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  • CEO of banned lender Seckel Capital charged with lying to HUD

    John Seckel accused of making false statements to HUD about company’s finances
    Back in July, HUD banned mortgage lender Seckel Capital from originating or underwriting FHA-backed mortgages after an investigation found that company repeatedly lied to the FHA about its financials. As part of the action, HUD also suspended the company’s owner and CEO, John Seckel, from doing business with the federal government. As it turns out, the government isn’t done with Seckel yet.
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  • DOJ investigating FHA lending practices of Lennar subsidiary Eagle Home Mortgage

    Homebuilder discloses investigation in SEC filing
    Eagle Home Mortgage, the mortgage lending subsidiary of Lennar, could find itself on a list that includes Wells Fargo, Walter Investment, United Shore Financial Services, PHH, and many other lenders that were sanctioned by the government for underwriting mortgages that did not meet Federal Housing Administration standards.
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  • Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: What a government shutdown means for housing

    Impact on FHA, VA, Fannie, Freddie, CFPB
    Well, in case you didn’t hear it over the weekend (and if you didn’t, good for you for being able to fully unplug), the government shut down at 12:01 a.m. Eastern on Saturday after Republicans and Democrats were unable to come to an agreement to keep the government funded and functioning. Here's what it means for housing.
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  • False Claims Act claims another one: IBERIABANK fined $11.7 million for FHA lending violations

    Becomes latest in string of FHA lenders fined by government
    The False Claims Act has claimed another lender. On Friday, the DOJ announced that IBERIABANK Corporation, IBERIABANK and IBERIABANK Mortgage, agreed to pay a fine of $11,692,149 to resolve allegations that the companies violated the False Claims Act by falsely certifying that loans originated by the companies were eligible for FHA mortgage insurance.
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  • Housing industry applauds FHA move to stop insuring mortgages with PACE loans

    Largest industry trade groups support Trump administration decision
    On Thursday, the Trump administration reversed the Obama administration’s decision on PACE loans and said that FHA will stop insuring mortgages on homes that also carry PACE liens. Unsurprisingly, some of the same housing groups that asked for a change to the PACE rules last year are in favor of the Trump administration’s decision.
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  • FHA to stop insuring mortgages with PACE loans

    Trump administration reverses Obama policy
    Last year, the Obama administration announced that the Federal Housing Administration would begin insuring mortgages that also carry liens created by the PACE program. But that was last year. Things are much different now. In a stark reversal, FHA announced Thursday that it will no longer insure mortgages with PACE liens.
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  • Senate Banking Committee approves Brian Montgomery to lead FHA

    Votes to send nomination to full Senate vote
    Brian Montgomery is now one step closer to leading the Federal Housing Administration for the second time. On Tuesday, the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee advanced Montgomery’s nomination to serve as FHA commissioner by an 18-5 margin.
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  • Hensarling: Health of FHA is “clear and present danger” to economy

    House Financial Services Committee chairman calls for FHA reform
    Never one to shy away from a strong opinion or colorful verbiage, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, said Wednesday that the financial health of the Federal Housing Administration poses a “clear and present danger to taxpayers, homebuyers and the U.S. economy.”
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  • GSE reform in 2018? Mortgage finance positions of power in Washington up for grabs

    The changing of the guard
    [Commentary] There’s a perfect storm going on in Washington D.C right now. Just as talks over housing finance reform start to move from a laughing matter to a serious topic of discussion, some of the biggest positions of power on Capitol Hill just opened up. Or, they’re about to be up for grabs. Here’s a quick pulse on all the changes.
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