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Auditors Face Suit as TBW Makes Headlines, Again

A suit filed Monday dispelled any notion that the Taylor Bean & Whitaker scandal ended with the lockup of the former ringleaders, according to multiple news reports. The trustee overseeing bankruptcy and liquidation proceedings for the now-defunct mortgage company went after auditors for failing to see red flags in their accounting processes. Deloitte & Touche LLP, the accounting firm responsible for audits at Taylor Bean & Whitaker, got slapped with suits on the hunt for $7.6 million in damages, according to news outlets.

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FHFA Faulted for Role in Bad Settlements for GSEs

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency cut corners in the analysis it deployed to review and accept a $1.35-billion repurchase settlement from Bank of America over mortgage-backed securities for Freddie Mac, effectively ensuring that losses for the GSE would continue, according to a report released Tuesday by the agency's inspector general. The report concerns two buyback agreements between the mortgage giant and GSEs last year, with profit margins totaling $2.87 billion for the deal.

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Home Prices Hold Steady in July Despite Economic Headwinds

The rocky economic landscape could give way to a smoother housing sector if recent home prices signal anything, with a major Standard & Poor├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós/Case-Shiller index revealing Tuesday a marginal uptick in numbers over July. Economists chalked up the gains to a seasonal boost and suggested more stability may be on the way for a troubled housing economy. The indices reflected a 0.9-percent boon for measures of activity across 10 and 20 major metropolitan cities, a consecutive four-month increase.

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Rumored Europe Relief Sends Up Shares for Lenders

After a drought for good news, markets and mortgage lenders found reason to celebrate Monday with a late-day flood by investors to their stocks. Confidence-boosting measures by government officials led the charge by investors to lenders like Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase, with central bankers in Europe mustering up an aid package for debt-ridden countries.

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RREP and WL Ross Team Up to Buy DBBM

A new acquisition is in the works for Ranieri Real Estate Partners LP (RREP) and WL Ross & Co. LLC. The companies are teaming up to purchase Deutsche Bank Berkshire Mortgage.

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Economic Worries Trample on New-Home Sales Over August

Despite the lure of record-low mortgage rates, fewer consumers stepped out from behind the fear of a global economic slowdown to purchase new homes, curtailing new sales by 2.3 percent month-over-month in August. Market watchers chalked up a six-month dearth to consumers wary about their job security, stock markets, and the threat of a new recession. The Census Bureau signaled a fallback to 295,000 housing units on a seasonally adjusted basis, down from 302,000 from July.

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Two New Banks Fail Despite Slowing Pace Nationally

Two financial institutions bucked a trendy crawl for bank failures by folding Friday, pushing the 2011 tally to 73. The FDIC swooped in to corral the fallout from the collapse of Nevada City-based Citizens Bank of Northern California and Norkfolk-based Bank of the Commonwealth, paying out for the former and keeping assets from the latter for disposition. California state regulators turned off the lights at Citizens Bank, while their Virginia counterparts shuttered the Bank of the Commonwealth.

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