Truth is, those recent housing numbers aren't so shiny

Truth is, those recent housing numbers aren't so shiny

Housing starts? More like housing stops, amirite?

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CFPB expresses “heightened” concern over MSR transfers

New bulletin reminds servicers of responsibilities to borrowers
Ben Lane
In the new bulletin, the CFPB said that it is reminding servicers of their responsibilities to borrowers, “in light of potential risks to consumers that may arise in connection with transfers of residential mortgage servicing rights.”
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Chicago FHLB launches Ginnie Mae MBS program

Gives small banks access to secondary mortgage market
Brena Swanson
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago will soon launch its new program that allows members to originate and sell government-backed loans into Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities.
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Are we facing yet another foreclosure crisis?

Property preservation remains vital component to default servicing
Lynn Effinger
Despite numerous reports indicating that there has been a deep decline in foreclosure inventory over the past several months in many markets, the reality, as chronicled in several articles recently penned by this author and others, is that foreclosure rates are very likely to rise again in the not-too-distant future.
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Good news for the housing market?

Home Depot raises full-year forecast
Brena Swanson
Home Depot recorded strong second-quarter earnings on the same day the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development reported multifamily housing starts soaring.
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5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirms MERS authority to assign mortgage

Trey Garrison
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed MERSCORP Holdings’ authority to assign the mortgage lien as its basis for affirming the dismissal of a wrongful foreclosure lawsuit.
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Truth is, those recent housing numbers aren't so shiny

Housing starts? More like housing stops, amirite?
Trey Garrison
The bad news is that almost all of those gains from June to July in starts and permits are in multifamily rental housing. That’s not the sign of a housing recovery. That’s the sign of a shift from an ownership society to a rental society.
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Look! This penthouse can be yours for half a billion dollars

First, get a half a billion dollars
Trey Garrison
It’s Monaco, where there is so much money that if you meet three locals, one of them is a millionaire. And now it may be home to the world’s most expensive penthouse.
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SEC subpoenas Ocwen over Altisource, HLSS associations

Joins NYDFS in questioning company’s relationship with its affiliates
Ben Lane
Ocwen’s close relationship with Altisource Residential, Altisource Asset Management Corp., Altisource Portfolio, and Home Loan Servicing Solutions has been under scrutiny since New York's Department of Financial Services first sent a letter to Ocwen’s general counsel about the dealings between the affiliated companies in February.
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3 reasons mortgage apps don't reflect housing strength

The growing disconnect between apps and sales
Brena Swanson
Mortgage applications continue to hover around the same level, while home sales keep rising. A new reports digs into why, citing three factors for the disconnect.
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Alan Levith joins Edcomm Banker’s Academy as chief compliance counsel

Former FDIC counsel will oversee regulatory compliance matters
Ben Lane
In this new role, Levith will have a myriad of responsibilities, with a specific focus on “cradle to grave” regulatory compliance matters related to the financial services industry, including mortgage servicing, originations, and loss mitigation issues for banking and non-banking financial organizations.
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