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Freddie Mac Updates Alternative To Foreclosure Requirements, Other Servicing Policies

On July 15, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2014-14, which announced a new automated settlement process for mortgage modification settlements. Effective December 1, 2014, servicers must submit the required settlement data for a...more

S.D.N.Y. U.S. Attorney Obtains FHA, GSE False Claims Settlement

On July 1, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that a large bank agreed to pay $10 million to resolve allegations that prior to 2011 it violated the False Claims Act and FIRREA by failing to...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

Massachusetts AG Sues FHFA Over Foreclosure Policies

On June 2, Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Martha Coakley filed a lawsuit against the FHFA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac for allegedly violating the state’s 2012 foreclosure prevention law, which, among other things,...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

Freddie Mac Announces Numerous Servicing Policy Updates

On June 3, Freddie Mac announced revisions to numerous servicing policies, including policies regarding, among other things, short sales and deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure (DILs), the CFPB’s mortgage servicing rules, and...more

Freddie Mac Updates Foreclosure, Expense Reimbursement Requirements

On May 15, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2014-09, which updates foreclosure requirements to (i) permit servicers to begin utilizing the New York Foreclosure Inquest Program as an alternative foreclosure process to accelerate...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

Freddie Mac Requires Lender-Placed Insurance Compliance Certification, Updates Foreclosure And Transfer Tax Policies

On March 17, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2014-3, which requires servicers to provide a certification that they are or will be in compliance with new lender-placed insurance requirements announced in Bulletin 2013-27. With...more

Freddie Mac Updates Several Servicing Policies

On January 24, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2014-01, which updates and revises servicing requirements related to (i) step-rate mortgages; (ii) foreclosures; (iii) third-party use of Workout Prospector and BPOdirect; and (iv)...more

Freddie Mac Announces Numerous Servicing Policy Changes

On December 18, Freddie Mac announced in Seller/Servicer Guide Bulletin 2013-27 updated and revised policies related to foreclosures and alternatives to foreclosure, and related to lender-placed insurance. With regard to...more

Freddie Mac Updates Short Sale, Deed-In-Lieu Of Foreclosure Requirements

On November 25, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2013-24, which revises numerous short sale and deed-in-lieu of foreclosure (DIL) requirements. The bulletin updates, among other things, eligibility requirements for exceptions to...more

Freddie Mac Updates Foreclosure, Abandoned Property Requirements

On October 18, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2013-22, which updates servicing requirements related to foreclosures and management of abandoned properties. The Bulletin states that servicers may, without obtaining prior written...more

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Extend Streamlined Modifications, Announce HAMP Changes, Increase Certain State Foreclosure Timelines

On September 16, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2013-17, and on September 18, Fannie Mae issued Servicing Guide Announcement SVC-2013-18, which extend those entities’ streamlined modification programs to include all streamlined...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - June 28, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - CREDIT CARDS - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY - CRIMINAL ENFORCEMENT -...more

Freddie Mac Announces Numerous Servicing Requirements

On June 14, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2013-10 to announce servicing policy changes with regard to Hurricane Sandy, foreclosure and alternatives to foreclosure, and other servicing issues....more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - June 21, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - MISCELLANY - FIRM NEWS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY - Excerpt from Federal...more

Freddie Mac Announces Start Of Modified Loans Securitization

On May 23, Freddie Mac announced that it has begun securitizing certain loans that were modified for borrowers at risk of foreclosure. ...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - April 19, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - CREDIT CARDS - Excerpt from Consumer...more

Freddie Mac Issues Numerous Loss Mitigation Policy Updates

On February 15, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2013-3, which provides a series of updates and revisions to its loss mitigation policies. The Bulletin reminds servicers of their obligations with regard to various transfers of...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - February 22, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - MISCELLANY - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - PAYMENTS - SECURITIES - Excerpt from Mortgages:...more

House Democrats Urge President Obama To Nominate FHFA Director

On February 7, 45 Democratic Members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to President Obama requesting he nominate a permanent director for the FHFA to replace Acting Director Edward DeMarco. ...more

HUD, FHFA Extend Foreclosure Protections For Hurricane Sandy Victims

On January 31, HUD and the FHFA announced that the FHA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac will extend for an additional 90 days protections against foreclosure actions for borrowers whose properties were damaged or destroyed due to...more

Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac Cite Possible “Negative Implications” To Side With Big Banks

In a lawsuit alleging that several banks violated Michigan's County Real Estate Transfer Tax Act by improperly claiming exemptions involving the sale of foreclosed properties, Judge Bell allowed Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and...more

Key Stakeholders Comment on FHFA State-Level Guarantee Fee Pricing Proposal

Over the past week, key stakeholders submitted comments on the FHFA’s proposal regarding state-level guarantee fees, which would allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to charge higher upfront fees for single-family mortgages...more

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