Items Tagged with 'REVERSE MORTGAGE SERVICING'

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  • NY attorney general opposes Ditech sale, announces investigation into reverse mortgage business

    Files brief with court claiming unlawful abuse of homeowners’ rights
    As the battle over Ditech's bankruptcy and subsequent sale of its mortgage channels rages on, New York’s top legal officer is weighing in. Attorney General Letitia James filed a brief in court this week expressing her objection to Ditech’s bankruptcy plan on the grounds that it fails to protect borrowers in foreclosure. "Ditech's action is an illegal attempt to strip hundreds of homeowners of their legitimate claims," James said.
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  • Bank of America claims Ditech's sale of RMS "threatens to abandon" elderly reverse mortgage borrowers

    Files official objection to the terms of the deal court
    Ditech Holdings announced last month that it had entered into an agreement to sell its reverse mortgage business, but now one of its big-named clients is formally objecting to the sale. Bank of America, which has a reverse mortgage servicing agreement with Ditech subsidiary Reverse Mortgage Solutions, filed a motion in court Thursday objecting to the deal as it currently stands, claiming that it “threatens to abandon the thousands of elderly borrowers” whose reverse mortgages are being serviced by RMS.
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  • New York Court approves representation for mortgage borrowers in Ditech bankruptcy

    Ditech loses motion to dismiss consumer committee
    The Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District New York denied Ditech’s motion Friday to dismiss the formation of a consumer committee to protect the interests of mortgage borrowers who have loans with Ditech or its subsidiaries – including those who have reverse mortgages with its subsidiary Reverse Mortgage Solutions – ensuring these borrowers will not suffer too great a loss as the mortgage giant restructures.
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  • Mortgage borrowers win protection in Ditech bankruptcy, Ditech fights back

    New York court must rule on Ditech's objection
    The long and winding saga of Ditech's bankruptcy continues, as the U.S. Trustee grants a request to create a committee to protect consumer interests in the proceedings. The committee is intended to ensure that borrowers who have a mortgage with Ditech or its subsidiaries don't get trampled in the proceedings, but if Ditech has its way, this group will be disbanded before it has a chance to weigh in.
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  • Appeals court revives class-action suit against Nationstar for redundant flood insurance

    Reverse mortgage borrower alleges "improper" insurance cost her thousands
    A federal appeals court in Florida overturned a previous ruling last week that will mean Nationstar will now have to face allegations from a reverse mortgage borrower that it violated Florida law by charging homeowners for unnecessary flood insurance. The ruling could unleash a wave of trouble for the servicer, who now must face the possibility that the class-action suit will bring other such stories to light.
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  • Ditech says its reverse mortgage business is unprofitable

    With continued losses likely, the struggling nonbank says it's weighing its options
    Aware that sweeping regulatory changes would likely send the reverse mortgage business into a tailspin, Ditech – then named Walter Investment Management – shut down the HECM origination channel of its subsidiary, Reverse Mortgage Solutions, in 2017. But the company has continued to service reverse mortgages, and it’s not going well. According to a report filed Tuesday with SEC, Ditech's reverse mortgage business is operating at a sizable loss – and this trend isn’t likely to turn around anytime soon.
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  • CFPB calls out reverse mortgage servicing problems

    Warns servicers to review documentation sent to heirs to avoid risk of deception
    As part of its ongoing effort to keep tabs on loan servicers, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a report this week that highlighted problems with the servicing of reverse mortgages. According to the bureau, a recent examination brought to light the fact that some reverse mortgage servicers have issued misleading statements to the heirs of deceased reverse mortgage borrowers.
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  • Q&A: Celink's Jason McNamara on the challenges facing reverse mortgage servicers

    Why HECM servicing has grown difficult, and what needs to be done about it
    Reverse mortgage servicing differs vastly from traditional mortgage servicing, and thanks to program changes issued over the last two years, it's gotten even more challenging. We spoke with Celink's Jason McNamara, CEO of the nation's largest reverse mortgage subservicer, about the shifting landscape of HECM servicing and the changes he says are necessary to curb losses to the MMI Fund.
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  • Reverse mortgage servicer Celink settles lawsuit for $4.25 million

    Suit alleges Celink wrongfully collected interest on FHA insurance
    Celink settled a federal lawsuit regarding allegations that it violated the False Claims Act in relation to its servicing of reverse mortgage loans. The Michigan-based servicer agreed to shell out $4.25 million to resolve the claim that it wrongfully collected interest on FHA insurance for five years.
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  • Do reverse mortgages have occupancy issues?

    When someone other than the borrower lives in the home, the FHA may unknowingly be footing the bill
    Reverse mortgage borrowers must sign a form every year to confirm that they are living in the property, but without anyone physically verifying that it is, in fact, the borrower signing the form, there's bound to be fraud, and it could be costing the FHA's insurance fund millions.
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