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BofA Underwater Mortgage Cases Hit Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases brought by Bank of America regarding whether a second mortgage on an underwater property can be voided during Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Both cases involve Florida homeowners who sued to...more

11/21/2014 - Bank of America Chapter 7 Consumer Bankruptcy Mortgage Priority Mortgages Popular SCOTUS Underwater Homeowners

Regulators Increase Scrutiny of Wall Street Lending

Federal bank regulatory agencies are significantly increasing their scrutiny of Wall Street bank lending, moving from annual reviews to a system of monthly audits in a major effort to curtail aggressive underwriting...more

10/15/2014 - Audits Banks Mortgages Repurchases Underwriting Wall Street

Servicer’s Error Leads to $16 Million Award

Kate Berry reported in American Banker and SourceMedia’s National Mortgage News on how a $616 servicing error snowballed into a $16 million jury verdict. It was reported that a jury last month awarded $514,000 in compensatory...more

8/19/2014 - Banks Loan Servicing Mortgages Punitive Damages

OIG Urges FHFA To Sue Over Force-Placed Insurance

The Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) for the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”) is urging the FHFA to sue its servicers and lender-placed insurance (“LPI”) providers because Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have suffered...more

7/2/2014 - Fannie Mae FHFA Force-Placed Insurance Freddie Mac Hazard Insurance Mortgage Servicers OIG

Robo-Signing Still Making Headlines As Wells Fargo Settles Another Lawsuit

“Robo-signing,” the term coined to refer to bank officials who quickly approved mortgage foreclosure documents without actual knowledge of the validity of the grounds for foreclosure, has been spurring lawsuits and making...more

6/3/2014 - Banks Foreclosure Mortgages Popular Robo-Signing Settlement Signatures Wells Fargo

Justice Department Keeps its Distance From Szymoniak Mortgage Fraud Lawsuit

As detailed in an August 2013 Salon article by David Dayen and a September 2013 Bloomberg Businessweek article by Karen Weise, West Palm Beach, Florida homeowner and attorney Lynn Szymoniak helped blow the whistle on...more

4/30/2014 - DOJ Fraud Mortgages

Ninth Circuit Rules National Banks are Residents Only of Their Home State

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (encompassing nine Western states and two Pacific islands) has held that for purposes of diversity jurisdiction a national bank is a citizen only of the state in which...more

4/2/2014 - Banks Residency Requirements

First Horizon Reaches Mortgage Loan Settlement With Freddie Mac

There is now yet another settlement in the mortgage loan industry to report. First Horizon National Corp. announced last week that it has entered into a definitive resolution agreement with Freddie Mac regarding loan...more

3/4/2014 - First Horizon National Corporation Freddie Mac Mortgages Settlement

Bank of America and Freddie Mac Settle Mortgage Loan Claims

Add yet another major settlement to the still-growing list of huge payouts by the nation’s largest banks to settle claims over toxic mortgage-backed securities. Bank of America has now agreed to pay $404 million to Freddie...more

12/6/2013 - Bank of America FHFA Freddie Mac Mortgage-Backed Securities Mortgages

Housing Market Largely Escapes Damage From Government Shutdown, For Now

The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight on September 30th as the Congress failed to pass a bill to continue funding the government. The repercussions are many, including preventing 800,000 Americans from...more

10/3/2013 - Fannie Mae FEMA FHA Freddie Mac Government Shutdown Housing Market IRS Mortgages USDA

Mortgage Servicing System Still Riddled With Problems According To Financial Watchdog

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”), the financial watchdog agency created following the 2008 financial crisis to protect consumers from unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices in the financial products and...more

8/29/2013 - CFPB Dodd-Frank Mortgage Loan Servicing Standards Mortgages UDAAP

Judge Limits Damages Recoverable On Repurchase Claims

In an opinion refusing to dismiss a lawsuit by several RMBS mortgage trusts in connection with $1.6 billion of mortgage loans, Judge Harold Baer, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, held that...more

8/26/2013 - Damages Loans Repurchases RMBS

Questions Swirl About Implications of Bernanke Comments for Housing

While mortgage interest rates have repeatedly hit new lows over the past few years helping to spur a recovery in the housing sector, recent comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke could signal that those days are coming...more

6/27/2013 - Ben Bernanke Housing Market Interest Rates Mortgages

Bank of America Settles Class Action Brought By Mortgage Investors

Bank of America has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by investors who claimed they were misled by its Countrywide unit into buying risky mortgage securities. Bank of America acquired Countrywide Financial, a...more

4/22/2013 - Bank of America Class Action Investors Mortgages Settlement

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

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