BofA reaches $16.65B settlement over "toxic waste" mortgages

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

Truth is, those recent housing numbers aren't so shiny

Housing starts? More like housing stops, amirite?
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BofA reaches $16.65B settlement over "toxic waste" mortgages

Loans date back to Countrywide and Merrill Lynch
Brena Swanson
The rumors from yesterday are now confirmed. “Bank of America knew that such wholesale channel loans – described internally as “toxic waste” – presented vastly greater risks of severe delinquencies, early defaults, underwriting defects, and prepayment," according to the SEC filing on the settlement.
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It's officially unaffordable to rent in almost all major cities

Zillow study outlines renting's deep impact on buying
Brena Swanson

"But the health of the for-sale market is directly tied to the rental market, where affordability is really suffering," said Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries.


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Real Living Lifestyles joins RealtyTrac’s broker network

Becomes network’s exclusive partner in San Diego County
Ben Lane
As a member of the RealtyTrac Network, Real Living Lifestyles will have the ability to integrate its broker-branded listings into the realtytrac.com website. “The network also offers all of its members high-profile, homepage branding as well as incorporating their insight into the real estate news cycle,” RealtyTrac said.
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Integrated Mortgage Solutions appoints Ed Ford SVP of national sales

Industry veteran brings “wealth of experience” to growing company
Ben Lane
"Ed’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge has already made him a key addition to the IMS family," Cheryl Lang, IMS’ president and CEO, said. "We view his appointment as a sign of our commitment to being the leading company in our industry."
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Realtor.com: July boasts the healthiest end to spring buying season in 3 years

Move finds silver linings in housing gray skies
Trey Garrison
Realtor.com is touting data from July showing that, by its metrics, July shows the best price appreciation and inventory increases hit during the peak spring buying season in three years.
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Countrywide’s Mozilo may face lawsuit over subprime mortgages

This time prosecutors have a new weapon
Brena Swanson
Although Countrywide Financial no longer exists, co-founder Angelo Mozilo is allegedly not in the clear as prosecutors still want to hold him responsible for the company’s role in the U.S. housing bubble, according to a Bloomberg report.
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Distressed sales down to lowest share since before housing bubble broke

Sales accounted for just 11% of total home sales in June
Trey Garrison
For the 19th consecutive month, distressed home sales fell on a year-over-year basis, declining to 11.4% of home sales in June.
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Bank of America reportedly reaches $17 billion RMBS settlement

Settlement would be largest yet
Ben Lane
If true, the $17 billion settlement would exceed the previous high of $13 billion paid by JPMorgan Chase in November to settle similar claims. As of press time, Bank of America did not have a comment on the rumors.
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Fed minutes: Tapering to end soon?

Cuts another $10 billion
Brena Swanson

"A range of labor market indicators suggests that there remains significant underutilization of labor resources. Household spending appears to be rising moderately and business fixed investment is advancing, while the recovery in the housing sector remains slow," the minutes continued.


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Freedom Mortgage found guilty of defrauding homeowner

Court rules lender violated New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act
Ben Lane
“These facts then lead to the conclusion that the loan was granted in order to engender fees for the lender and not for the benefit of the borrower,” Bergen County Superior Court Judge Gerald Escala wrote in his decision.
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