CFPB puts 44 mortgage lenders and brokers on notice over HMDA requirements

A number of new companies have to report data
Approximately 44 mortgage lenders and mortgage brokers are about to get a wake-up call from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, warning them that they might be in violation of the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act. The bureau, in sending these warning letters, made no determination that a legal violation did, in fact, occur, but the industry can take this as a notice that the bureau is watching.
Read More

WCI Communities doesn't find better offer; $643M merger with Lennar to move forward

"Go shop" period expires, but deal isn't done yet
When WCI Communities, a “lifestyle community developer and luxury homebuilder” headquartered in Florida, announced last month that it agreed to a “definitive merger agreement” with fellow homebuilder Lennar for $643 million, the company said that its board was going to take a 35-day “go shop” period to seek a better deal. Now, the 35-day “go shop” period is over and the merger with Lennar is moving forward, but it’s not a done deal yet.
Read More

Radian, Arch MI 3Q results are in and they look good

Volume hits new record
Results for the third quarter of 2016 continue to pour in for the mortgage industry. The latest on the ticket are mortgage insurance companies Arch MI and Radian. The results from both company share a common theme: the mortgage insurance business is booming.
Read More

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.
Read More

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.
Read More

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.
Read More