Quicken Loans sues DOJ, HUD for “shake down”

Quicken Loans sues DOJ, HUD for “shake down”

Says agencies demanding unwarranted penalties, false public admissions

FHFA leaving g-fees alone, revising primary mortgage insurance requirements

Move will lower fees for riskier borrowers; change is ‘revenue neutral’

Court filing reveals name of anonymous whistleblower in Zillow/Move lawsuit

Former Zillow VP of Strategic Partnerships wrote the letter
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Moody’s: Home Loan Servicing Solutions sale bolsters Ocwen’s future

Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?
Ben Lane
Maybe there’s finally some good news for embattled nonbank Ocwen Financial. In a new report, analysts from Moody’s Investors Service say that the $1.3 billion acquisition of Ocwen associate Home Loan Servicing Solutions by New Residential Investment will actually help to stabilize Ocwen’s own servicing operations and improve Ocwen’s future prospects.
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Calpers settles with S&P for $125 million

Moody’s still under pursuit
Brena Swanson
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s fight against two top credit ratings agencies is starting to come to a close, resolving a case involving inflated grades of residential-mortgage deals that later faltered.
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Moody’s: FHA premium cut will increase home sales by 45,000 this year

Provides a "meaningful boost" to housing economy
Ben Lane
According to the Moody’s report, the FHA premium cut will reach its maximum impact in mid-2016, when Moody’s Analytics’ model expects annualized home sales to increase by 100,000 as a result of the FHA cut, with 40,000 additional single-family housing starts in 2016 as well.
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Moody’s: Ocwen’s California settlement won’t hurt RMBS investors

But it’s not all sunshine and roses either
Ben Lane
For investors in RMBS that contain Ocwen-serviced loans, the impact of the California settlement will be felt, but nowhere nearly as deeply as if Ocwen’s punishment was more severe. But that doesn't mean that the impact of the settlement is minimal either.
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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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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Credit positive in HFA risk retention exemption

Housing advocates want more from FHFA and how colleges affect housing
Trey Garrison
Moody's looks at the risk retention exemption for FHAs, this week's housing metrics, and a look at how housing fares in college towns.
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Moody’s acquires Lewtan Technologies

Lewtan becomes part of Moody’s analytics business
Ben Lane
Lewtan, based in Waltham, Massachusetts, provides solutions to issuers, investors, underwriters and others to administer, monitor and value securitized transactions. Its products cover more than 200,000 bonds and 20,000 securitized deals, serving over 300 financial institutions worldwide.
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4 economists break down the latest S&P/Case-Shiller numbers

Here’s what they mean for housing and mortgage lending
Trey Garrison
The latest S&P/Case-Shiller home price indices show that home price growth continues to slow, but there’s more to the story than the headline numbers.
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Moody’s Mark Zandi: Don’t mess with the g-fees

Zandi says it won’t bring in the private capital
Trey Garrison
While many argue that higher g-fees are necessary to entice more private capital into the mortgage market, Mark Zandi, Chief Economist at Moody’s Analytics, believes this is a stretch.
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Pension funds can sue Moody’s and Standard & Poor's

Credit-rating agencies in hot seat
Brena Swanson
The state Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that California’s public employee pension system can sue Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s for hundreds of millions of dollars due to the high ratings they gave to investments that collapsed in 2007 to 2008.
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