Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Ocwen settles "frustrating skirmish" with California

Zillow plans event to “hack” housing

Offers $10,000 prize for creative solutions to jumpstart market

CFPB goes after Wells Fargo, JPMorgan for mortgage kickback scheme

Mega banks will pay $35.7 million total
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Ocwen settles "frustrating skirmish" with California

But that's just over file access, not file content
Trey Garrison
Ocwen ended its disastrous week on Friday by settling with the state of California for $2.5 million — but that's just to ensure the state gets the information it asked for. Any violations that turn up once it has the information could be a whole other ball of wax.
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Ocwen sued by investors for mortgage payment negligence

Preparing to sue embattled nonbank
Ben Lane
Some of the country’s biggest mortgage bond investors, reportedly including BlackRock, MetLife, and Pimco, are preparing to sue Ocwen, saying that the beleaguered nonbank failed to properly collect payments on $82 billion of home loans.
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Zillow plans event to “hack” housing

Offers $10,000 prize for creative solutions to jumpstart market
Ben Lane
Zillow is planning a weekend “hackathon” where developers will be challenged to invent the most innovative way to make it easier for buyers to find an affordable home. The prize for the most creative idea? $10,000.
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Rarity: BofA celebrates new branch opening in Denver

Opens new location in new market
Jacob Gaffney
News comes as bank continues to ditch hundreds of branches in many other markets. The bank is also experimenting with simpler "express" branches, those that do not employ tellers.
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Greystone adds Raphael Inzlicht as VP of development

Tasked with leading new construction projects in NYC
Ben Lane
Greystone, a New York-based real estate development and financial group, added Raphael Inzlicht as the company’s new vice president of development. In this role, Inzlicht will lead new ground-up construction projects in New York’s five boroughs.
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This housing market will never be saved

Six years later, still struggling
Brena Swanson
According to one bold housing columnist, housing will never spring back to its pre-recession levels. Despite all the government’s best attempts to spur activity again, these headwinds will remain.
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Freddie Mac: Hybrid ARMs are “hot”

Annual Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Survey shows impact of low interest rates
Ben Lane
Hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages continue to be the most popular ARM loan product offered by lenders and chosen by borrowers, according to the 31st Annual Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Survey of prime loan offerings from Freddie Mac.
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Hedge fund claims Ocwen breached bond covenants

Blue Mountain Capital reveals short position
Ben Lane
Hedge fund BlueMountain Capital Management sent notices of default to embattled nonbank Ocwen Financial and its affiliated company, Home Loan Servicing Solutions on Friday, saying that Ocwen’s regulatory troubles have caused an “irrefutable” default on notes the hedge fund owns.
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Zillow, Trulia merger expected to get FTC go-ahead

Stocks soar by midday
Jacob Gaffney
While shareholders approved the deal last month, there were a few hold-ups from regulators. By midday today the share price is up more than 5% for Trulia and more than 10% for Zillow.
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4 reasons borrowers need to refinance now

Is it time for a refi boom?
Brena Swanson
Mortgage rates are dropping to record lows once again, creating a similar push to refinance as that seen two years ago. And despite the huge portion of people that chose to refinance at that time, there are still a handful of reasons for why now is still a good, or necessary, time to refinance.
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