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Report: FDIC Making More Non-Public Settlements with Banks

The Los Angeles Times obtained more than 1,600 pages of FDIC settlements from 2007 through 2013 addressing a variety of behaviors (ranging from reckless lending to inflated appraisals). According to the report, many of these settlements went unannounced, sparing the institutions from negative attention. These "no-press-release arrangements" sometimes help FDIC close deals with defendants in the least costly manner possible.

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Quicken Announces Sweepstakes to Pay Consumers’ Monthly Mortgages

Quicken Loans Inc., the largest online mortgage lender and third largest lender in the country, announced the launch of its Bring It Home sweepstakes, in which the company will pay five peoples' monthly mortgage bills each time NASCAR driver Ryan Newman finishes among the top five in a Sprint Cup Series race.

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Origination Volume Climbs 30 Percent in 2012

Mortgage origination volume continued to climb in 2012, according to data from Mortgage Daily's 2012 Mortgage Lender Ranking. According to data collected from surveys, earnings filings, and other public disclosures, loan volume across all lending firms grew 30 percent annually in 2012. In the fourth quarter alone, Mortgage Daily reports residential originations coming in around 3 percent above third-quarter volume. Year-over-year, Q4 saw mortgage production grow 17 percent.

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Quicken Loans Looks Back on Year of Success

Business boomed at Quicken Loans in 2012, the Detroit-based company announced. Quicken closed more than $70 billion in home loan volume throughout 2012, a 133 percent increase over the previous record of $30 billion set in 2011. The company also nearly doubled its number of full-time team members over the year and now employs more than 8,000 in offices in Detroit, Cleveland, and Scottsdale, Arizona, including almost 900 technology-related positions.

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MBA Assembles GSE Single-Family Task Force

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) has assembled a GSE Single Family Task Force to revisit the association's 2009 proposal for the future of the secondary market and to further discourse on this topic. The task force will work in two phases. First, they will review the 2009 position and determine potential issues during a transition. Next, they will put together a "roadmap" for the transition.

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Mortgage Employment Increases in Q3

Hiring in the mortgage industry increased in Q3 for the fifth straight quarter, according to Mortgage Daily's Mortgage Employment Index. The index shows 8,711 hires were made in the year's third quarter, up more than 3,000 from the last quarter and nearly 3,500 from Q3 2011. Even with an estimated 5,785 layoffs, the industry saw a net increase of nearly 3,000 jobs--more than double the gain in Q2. For 2012's first three quarters, mortgage and real estate finance companies recruited 7,230 more people than they've laid off.

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Study: Customers More Satisfied with Lenders in 2012

Overall customer satisfaction with mortgage lenders is at its highest level in six years, according to a study released by J.D. Power and Associates. The firm's 2012 U.S. Primary Mortgage Origination Satisfaction Study showed customer satisfaction reached 761 (on a 1,000 point scale) in 2012, up from 747 in 2011. According to the findings, overall satisfaction received a boost from "steady improvements related to transparency and communication" over the past few years.

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