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Urban Institute: Selling NPLs to investors works. Here's how to make it better

Four ways to improve sales
Researchers from the Urban Institute are already on the record with their view that more pools of non-performing loans need to be sold to private investors, but a new article posted on the Urban Institute's Urban Wire blog on Housing and Housing Finance suggests that more steps need to be taken to ensure a mutually beneficial result for all parties involved in a non-performing loan sale.
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'Face of the housing crisis' exonerated by Appeals Court Countrywide Hustle ruling

Former Countrywide exec Rebecca Mairone cleared
Lost in the shuffle of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit's decision to toss the $1.27 billion penalty against Bank of America was the fact that the court also overturned the fraud charges and voided the $1 million penalty against Rebecca Mairone. Mairone is the same person who the New York Times once referred to as the "face of the housing crisis."
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First quarter GDP revised higher to 0.8%

Based on more complete data
The year started out better than originally estimated, according to the "second" GDP estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. National Association of Federal Credit Unions Chief Economist Curt Long noted that this is another in a string of positive data releases which will provide plenty of ammunition for the Fed to raise rates no later than July.
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Goldman Sachs subsidiary just bought more non-performing loans from Fannie Mae

Fannie also announces sale of smaller NPL pool to non-profit
For the third time in 2016, MTGLQ Investors, L.P., a "significant subsidiary" of Goldman Sachs is the winning bidder for a pool of non-performing loans from Fannie Mae. With this latest NPL purchase, MTGLQ Investors officially purchased more than $2.2 billion in non-performing loans from Fannie Mae this year.
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HSBC plans $420M suit against Merrill Lynch, Bank of America for toxic Countrywide loans

HSBC claims Merrill Lynch, BofA knew loans were bad, securitized them anyway
HSBC Bank notified a New York state court this week that it plans to file a $420 million lawsuit against Merrill Lynch and Bank of America, claiming that both Merrill Lynch and Bank of America knew a series of Countrywide mortgage loans were toxic and allowed the loans to be securitized nonetheless. Here are all the details.
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Chase almost done with RMBS settlement's consumer relief requirement

Officially fulfills $3.9B of $4B requirement
Joseph Smith, monitor of the Chase RMBS Settlement, officially credited Chase with providing $3,887,777,119 of consumer relief to 165,191 borrowers. This brings the bank extremely close to its required $4 billion in credited consumer relief by Dec. 31, 2017. Here's a quick snapshot of the bank's progress so far.
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OCC terminates Wells Fargo's mortgage servicing restrictions

Fined $70 million civil money penalty
The OCC announced on Wednesday that it lifted the mortgage serving requirements on Wells Fargo now that it is in compliance with the requirements of the Independent Foreclosure Review. Wells Fargo is the most recent bank in a group of six to have its requirements lifted. But Wells Fargo didn’t come out of this unscathed and must pay a $70 million civil money penalty for previous violations of the order.
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Ocwen cleared of wrongdoing in multibillion dollar mortgage bond fight

Faced allegations of negligence from bond investors, including BlackRock, Pimco
Early in 2015, a group of mortgage bond investors that reportedly included BlackRock, MetLife, and Pimco accused Ocwen Financial of violating its duties as a mortgage servicer by failing to properly collect payments on $82 billion of home loans, thereby costing the investors $26 billion. Now, after a yearlong independent investigation found no evidence of the litany of allegations made by the investors, Ocwen is off the hook.
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