Articles by Ben Lane

CoreLogic: Paying cash for houses lowest in nearly 10 years

Cash sales now on track to hit pre-crisis level in mid-2019
Last year, the share of homes bought with cash fell to the lowest level since 2007, a new report from CoreLogic showed. But that's not the only data point that fell to a nine-year low last year. For the full-year 2016, the distressed sales share was also the lowest annual distressed sales share since 2007.
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PHH laying off more employees in New York

Cuts will leave company with 30 employees in region
Given the headlines of late, it may be easy to forget that PHH Mortgage Corp’s landmark battle with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau isn’t the only issue the company is facing. The company is also in the middle of a significant shift in its business, necessitated by substantial changes in its mortgage servicing operations.
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Trump reportedly considering former OneWest CEO to lead OCC

Joseph Otting worked closely with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin
President Donald Trump is “expected to name” Joseph Otting to serve as the Comptroller of the Currency, one of the country’s top financial regulators, per a CNBC report. Otting served as the CEO of OneWest Bank from 2010 until 2015, working alongside Steven Mnuchin, the recently installed Secretary of the Department of the Treasury and the former chairman of OneWest.
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NY Fed president compares Wells Fargo fake account scandal to subprime mortgage crisis

Dudley: Like subprime crisis, compensation made bankers ignore consequences
The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York told the Banking Standards Board in London on Tuesday that he sees quite a few similarities between the Wells Fargo fake account scandal and the subprime mortgage crisis of the late 2000’s. "Compensation, once again, seems to be at the center of a scandal," NY Fed President William Dudley said in the speech.
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Ocwen adds Robert Lipstein as independent member of board of directors

Ronald Korn stepping down
Ocwen Financial announced Monday that it is increasing the size of its board of directors from eight members to nine members – for a few months. According to a SEC filing, Ocwen’s board is adding Robert Lipstein to serve as an independent member. Lipstein will be the ninth member of Ocwen’s board, until May 22, 2017, when Ronald Korn steps down from the board.
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Experian partners with Finicity to digitize mortgage underwriting

Could expand credit opportunities for 64 million "credit invisible" consumers
Aiming to make the mortgage process easier for lenders and consumers alike, Experian announced that it is partnering with Finicity to digitize the mortgage underwriting process. According to Experian, the partnership will allow loan approvals in as little as 10 days, and open up the credit box to roughly 64 million consumers that have limited or no traditional credit history.
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Former HUD senior advisor Richard Green: Here are the issues with Trump's budget

Ginnie Mae staffing levels and FHA infrastructure will both suffer

Late last week, Julián Castro, who served as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2014 to 2017 under former President Barack Obama, told HousingWire that he has several issues with President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, which calls for a $6.2 billion cut to HUD’s budget. But Castro isn’t the only former HUD official to express concerns with Trump’s budget.


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Maxine Waters accuses Wells Fargo execs of dodging fake account inquiries

Says execs questioned by Republicans, but won't sit for Democrats
Wells Fargo executives are dodging additional Congressional inquiries into the bank’s massive fake accounts scandal, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said last week in a letter sent to Wells Fargo CEO Timothy Sloan. Click the headline for more on Waters' accusation and what Wells Fargo says about it.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Trump tapping familiar face to lead DOJ's civil division?

What will become of False Claims Act charges under new leader?
It looks like President Donald Trump is about to install a familiar face as the leader of the Department of Justice’s civil division. If that happens, what happens to the DOJ's recently preferred tactic of using the False Claims Act to extract settlements from lenders for supposedly misrepresenting the quality of loans to the Federal Housing Administration? The answer, and more, in your Monday Morning Cup of Coffee.
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