Items Tagged with 'Massachusetts real estate'

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  • Airbnb takes Boston to court over city’s “draconian” short-term rental rules

    Argues city’s laws violate Constitution, federal and state laws
    The city of Boston has new rules surrounding short-term rentals that are set to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2019. According to Airbnb, Boston’s short-term rental rules violate the Constitution, multiple federal laws, and Massachusetts state law. Airbnb also claims the city's rules threaten short-term rental sites with “draconian” punishments should they violate the city’s rules.
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  • Massachusetts man cops to 9-year multifamily mortgage fraud conspiracy

    Used fake loan documentation to obtain loans that cost $4.3 million in losses
    A Massachusetts man admitted in court last week that he took part in a nearly decade-long multifamily mortgage fraud conspiracy that defrauded financial institutions of millions of dollars. Court documents showed that Joseph Bates and other conspirators took part in a mortgage fraud scheme that stretched from 2006 through 2015, involved at least two dozen fraudulent loan transactions, and caused $4.3 million in losses to lenders.
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  • Ocwen reaches settlement with Massachusetts mortgage regulator, but state lawsuit remains

    Reaches final administrative settlement with raft of state regulators
    Ocwen Financial’s troubles with state regulators are nearly over, for now, at least. The nonbank disclosed Fridaythat it reached a settlement with the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation’s Division of Banks, which took regulatory action against the company last year along with more than 30 other states over alleged escrow and other mortgage servicing issues.
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  • Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Gloves come off in Warren vs. Mulvaney

    CFPB architect accuses acting director of being evasive and misleading about agency
    The battle between Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and CFPB Acting Director Mick Mulvaney just hit a whole other level. Warren, the architect of the CFPB, accused Mulvaney of ignoring or providing “evasive, misleading, or incomplete answers” to more than 100 questions asked of him by Democrats about the CFPB's activities. But Warren’s letter isn’t just tough talk. As the kids say, she’s got receipts.
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  • Massachusetts hits Nationstar (aka Mr. Cooper) with fine, sanctions over servicing abuses

    Accused of offering borrowers “unfair and deceptive” mortgage modifications
    Nationstar Mortgage, the nonbank now known as Mr. Cooper, allegedly put hundreds of borrowers in Massachusetts at a heightened risk of foreclosure by offering them “unfair and deceptive” mortgage modifications, the state’s attorney general said Tuesday. “Nationstar failed to stop foreclosures and this settlement gives homeowners in the hardest hit areas in Massachusetts a chance to stay in their homes,” Massachusetts AG Maura Healey said.
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  • Ireland extradites fugitive to U.S. to face raft of mortgage fraud charges

    Country’s first extradition to the U.S. since 2012
    On Friday, Patrick Lee, a 44-year-old man with dual U.S. and Irish citizenship was arraigned in federal court in Boston on more than 50 charges relating to a mortgage fraud scheme that he allegedly perpetrated in the run-up to the housing crisis. Lee was arraigned last week after being extradited from Ireland. It was Ireland’s first extradition to the United States since 2012.
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  • Mortgage company founder admits to defrauding Ginnie Mae out of $2.5 million

    Former president of Mortgage Security Inc. admits to diverting mortgage funds
    The founder and president of a defunct Massachusetts mortgage company pleaded guilty this week to defrauding Ginnie Mae out of approximately $2.5 million. Beginning in 2011, Robert Pena, the founder and president of Mortgage Security Inc., allegedly began diverting money that borrowers sent to MSI into private bank accounts, which he then used to pay for personal and business expenses.
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  • Massachusetts sues Ocwen for "abusive" mortgage servicing practices

    Massachusetts already acted to prevent nonbank from operating in state
    Massachusetts recently put Ocwen Financial out of business in the state as part of a wave of state regulators that placed various business restrictions on Ocwen for alleged rampant errors with homeowners’ escrow accounts and other issues at the nonbank, but it looks like the state isn’t done with Ocwen yet. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey also announced that the state is suing Ocwen for widespread “abusive” mortgage servicing practices.
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  • Ditech Financial fined $1.4 million for "abusive debt collection practices" in Massachusetts

    Accused of making "excessive" debt collection phone calls
    Ditech Financial will pay $1.4 million to the state of Massachusetts to settle charges that the company engaged in “abusive debt collection practices” by excessively calling borrowers to collect payment as well as not property notifying some borrowers of their mortgage information, the state’s attorney general announced recently.
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  • HSBC to pay $4 million to settle force-placed insurance kickback charges

    Second settlement this month for HSBC
    HSBC will pay a fine of $4 million as part of a settlement with the state of Massachusetts over charges that the bank took commissions and kickbacks for force-placed insurance policies. According to the office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, HSBC received "compensation" in connection to the force-placed insurance premiums charged to HSBC’s borrowers.
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