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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Look out housing, Millennials are about to take over

It’s just a matter of time, according to new First American data
Millennials are the largest living population on this planet, and they may be better positioned than any other generation for homeownership. Why? Actually, it could be the very thing holding them back right now that drives them forward later.
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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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loanDepot opens direct-lending production center in Michigan

Sees excellent hiring potential in area
Another lender is eyeing the Detroit area for its employee potential. The city is already home to companies such as Quicken Loans and United Wholesale Mortgage. And now, loanDepot announced it is opening a new direct-lending production center in the area. The Detroit comeback continues.
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Bye-bye regulation, the mortgage industry found a new focus: technology innovation

The hot topic at MBA Annual 2016
There was a clear difference in the atmosphere at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s annual convention and expo in Boston this year. A quick look at this year's headlines compared to last year's headlines shows the dichotomy between the two. The industry was so stifled by TRID last year that the burden carried over into the mood of the conference. This year, however, produced a different, better story.
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Don't move on too quick, TRID isn't over yet

Not enough TRID at MBA Annual? Here’s what you need
Last year, TRID was everywhere. You couldn’t get away from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new Know Before You Owe rule. But while you likely have a better handle on TRID one year later, don’t forget that the news on TRID isn’t over. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s annual convention this year featured only one panel session on TRID, a significant change from all the hype surrounding it last year. Here's what you still need to know.
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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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New home sales increase nearly 30% in September

Home supply gets slightly better
Home sales increased in September after dropping the month before. However, although many economists expected this increase, noting that it showed strength in the economy, not everyone agreed. One thing they did all agree on: there is still room for more growth.
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