Will housing headwinds flatten home sales?

Will housing headwinds flatten home sales?

Auction.com: Market maintaining current momentum

Wilbur Ross quits Ocwen Financial

Distressed asset investor bringing his magic to Bank of Cyprus

Dustin Johnson levels blockbuster claims at title attorneys

Is Nat Hardwick the fall guy?
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Court rulings in unpaid HOA fees raise risk in RMBS, SFR deals

Moody’s: Newer deals have provisions to mitigate risk
Trey Garrison
A new report from Moody’s Investors Service spotlights how recent rulings by the highest courts in Nevada and Washington, D.C. on unpaid HOA fees raise risk in residential mortgage-backed securities and single-family rental securitizations.
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Lag in housing starts, employment drag on October economy

Chicago Fed index shows slowing economic activity
Trey Garrison
The economy slowed in October, with much of the drag coming from a weakness in housing and consumption and a slowdown in employment growth and production.
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Wolters Kluwer Financial Services offers demo of TILA-RESPA product

Compliance, workflow software for lenders in new environment
Trey Garrison
Wolters Kluwer Financial Services is rolling out TILA-RESPA focused compliance and workflow solutions, offering live demos of the product for potential clients to deal with the regulatory rules that go into effect industry wide on Aug. 1, 2015.
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Will housing headwinds flatten home sales?

Auction.com: Market maintaining current momentum
Trey Garrison
Auction.com’s Nowcast report projects that existing home sales for November will fall between seasonally adjusted averages of 5.05 and 5.46 million annual sales, with a targeted number of 5.25 million.
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Home prices dropped in September for the first time since January

Black Knight: Drop was miniscule but present
Trey Garrison
At the national level, Black Knight’s September home price index reports that U.S. home prices were down slightly in September - the first time any decrease had been observed since January 2014.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Mortgage giants warm to principal reduction?

Also 2015 housing finance forecasts galore and key mortgage industry metrics
Trey Garrison
Is principal reduction about to become more common? Who hit the bulls-eye in forecasting 2014, and who just offered bull? And of those hawkeye prognosticators, what do they have to say about 2015? Get it here and get it early.
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$4.8 billion portfolio of Fannie, Freddie MSRs hits market

Available from “a highly reputable mortgage banking company”
Ben Lane
"These offerings provide an excellent opportunity to finish off your year with the purchase of a substantial amount of extremely low interest rate, high quality MSRs from a highly reputable mortgage banking company," said Interactive Mortgage Advisors, which is acting as the exclusive broker for the seller.
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Want a free Bentley? Sell this house

Agent who finds buyer for $10 million house gets added bonus
Ben Lane
Whoever finds a buyer for the nearly $10 million home will not only get his or her commission on the sale, the seller is also throwing in a new a 2015 Bentley at no charge. Just consider it a little cherry on top of your normal compensation.
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SEC grants Bank of America relief in $16 billion settlement

Ends political logjam
Ben Lane
The record-setting settlement between Bank of America, the U.S. Department of Justice, certain federal agencies and six states to resolve claims over toxic residential mortgage-backed securities can finally proceed after the bank was granted relief by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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REO agents and brokers deserve to be paid more

The paperwork alone can be mind-boggling
Lynn Effinger
Without necessarily intending to, I am going through this process currently as it relates to REO management, marketing and disposition. And it is an eye-opening process, indeed, even for this longtime veteran of this industry.
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