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FHFA OIG Assesses Risks From Smaller Lenders And Nonbank Mortgage Companies

On July 17, the FHFA Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a report on risks to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) related to purchasing mortgages from smaller lenders and nonbank mortgage companies....more

Mortgage Company Resolves HAMP-Related Criminal Allegations

On July 3, the DOJ announced the resolution of a multi-agency criminal investigation into the way a large mortgage company administered the federal Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). According to a Restitution and...more

FHFA Proposes Mortgage Insurer Eligibility Requirements

On July 10, the FHFA sought input on a proposal to establish new eligibility requirements for private mortgage insurers seeking to insure Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) mortgages. As described in an overview...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

New York's Highest Court Will Review First Department Decision on RMBS Putback Statute of Limitations - On June 27, the Court of Appeals for the State of New York agreed to review the First Department's December 2013...more

Inspector General Report Urges FHFA To Consider Lender-Placed Insurance Suits

On June 25, the FHFA Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a report that urges the FHFA to consider whether to pursue servicers and insurers for alleged lender-placed insurance (LPI) losses. The OIG cited prior...more

CFPB to issue whitepaper on methodology for identifying auto finance discrimination and consider use of advisory opinions

While Director Cordray’s appearance at the House Financial Services Committee’s hearing on the CFPB’s fifth Semi-Annual Report yesterday was accompanied by the usual dose of political theater, his testimony did yield the...more

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

Fannie Mae Announces Servicemember Policy Changes, Other Servicing Policy Updates

On May 21, Fannie Mae issued Servicing Guide Announcement SVC-2014-08, which announced that the extended stay of foreclosure and other legal proceedings that is set to expire at the end of this year will continue indefinitely...more

Fannie Mae Updates Delinquency Management, Default Prevention Policies

On May 16, Fannie Mae announced through Servicing Guide Announcement SVC-2014-07, that for a borrower who submits a complete Borrower Response Package (BRP) or incomplete documentation 37 days or less prior to a foreclosure...more

Massachusetts AG Urges FHFA Action On REO Sale Restrictions And Principal Reduction Options

On May 14, Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Martha Coakley sent a letter to FHFA Director Mel Watt threatening legal action if the FHFA does not direct Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, when they sell a foreclosed property, to...more

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

Supreme Court Seeks Federal Government Opinion on National Bank Act Preemption of State Foreclosure Law

Considering a petition for certiorari filed by Federal National Mortgage Association in a case concerning which state’s law governs a national bank’s authority to serve as trustee under a deed of trust—the state in which the...more

Overview of Fannie Mae Legal Issues Forum – Spring 2014

On April 24,2014, Fannie Mae hosted its semi-annual Legal Issues Forum (“LIF”) where the state of the multifamily finance market and recent developments in its multifamily program were the primary topics of discussion. This...more

Housing Finance Reform

Efforts to address housing finance reform are starting to heat up, although the finish line is still probably a long way off. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac remain in conservatorship, even though they are making money, and the...more

Fannie Mae Updates Property Eligibility And Appraisal Requirements, Other Selling Policies

On April 15, Fannie Mae issued Selling Guide Announcement SEL 2014-03, which includes numerous selling policy updates. Based on a comprehensive review of its current requirements, the announcement provides a series of new or...more

Recently Unveiled “HOME Forward” Housing Act May Signal the End of Fannie and Freddie

Momentum in housing-finance reformation picked up speed last month as the House Financial Services Committee unveiled the proposed Housing Opportunities Move the Economy (HOME) Forward Act of 2014. The proposed HOME Forward...more

Minnesota Supreme Court Recognizes New Private Right Of Action Against Residential Mortgage Loan Servicers

On April 2, 2014, the Minnesota Supreme Court in Gretsch v. Vantium Capital, Inc. recognized a new private right of action against residential mortgage loan servicers who breach their servicer participation agreements with...more

Dodd-Frank News - March 2014: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform And Consumer Protection Act Update

In This Issue: - Recent Cases January Through March 2014 ..Dodd-Frank Amendments to RESPA ..Dodd-Frank Prohibition on Arbitration Clauses ..Whistleblower Protection Under Dodd-Frank - News &...more

Georgia District Court Offers New Authority On Issue Of "Full Authority" Under O.C.G.A. § 44-14-162.2

In the latest chapter of the Georgia courts' attempts to interpret Georgia's foreclosure notice statute, O.C.G.A § 44-14-162.2, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia issued an opinion on February 25,...more

Court Endorses Use of Predictive Coding (New York)

Fed. Hous. Fin. Agency v. HSBC, 2014 WL 584300 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 14, 2014). In this housing case, the plaintiff, which regulates Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, sued 18 banks, over misrepresenting the quality of mortgage...more

Protect Your Mortgage Insurance Rights Now Before It Is Too Late

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently announced changes to mortgage insurance (MI) master policy requirements. The FHFA has worked with the government sponsored enterprises (GSEs), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to...more

Fannie Mae Updates Servicing Policies

On February 26, Fannie Mae issued Servicing Guide Announcement SVC-2014-04, which states that a servicer must retain in the mortgage loan servicing file all supporting documentation for all expense reimbursement claims, in...more

Commercial Mortgage Options Expanding – Borrowers to Benefit?

Anyone working in the commercial real estate mortgage industry in the past five or six years is eager for signs of a sustained recovery. Having just returned from the Mortgage Bankers Association Commercial Real Estate...more

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

Fannie Mae Issues Numerous Servicing Policy Updates

On January 24, Fannie Mae issued Servicing Guide Announcements SVC-2014-01 and SVC-2014-02, and on January 29 issued SVC-2014-03. Effective April 1, 2014, the first announcement revises Fannie Mae’s requirements for borrower...more

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