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Fannie, Freddie Directed to Restrict Force-Placed Insurance Practices

Citing concerns about the costs of force-placed insurance for the GSEs and consumers alike, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) on Tuesday directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to prohibit servicers from taking reimbursements from insurers providing forced policies. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will provide aligned guidance to sellers and servicers to prohibit these practices, including implementation schedules. In addition, acting FHFA director Edward DeMarco announced the agency is considering further measures.

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Republicans Block Watt Nomination for FHFA Head

Senate Republicans blocked on Thursday a vote on the nomination of Rep. Mel Watt (D-North Carolina) to head up the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Watt's nomination was stopped in a 56-42 vote to end the debate over his confirmation. Sixty votes were needed to invoke cloture and move forward. The agency has been led since 2009 by acting director Edward DeMarco, who has attracted criticism from Democrats and consumer advocates who say he hasn't gone far enough to help distressed homeowners.

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BofA, Mairone Found Liable in Mortgage Fraud Case

After hearing arguments for a month in a Manhattan federal court, a 10-person jury found Bank of American liable for one charge of fraud involving high-risk mortgages originated by Countrywide and then sold to the GSEs. Also found liable for fraud was Rebecca Mairone, who worked as COO for one of Countrywide's lending divisions and who was responsible for overseeing the company's "High Speed Swim Lane" program, often referred to as "the Hustle."

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