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Florida court upholds city's rights to place liens on zombie homes

Cities' liens on foreclosed properties aren't extinguished when home is sold
In a move that should help municipalities within the state of Florida fight against the state’s glut of zombie foreclosures, a state appeals court ruled recently that liens placed on foreclosed homes by the city are not discharged when the home goes through a judicial sale. Here's a closer look at the decision.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Judge tosses Ocwen, Altisource kickback lawsuit

Calls alleged actions "extremely troubling," but says case doesn’t hold up
It’d be pretty safe to say that Ocwen Financial struggled the past few years. But, the company got a little bit of good news last week, when a judge dismissed a lawsuit accusing Ocwen and Altisource Portfolio Solutions of overcharging homeowners for service. The question now becomes are the company’s next steps forward? Backward? Or right into the eye of another storm? All that and more in your Monday Morning Cup of Coffee.
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PwC settles $5.5 billion lawsuit over Taylor, Bean & Whitaker audits

Accused of failing to recognize malfeasance in TBW, Colonial Bank accounts
The ghost of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker struck again Friday, as PricewaterhouseCoopers agreed to settle a $5.5 billion lawsuit that accused the company of failing in its audits duties by not discovering the accounting malfeasance that led to one of the most spectacular crashes to come out of the housing crisis.
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USDA slashing mortgage fees

Announces cuts to upfront guarantee fee and annual fee
Borrowers who use the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service to get a mortgage could soon pay significantly less for their loan, as the USDA announced that it is about to cut its loan fees for lenders who use the Single Family Housing Loan Guarantee Program. Here are all the details.
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GDP produces lackluster growth in Q2

Continues slow upward climb
The Gross Domestic Product decreased slightly from the first estimate last month, but still increased slightly overall. The disappointing gain, combined with the downward revisions to gains in the preceding two quarters, make a September interest rate hike much less likely.
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Could the mortgage market be facing a liquidity crisis?

Kroll Bond Rating Agency's Christopher Whalen thinks so
The mortgage market could be staring at a liquidity crisis in the very near future thanks in part to the Federal Reserve's repeated reluctance to increase interest rates, Kroll Bond Rating Agency Senior Managing Director Christopher Whalen told CNBC on Wednesday.
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Federal court tosses #Fanniegate suit seeking to inspect Freddie Mac's records

Tim Pagliara, leader of Investors Unite, wanted a look at Freddie's books
In what is already being called a "blow to shareholders," a federal court in Virginia ruled Tuesday that a Freddie Mac shareholder does not have the right to inspect the government-sponsored enterprise's financial records, thanks to the conservatorship agreements that went into effect when the government took over Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
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