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Massachusetts Sues Fannie and Freddie for Blocking Home Buybacks

Earlier this month, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley initiated an action against Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Finance Agency for allegedly illegally impeding non-profit foreclosure buyback...more

6/13/2014 - Buyback Programs Fannie Mae Foreclosure Freddie Mac Mortgages

Lenders More Likely to Make Jumbo Loans

As we continue to distance ourselves from the advent of the real estate downturn, residential mortgage loan lenders seem to be increasingly willing to explore ways to loan money outside of the “qualified mortgage” arena. For...more

6/9/2014 - Lenders Loans Mortgages Qualified Mortgage Rule

L.A. Sues JPMorgan Over Discriminatory Mortgage Lending Practices

On Friday, May 30, 2014, asserting that “[i]t is axiomatic that banks should not make discriminatory loans”, the City of Los Angeles filed a two-count complaint against JPMorgan Chase & Co. in Federal Court for the Central...more

6/4/2014 - Banks City of Los Angeles Discrimination Fair Housing Act Fair Lending JPMorgan Chase Mortgages Popular Predatory Lending Property Tax Restitution

FHFA Announces Reversal of Plans to Wind Down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Early last week, recently-appointed director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Melvin L. Watt, announced plans to keep GSEs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac going strong. This new strategy is in stark contrast to the...more

5/19/2014 - Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac GSE HOME Funds Loans Mortgages

Wells Fargo Employee Admits Role in $40.8 Million Straw Buyer Scheme

Last Friday, a former Wells Fargo branch manager, sales manager and loan officer, Robert Serao, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The charge stems from Serao’s involvement in a $40.8 million mortgage fraud...more

3/19/2014 - Bank Fraud Mortgages Wells Fargo Wire Fraud

FHFA Says Fannie and Freddie Still Take on Risky Mortgages

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have continued to spend billions of dollars on questionable mortgage loans despite previous alerts to potential issues with their appraisals, the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Office of Inspector...more

2/11/2014 - Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Mortgages OIG

Homebuilders And Their Affiliates: Unexpected Tie-In Issues May Be Lurking

From my work defending mortgage loan originators, including many homebuilder captives, against mortgage repurchase and indemnification claims, as well in my role as an editor of Bilzin Sumberg’s Mortgage Crisis Watch, I have...more

2/5/2014 - Banks GSE Mortgage Loan Originators Mortgages

Dodd Frank Act: The Arrival of the ‘Ability to Repay’ Lending Restrictions

The days of exotic mortgage programs like “no doc” and balloon loans may be over. Earlier this month, the long awaited (and by many lenders and experts, dreaded), lending restrictions codified in the Dodd Frank Act...more

1/21/2014 - Ability-to-Repay CFPB Dodd-Frank Mortgages

FHA Announces Plans to Lower Mortgage Insurance Policy Caps

Last Friday, the Federal Housing Administration announced that it will reduce the maximum threshold for the high-price mortgages it is willing to insure. This change was called for by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of...more

12/13/2013 - Bailout FHA Housing Market Mortgage Insurance Fund Mortgages Policy Limits

JPMorgan Chase Agrees to Settle Forced-Placed Insurance Class-Action Lawsuit for $300 Million

JPMorgan Chase and Assurant Inc. recently agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit initiated in June 2012 for $300 million brought by a class of 1.3 million homeowners nationwide who claimed that they were overcharged for...more

11/7/2013 - Class Action Fire Insurance Forced-Placed Insurance JPMorgan Chase Mortgages Settlement Wind Damage

Wells Fargo Settles Mortgage Buyback Litigation with Freddie Mac for $869 Million

As of June 30 of this year, Wells Fargo & Co., this nation’s largest mortgage lender, had received demands to repurchase $1.4 Billion out of the $343 billion of residential-mortgage loans Wells Fargo sold to Freddie Mac and...more

10/8/2013 - Breach of Duty Buyback Programs Freddie Mac Mortgages Settlement Wells Fargo

City of Richmond, California Backs Plan to Use Eminent Domain to Seize Bad Mortgages

Richmond, California’s leaders approved a controversial plan earlier this month to become the first municipality in the nation to use eminent domain to rid itself of underwater mortgages. The plan was approved by the Richmond...more

10/1/2013 - Bonds Eminent Domain FHA Mortgages Municipalities Underwater Homeowners

Private Mortgage Insurers Return to Profitability after Housing Crisis

It should be no surprise that the private mortgage insurance industry was nearly decimated in the wake of the housing crisis. During that tumultuous time, the private mortgage insurers that survived lost a combined $20...more

8/22/2013 - Economic Downturn Housing Market Insurers Mortgage Insurance Fund Mortgages

Federal Criminal Investigation of JPMorgan

The civil division of the Justice Department has preliminarily concluded that JPMorgan broke federal laws in connection with its sale from 2005 to 2007 of subprime and Alt-A residential mortgage securities, and the bank is...more

8/14/2013 - Banks DOJ Investigations JPMorgan Chase Mortgages Subprime Mortgages

Proposed new rule under Dodd-Frank Act

In 2011, in an effort designed to prevent a repeat of the often times shoddy underwriting practices that were pervasive during the years leading up to the current mortgage crisis, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and...more

8/6/2013 - Dodd-Frank Fannie Mae FDIC Federal Reserve Freddie Mac Mortgages Proposed Regulation

Proposed Legislation Would Replace Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

The Future of Housing Reform - A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators recently proposed a bill that would replace Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the next 5 years....more

7/26/2013 - Fannie Mae FDIC FMIC Freddie Mac Housing Finance Reform Housing Market Mortgages Proposed Legislation

Citigroup Resolves Mortgage Buyback Dispute With Fannie Mae

$968 Million Settlement - During the aftermath of the financial crisis, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been aggressively demanding that Wall Street and big bank aggregators repurchase millions of defaulted and...more

7/4/2013 - Buyback Litigation Citigroup Fannie Mae Mortgage Loan Originators Mortgages Settlement

Citigroup Resolves Mortgage Buyback Dispute with Fannie Mae

During the aftermath of the financial crisis, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been aggressively demanding that Wall Street and big bank aggregators repurchase millions of defaulted and distressed loans for alleged breaches of...more

7/3/2013 - Buyback Programs Citigroup Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Mortgage Loan Originators Mortgages

Taking The Easy Way Out Again: Recent OCC/Big Banks Settlement

Any follower of this blog or the mortgage crisis at large will — sadly — not be surprised by the seemingly never-ending news of foreclosure misdeeds by the nation’s biggest banks. Recent news reveals a particularly...more

3/20/2013 - Foreclosure Military Service Members Mortgages OCC Robo-Signing Settlement Wrongful Foreclosures

President Obama Touts Refinancing Plan in State of the Union Address

In his State of the Union Address on February 12, 2013, President Obama called on Congress to make it easier for families to refinance their mortgages. Specifically, the President urged Congress to pass refinancing...more

2/20/2013 - Barack Obama Mortgage Rates Mortgages Refinancing Responsible Homeowner Refinancing Act State of the Union

Zombie Title

Think your house has been foreclosed? Think again… As reported by Michelle Conlin at Reuters, when banks fail to follow through on foreclosure of homes, this has serious, often dramatic ramifications for the homeowner....more

1/16/2013 - Abandoned Property Foreclosure Mortgages Zombie Title

Gotcha! Originators Beware of Baseless Claims

Just about every time I think that the demands being asserted on residential mortgage loan originators for mortgage loan “repurchases” or indemnification payments (on account of loans that were originated years ago during the...more

12/13/2012 - Mortgage Loan Aggregators Mortgage Loan Originators Mortgages Repurchases

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