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Samantha Guzman is an award-winning visual journalist and graduate of the University of North Texas Mayborn School of Journalism. She specializes in visual storytelling and has skills in video, audio and photography, in addition to news writing. She has traveled to Mexico and Bosnia as an assistant for multiple multimedia projects and taught news writing, photojournalism, and narrative storytelling in the past.

Fed OIG’s Report on Alleged Discrimination Within CFPB Made Public

The Federal Reserve Inspector General made his findings of the investigation of discrimination in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) public Monday, stating the CFPB has made progress in combatting discrimination, but still was work to do. Last week, legislation was introduced to replace the director of CFPB with a five-person committee to combat the alleged overreach of the Bureau, according to House Financial Services Committee (HFSC) Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas).

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Neugebauer Introduces CFPB Reform Bill

U.S. Representative Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) introduced a bill this week intended to replace the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) with a five-member commission. He announced his plan to support legislation in his testimony at House Financial Services Committee (HFSC) hearing held on Tuesday, March 3.

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RES.NET Reports Increased Demand for Custom Tasking Feature

Real estate solutions provider RES.NET has seen a rise in mortgage servicers' demand for custom tasking capabilities, which the company attributes to new regulatory changes that were added in the third quarter. More than 80 new changes were made, forcing banks to hire new full-time staff and spend more hours meeting the new demands, according to the Banking Compliance Index.

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Mortgage Insurer Compares FHA With Private Market at Congressional Hearing

If a loan defaults, FHA covers virtually 100 percent of loss, while MI covers first losses down to a stated coverage percentage. FHA’s policy may provide less incentive to ensure that loans are underwritten and serviced in a sensible and sustainable way, while MI’s policy may create a stronger incentive to better underwriting and good servicing, according to Gupta.

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Clayton Holdings Hires New COO

Thirty-year mortgage industry veteran Jeff Tennyson has joined Clayton Holdings LLC as chief operating officer. Tennyson will be in charge of all of Clayton’s business holdings in the United States, including Transaction Management, Consulting, Surveillance, Commercial Due Diligence, and Green River Capital.

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Real Estate Investor Acquires Mortgage Servicer for $1.3 Billion

New Residential Investment Corp. and Home Loan Servicing Solutions Ltd. announced a definitive merger agreement on Sunday. The merger agreement sets for New Residential to acquire all of the outstanding shares of HLSS for $18.25 per share in cash, totaling approximately $1.3 billion. The purchase price represents a 9 percent premium to HLSS' closing price of $16.76 on February 20.

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