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Freedom Mortgage to pay $113 million for FHA violations

Unusually high levels of defective mortgages
Freedom Mortgage Corporation now has more in common with Wells Fargo, Franklin American Mortgage, Walter Investment, and First Tennessee Bank than simply being mortgage lenders, as Freedom Mortgage is set to become the latest mortgage company to settle with the Department of Justice over alleged violations of the False Claims Act.
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Introducing credit risk-sharing to FHA loans

Addressing the split personality of credit risk-sharing in the mortgage market
The FHA finds itself in a delicate position of balancing public policy interests against actuarial soundness of its $1 trillion plus Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund. These twin policy goals at times run counter to each other, occasionally spilling over into the conventional-conforming market via FHA premium changes that create market distortions and adverse selection problems for the FHA.
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The key to solving TRID hiccups? Collaboration

Ambiguity on closing issues means communication is more important than ever
A key area where there’s been confusion among business partners is the sharing of closing documents containing non-public personal information (NPI). While TRID implementation has required lenders, real estate agents and title insurance professionals to radically change the way they conduct business and exchange information, it changed nothing in regard to data privacy.
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BofA's low-down payment promising but what about the FHA?

Urban Institute: It's not a substitute
Ever since Bank of America announced its new 3% down payment mortgage program, the Affordable Loan Solution, it’s being looked at as an effort for borrowers to skirt around the Federal Housing Administration. Urban Institute research associate Karan Kaul says that though such efforts are an alternative to FHA lending, they are not a substitute.
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Genworth Mortgage reduces rates for high-credit borrowers

Stays competitive with FHA
Genworth Mortgage Insurance announced on Tuesday that it will reduce its rates across all loan-to-value ratios for borrowers with credit scores of 740 and higher in order to better align with the industry. This move comes during a heightened time of competitiveness between PMIs and the Federal Housing Administration.
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Despite $1.2B settlement, Wells Fargo still facing DOJ probe into mortgage operations

Discloses ongoing federal and state investigations
Despite recently agreeing to a $1.2 billion settlement with the federal government to resolve claims related to its Federal Housing Administration lending program from 2001-2010, Wells Fargo is still facing investigations into its "mortgage related practices" from the Department of Justice, as well as other federal and state agencies.
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Bank of America now offers 3% down mortgages without mortgage insurance

Partners with Freddie Mac, Self-Help Ventures Fund
Bank of America unveiled a new affordable mortgage program that offers consumers the option of putting as little as 3% down and requires no mortgage insurance. The program does not involve the Federal Housing Administration, whose program has recently undergone a lot of scrutiny from big banks.
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Former FHA Commissioner Carol Galante joining Ocwen's board of directors

Company also elevates Phyllis Caldwell to chair of board
Ocwen Financial is about to add a big name to its board of directors, as the nonbank announced Friday that Carol Galante, the former commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration, is set to join the company’s board. Ocwen also announced that it is elevating Phyllis Caldwell from her current role as an independent director to serve as chair of the company’s board of directors.
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