The New York Times rambles, and mangles mortgages along the way

The New York Times rambles, and mangles mortgages along the way

Mortgage finance and mortgage regulation aren’t the paper’s strong suits

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Ocwen’s servicer ratings downgraded…again

Morningstar becomes latest to weigh in on Ocwen’s issues
Ben Lane
"The forecast for the residential mortgage servicer, residential vendor, and residential prime mortgage servicer rankings is 'Unfavorable,'" Morningstar said. "Morningstar believes that continuing regulatory scrutiny could have further negative consequences for OFC’s residential mortgage servicing business."
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Freddie Mac: Mortgages rates rise from yearly lows

Rates increase across the board.
Brena Swanson
Mortgage rates moved away from last week’s yearly lows and slightly increased across the board, with the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaging 3.98% for the week ended Oct. 30.
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Jobless claims tick up by 3,000 filings

Still remains at historic lows
Brena Swanson
Although initial jobless claims ticked up by 3,000 filings to 287,000 for the week ended Oct. 25, levels still remain at historic lows.
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Surge in federal defense spending boosts 3Q GDP

Inventory investment, consumer spending cool from 2Q
Trey Garrison
The national economy slowed significantly from the second quarter in the first initial GDP estimate for the third quarter, with gains driven by military spending offsetting a slowdown in consumer spending and inventory investment.
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Radian Group posts net income of $154M in 3Q2014

Gains come from change in fair value of derivatives
Trey Garrison
Radian Group reported net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2014, of $153.6 million, or $0.67 per diluted share.
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Auction.com partners with Google to launch real-time market report

Nowcast will “predict market trends as they are occurring”
Ben Lane
The companies are calling the report a first for the real estate industry, because it combines industry data, proprietary company transactional data and publicly available Google Trends data to predict market trends as they are occurring, instead of waiting weeks to see the findings of other benchmark studies.
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Ocwen Financial moves from profit to loss

Beleagured nonbank books a $100M charge for potential settlement
Trey Garrison
Ocwen Financial missed analyst expectations by more than a dollar per share, posting a pretax loss of $75.3 million or $0.58 per share compared to a profit of $60.6 million and $0.39 one year ago as the company books a $100 million pretax charge for a potential settlement with the New York Department of Financial Services.
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Fidelity National Q3 revenue rises over 3Q13

$1.7 billion in total revenue equals 2Q14
Ben Lane
Fidelity’s third-quarter revenue of $1.7 billion equaled its second-quarter revenue, which also came in at $1.7 billion, and was also up from $1.6 billion in the second quarter of 2013.
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Trulia’s 3Q revenue surges as unique visitors soar 89%

The search for real estate starts online
Brena Swanson
Trulia’s total revenue for the third quarter of 2014 was $67.1 million, up 67% year-over-year. Total subscribers as of Sept. 30 were approximately 77,900, an increase from approximately 74,000 as of June 30.
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Ocwen gets a bounce on rumors of possible settlement

$40M to settle the backdating issue could be in the cards
Trey Garrison
Ocwen Financial was nearly scuppered last week after the New York Department of Financial Services sent an open letter alleging it was backdating letters to borrowers, but the firm got a boost Wednesday afternoon on rumors reported initially by Bloomberg that it may settle the matter for about $40 million.
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