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State Regulators Launch Mortgage Servicing Rights Task Force

In its announcement, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) said it established the task force as a response to the explosive growth of non-bank servicers like Ocwen Financial and Nationstar Mortgage, both of which have moved to snap up servicing rights from depository firms and climb the ranks of the nation's biggest outfits.

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Shareholder Firm Files Class Action Against Ocwen

In a complaint filed with the U.S. District Court for Southern Florida, the Law Offices of Howard G. Smith, a firm focused on representing investors, accused the Atlanta-based mortgage company of failing to disclose to its shareholders that its servicing practices "violated applicable regulations and laws" and that its executives were involved in funneling millions of dollars in fees through Altisource Portfolio Solutions, a related company.

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Ocwen Reports Second-Quarter Income of $67M

Second-quarter profits at Ocwen Financial fell short compared to last year as costs came up. The company reported net income of $67.0 million last quarter, a decline of nearly $10 million from the year ago period. While revenue was up 2 percent year-on-year to $553.1 million, normalized pretax earnings took a 7 percent hit, which Ocwen chairman Bill Erbey explained was the result of higher regulatory and compliance costs and interest expense.

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FHFA Watchdog Voices Concerns over Non-Bank Servicers

As scrutiny continues to grow in the servicing arena, the watchdog for the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) says it has concerns about non-bank servicers working with GSE loans. Out of the 30 largest servicers, FHFA OIG says that non-banks held a 17 percent share of mortgage market as of the end of 2013, representing nearly $1.7 trillion. As a result, the report says these non-bank companies may have taken on more volume than they can handle.

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New York Reg to Expand Probe into Non-Bank Practices

The New York regulator who earlier this year launched a probe into the practices of non-bank mortgage servicers revealed Tuesday he plans to expand his investigations. Delivering remarks at the Mortgage Bankers Association' 2014 National Secondary Market Conference, Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky of New York's Department of Financial Services said the agency plans to dig into fee-based ancillary services at non-banks such as Ocwen and Nationstar.

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Despite Declines, Originator Rankings Little Changed in Q1

The decline in mortgage production in the year's opening months failed to produce any names to the list of top lenders for the quarter, but it did shake up the rankings a bit. Staying firmly in the No. 1 spot for the quarter was Wells Fargo, which held on to 14.3 percent of the market with $36 billion in origination volumes, down from $50 billion in Q4 2013. On the servicing side, Wells Fargo again beat out all others, boasting a portfolio estimated at $1.81 trillion.

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Report: For Servicers, a Sea Change

In a recent report, Fitch Ratings notes that new servicing oversight will yield higher fixed costs, as technology and process enhancements are made in order to comply with the new guidelines. This increase in cost will push non-bank servicers to grow their portfolios, and Fitch suggests “strong forces are still in place to further incent both outright MSR sales and subservicing arrangements, thus heightening scrutiny of such transactions."

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Nearly $600M in MSRs Presented for Bidding

Out of Colorado, brokerage Interactive Mortgage Advisors announced two separate mortgage servicing rights (MSR) offerings totaling a combined $583.6 million. The first portfolio, valued at $89.7 million, is made up of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Ginnie Mae loans that are five months seasoned. The other portfolio, a $493.9 million bulk Ginnie Mae offering, is made up entirely of recently originated Veterans Affairs loans.

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California Joins $2B Settlement with Ocwen

California's Department of Business Oversight announced the state has joined 48 others in reaching a $2.1 billion settlement with Ocwen Financial Corporation and Ocwen Loan Servicing. The lawsuit stems from Ocwen's acquisition of two mortgage servicers, Litton Loan Servicing, LP and Homeward Residential, Inc., in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Ocwen was held liable for prior malfeasance regarding mortgage servicing laws.

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2013 Originations Down 14%; Wells Fargo Stays on Top

While mortgage origination volumes looked different last year compared to 2012, the list of top lenders looked very much the same. In full-year originations, Wells Fargo held on to its top spot, generating approximately $351 billion in loans—about 19 percent of last year’s total volume, according to Mortgage Daily. JPMorgan Chase followed up at No. 2 at $168 billion.

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