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Walter Investment: Can the specialty servicer reverse stock performance?

Walter Investment has bad news, bad news, and good news
Walter Investment Management posted a second-quarter net loss of $12.9 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, which includes charges related to goodwill impairment in the reverse mortgage segment and reductions in the fair value of the company’s servicing rights related to changes in valuation inputs.
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Fees and costs: It's time to redefine reasonable

The road ahead for mortgage servicing must include a new set of transparent business practices
Recent events within the servicing industry have challenged common business practice – and that means that everything that has been done in the past now needs to be re-examined, rationalized, and made transparent.
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Comfort zone: an interview with Jay Bray

Nationstar CEO says company is sitting pretty
Jacob Gaffney
Managing a tough environment is nothing new to Nationstar President and CEO Jay Bray. His portfolio sits around a quarter full with distressed loans. He’s used to complaints, he can handle them. Bray is easygoing through it all. All things considered, this is Bray’s comfort zone.
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Mortgage servicer complaint? Take a number

Complaints mount against servicers
Brena Swanson
A growing percentage of complaints filed with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are related to mortgage foul-ups, as more and more servicers get caught fooling unsuspecting homeowners.
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PHH Mortgage settles NJ servicing investigation for $6.25M

State AG accused the servicer of misleading troubled homeowners
Kerri Ann Panchuk
PHH Mortgage ends a servicing investigation launched by the New Jersey Attorney General by agreeing to pay a $6.25 million settlement.
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Back to the baseline

Improving economy gives borrowers more opportunity to refinance out of the servicer's portfolio
Rick Grant
Mortgage loan servicing is a great business when nothing changes. If borrowers continue to pay every month as agreed and they remain in the portfolio for many years, a good loan servicing shop will do very well. We haven’t seen those conditions in quite some time.
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Line in the sand

Changes to Texas expedited-order foreclosure proceedings mean courts can demand mediation
Brenda Hard-Wilson
In 1997, Texas became the last state in the nation to adopt home equity lending with an amendment to the state constitution. In the event borrowers default on the loan, the lien may be foreclosed upon only by court order.
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OIG examination

FHFA watchdog calls for better oversight of specialty servicers

BofA, GSE MSR mishap leads to stricter regulations
Christina Mlynski
Although the Federal Housing Finance Agency approved a settlement between Fannie Mae and Bank of America by following its settlement review policy and procedures, the policy did not apply to agreements regarding the transfer of mortgage servicing.
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The Servicing Wind-Down

Retreat Capital Management to cut 73 North Texas jobs

Cloudy outlook for the servicing space as cuts loom
Kerri Ann Panchuk
More layoff announcements hit the servicing space. In the latest announcement, Retreat Capital Management confirms plans to reduce its North Texas staff by 73 employees.
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Lawmakers bury gold nugget for servicers in FHA reform bill

Kerri Ann Panchuk
FHA reform bill changes could benefit specialty servicers.
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