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- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- 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.
- Dive in Minority Lending Puts Pressure on Fannie-Freddie
Bloomberg 14 Jul 2014
Blacks and Latinos represent a fast-growing segment of the U.S. population; yet, their number among conventional mortgage borrowers is declining.
- More Homeowners Are Tapping Their Home Equity
Wall Street Journal 13 Jul 2014
Home equity lending has returned to levels not seen since 2008, Equifax reports.
Attracted by the lower interest rates that lenders are dangling in front of them, borrowers are using ...
- CFPB Targets Mini-Correspondent Divisions
Housing Wire 11 Jul 2014
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is focusing on a possible loophole that its qualified mortgage rules have possibly created for lenders.
- Homeowners Get $3.1 Billion in Pact With Mortgage Banks
New York Times 08 Jul 2014
U.S. homeowners have received a collective $3.1 billion to compensate them for improper foreclosures, according to a new Federal Reserve report. Of 4.
- 7 Banks Sue Cities Over Foreclosure Rules
Associated Press 02 Jul 2014
Ordinances designed to curtail foreclosures in the Massachusetts cities of Lynn and Worcester have come under attack by the industry.
- HSBC Settles Fraud Charges Over Foreclosure Fees Paid by the U.S. Government
New York Times 02 Jul 2014
HSBC will pay $10 million to settle a civil fraud case involving foreclosure fees paid by the U.S. government.
- U.S. Regulators Warn Banks on Home Equity Loan Defaults
Reuters 01 Jul 2014
Banks should work with borrowers to avoid massive defaults on home equity lines of credit taken out during the housing bubble, according to U.S. regulators.
- New Frontier Bank Fined $70,000 by FDIC
St. Louis Post-Dispatch 30 Jun 2014
New Frontier Bank has paid a $70,000 penalty after being accused of violating the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA).
- U.S. Bank Settles With Justice Department Over Mortgage Loan Allegations
Associated Press 30 Jun 2014
U.S. Bank will pay $200 million to settle allegations regarding a lack of due diligence on thousands of applicants who sought government-insured mortgages between 2006 and 2011.
- FHFA Assists 3.2 Million Troubled Homeowners
Housing Wire 27 Jun 2014
The number of foreclosure prevention actions completed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during the first quarter fell to 88,800, down from 99,704 in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the Federal ...
- Many Homeowners With Loan Mods Face Rate Increases
Los Angeles Times 22 Jun 2014
Beginning this year, many homeowners who received loan workouts to avoid foreclosure will face higher rates and monthly mortgage payments.
- After Unemployment Extension Fails to Pass, Congress Is a Culprit in Foreclosure Crisis
Roll Call 20 Jun 2014
Many U.S. communities are still experiencing serious problems related to foreclosures, largely due to predatory lending and lingering recession. In a commentary piece, Democratic Reps.
- SunTrust Fined Over Mortgages
Wall Street Journal 18 Jun 2014
SunTrust Banks will pay $968 million in fines and consumer relief to settle federal allegations of abusive mortgage practices.
- Mass. Homeowners to Get $3 Million in Settlement
Boston Globe 16 Jun 2014
Atlanta-based Ocwen, the country's No. 4 mortgage servicer in terms of size, has reached a new settlement with Massachusetts.
- City of Miami Sues JPMorgan, Claims Mortgage Discrimination
Reuters 16 Jun 2014
JPMorgan Chase, the nation's biggest bank, is being sued by the city of Miami for engaging in mortgage discrimination for at least the past 10 years.
- Limits on Foreclosure Sales Stir a Debate
Wall Street Journal 14 Jun 2014
Nonprofit groups and mortgage industry interests are butting heads over policies that restrict who can participate in short sales and foreclosure sales, and under what circumstances.