Ditech Financial will pay $1.4 million to the state of Massachusetts to settle charges that the company engaged in “abusive debt collection practices” by excessively calling borrowers to collect payment as well as not property notifying some borrowers of their mortgage information, the state’s attorney general announced recently.
Because it's stressful enough to have a child critically ill in the hospital, radius financial group is supporting the MBA Opens Doors foundation to help parents with mortgage payments while caring for their children.
HSBC will pay a fine of $4 million as part of a settlement with the state of Massachusetts over charges that the bank took commissions and kickbacks for force-placed insurance policies. According to the office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, HSBC received "compensation" in connection to the force-placed insurance premiums charged to HSBC’s borrowers.
Massachusetts-based Sage Bank will pay nearly $1.2 million to settle charges brought against the bank by the Department of Justice, which accused the Sage Bank of "engaging in a pattern or practice of discrimination on the basis of race and national origin in the pricing of its residential mortgage loans."
A Massachusetts real estate attorney pleaded guilty last week to charges stemming from a wide-ranging scheme to defraud banks and mortgage companies as part of a conspiracy involving numerous sham short sales. In some cases, the purported third-party buyers were actually the spouses, parents or children of the purported sellers.
Realtors and real estate agents who choose to affiliate with a real estate brokerage will continue to be allowed to designate their own employment status after the Massachusetts State Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling.
The mortgage industry is leveraging technology like never before, streamlining processes across the spectrum of lending, servicing, investing and real estate. The combination of regulatory pressure and consumer expectations have set a high standard for efficiency and transparency, requiring a significant investment of time, money and talent to hit the right notes for both.
Ironically, the monkey on the mortgage industry’s back for the past 10 years — increasing regulation — is the very thing that forced companies to find efficiencies in every part of the process, which serves them well as they look to engage tech-savvy consumers. Even as the enforcement of some of those regulations is now in question, the long-lasting benefits of investing in automation will stand.
Mortgage banks have traditionally been slow to embrace new technologies, and while the technology that has improved efficiency, security and customer experience in a multitude of other industries (transportation, education and retail, to name a few) is finding its way into the loan production process, a lot of opportunity still exists in other stages of the mortgage life cycle.