Does the mortgage industry still need Appraisal Management Companies?

Does the mortgage industry still need Appraisal Management Companies?

Not with Fannie Mae's Collateral Underwriter

CFPB wants more mortgages in "underserved" areas

And here's how they will get it done

Fitch warns Ocwen-related RMBS deals face major downgrade

Placed on “Rating Watch Negative”
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Home Loan Servicing Solutions fires back at mortgage-negligence claims

Ocwen associate answers charges from hedge fund
Ben Lane
Home Loan Servicing Solutions is joining with associate Ocwen Financial, in the fight against investors who claimed that the companies breached their mortgage bond covenants, and is accusing the investors of attempting to profit on their stock holdings in HLSS as opposed to actually caring what happens with the mortgage bonds.
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S&P reportedly close to massive mortgage-bond rating settlement

WSJ: Department of Justice may get billions
Ben Lane
Standard & Poor’s is reportedly closing in on a $1.37 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and more than a dozen states over claims that S&P knowingly misled investors by issuing trumped up ratings for pre-crisis residential mortgage-backed securities.
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$890 million in subprime vintage debt hits secondary market

Part of $1.01 billion package
Ben Lane
Nearly $900 million in subprime non-agency mortgage bonds from big names like Countrywide, Bear Stearns, and Washington Mutual were part of a $1.01 billion package of vintage debt that hit the secondary market Thursday.
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Here's why Standard & Poor's mortgage bond fraud is so shocking

SEC: S&P lied about mortgage bond ratings
Jacob Gaffney
“They lied,” one source said of the SEC charge that S&P “published a false and misleading article purporting to show that its new credit enhancement levels [for CMBS ratings] could withstand Great Depression-era levels of economic stress." But that's still not the most shocking development.
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Moody’s: Ocwen’s $150M settlement won’t hurt RMBS investors

But it won’t help either
Ben Lane
There’s good news and bad news for RMBS investors when it comes to the $150 million settlement between Ocwen Financial and New York Department of Financial Services. The good news? Ocwen’s settlement won’t hurt RMBS transactions. The bad news? The settlement isn’t going to help RMBS transactions either.
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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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Credit Suisse settles Assured Guaranty mortgage lawsuit

Terms remain undisclosed
Jacob Gaffney
Assured Guaranty said in a statement posted on its website that it had reached an agreement to resolve the dispute without disclosing the terms.
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Freddie Mac CEO: We’re studying alternatives to FICO

This, and 3 other exciting developments
Jacob Gaffney
One quote from Donald Layton's third quarter earnings call arouses curiosity. Layton said Freddie Mac was “upgrading critical infrastructure.” Here's what that means and why these changes are so critical.
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Banks unsure if mortgage bonds count as liquidity coverage

$1.1 trillion mortgage debt on the table
Brena Swanson

Despite new regulation meant to ensure banks have enough easy-to-sell assets to survive a crisis, banks are nervous over whether or not their $1.1 trillion of aggregated mortgage debt qualifies as this type of asset.


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Mortgage-bond price tumbles amid increased risks

Fannie, Freddie witness significant drops
Brena Swanson
Prices of a new type of U.S. Mortgage bond are tumbling as investors discover the risks in the market from Wall Street banks, with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bonds witnessing some of the biggest drops.
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