The devil is in the mortgage finance reform details

The devil is in the mortgage finance reform details

On the bumpy road to a common securitization platform

Housing shouldn’t look at any color but the color of money

People with bad credit and bad habits should be squeezed out of housing

Who is Nat Hardwick?

Former LandCastle Title CEO owns NASCAR team, rubs elbows with PGA pros
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Articles by Ben Lane

Moody’s downgrades Ocwen’s servicer ratings

Cites increased regulatory scrutiny and force-placed insurance concerns
Ben Lane
Moody's suggests that the scrutiny from the Securities and Exchange Commission and the New York Department of Financial Services "could restrict Ocwen's activities, levy monetary fines, or take additional actions that could negatively affect the company's financial strength and servicing stability."
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Who is Nat Hardwick?

Former LandCastle Title CEO owns NASCAR team, rubs elbows with PGA pros
Ben Lane
Since HousingWire first broke the news of his resignation on Tuesday, former LandCastle Title CEO Nat Hardwick’s internet presence has slowly been disappearing, but a HousingWire investigation has revealed exactly what kind of lifestyle Hardwick led prior to the news of this week becoming public.
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Vacancies drop again in Invitation Homes rental securitizations

Continues downward trend
Ben Lane
In Invitation Homes’ $1 billion single-family rental securitization, which launched earlier this year, the cash flow vacancy rate of the underlying properties fell to 5.4% as of July 31, down from June’s revised figure of 6.2%.
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Former LandCastle Title CEO’s attorney calls embezzlement charges "false"

Says Nat Hardwick is not guilty of any improper, illegal or unethical conduct
Ben Lane
“Anybody who knows Nat knows that he loves the law firm, its employees, the attorneys and the firm’s many loyal clients,” Ed Garland, the attorney representing Nat Hardwick, said in a statment. “He would never knowingly or intentionally take money he was not entitled to or harm the firm or its clients in any way. The law firm was profitable, and Nat believed that all of the money he received was properly distributed to him as his share of the profits of the firm.”
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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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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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Bank Mutual chooses Mortgagebot to provide complete origination platform

System said to offer accessibility, efficiency, compliance and security
Ben Lane
"D+H’s Mortgagebot solution offers the full front-to-back, integrated system we were looking for; in addition to customer service, its reputation for uptime and client focus is outstanding within the industry," said Dan Mekemson, Bank Mutual’s senior vice president and director of mortgage lending.
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Fidelity National bails out Landcastle Title

Discovered “substantial account misappropriations”
Ben Lane
According to a letter posted to the joint website for Landcastle and Morris Hardwick Schneider, the acquisition was “precipitated by a significant shortage in the accounts of MHS and Landcastle, of which Fidelity became informed by the partners of MHS.”
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FHFA watchdog: GSEs still at risk of TBW-style scams

Counterparty risk still real threat
Ben Lane
In a new report, the FHFA’s watchdog warns that the government-sponsored enterprises and their government counterpart, Ginnie Mae, must make improvements in several areas to avoid a recurrence of the multi-billon dollar losses that were suffered at the hands of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker chairman Lee Farkas, who is now behind bars, and his co-conspirators.
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San Francisco earthquake rattles jumbo mortgage-bond collateral

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake should serve as risk reminder
Ben Lane
Sunday’s magnitude-6.0 earthquake should serve as a reminder that bond investors need to weigh the inherent risks that come with investing in the San Francisco market. The foundation of those investments is literally built on shaky ground.
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