Morgan Stanley expects mortgage bond lawsuit from New York AG

Morgan Stanley expects mortgage bond lawsuit from New York AG

Subprime securitizations at the center of lawsuit

Things at Ocwen just went from bad to much, much worse

Embattled company hit with an avalanche of bad news

Pending home sales surge to highest level in 18 months

Buyer demand boosts sales
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This Dr. Seuss-inspired home is everything you think it would be

Happy birthday Dr. Seuss!
Trey Garrison
You can see it from the road, you can see it with a toad. You can see it from a plane, you can see it is not plain. Climbing the steps will make you tire. Click here to see on HousingWire.
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LAPD shooting of homeless suspect highlights HUD challenge

Warning: Graphic video
Trey Garrison
The shooting Sunday of a homeless suspect by Los Angeles police officers brought to the forefront again the problem of homelessness and violence, and reiterates why the administration is pushing so hard to reduce the problem.
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FHFA revamps nonperforming mortgage servicing rules for Fannie and Freddie

Reduces taxpayer risks
Brena Swanson
Freddie Mac sold severely delinquent loans through two transactions in the past six months, totaling approximately $1 billion in unpaid principal balance. From this pilot program, the Federal Housing Finance Agency formed these enhanced requirements for sales of nonperforming loans by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
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Morgan Stanley expects mortgage bond lawsuit from New York AG

Subprime securitizations at the center of lawsuit
Ben Lane
It turns out that Morgan Stanley is not out of the woods when it comes to trouble with regulators. Far from it, in fact. The company disclosed that it is expecting to be the subject of a lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over approximately 30 subprime securitizations sponsored by the company.
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Patrick Harker appointed next Philadelphia Fed president, CEO

11th president of the bank
Brena Swanson
The board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia appointed Patrick Harker as its 11th president and CEO of the Philadelphia Fed, succeeding Charles Plosser, who retired effective March 1, 2015.
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Construction spending slows in January

Residential, private construction both slip at start of 2015
Trey Garrison
Construction spending slowed down in January, and it wasn't just the weather at work. Here's what happened.
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FBR downgrades Nationstar, Walter Investment

Move comes after both posted losses last week
Trey Garrison
Nonbanks have been in the barrel in the last week, and now it's Walter Investment and Nationstar's turn. Here's what's happening.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Ginnie Mae haunted by Taylor, Bean & Whitaker

REITs focus on MBS sputter; Private mortgage bond market looks strong
Trey Garrison
Ginnie Mae is in trouble, but not because of its core mortgage business. Also, signs that the housing and mortgage finance space may be slowing aren’t troubling non-agency MBS analysts, while Credit Suisse is battening down the hatches. Here’s the scoop.
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From HW Magazine

Fannie Mae's Collateral Underwriter gets a mixed reaction

Appraisers and AMCs weigh in
Fannie Mae released its Collateral Underwriter program to lenders in January, and the industry reaction has been varied and intense.  

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Big banks, big returns?

Some of the nation's largest financial institutions offer better deals at low risk

The real no-brainer, however, is to look at how the bank performed in the last downturn. Invest in one that not only didn’t need a bailout but one that didn’t take major risks for the sake of short-term versus long-term gains.


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