Senate approves short sale tax break

Senate approves short sale tax break

Allows tax relief on 2014 short sales

Another regulator investigates Ocwen Financial

Ocwen’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year just got worse

Senate fails to pass Terrorism Risk Insurance Act

Housing groups "extremely disappointed" in "alarming failure"
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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates once again drop to new yearly lows

Drop further below 4%
Brena Swanson
Mortgage rates have continuously decreased throughout the year, recently hovering around 4%. And now, according to Freddie Mac's latest mortgage report, rates are continuing this trend.
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Ocwen accused of stalling short sales

NYDFS and CFPB investigate
Brena Swanson
Ocwen just can't get out from under the spotlight of housing regulators. This time the servicer is being accused over whether it improperly stalled short sales by borrowers who owe more than their homes are worth.
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Countrywide whistleblower will receive $57 million

Edward O’Donnell to get part of record Bank of America settlement
Ben Lane
The whistleblower at the center of the so-called "Hustle" case against Bank of America over Countrywide mortgage loans will also receive a hefty payout for his participation in the record $16.65 billion settlement between BofA and the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve claims over toxic mortgage-backed securities on residential mortgage loans sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
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Congressional budget bill kills HUD homeowner assistance program

HAWK program designed to offer savings on FHA-insured loans
Ben Lane
One of the most ballyhooed features of the FHA’s plan to help ease credit availability is not going to happen, thanks to budgetary wrangling in Congress. The HAWK program is no more.
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Political theater: Community groups giving HUD “Grinch of the Year” award

Advocates say distressed asset sales drive foreclosures
Trey Garrison
Get ready for a little coal in the stocking for the FHA — community groups and housing advocates are protesting the Distressed Asset Stabilization Program. Here's what will happen Thursday.
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Yellen talks interest rates and oil prices

Fed Chair comments on FOMC announcement
Brena Swanson
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen commented on two hot topics in the market right now: interest rates and oil prices. And her answers might surprise you.
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5 predictions for NYC real estate in 2015

Condo sales, capital markers, construction costs and more
Trey Garrison
The Big Apple's real estate market faces some serious challenges and opportunities in 2015. Here's what one insider has to say.
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Bank of America, U.S. Bancorp face another MBS suit

NCUA files lawsuit against two large banks
Brena Swanson
Some of the country's biggest banks are facing another mortgage-related lawsuit. This time the National Credit Union Administration Board is filing the suit, claiming that both Bank of America and U.S. Bancorp failed to review mortgage loan files for irregularities.
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FOMC: Fed maintains federal funds rate

3 charts reveal the Fed’s economic projections
Brena Swanson
According to the latest Fed meeting, the current 0% to .25% target range for the federal funds rate will likely be appropriate for a considerable time following the end of its asset purchase program in October.
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Senate fails to pass Terrorism Risk Insurance Act

Housing groups "extremely disappointed" in "alarming failure"
Trey Garrison
The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act is critical to the housing industry, and despite passing the House on a bipartisan vote, the Senate failed to reauthorize it before recessing. Here's what the industry has to say.
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