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  • Quicken Loans Vice Chairman Bill Emerson: Government used "extortionist tactics" to pursue "bogus" claims

    "This case was dismissed and there was zero finding of fault"
    On Friday, Quicken Loans and the DOJ reached a resolution over allegations that the nonbank’s FHA lending practices violated the False Claims Act. Quicken Loans Vice Chairman Bill Emerson told HousingWire in an exclusive interview that the nonbank did not admit to any guilt and that the government realized its "bogus" claims were baseless.
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  • Quicken Loans agrees to pay $32.5 million to resolve FHA loan allegations with DOJ

    Mediation finally brings 4-year battle over False Claims Act violations to an end
    Quicken Loans is now finally able to move past its beef with the DOJ over the nonbank’s FHA lending practices, as a mediator for the two parties announced Friday that they have finally reached a resolution. Without any admission of guilt or determination of wrongdoing on either side, Quicken agreed to pay the government $32.5 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act for submitting hundreds of "improperly underwritten" loans for FHA mortgage insurance. Click the headline for more.
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  • House committee passes bill to make FHA loans less expensive

    Aims to limit mortgage insurance premiums for FHA borrowers
    The House Financial Services Committee passed a bill Wednesday that would limit mortgage insurance payments on loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration. The bill would repeal FHA's policy that requires borrowers to pay mortgage insurance for the life of the loan – something housing industry participants have lobbied for for years.
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  • FHA is increasing lending to riskier borrowers

    Share of borrowers with DTIs above 50% rises to highest level since 2000
    Citing rising risks among the mortgages it's backing, the FHA announced earlier this year that it was changing some of its lending rules to increase the prevalence of manual underwriting to try to decrease the risk in its portfolio. And it seems like those changes may be more than warranted, because new data released Friday shows that the FHA appears to be loosening its lending standards and backing loans for increasingly riskier borrowers.
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  • FHA clarifies rules to attract more participants to its mortgage lending program

    Says its jumbled legalese has scared away banks, and it wants to bring them back
    The Federal Housing Administration wants more banks to participate in its mortgage program and it’s clarifying its rules to ease their compliance concerns. On Thursday, the FHA released proposed clarifications to its annual and loan-level certification requirements, as well as updated language describing what constitutes a defective loan, hoping that swapping out "jumbled legalese" with "plain English" will attract more players.
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  • Quicken Loans, DOJ sent to mediation in ongoing battle over FHA loan allegations

    Trial is scheduled for Aug. 5, 2019
    Nearly four years after the legal battle between Quicken Loans and the Department of Justice began over claims Quicken violated FHA lending rules, the case may finally be decided in court later this year. But not before the parties give settling the matter at least one more try, after being ordered to do so by a federal judge.
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  • Whistleblower lawsuit alleges Lennar's Eagle Home Mortgage approved unqualified borrowers, misled feds

    Employee says she was fired after spotting falsified borrower info and other violations
    Lennar subsidiary Eagle Home Mortgage is in hot water yet again. According to a lawsuit filed in November by former senior quality control manager Wanda Burling, Eagle Home Mortgage falsified borrower documents to increase the likelihood of approval, approved borrowers who were unqualified, and hid negative findings on audited loans from regulators.
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  • Lennar subsidiary Eagle Home Mortgage fined $13.2 million for FHA lending violations

    The False Claims Act ain’t dead yet
    It appears the False Claims Act ain’t dead yet. The Department of Justice announced Friday that it reached a $13.2 million settlement with Universal American Mortgage Company, the mortgage subsidiary of Lennar that does business as Eagle Home Mortgage, to resolve allegations that the lender violated the False Claims Act by falsely certifying that it complied with FHA lending standards.
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  • FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery hints at issues in FHA appraisals

    Already seen problems in HECM, but there might be problems in forward too
    The FHA has already identified issues in appraisals on reverse mortgages and is taking steps to address the problem. But now, FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery told the crowd at the Mortgage Bankers Association 2018 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., on Monday that the FHA is seeing some things in forward appraisals that give him "pause."
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  • FHA commissioner: We’re easing False Claims Act use to bring big banks back to FHA lending

    FHA wants the big banks to come back
    In recent years, many of the nation’s largest lenders moved away from FHA lending, scared off by the government’s use of the False Claims Act as a means to extract massive settlements from lenders. But it appears that’s all about to change, as FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery said Tuesday that he believes the Obama administration went too far in some cases and said that the Trump administration is dialing back the use of the False Claims Act to bring more lenders back into FHA lending.
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