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Nine Million-Plus U.S. Homes Deeply Underwater


RealtyTrac released its U.S. Home Equity & Underwater Report for December 2013, which shows that 9.3 million U.S. residential properties were deeply underwater — worth at least 25 percent less than the combined loans secured by the property — representing 19 percent of all properties with a mortgage in December.Click to continue

Lenders Compliance Group Announces Launch of Risk Management Firm for Servicers

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Lenders Compliance Group Inc. (LCG), a nationwide risk management firm, has announced the launch of Servicers Compliance Group Inc. (SCG), a full-service mortgage risk management firm specializing exclusively in outsourced mortgage servicing compliance and offering a full suite of support services to servicers and subservicers.Click to continue

Shadow Inventory Down to 1.7 Million Homes Nationwide

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CoreLogic released its November National Foreclosure Report with a supplement featuring quarterly shadow inventory data as of October 2013.

According to CoreLogic analysis:

►There were 46,000 completed foreclosures in the United States in November 2013, down from 64,000 in November 2012, a year-over-year decrease of 29 percent. On a month-over-month basis, completed foreclosures decreased 8.3 percent, from 50,000 in October 2013.Click to continue

Fitch: CFPB's QM Rule to Cause Issues for Servicers


Smaller U.S. residential mortgage servicers will be challenged by the increased costs of new servicing requirements as they seek to opportunistically grow through strategic acquisitions, according to Fitch Ratings. The new requirements, issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), go into effect this Friday, Jan. 10.Click to continue

Massachusetts AG Coakley Urges Congress to Extend Tax Relief for Struggling Homeowners


In order to continue to help distressed homeowners in Massachusetts and prevent disruption to an improving housing market, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and a coalition of states are urging Congress to extend soon-to-be expired tax relief for distressed homeowners into next year.Click to continue

GSEs Prevent Three Million-Plus Foreclosures Since September 2008

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have reached a significant milestone, completing more than three million foreclosure prevention actions since the start of conservatorship in September 2008. FHFA noted this milestone in its third quarter Foreclosure Prevention Report (also known as the Federal Property Manager’s Report), which details results of foreclosure prevention programs.Click to continue

Total U.S. Delinquency Rate Hits 6.45 Percent in November


Lender Processing Services Inc. (LPS) has reported the following “first look” at November 2013 month-end mortgage performance statistics derived from its loan-level database representing approximately 70 percent of the overall market. In November, total U.S. loan delinquency rate (loans 30 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure) stood at 6.45 percent. The month-over-month change in delinquency rate was 2.63 percent, while the year-over-year change in delinquency rate stood at -9.41 percent.Click to continue

CFPB Scores $2.1 Billion Servicing Settlement Against Ocwen

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), authorities in 49 states, and the District of Columbia filed a proposed court order requiring the country’s largest non-bank mortgage loan servicer, Ocwen Financial Corporation, and its subsidiary, Ocwen Loan Servicing, to provide $2 billion in principal reduction to underwater borrowers. The consent order addresses Ocwen’s systemic misconduct at every stage of the mortgage servicing process.Click to continue

Total Loan Mods for the Year Exceed 680,000 in October

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HOPE NOW has released its October 2013 loan modification data which finds that an estimated 50,000 homeowners received permanent, affordable loan modifications from mortgage servicers during the month of October. This total includes modifications completed under both proprietary programs and the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). The total number of loan modifications for 2013 currently stands at approximately 680,000. This compares to approximately 545,000 foreclosure sales reported for the year to date.Click to continue

Flagstar to Sell Off $40.7 Billion in MSRs


Flagstar Bancorp Inc. has announced that the bank has entered into a definitive agreement to sell a substantial portion of its mortgage servicing rights (MSRs) portfolio to Matrix Financial Services Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Two Harbors Investment Corporation. The agreement provides for the sale of $40.7 billion in aggregate unpaid principal balance of residential MSRs, which represented 55 percent of Flagstar's mortgage loans serviced-for-others portfolio as of September 30, 2013.Click to continue