from Bloomberg. Per the report, the vast majority of the money will go to Rock Holdings, Quicken’s parent company, and Dan Gilbert, the founder and chairman of Quicken and majority owner of Rock Holdings.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Home price and wage divergence raise alarms

Plus the endgame for two billion-dollar R&W settlements?
Trey Garrison
The Countrywide and Citigroup settlements are on the verge of being paid, but looking ahead the housing market has problems now like what led up to the housing crisis in the first place. Is mortgage finance in a doomed time loop, or just not learning from its mistakes?
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Ellie Mae explodes; stock closes at record high

It’s a good time to be an Ellie Mae shareholder
Ben Lane
After turning in another stellar quarter that saw the company’s first-quarter revenue rise 68% over 2014, Ellie Mae rode a wave of positivity to new heights on Friday, closing at a record high. So why is everyone crazy about Ellie Mae?
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What’s the future of Ocwen?

Analysts weigh in on what’s next for the nonbank
Ben Lane
Now that the dust is beginning to settle after Ocwen Financial reported its first-quarter results, industry observers are beginning to question what’s next for the nonbank. Despite the company being back in the black, analysts hold diametrically opposed views of Ocwen’s future.
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From HW Magazine

Is the threat of subprime bond lawsuits fading?

Investors may finally get paid
Amy Macintosh
A new target for investors looking to recover RMBS will be the trustees. In addition to the on-going global settlement cases, new lawsuits were issued last year between investors and trustees. This new type of litigation was initiated for investors to recover their losses on RMBS by accusing trustees of negligence and breach of contract.
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Leaked Treasury memo on Fannie, Freddie fuels fire for sweep critics

Why wasn’t key document turned over in federal lawsuit?
Trey Garrison
A 2011 Treasury memo has just emerged that wasn't included in the documents Treasury was supposed to turn over in a Fannie, Freddie shareholder lawsuit, and which critics say is damning evidence of intentional and knowing violation of the HERA statute. Was it, and what does it mean going forward for GSE reform?
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In defense of Ocwen: Servicer’s track record deserves a second look

Even deep in the weeds there is a path
Trey Garrison
When you have a coalition of housing advocates, investors and investment managers singing your praises about how you act as a servicer, there's got to be a silver lining to the clouds. At least, that's probably what Ocwen is thinking right now.
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U.S. economic growth just about grinds to halt

Exports drop off hobbles 1Q GDP
Trey Garrison
Economic growth in the United States is grinding to a near halt, with the first-quarter GDP estimate coming in at just 0.2%. What boosted it? Spending on heating oil and mandatory healthcare spending. It’s not looking good.
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Freddie Mac selling $233 million pool of Ocwen-serviced loans

Non-performing loans are “deeply delinquent”
Ben Lane
Freddie Mac announced Tuesday that it is preparing to auction off a $233 million pool of non-performing loans, which are serviced by Ocwen Financial, which said in December that it plans to exit agency servicing entirely. Is Freddie Mac done with Ocwen too?
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