Ocwen Financial Corp. on Friday won the dismissal of two securities class actions that arose from alleged compliance issues related to servicer agreeing to a $150 million settlement in 2014, and now shares of the company are trading higher. Read on.
Bank of America and HSBC Holdings Plc agreed to settle lawsuits concerning property insurance that borrowers were forced to accept after homeowners alleged that the banks got a financial windfall by cutting deals with insurance companies and over-charging borrowers for the coverage.
If the way settlements are headed continues, an additional $16 billion in penalties will be paid by banks, including Bank of America and Goldman Sachs over mortgage-backed securities sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Huge legal costs are becoming a theme in Wall Street fourth-quarter earnings reports, specifically litigation and investigations related to residential mortgage-backed securities and the credit crisis.
Brickman takes to helm of one of the largest mortgage companies in the U.S. today, and while times at the government-sponsored enterprise are filled with uncertainty, Brickman sees nothing but excitement for the future of Freddie Mac.
When buying a home, many Americans consider a 20% down payment to be the norm, the ideal amount of money to put down to get a conventional mortgage with no private mortgage insurance and to keep monthly payments reasonably affordable.