Ocwen Chairman Erbey resigns as company admits misconduct

Ocwen Chairman Erbey resigns as company admits misconduct

Company to pay $150 million to homeowners

Existing home sales collapse 6.1% in November

Tumble comes amid record low declining rates, prices

Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Oil’s crash will impact MBS market

Mortgage fraud is still a problem, plus the gift of housing metrics
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Articles by Ben Lane

FHFA issues warning on “super priority” liens

Threatens legal action if GSE mortgages are superseded
Ben Lane
The FHFA has issued a warning and threatened litigation against homeowners, financial institutions and state authorities, citing its concern with super-priority liens created by either energy retrofit programs or homeowner association priority status.
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Here’s what Ocwen did wrong

A deeper dive into the NYDFS allegations and settlement
Ben Lane
Many industry observers were waiting for the other shoe to drop when it came to Ocwen, and Monday it finally fell, right onto the head of William Erbey, Ocwen’s now-former chairman. A deeper look at the NYDFS investigation reveals just what Ocwen did wrong and the additional sanctions that could crush Ocwen’s business.
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DBRS acquired by The Carlyle Group and Warburg Pincus

Ratings agency plans growth in U.S.
Ben Lane
Investors including The Carlyle Group and Warburg Pincus have acquired DBRS, the fourth-largest global credit rating agency. DBRS said that the acquisition should fuel growth in the U.S.
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Mortgage Bankers Association adds 14 new members

MBA continues its growth
Ben Lane
See who joined the Mortgage Bankers Association in the month of November.
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Freddie Mac offloads $155 million of credit risk to insurers

Fourth ACIS transaction brings total credit risk offload to $205 billion
Ben Lane
As part of its continuing effort to limit the American taxpayers’ liability, Freddie Mac obtained a number of insurance polices designed to cover potential losses on a $155 million pool of single-family loans.
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18 Senators, mortgage bankers tell HUD: Time to lower FHA premiums

Letters cite health of MMIF as reason for lowering fees
Ben Lane
A group of 18 U.S. Senators and the Mortgage Bankers Association both sent letters to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Thursday, stating that the time has come for the Federal Housing Administration to lower its mortgage insurance premiums.
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Mortgage bond spreads tighten to lowest level in two years

Hesitant investors to blame
Ben Lane
Hesitant investors are driving down mortgage bond yield spreads to a level not seen in more than two years. Is the rise in overall yields to blame?
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ditech to offer 97% LTV loans

Ready to participate in Fannie Mae program
Ben Lane
Ditech Mortgage Corp is expanding its lending options again. The company is now the latest lender to to jump on board with the 97% LTV programs announced by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac earlier this month.
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Redfin raises $71 million for continued expansion

Latest move in battle for online real estate domination
Ben Lane
In the latest move in what has been a banner year in the battle for domination of the online real estate market, Redfin announced that it received a large injection of funding from several large investors. The company said that it plans to use the money to continue its growth.
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Countrywide whistleblower will receive $57 million

Edward O’Donnell to get part of record Bank of America settlement
Ben Lane
The whistleblower at the center of the so-called "Hustle" case against Bank of America over Countrywide mortgage loans will also receive a hefty payout for his participation in the record $16.65 billion settlement between BofA and the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve claims over toxic mortgage-backed securities on residential mortgage loans sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
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