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Ocwen Looks to Increase Market Share

Ocwen Financial continues to make moves to expand its portfolio. The special servicer disclosed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it has agreed to purchase $15 billion in mortgage servicing rights from JPMorgan Chase. It's the latest in a string of transactions bolstering Ocwen's portfolio, and the company's not stopping there. Ocwen says a new venture will allow it to compete for the servicing rights of newly originated FHA loans. It is also looking to expand into reverse mortgages and home equity lines of credit.

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Three Servicers Pledge to Abide by Fair Servicing Standards

Three mortgage servicers have voluntarily entered into an agreement with the New York State Department of Financial Services in which they pledge to abide by upgraded mortgage servicing standards that ensure fairness for all borrowers. The agreement was forged between Benjamin M. Lawsky, superintendent of the state regulatory agency, and Morgan Stanley and its Texas-based servicer Saxon; American Home Mortgage Servicing, also based in Texas; and Vericrest Financial, based in Oklahoma.

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Ocwen to Buy Saxon for $59.3 Million

Morgan Stanley has announced the sale of Saxon Mortgage Services to Ocwen Financial Corporation. Ocwen has agreed to acquire Saxon for the base purchase price of $59.3 million. The deal also includes an estimated $1.4 billion for servicing advance receivables outstanding. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2012. This marks Ocwen's third major acquisition over the past year.

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MortgageKeeper Announces Collaboration with Saxon Mortgage Services

MortgageKeeper Referral Services is the developer of a national database that connects financially strapped homeowners with qualified nonprofit and government agencies for assistance. The company announced Wednesday that it has entered into an agreement with Saxon Mortgage Services to electronically connect homeowners to vetted community services via MortgageKeeper's MKDirect product.

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Justice Dept. Settles With Servicers Over Wrongful Military Foreclosures

The Justice Department announced a settlement with Bank of America and Saxon Mortgage to resolve allegations that the companies wrongfully foreclosed on active duty service members without obtaining court orders, a violation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The combined settlements represent more than $22 million in monetary victim relief. Both companies have also agreed to repair negative credit reporting related to the foreclosures and will not pursue remaining amounts owed under the mortgages.

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Foreclosure-to-REO Roll Rates Fall Dramatically on Robo-Signing Delays

Recent data from Barclays Capital examines the ramifications of the fourth quarter foreclosure debacles on REO roll rates. Data released Friday shows the foreclosure-to-REO rate dropped 57 percent in judicial states the last few months of 2010, and dropped 42 percent in the non-judicial states. In New York, the roll rate ground to a near stop, dropping a whopping 91 percent in December when compared to the rate from January to October 2010.

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REOs the Topic du Jour in Washington

Neighborhoods across the country are riddled with empty bank-owned homes and unoccupied foreclosures that erode neighboring property values and open the door for blight and criminal activity. The nation's glut of vacant REOs took center stage in Washington Wednesday. HUD announced a new nationwide REO ""First Look"" program, in partnership with the nation's largest mortgage lenders, and it was the first of a two-day Federal Reserve summit to examine the community impacts of foreclosed and vacant properties.

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