Mortgages and Housing: Donovan Embarassed?, NAREB $1.2b Deal, Short Sales, Strategic Defaults, Appraisers and Dodd-Frank, 20% Down, FHFA REO Progran, Consent Order Action Plans, FHA MIPs Rise, Buffett on Banks, DeMarco, LeaseRunner. BofA Wins and Loses

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Insider Says Promontory’s OCC Foreclosure Reviews for Wells are Frauds.- By Abigail Field – … U.S. Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan has embarrassed himself yet again. This time, though, he’s gone in for total humiliation. See, he praised the bank-run Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) foreclosure reviews as an important part of the social justice delivered by the mortgage “settlement“. But thanks to an insider working on an OCC review, we know that process is a sham. Worse, the insider’s story shows that enforcement of the settlement is likely to be similar, which is to say, meaningless. Doesn’t matter how pretty the new servicing standards are if the bankers don’t have to follow them. Let’s start with Donovan’s sales pitch for the OCC reviews … – Naked Capitalism http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2012/02/abigail-field.html
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(details) Housing Fix: Minority Group Unveils $1.2 Billion Industry-Led Program - BY: CARRIE BAY – The National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Inc. (NAREB) announced the launch of a 25-city, $1.2 billion REO and foreclosure mitigation initiative called the Homeowner’s Assurance Program (HAP). Private and Wall Street investors are providing the $1.2 billion in initial capital for the program roll-out in 25 markets. HAP’s deployment of capital to purchase, renovate, and sell REO properties will also generate jobs and income for real estate-related small businesses in the targeted markets. – DS News

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Short Sales Bring 24% Greater Returns than Foreclosures – BY: KRISTA FRANKS BROCK – … The firm reviewed prices for short sale and foreclosure sale properties in 2010 and 2011 in Boston, Phoenix, Tuscon, Southern California, and Southwest Florida. … – DS News
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The overblown threat of strategic defaults – Michael Hiltzik – … . But here’s the bottom line, from an academic study sponsored by the Mortgage Bankers Assn.: It’s easy to count the absolute number of defaults, but "whether or not those defaults are due to an inability to pay or an unwillingness to pay is typically unobservable from market data." … – LA Times
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(another unexpected consequence?) AGA Petitions Federal Reserve, CFPB - BY: ABBY GREGORY – On Capitol Hill, the American Guild of Appraisers (AGA) is petitioning the Federal Reserve Board and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to overturn a recently adopted rule that stands in opposition to regulations contained in the Dodd-Frank Act. The AGA wrote the organization’s plea based on the assertion that the Fed’s new rule poses a threat to “the viability of professional appraisal practice and undermines the legitimacy of real estate appraisals.” - The M Report

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The down payment boogeyman – report finds requiring a 20 percent down payment would push out 60 percent of borrowers from qualified residential mortgages (QRMs). Those 29 to 34 acquired a mortgage for the first time in 1999 to 2001 at a 17 percent rate but that rate is now down to 9 percent. – Dr. Housing Bubble

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FHFA Announces Pilot REO Property Sales in Hardest-Hit Areas - Next Step for Investors Interested in Fannie Mae Foreclosed Properties  - … Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix and parts of Florida. With this next step, prequalified investors will be able to submit applications to demonstrate their financial capacity, experience and specific plans for purchasing pools of Fannie Mae foreclosed properties with the requirement to rent the purchased properties for a specified number of years. – FHFA Press Release

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(link at bottom has action plans of consent orders) Federal Reserve Board releases action plans for supervised financial institutions to correct deficiencies in residential mortgage loan servicing and foreclosure processing  – FR Board of Governors
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FHA to raise insurance premiums in April - By Jon Prior – The Federal Housing Administration will raise mortgage insurance premiums this April in order to repair the health of its emergency fund. The FHA upfront mortgage insurance premium will increase to 1.75% from 1% of the base home loan amount. This will apply regardless of the term or loan-to-value ratio beginning in April. – Housingwire

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Buffett: Banks Victimized by Excesses of Ousted Homeowners - By Andrew Frye – (Bloomberg) – … said banks were victimized by some homeowners who refinanced their loans before getting evicted.“Large numbers of people who have ‘lost’ their house through foreclosure have actually realized a profit because they carried out refinancings earlier that gave them cash in excess of their cost,” Buffett, chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A), said Feb. 25 in his annual letter. “In these cases, the evicted homeowner was the winner, and the victim was the lender.”

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Edward DeMarco, housing finance head, catches heat - Andrew S. Ross – It’s safe to say that the head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the government body that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, would not count California Attorney General Kamala Harris among his biggest fans. - SF Chronicle
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Why the Federal Reserve can’t fix housing – By Annalyn Censky – (CNNMoney) – Housing is still one of the biggest drags on U.S. economic growth, but don’t look to the Federal Reserve for help. The central bank may have few tools left to fix it.That’s the basic hypothesis of a paper top economists presented to a room full of monetary policy elites in Manhattan Friday.
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(looks interesting) LeaseRunner: A Landlord’s Nirvana – A Tenant’s Dream Come True - by Anita Cooper – Few individuals are fortunate enough to witness the emergence of an idea that will revolutionize the real estate industry – specifically the rental market, so it’s with great pleasure, and excitement, that I share a fabulous resource for both tenants and landlords – LeaseRunner. – Realty Biz News

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