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How much offshore staff do the top mortgage servicers use?

Fitch shines a light on offshoring and its potential consequences
Ben Lane
Several of the country’s largest mortgage servicers already have as much as a third of their mortgage servicing staff offshore. A new report from Fitch Ratings details the rise of offshoring and what it means for the future of mortgage servicing.
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Solutionstar adds to senior leadership

Mark Johnson and Matt Slonaker named vice president
Ben Lane
Solutionstar named Mark Johnson as executive vice president of valuations and Matt Slonaker as senior vice president of business development. Soultionstar President Shawn Stone said that the company is excited to have Johnson and Slonaker join the Solutionstar team.
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Nationstar recovers from "neutral" to "buy"

Sterne Agee upgrades the nonbank
Levi Shultz
According to Nationstar’s spokesman, John Hoffman, the company became one of the largest mortgage servicers in the U.S., boasting a reverse mortgage portfolio of $28.9 billion UPB as of March 31, 2014.
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Fitch: Rise of nonbank servicers threatens private-label RMBS

Top five nonbank servicers now handle 64% of all private-label securities
Ben Lane
The rise of nonbanks presents heightened risks to investors, Fitch Ratings said in a new report. “In contrast to large commercial bank servicers, most nonbank servicers, including most of the current top five, have a weaker financial profile and are currently rated non-investment grade or are not publicly rated by Fitch.”
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Norm Fitzgerald joins National MI as senior vice president of field sales

Was SVP of correspondent lending at Nationstar
Ben Lane
During his time at Nationstar, Fitzgerald built and launched the company’s correspondent lending channel and grew the correspondent platform to become one of the country’s top ten correspondent lenders in less than a year.
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Nationstar completes exit from reverse mortgage origination business

Remains focused on the servicing side
Jacob Gaffney
Business is booming at Nationstar Mortgage. And that's a business that no longer includes the origination of reverse mortgages.
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The vindication of Nationstar Mortgage

Solutionstar to become "TurboTax of real estate"
Jacob Gaffney
Our exclusive chat with Nationstar CEO Jay Bray follows up on his March profile in HousingWire magazine, where he explained the structure of the company and how it could reorganize to meet the challenges of the mortgage markets. The company's 2Q results prove Bray was right all along.
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Nationstar posts 2Q profits of $67M, up a whopping 174% over 1Q

Beats expectations and regulatory pushback in second quarter
Trey Garrison
Second-biggest nonbank MSR reports quarterly net income of $67 million for the second quarter, a 174% increase over the $24 million in the first quarter 2014, despite regulatory pushback and scrutiny.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: BofA mortgage woes piling up

Nonbanks under the gun; Homebuyers getting older
Trey Garrison
Bank of America still trying to get unstuck from the mortgage bond tar, interest rates have a 5.3% target rate, and home price growth slows to 4.6% projected growth for 2014.
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Ocwen's regulatory burdens send up red flags and drive down stock price

Analysts lower price target, Citi drops buy recommendation
Trey Garrison
Heightened regulatory burdens and compliance costs continue to drag on Ocwen Financial a day after its second quarter earnings are announced.
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