Lawsuit alleges former LandCastle Title CEO embezzled $30 million

Lawsuit alleges former LandCastle Title CEO embezzled $30 million

Nat Hardwick allegedly used funds for private jets, gambling

Fannie Mae: Lenders ask these 4 questions about MSRs

All about transfer and execution

Fidelity National bails out Landcastle Title

Discovered “substantial account misappropriations”
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Here are the most active states for mortgage fraud schemes

Loan mod scams, short sale bait-and-switches, and REO “sales”
Trey Garrison
The most active states for mortgage fraud today include California, Nevada, Arizona, Florida and Michigan, report Freddie Mac's fraud investigators.
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Lawsuit alleges former LandCastle Title CEO embezzled $30 million

Nat Hardwick allegedly used funds for private jets, gambling
Ben Lane
The lawsuit alleges that former CEO Nat Hardwick used his access to “systematically deplete” the firm’s and title company’s accounts for “his personal benefit.” According to the court records, Hardwick allegedly misappropriated at least $30 million from the companies’ accounts through various measures. The news came to light after Fidelity National Financial bailed out LandCastle Title and stepped in as 70% owner.
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Zillow: Fewer homes underwater in second quarter

Blocks first-time buyers from moving
Brena Swanson
Although the percentage of underwater homeowners continues to heal, the remaining pain is left to struggling borrowers of low-price homes.
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Want a preview of where the 2Q GDP revision is heading?

The CBO has a clue for one and all
Trey Garrison
Well, today the Congressional Budget Office released its revised estimate of the total 2014 GDP. Take a good guess what it bodes for Thursday's Bureau of Economic Analysis GDP revision.
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Flagstar mortgage servicing settlement with CFPB imminent

Bank holds little to no reserve for issue...
Brena Swanson
Before Flagstar Bancorp can celebrate its strong comeback in its second-quarter earnings, it has to deal with a small blip on its record that deals with mortgage servicing issues dating back to 2011.
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Fannie Mae: Lenders ask these 4 questions about MSRs

All about transfer and execution
Jacob Gaffney
“Servicing of mortgage loans can be an important, valuable component of a lender’s business and we thought it would be helpful to address some of these topics,” writes Fannie Mae's Stephen Pawlowski.
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CoreLogic: Far fewer foreclosures coming to market

Down by more than one-third
Jacob Gaffney
The monthly foreclosure report is out from mortgage data and analytics provider CoreLogic. And for those who rely on a healthy foreclosure pipeline to sell property, the results show yearly inventory is down by more than one-third.
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Mortgage applications rise 2.8% after weeks of low interest rates

Refinance share continues to grow hitting 56%
Trey Garrison
Mortgage applications increased 2.8% from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending August 22, 2014.
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Lenders have some new options; some are great, but many are not so good
Tommy A. Duncan
Software is not likely to replace a well-trained quality control professional, but that hasn’t prevented an increase in mortgage-technology acquisitions aimed at buying the best-automated QC system on the market.
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Rushmore Loan Management Services to open branch in Puerto Rico

Expands loan servicing operations with office in San Juan
Ben Lane
The company plans to hire approximately 50-60 new employees to staff the San Juan office. According to Rushmore CEO Terry Smith, Rushmore will immediately begin servicing approximately 4,000 residential loans and REO when the branch office opens in November.
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