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Group Files Suit Against CFPB Over Cordray’s Recess Appointment

Public interest group Judicial Watch announced Tuesday that it filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to obtain records detailing President Obama's "recess appointment" of CFPB director Richard Cordray. Judicial Watch, a group dedicated to investigating and fighting possible government corruption, says it submitted a FOIA request on January 12 to CFPB seeking access to records of communications between the bureau, the White House, the Executive Office of the President, the Treasury, and Congress concerning Cordray├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós appointment to his post.

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CFPB Counters Trade Group’s Call for Date to Resign

In an exclusive interview with MReport Tuesday, Marc Savitt, president of the National Association of Independent Housing Professionals, divulged his intentions to call for the resignation of Raj Date from his post as deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Following the interview, NAIHP released an official announcement calling for just that. We obtained comments from the consumer bureau countering criticism Date received for a speech Monday in which he faulted mortgage brokers for the housing crisis.

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Mortgage Applications Jump Highest Since 2009: MBA

Mortgage applications jumped by 18 percent from the week earlier, riding a refinance wave to numbers not seen since 2009, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The trade group found that the Refinance Index climbed up by over 19 percent from the week before, reaching the highest level for an index since April 2009. The refinance share of mortgage activity soared to 79 percent of total volume. He added that loans refinanced through the Home Affordable Refinance Program steadied in recent weeks.

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Dexter Star Lists Hal Levitt-Designed Home for $1.995M

Michael C. Hall, whose famous for his portrayal of serial killer Dexter in the Showtime series of the same name, is braving the dangers of the Los Angeles housing market. Recently listing his Hollywood Hills home for $1.995 million, Hall is looking to unload his classic Hal Levitt-designed home.

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Michigan Settlement Approved for Investors Over Bear Stearns’ Bad MBS

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and State Treasurer Andy Dillon announced Tuesday that a federal judge granted preliminary approval to the state's proposed national class action lawsuit against Bear Stearns and Deloitte & Touche. Bear Stearns and Deloitte & Touche have agreed to settle the securities fraud suit. Under the terms of the settlement, the two firms will pay $294.9 million to investors nationwide who bought Bear Stearns stock and other equity securities and options between 2006 and 2008.

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Genpact Appoints VP of Business Development for Quantum

Genpact Limited, a global provider of business processing and technology management services, announced Tuesday the appointment of William Bill Mitchell as assistant VP of business development for the company's Quantum Mortgage Origination System technology platform.

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Exclusive: Trade Group to Call for CFPB Official to Resign After Broker Comments

Sparking indignation in the mortgage broker community, Raj Date, deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, laid the bulk of the blame for the housing crisis on brokers during a speaking engagement Monday. His statements have led at least one industry trade group to call for his resignation. Marc Savitt, president of the National Association of Independent Housing Professionals, called Date's comments "outrageous." He said the group will call for the official's resignation this week.

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Homeowners Driving More Mortgage Purchases in New England

Record-breaking low mortgage rates and rising home sales are leading to increase mortgage activity in New England, according to The Warren Group's Mortgage MarketShare Module. According to the data, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island have all seen strong mortgage activity so far in 2012, with Massachusetts showing the strongest numbers. Activity in the state is up more than 28 percent, rising to 99,097 in the first four months of the year ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô an increase from 76,930 during the same period in 2011. Purchase mortgages increased almost 13 percent year-over-year to 13,376.

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Thirty-Year Loan Crashes Into New Low as Europe Scrambles

The crisis of confidence in Europe once again drove mortgage rates to record lows this week, with real estate Web site Zillow reporting that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage slammed into 3.56 percent, the lowest it has recorded since it started surveying rates. Zillow said that the 30-year loan initially rose to 3.62 percent this week after euro zone authorities decided to bail out Spain with favorable terms. The rate for a 15-year loan hovered at 2.95 percent, while interest rates for 5-year and 1-year adjustable-rate mortgages averaged 2.68 percent.

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