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Wall Street's New Trillion Dollar Playground, the Securitization of Rental Homes
worldpropertychannel.com | January 31, 2014
The securitization market involving debt tied to single-family homes is reemerging as a hot topic in Wall Street, but the source for the debt is different this time around.
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Foreclosure Crisis Slow to End in State, Experts Say
theday.com | January 30, 2014
Slow job growth and a slower judicial process are impeding Connecticut's ability to fight through a foreclosure crisis that refuses to quit, according to economists statewide.
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My Report to the WA Attorney General on Foreclosure Fraud, Robo-signing, and COINTELPRO
theday.com | January 30, 2014
Realized that big banks were pretending to be note-holders when in fact they didn't own the mortgages at all. Obtained evidence that the people signing the beneficiary declarations to foreclose were not actually officers of the banks, but in the case of Wells Fargo the gal worked for their subsidiary America's Servicing Company while she was signing declarations as the "Vice President of Loan Documentation" for Wells Fargo, N.A.
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Bank Of America's Trading Practices have Been Probed, Filing Shows
foxbusiness.com | January 30, 2014
The U.S. Department of Justice and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission have both held investigations into whether Bank of America engaged in improper trading by doing its own futures trades ahead of executing large orders for clients, according to a regulatory filing.
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Obama Punts on Fannie and Freddie in State of the Union Speech
thestreet.com | January 30, 2014
NEW YORK (TheStreet) --Fannie Mae (FNMA_) and Freddie Mac (FMCC_) reform efforts were notably absent from President Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday night, an omission that is likely to disappoint parties looking to dismantle the housing giants.
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CoreLogic Reports 45,000 Completed Foreclosures in December
bizjournals.com | January 30, 2014
IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- CoreLogic(R) (NYSE: CLGX), a leading residential property information, analytics and services provider, today released its December National Foreclosure Report, which provides data on completed U.S. foreclosures and the national foreclosure inventory.
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BofA Should Pay $2.1 Billion in Fraud Case, U.S. Says
bloomberg.com | January 30, 2014
Bank of America Corp.’s Countrywide unit should pay the maximum of $2.1 billion in penalties for selling defective mortgage loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, the U.S. said.
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Colorado Realtor Accuses Fannie Mae of Hiding Fraud
bizjournals.com | January 30, 2014
A metro Denver real estate broker claims in a response to a lawsuit filed against her by the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) that her contract work with the federally-sponsored company dried up after she tried to report alleged fraud.
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US Seeks $2.1 Billion from Bank of America in Mortgage Fraud Case
cnbc.com | January 30, 2014
The U.S. government has asked a judge to order Bank of America to pay $2.1 billion, increasing its request for penalties stemming from a jury's finding that the bank was liable for fraud over defective mortgages sold by its Countrywide unit.
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Mortgage Fraud: Linda Green Exposed (May 5, 2011)
youtube.com | January 30, 2014
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Enough Is Enough: Fraud-ridden Banks Are Not California’s Only Option
globalresearch.ca | January 30, 2014
“Epic in scale, unprecedented in world history.” That is how William K. Black, professor of law and economics and former bank fraud investigator, describes the frauds in which JPMorgan Chase (JPM) has now been implicated.
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Cities Selling the Most Distressed Homes
usatoday.com | January 26, 2014
Last December, 16.2% of all home sales involved distressed properties, according to a recent report. These homes were sold at an average discount of nearly 40% when compared to conventional, non-distressed homes.
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Fifth Third Sets Aside $69 Million to Pay Lawyers
housingwire.com | January 26, 2014
Depending on who you believe, the fourth-quarter results at Fifth Third (FITB) came in either as expected or as beating expectations. Nonetheless, the bank did manage to pull off a profit despite a huge settlement with Freddie Mac and even added capital to its litigation reserve fund.
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Fannie Would Get about $537M in Deal with Lehman
abcnews.go.com | January 26, 2014
Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. has reached a settlement with Fannie Mae that would allow the mortgage finance giant to recover about $537 million for its claim against the estate of the failed Wall Street bank over soured mortgage securities.
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Uh-oh! Capital Controls, Currency and Credit Default Swaps (US Purchasing Power Fell from 3.413 in 1913 to 0.143 Today)
confoundedinterest.wordpress.com | January 26, 2014
Yesterday, I wrote about the dramatic currency devaluations in Argentina, Venezuela, Turkey and Japan. To be fair, the U.S. has seen a dramatic decline in purchasing power since 1913, the year The Federal Reserve system was created. Wow, the purchasing power of the dollar has fallen from 3.413 is 1913 to 0.143 today.
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Freddie Mac to Securitize Once-troubled Mortgages
housingwire.com | January 26, 2014
Even troubled mortgages deserve a second chance, according to the latest Securitized Products Weekly report from Barclays. According to structured finance analysts, "as part of an initiative to enhance the liquidity of its retained portfolio, Freddie Mac is starting securitization programs for current modified loans and re-instated loans."
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Why Is the U.S. Downplaying Huge Profits at Fannie, Freddie?
blogs.wsj.com | January 26, 2014
That’s the reaction a top Treasury Department adviser took Wednesday to the record profits hauled in by Fannie MaeFNMA -3.54% and Freddie MacFMCC -2.66% over the past year.
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Bank of America's Trading Practices have been Probed, Filing Shows
chicagotribune.com | January 26, 2014
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission have both held investigations into whether Bank of America engaged in improper trading by doing its own futures trades ahead of executing large orders for clients, according to a regulatory filing.
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Why Robo-Signatures Are Illegal in California and Other Non-Judicial Foreclosure States
mikerooneylaw.com | January 20, 2014
With all of the press robo-signing has gotten, it is a bit surprising that everyone is having such a hard time concluding whether these practices effect California foreclosures. My assistant even said to me today, “but the banks say that it doesn’t matter because California is non judicial.” Because the topic has not gotten the treatment it deserves, I will gladly do the job.
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Goldman Sachs Sets Aside Plenty of Cash for Mortgage Lawsuits
housingwire.com | January 19, 2014
Goldman Sachs (GS) reported fourth-quarter revenues and profit topping Wall Street estimates, bouyed by a resurgent IPO market that boosted investment banking revenue.
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Morgan Stanley Profits Hit by Mortgage Lawsuits
housingwire.com | January 19, 2014
For investment bank Morgan Stanley (MS), the credit crisis is still a huge problem. The fourth-quarter results include $1.2 billion of "additions to legal reserves for mortgage-related matters, specifically litigation and investigations related to residential mortgage-backed securities and the credit crisis."
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FBI Investigates Possible Front Running of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac in Trader Scam
ticklethewire.com | January 16, 2014
The FBI is investigating whether Wall Street conspired to rig rates on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to manipulate the key derivatives market, Reuters reports.
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FBI Suspects Front Running of Fannie, Freddie in Swaps Market
thestar.com.my | January 16, 2014
NEW YORK: Wall Street traders may be manipulating a key derivatives market and front running Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, hurting the US-owned mortgage giants in the process, according to an FBI intelligence bulletin reviewed by Reuters.
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Securitization Makes a Comeback
investmentnews.com | January 16, 2014
More than five years after the financial crisis taught us about the evils of collateralized-debt obligations, mortgage-backed securities and anything else Wall Street could package for sale, it turns out some forms of securitization actually work and make sense. More importantly, securitization is a necessary part of the financial world. The quiet and steady comeback of securitization. Not everybody is thrilled.
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FBI Fears Fannie, Freddie Getting Fleeced
marketwatch.com | January 15, 2014
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing whether traders are front-running mortgage giants Fannie Mae FNMA +0.32% and Freddie Mac FMCC -0.33% in the swaps market, Reuters reported Tuesday.
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Wall Street Traders Rip Off Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac Via Swaps?
valuewalk.com | January 15, 2014
A Reuters report says Wall Street traders may be guilty of front-running Fannie Mae / Federal National Mortgage Assctn Fnni Me (OTCBB:FNMA) and Freddie / Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp (OTCBB:FMCC) while executing the massive interest swap orders placed by the housing mortgage giants.
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Another Greenleaf Co-owner Pleads Guilty to Multi-Million-Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme
justice.gov | January 15, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Nixa, Mo., man who was a co-owner of Greenleaf Companies has pleaded guilty in federal court to aiding and abetting a bank fraud conspiracy that was part of a multi-million-dollar mortgage investment scheme.
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Wells Fargo Gives 3 Predictions for the Mortgage Bond Market
housingwire.com | January 14, 2014
Structured products analysts at Wells Fargo (WFC) released their voluminous outlook on securitization going into 2014. On the whole, the economic backdrop still remains strong, but the market appears clouded by policy risk and regualtory uncertainty. Nonetheless, the structured finance analysts at Wells continue to hold a constructive view of the macroeconomic outlook.
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Moody's Affirms Two Classes of Notes Issued by BAMLL Re-REMIC Trust 2011-07C1
moodys.com | January 12, 2014
New York, January 10, 2014 -- Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the ratings on the following notes issued by BAMLL Re-REMIC Trust 2011-07C1 ("BAMLL 2011-07C1).
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What is a Quiet Title Action?
avvo.com | January 12, 2014
What is a quiet title action and can it be used on a house being foreclosed on with several title problems? A quiet title action is used when a person claims legal ownership to real property, or wishes to remove unauthorized or improper liens clouding the title. A "complaint" is the name of the document which initiates a lawsuit.
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7 Years Later, Foreclosures Still Jam Courts
heraldtribune.com | January 12, 2014
A somber crowd begins to assemble in the lobby shortly before 8:45 a.m., when sheriff's deputies slowly usher the gathering through a metal detector and into the downtown justice center.
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Broward Foreclosure Lawyer Stern Disbarred
sun-sentinel.com | January 12, 2014
The Florida Supreme Court this week disbarred David J. Stern, the Broward County lawyer who once operated the state's largest foreclosure practice. In a complaint filed last year, the Florida Bar alleged that Stern failed to supervise employees accused of improperly processing thousands of foreclosures for lenders.
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RCMP Investigating Ex-senator Mac Harb for Mortgage Fraud
theglobeandmail.com | January 12, 2014
The RCMP officer investigating the Senate expense scandal alleges former senator Mac Harb committed mortgage fraud related to the properties he claimed as his primary residence.
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Calif. Judge Dismisses Wells Fargo, FNMA Reverse Mortgage Lawsuit
reversemortgagedaily.com | January 9, 2014
A proposed class action representing heirs of reverse mortgage borrowers was dismissed by a California judge on Friday without leaving the plaintiff an opportunity to appeal.
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Goldman Exec Tourre Mortgage Fraud Appeal
reversemortgagedaily.com | January 9, 2014
(CN) - A former Goldman Sachs executive was properly nailed for his role in a failed mortgage deal that cost investors $1 billion without proof that he received a "fraud bonus," a federal judge ruled.
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SEC Starts New Mortgage Fraud Probe
valuewalk.com | January 9, 2014
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (Sigtarp) have begun a new investigation of potential intentional mispricing of mortgage securities by several big banks from 2009 to 2011. According to the Wall Street Journal, the investigators are looking at “significant misrepresentations” about the quality of some mortgage assets made by a number of major financial institutions.
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Former Employee of Salisbury Bank Admits Role in Mortgage Fraud Scheme
loansafe.org | January 9, 2014
(Source: FBI) – Jill Dail, age 59, of Cambridge, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to bank fraud in connection with a scheme in which she and her brother, Jeffrey Dail, fraudulently obtained mortgage loans in the names of family members, using the proceeds for their own benefit. The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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Fraud Trial Is Key to Mortgage Probe
online.wsj.com| January 9, 2014
A criminal fraud trial next month may have a big impact on a wide-ranging probe into whether banks cheated mortgage-bond clients in the years after the financial crisis.
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Taylor Bean, Home America Mortgage Settle $320 Million FCA Suit
usfinancepost.com | January 9, 2014
Taylor Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp. and Home America Mortgage Inc. have agreed to pay over $320 million to settle a False Claims Act whistleblower lawsuit alleging they falsified mortgage applications to secure federally funded insurance for loans that ultimately defaulted, the plaintiffs’ attorneys announced on Monday.
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JP Morgan Fined $2.6 Billion for Failing to Anticipate Madoff’s Scheme
leaprate.com | January 9, 2014
The never-ending story of banking industry heavyweights getting hefty fines goes on with yet another twist. First it was the uncovering of mortgage fraud, then the Libor scandal, followed by the London Whale and now we still have an ongoing investigation surrounding the 4pm London FX fix. Uncertainty surrounding another lawsuit against the biggest US bank is dissipating with a settlement involving Bernie Madoff's giant Ponzi scheme.
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Former Bank Employee Pleads Guilty In Fraud Scheme
justice.gov | January 9, 2014
Baltimore, Maryland –Jill Dail, age 59, of Cambridge, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to bank fraud in connection with a scheme in which she and her brother, Jeffrey Dail, fraudulently obtained mortgage loans in the names of family members, using the proceeds for their own benefit.
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Man Sentenced for Executing Loan Documents Without Authority
mortgagefraudblog.com | January 9, 2014
Gregory Wayne Eagle, 63, Cape Coral, Florida, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John E. Steele to six years in federal prison for bank fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud.
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Meet Comfort Friddle, the Whistleblower Behind a $320M Mortgage Fraud Settlement
occupy.com | January 9, 2014
Comfort Friddle never set out to become a whistleblower. When the young mother with the unusual name went to work as a loan processor at Home America Mortgage in 2004, she expected the job to be like her previous stints at banks, where she spent years in a suit-and-tie culture, meticulously combing through applicants’ paperwork to make sure they were qualified for the loans that the banks were offering.
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Justice Department and CFPB Announce $98 Million Settlement of Auto Lending Discrimination Allegations
view.loebcommunications.com | January 9, 2014
The U.S. Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently announced a $98 million settlement - the largest auto loan discrimination settlement to date - resulting from a nearly yearlong investigation into the fair lending practices of one of the largest auto lenders in the country.
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Freddie Mac Offers First Multifamily K Certificates of 2014
mortgageorb.com | January 7, 2014
Freddie Mac has announced a new offering of Structured Pass-Through Certificates (K Certificates) backed exclusively by fixed-rate multifamily mortgages with a seven-year term.
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Investor & Lender Changes Continue; Freddie & Fannie: Golden Gooses?
mortgagenewsdaily.com | January 7, 2014
"Teach your children about taxes: eat 30% of their ice cream." They'll also learn something about percentages. If 30% of cities have rebounded to pre-2007 levels, even I can deduce that 70% have not, but...is this late breaking news? "Higher mortgage rates, tight lending standards and price increases driven by a limited supply of homes for sale are discouraging some prospective buyers." Apparently.
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3 More Admit Roles in Foreclose Bid Rigging Scheme
mortgagefraudblog.com | January 7, 2014
Rudolph Silva, Concord, Calif., Thomas Bishop, Pleasant Hill, Calif., and Leslie Gee, Danville, Calif., three Northern California real estate investors, have agreed to plead guilty for their roles in conspiracies to rig bids and commit mail fraud at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Northern California.
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FBI Continues to Investigate Dallas County DA Craig Watkins, Court Records Indicate
dallasnews.com | January 7, 2014
The mortgage fraud prosecution of millionaire Al Hill III ended months ago, but federal court records indicate that the FBI is still investigating how Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins handled the matter.
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Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac Becoming Huge Cash Cows
valuewalk.com | January 5, 2014
The worm has clearly turned for Fannie Mae / Federal National Mortgage Association (OTCBB:FNMA) and Freddie Mac / Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp (OTCBB:FMCC). Just five years ago both financial institutions were on the verge of bankruptcy and required a combined $187.5 billion dollar government bailout to keep them afloat. That has completely changed today, as both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are financially healthy and have become a source of substantial income for the government.
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Fannie-Freddie Settlement Tab in 2013: $7.9 Billion
online.wsj.com | January 5, 2014
Fannie Mae FNMA -1.01% and Freddie Mac FMCC -1.74% collected $7.9 billion last year in settlements with seven major financial institutions to resolve lawsuits filed by the firms' regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency said Thursday.
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Pennsylvania Joins $25 Billion Joint State-Federal Settlement Concerning "Robo-Signing" and Other Mortgage Foreclosure Abuses
palegalaid.net | January 5, 2014
Attorney General Linda Kelly has announced that Pennsylvania has joined a $25 billion joint federal-state agreement with the nation's five largest mortgage servicers over "robo-signing" and other abuses involving foreclosure and mortgage servicing.
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KaBoom!! Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v Erobobo | NYSC – REMIC Fail, Plaintiff obtained the mortgage and note without an intervening assignment, in violation of the PSA to closed Trust
stopforeclosurefraud.com | January 2, 2014
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Secret Fed Loans Gave Banks $13 Billion Undisclosed to Congress
bloomberg.com | January 2, 2014
The Federal Reserve and the big banks fought for more than two years to keep details of the largest bailout in U.S. history a secret. Now, the rest of the world can see what it was missing.

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Flagstar to Pay Freddie Mac $8.9M for Mortgage Repurchase Obligations
crainsdetroit.com | December 31, 2013
Troy-based Flagstar Bancorp Inc. has agreed to pay the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. - commonly known as Freddie Mac - $8.9 million to resolve repurchase requests for home loans originated between Jan. 1, 2000, and Dec. 31, 2008.

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Savvy New Year's Resolutions IRS Hopes You Won't Keep
forbes.com | December 31, 2013
Making and keeping New Year’s resolutions is tough. Yet some resolutions about taxes aren’t hard to keep and could fatten your wallet in 2014. They could even have a spillover effect into the future. Here are 9 to consider.

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Most Compelling Mortgage Finance Stories of 2013
housingwire.com | December 31, 2013
Looking back at the year 2013, it’s clear the housing market is one of the few parts of the economy that started to consistently sing a positive tune throughout the year – albeit a tepid tune at times.

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Wells Fargo Reaches $591M Deal with Fannie Mae
bizjournals.com | December 31, 2013
Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE:WFC) has reached a $591 million deal with Fannie Mae to settle allegations of mortgage wrongdoings, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Mass. AG: Countrywide to Pay $17.3M in Settlement
boston.com | December 30, 2013
BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts state employees’ pension fund will receive more than $11 million as part of a settlement with Countrywide Securities Corp., state Attorney General Martha Coakley said Monday. The settlement was announced as part of Coakley’s industry-wide review of residential mortgage securitization practices in Massachusetts.

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Flagstar Reaches Settlement with Freddie Mac over Mortgage Repurchase Obligations
online.wsj.com | December 30, 2013
TROY, Mich., Dec. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Flagstar Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: FBC) ("Flagstar" or the "Company"), the holding company for Flagstar Bank, FSB (the "Bank"), today announced that the Bank has entered into an agreement with the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation ("Freddie Mac") to resolve substantially all of the repurchase requests and obligations associated with loans originated between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2008 and sold to Freddie Mac.

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Average U.S. 30-year Mortgage Rises to 4.48 Percent
lowellsun.com | December 30, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages crept higher last week but remained low by historical standards. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on the 30-year loan increased to 4.48 percent from 4.47 percent the previous week. The average on the 15-year fixed loan rose to 3.52 percent from 3.51 percent.

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Today’s 30 and 15 Year Fixed Mortgage Interest Rates Rise Says Freddie Mac; Stimulus Tapering Affects Market
learningandfinance.com | December 27, 2013
Mortgage rates and Stimulus tapering news review December 24, 2013:
Analysts contend that mortgage rates trend-lines will skew higher due, in part, to the Feds decision to taper stimulus funding.

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Industry Data Shows 1,256,000 Loans in Foreclosure
dsnews.com | December 27, 2013
The industry’s foreclosure inventory contracted again in November upon continued improvements on the housing and economic fronts. Although on a monthly basis, the inventory of homes in foreclosure fell slightly by 1.72 percent, year-over-year, it was down 28.81 percent, Lender Processing Services (LPS) reports.

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KaBoom!! Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v Erobobo | NYSC – REMIC Fail, Plaintiff obtained the mortgage and note without an intervening assignment, in violation of the PSA to closed Trust
stopforeclosurefraud.com | January 2, 2014
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Secret Fed Loans Gave Banks $13 Billion Undisclosed to Congress
bloomberg.com | January 2, 2014
The Federal Reserve and the big banks fought for more than two years to keep details of the largest bailout in U.S. history a secret. Now, the rest of the world can see what it was missing.

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