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FTC permanently bans more mortgage relief scammers

More punishment from sweeping mortgage modification fraud investigation
For the second time this month, the Federal Trade Commission announced that one of the subjects of a sweeping enforcement action from 2014 is permanently banned from operating in the mortgage loan modification and debt relief business.
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What's after HAMP? MBA proposes loan modification program

"One Mod: Principles for Post-HAMP Loan Modifications"
With the end of both the Home Affordable Modification Program and the Home Affordable Refinance Program getting close, the government is working to come up with new refinance options for borrowers. The latest program proposal comes from the Mortgage Bankers Associations. The MBA's Task Force revealed a program proposal on Friday that is designed to be successor program to the Home Affordable Modification Program.
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Evictions in America: A tale of two cities

The approach of NYC versus San Francisco is enlightening
The contrast between how New York City and San Francisco have approached the affordable housing crisis is striking. Both cities are large metropolitan areas with little geographical room to build. But in once case city action led to an 18% decrease in evictions, in another it led to an increase of 32%. 
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Chase officially satisfies $4 billion RMBS settlement consumer-relief requirement

Completes more than one year ahead of schedule
In his ninth and final report, Joseph Smith, monitor of the JPMorgan Chase Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Settlement, credited Chase with more than its required $4 billion of consumer relief obligation. The settlement dates all the way back to claims that Chase, Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual packaged and sold bad residential mortgage-backed securities to investors before the financial crisis.
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CFPB consumer complaint database about to hit 1 million complaints

Cordray discusses milestone during Wells Fargo hearing
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s much-maligned consumer complaint database is about to reach 1 million total complaints, CFPB Director Richard Cordray said Tuesday. And, as it turns out, the database proved helpful in levying the $185 million fine against Wells Fargo for opening 2 million fake accounts.
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Freddie Mac: Mortgage interest rates will hit 40-year low in 2016

GSE predicts best year for home sales since 2006
If current trends hold steady, this year could prove to be a banner year for housing, Freddie Mac said in a new report. In Freddie Mac’s new monthly outlook report, the government-sponsored enterprise states that it is currently projecting a “surge” in mortgage originations during the third quarter, further reinforcing its view that 2016 will be the “best year” for home sales since 2006.
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$3.2 billion Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac MSR portfolio hits the market

Loans are "very high quality"
Buyers looking to get their hands on the mortgage servicing rights to some “high quality” mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are in luck, as a bulk portfolio is out for sale. According to MountainView Servicing Group, which is acting as the exclusive sale advisor, the portfolio features mortgage servicing rights to loans with $3.26 billion in unpaid principal balance.
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FBR: Wells Fargo's next move is critical, for the bank and for the industry

CEO John Stumpf to face grilling on Capitol Hill
What happens over the next few days will go a long way in determining how Wells Fargo, and the banking industry as a whole, will weather the storm currently swirling around the megabank from the “widespread unlawful” practices of more than 5,000 former employees who opened more than 2 million fake accounts in order to get sales bonuses.
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Goldman Sachs passes first round of compliance testing for $5 billion settlement

First monitor report finds consumer relief efforts are "logical and appropriate"
Goldman Sachs is meeting its consumer relief requirements as part of its $5 billion settlement reached in April over toxic mortgage bonds, a new report from the settlement’s monitor showed. The report, published Friday by Eric Green, who serves as independent monitor of the settlement, showed that Goldman Sachs passed its first round of compliance testing for the consumer relief portion of the settlement.
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