BofA reaches $16.65B settlement over "toxic waste" mortgages

BofA reaches $16.65B settlement over "toxic waste" mortgages

Loans date back to Countrywide and Merrill Lynch

KBRA: More smoke than fire in Ocwen’s restated earnings

Cautions that MSR transactions could see more regulatory scrutiny

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

Housing starts? More like housing stops, amirite?
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Why are these the top 10 markets for mom-and-pop landlords?

This is where rents outstrip mortgage payments
Trey Garrison
Some places it just pays more to rent out your home when you move someplace else rather than simply selling it, because it pays every month.
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Existing home sales reach 2014 high

July sales still trail 2013
Trey Garrison
Existing home sales increased in July to their highest annual pace of the year, but are down 4.3% year over year, and the ongoing decline in distressed sales reached an important milestone, according to the National Association of Realtors.
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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates fall to year's lows

Rates continue downward trend
Brena Swanson
Mortgage rates dropped to new yearly lows after hovering around the same area for the past month, according to the latest Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey.
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BofA reaches $16.65B settlement over "toxic waste" mortgages

Loans date back to Countrywide and Merrill Lynch
Brena Swanson
The rumors from yesterday are now confirmed. “Bank of America knew that such wholesale channel loans – described internally as “toxic waste” – presented vastly greater risks of severe delinquencies, early defaults, underwriting defects, and prepayment," according to the SEC filing on the settlement.
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It's officially unaffordable to rent in almost all major cities

Zillow study outlines renting's deep impact on buying
Brena Swanson

"But the health of the for-sale market is directly tied to the rental market, where affordability is really suffering," said Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries.


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Real Living Lifestyles joins RealtyTrac’s broker network

Becomes network’s exclusive partner in San Diego County
Ben Lane
As a member of the RealtyTrac Network, Real Living Lifestyles will have the ability to integrate its broker-branded listings into the realtytrac.com website. “The network also offers all of its members high-profile, homepage branding as well as incorporating their insight into the real estate news cycle,” RealtyTrac said.
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Integrated Mortgage Solutions appoints Ed Ford SVP of national sales

Industry veteran brings “wealth of experience” to growing company
Ben Lane
"Ed’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge has already made him a key addition to the IMS family," Cheryl Lang, IMS’ president and CEO, said. "We view his appointment as a sign of our commitment to being the leading company in our industry."
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Realtor.com: July boasts the healthiest end to spring buying season in 3 years

Move finds silver linings in housing gray skies
Trey Garrison
Realtor.com is touting data from July showing that, by its metrics, July shows the best price appreciation and inventory increases hit during the peak spring buying season in three years.
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Countrywide’s Mozilo may face lawsuit over subprime mortgages

This time prosecutors have a new weapon
Brena Swanson
Although Countrywide Financial no longer exists, co-founder Angelo Mozilo is allegedly not in the clear as prosecutors still want to hold him responsible for the company’s role in the U.S. housing bubble, according to a Bloomberg report.
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Distressed sales down to lowest share since before housing bubble broke

Sales accounted for just 11% of total home sales in June
Trey Garrison
For the 19th consecutive month, distressed home sales fell on a year-over-year basis, declining to 11.4% of home sales in June.
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