Wilbur Ross quits Ocwen Financial

Wilbur Ross quits Ocwen Financial

Distressed asset investor bringing his magic to Bank of Cyprus

Dustin Johnson levels blockbuster claims at title attorneys

Is Nat Hardwick the fall guy?

CFPB proposes 7 big changes to foreclosure process for mortgage servicers

Adds guidance on extended borrower protections
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Articles by Lynn Effinger

REO agents and brokers deserve to be paid more

The paperwork alone can be mind-boggling
Lynn Effinger
Without necessarily intending to, I am going through this process currently as it relates to REO management, marketing and disposition. And it is an eye-opening process, indeed, even for this longtime veteran of this industry.
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Rising foreclosure activity validates housing market getting worse

"It's no great secret to how we can improve the economy"
Lynn Effinger
With Election Day behind us, you can count on seeing more and more media reports about rising foreclosures. We are watching very closely to see if actions will be taken by the government to improve the job market, by removing obstacles that have greatly hindered the private sector from bursting out of the malaise of the past six years.
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Here's why falling home prices is not good news

Signs point to a worse economy
Lynn Effinger
Many economists and housing analysts agree that a rise in interest rates will negatively impact the economy, particularly with respect to the housing sector. This will hardly be good for homebuyers.
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This is why Fannie and Freddie mortgage initiatives won't work

MBA declarations are feel-good, but temporary
Lynn Effinger
Several newsworthy events have occurred over the past several days that would seem to indicate that the housing “recovery” is picking up steam. While that would be welcome news for our country in general and our industry in particular, these reports are tempered by the potential unintended consequences of certain actions either taken or not taken.
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Will HELOCs and nonbank lending contribute to another housing bubble?

This isn't homeowner confidence, it's madness
Lynn Effinger
In most areas of the country an apples-to-apples comparison of home equity increases have not occurred, which could mean the problem is not going to be as bad as before. But the desire to pay off debt, offset lower or even lost wages, or just keep ahead of inflation could cause another credit/housing bubble.
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More signs of a sliding housing market

Affordability has issues, too
Lynn Effinger
Affordability issues; looming interest rate hikes as have been predicted by Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen; too many FHA loans being made (this is the “new” sub-prime market); federal emphasis being placed on low-income borrowers, and other factors are causing house prices to decline once again in many markets.
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Mortgage servicers trend toward multiple field-service providers

Is it time to spread out the grunt work?
Lynn Effinger
With so many changes taking place in the default servicing arena, with heightened focus on regulations and compliance issues, one solution being chosen by some lenders, servicers and investors is to contract with multiple field service providers, rather than a single “national” provider.
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Are we facing yet another foreclosure crisis?

Property preservation remains vital component to default servicing
Lynn Effinger
Despite numerous reports indicating that there has been a deep decline in foreclosure inventory over the past several months in many markets, the reality, as chronicled in several articles recently penned by this author and others, is that foreclosure rates are very likely to rise again in the not-too-distant future.
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Outrageous jury award reveals contempt for mortgage lenders

Borrowers need saving, from themselves
Lynn Effinger
This large judgment that hammers PHH, comes amid concerns regarding potential crackdowns by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on servicers who fail to adapt stringent new rules requiring better communication with borrowers who are in default.
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Here's evidence showing the housing “recovery” isn’t real

What is real and what is Memorex?
Lynn Effinger
Many reports do not take into full consideration the differences in market conditions from one part of the country to another. The inexplicable rise in house prices in the West, for example, is not replicated in other parts of the nation.
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