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FDIC Goes After 12 Banks for Misrepresenting RMBS

The FDIC launched a suit against 12 banks Friday regarding misrepresentations of residential mortgage-backed securities sold to now-defunct, Alabama-based Colonial Bank. Among those accused are some of the nation├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós largest banks, including JPMorgan Chase, Citi, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo. The 12 banks sold more than $3.88 million in securities to colonial bank, and the FDIC alleges the banks misrepresented several aspects of the loans making up the securities in the lead-up to the financial crisis.

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Radian Guaranty Sees Growth in New Insurance

Radian Guaranty Inc. released data for primary mortgage insurance delinquencies for July, revealing growth in primary new insurance and a drop in delinquent loans. According to the release, Radian wrote $3.37 billion in primary new insurance for the month of July, an increase from $3.08 billion in June. In addition, loan delinquency was down in July, with primary delinquent inventory falling to 97,012 from 98,450 the month before. This release followed a more dismal earlier report on the company's second-quarter financial earnings.

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United States Appraisals Initiates MBA Membership

The Mortgage Bankers Association is welcoming a new partner, recently announcing that United States Appraisals has joined the group's membership. United States Appraisals' standing with the District of Columbia-based MBA is effective immediately. United States Appraisals' standing with the District of Columbia-based MBA is effective immediately. "We are very pleased to align ourselves with an organization like the MBA," stated Aaron Fowler, president of United States Appraisals.

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Settlement Monitor Chooses Secondary Law Firms

The Office of Mortgage Settlement Oversight recently chose five new firms to serve as its eyes and ears on the ground as the $25 servicer settlement grinds forward. The new secondary professional firms ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô including BKD, LLP; Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP; Crowe Horwath, LLP; Grant Thornton, LLP; and McGladrey, LLP ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô will assist settlement monitor Joseph A. Smith, Jr., over the next three and a half years. Each firm will assist BDO Consulting, a division of BDO USA, LLP, and the primary professional firm responsible for evaluations.

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Genworth, USMI Initiates Key Management Changes

Genworth Financial's U.S. Mortgage Insurance (USMI) division has initiated two key management changes. The company recently announced the promotion of John Clifford to senior vice president of commercial operations, as well as the return of Matt Young, who will rejoin USMI as its senior vice president of sales.

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First-Time Buyers Booming in the United Kingdom

Though the United Kingdom is currently in the spotlight as host for the 2012 Olympic Games, British lenders have their own reason to celebrate this summer, following the release of a study that shows a significant uptick in first-time homebuyers. The Council of Mortgage Lenders in Manchester, England, is reporting that the number of first-time mortgage loan recipients in the country is up 22 percent year-over-year.

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Mortgage Rates Climb on Stronger Job Numbers

Strong employment reports boosted mortgage rates back up for the second week in a row, Freddie Mac reported Thursday. The GSE's Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows the 30-year fixed averaging 3.59 percent for the week ending August 9, an increase from 3.55 percent the previous week. The 15-year fixed also posted gains, averaging 2.84 percent for the week, up from 2.83 percent a week ago. The 5-year adjustable-rate mortgage followed, increasing to 2.77 percent from 2.75 percent the week before.

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FHFA Pushes Back on Eminent Domain Policy in California

FHFA issued a notice Wednesday to warn of the controversial use of eminent domain recently proposed in San Bernardino County. California officials are considering the use of eminent domain to seize underwater mortgages. The mortgages would be taken at fair market value, and then restructured into new loans with terms reflecting the current market. Chicago and Berkeley are also exploring the proposed use of eminent domain. FHFA said that in relation to the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the use of an eminent domain program could result in a cost to taxpayers.

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