WATCH: Former Wells Fargo CEO calls BofA fine “extortion”

WATCH: Former Wells Fargo CEO calls BofA fine “extortion”

Kovacevich says fine is political and has “nothing to do with justice”

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
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Credit restriction pendulum has swung too far

BPC Summit: Balance has to be struck and right now it’s off kilter
Trey Garrison
Current rules and practices regarding credit boxes for both underserved and middle class borrowers have to be reformed, according to several of the leading voices speaking at the Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission’s regional forum.
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FHA pushes blueprint to help lenders lift credit overlays

BPC Summit: Forward plan to broaden the FHA credit box
Trey Garrison
The most important agenda for FHA moving forward is this blueprint for lenders so that they have confidence and can remove some of their credit overlays and lend to a broader credit box for FHA loans.
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WATCH: Former Wells Fargo CEO calls BofA fine “extortion”

Kovacevich says fine is political and has “nothing to do with justice”
Ben Lane
"Why are we charging the stock holders instead of going after the people who did wrong?” former Wells Fargo CEO Dick Kovacevich said. “Corporations don't engage in criminal behavior. They don't take advantage of innocent people. People do.”
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Housing won’t recover unless GSE, housing tax credit changes

BPC Summit: The status quo is only going to make things worse
Trey Garrison
The housing tax credit should be raised 50%, a balance must be struck between an affordable housing policy and restricting mortgage availability to qualified borrowers, and the GSE status quo cannot hold. All this, and more, is happening right now at the Bipartisan Policy Center housing forum in Sun Valley, Idaho.
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FDIC allotted $1.03 billion of BofA settlement

Claim connected to 26 failed banks
Brena Swanson
Included in Bank of America's settlement with the Depart of Justice, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as receiver for 26 failed banks will receive $1.03 billion.
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HOPE NOW: Foreclosure sales fall to pre-bust levels

Total number of loan modifications since 2007 reaches 7.1 million
Ben Lane
The estimated 115,000 foreclosure sales in the second quarter represented a decline of 9% from the first quarter’s total of 126,000. HOPE NOW notes that the second quarter total was the lowest since it started tracking the data in 2007.
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Florida homeowners get huge chunk of BofA settlement

Nearly 17,000 consumers helped
Brena Swanson
A significant portion of the Bank of America settlement will go toward consumer relief in Florida, helping nearly 17,000 people. Of the $7 billion allotted to consumer relief, $1 billion is going to the Sunshine State.
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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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