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.
When Tim Mayopoulos was vetted prior to joining Fannie Mae nearly 10 years ago in the role of general counsel, board members explained it would only take 12 to 18 months for the company to turn around. That isn’t what it took. It took putting Mayopoulos in charge, years later, to turn the company around. And that’s exactly what he did.
HousingWire began highlighting the unsung heroes of the mortgage finance industry three years ago, recognizing those who continue to make the dream of homeownership a reality for Americans nationwide. Our editorial board selected each of these 40 professionals for their ability to not only transform their companies, but the industry as a whole.
Hispanics have huge purchasing power in the U.S. and the rate of homeownership among this population has grown every year since 2014, reaching 46.2% in 2017. In fact, Hispanics are the only demographic in the U.S. to increase homeownership rates for each of the past three years and are driving gains in the real estate market overall. By understanding the unique needs and expectations of the Hispanic community and positioning yourself to fulfill those needs, real estate professionals can become an important servicer of this consumer demographic and experience related growth.