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- Helping Prevent Foreclosures
New York Times 17 Aug 2014
Emergency extension of unemployment benefits during the recession helped prevent mortgage defaults even more so than government programs that focused only on reducing monthly payments, according to ...
- Bigger Down Payments Add to U.S. First-Time Homebuyer Blues
Bloomberg BusinessWeek 14 Aug 2014
Prospective buyers of entry-level homes face the challenge of coming up with bigger down payments, according to data on the 25 largest metro areas compiled by Redfin.
- Online Mortgage Firm Operating in Florida Used Bait-and-Switch to Deceive Borrowers
Palm Beach Post 13 Aug 2014
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has penalized online lender Amerisave Mortgage Corp. for promoting inaccurate interest rates and loan terms between mid-2011 and 2014.
- Fewer Loans Falling Into Foreclosure, Delinquency
Wall Street Journal 08 Aug 2014
Lenders initiated foreclosure proceedings on just 0.4 percent of home loans in the second quarter, down from 0.45 percent in the previous three months, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.
- States Charge Fraud by 'Mortgage-Relief' Operation
CBS Connecticut 08 Aug 2014
The attorneys general of Connecticut and Florida have lobbed federal charges at legal operations that took advantage of financially strapped homeowners.
- FTC Mails Refund Checks Totaling Approximately $800,000 to Consumers Victimized by Alleged Mortgage Relief Scams
RealEstateRama 08 Aug 2014
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is mailing out checks with a total value of about $800,000 to 1,305 consumers who were victimized by two mortgage-relief scams.
- Freddie Mac's Loan Sale May Let More People Get Mortgage Relief
Washington Post 07 Aug 2014
An unnamed investor has agreed to purchase a portion of Freddie Mac's most troubled loans, which will no longer be subject to its rules governing mortgage forgiveness.
- Mortgage Standards Are Easing, Fed Finds
Wall Street Journal 05 Aug 2014
Nearly one in four U.S. banks made it easier for borrowers with healthy credit to get mortgages during the second quarter, according to the Federal Reserve's quarterly survey of banks' senior loan ...
- How Student Loans Are Shaping Mortgage Approvals
Wall Street Journal 05 Aug 2014
Real-estate interests fret that today's astronomical amount of student debt will keep Millennials from buying homes, but data show that mortgage applicants with student loans are not being rejected ...
- Mortgage Closing Costs on the Rise, National Survey Says
Los Angeles Times 04 Aug 2014
Based on survey responses from lenders in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Bankrate.com reports that the expense of closing on a home loan has climbed from last year.
- Mortgage Lenders May Be Easing Credit Score Requirements Slightly
Los Angeles Times 03 Aug 2014
Credit score requirements for FHA mortgages have declined steadily this year, but Ellie Mae reports that average FICO scores have not budged in months for borrowers seeking financing in the broader ...
- Homeowners Increasingly Satisfied With Mortgage Servicers, Study Says
Chicago Tribune 31 Jul 2014
Mortgage servicers are redeeming themselves in the eyes of many homeowners -- especially those in danger of delinquency -- reports J.D. Power.
- Backlog Mounts for Homeowner Program
Wall Street Journal 30 Jul 2014
The servicers processing applications for the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) are having trouble keeping up with requests for loan workouts.
- A Boston Program Aiding Foreclosed Homeowners Could Be a National Model for Fighting Blight
Washington Post 28 Jul 2014
Housing experts are taking interest in a foreclosure-prevention initiative in Boston that they believe could serve as a national model for curtailing neighborhood blight.
- CFPB Proposes Changes to HMDA
Reverse Mortgage Daily 24 Jul 2014
Federal regulators want to tweak the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), confirmed Richard Cordray, who runs the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
- Housing Groups Criticize Single-Family Rental Investment Firms
American Banker 22 Jul 2014
Single-family rental investment firms need government oversight, finds a report by a national housing group called Right to the City Alliance.
- Foreclosures Fall in U.S. to Pre-Bust Levels
Bloomberg 17 Jul 2014
The latest RealtyTrac research shows that U.S. foreclosure filings declined last month to levels not seen since before the housing bubble burst eight years ago.
- Citigroup to Pay $7 Billion to Resolve Mortgage Securities Investigation
Washington Post 15 Jul 2014
Citigroup has agreed to pay $7 billion to the Department of Justice (DOJ) to resolve probes into its sales of troubled mortgage securities -- pools of home loans that the bank issued, structured, and ...
- CFPB Clarifies How Same-Sex Ruling Affects Lending Rules
American Banker 14 Jul 2014
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued new policy in response to the Supreme Court's decision last year to ensure rights for same-sex spouses.
- HOPE NOW Assisted 37,000 Struggling Borrowers in May
Housing Wire 14 Jul 2014
HOPE NOW reports that about 37,000 homeowners were granted permanent mortgage workouts in May, with roughly 25,000 receiving assistance through proprietary initiatives and just shy of 12,000 ...