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Tory Barringer began his journalism career in early 2011, working as a writer for the University of Texas at Arlington's student newspaper before joining the DS News team in 2012. In addition to contributing to DSNews.com, he is also the online editor for DS News' sister publication, MReport, which focuses on mortgage banking news.

New Trade Group Launches for REO Professionals in Midwest

Dubbed the Midwest REO Association (MRA), the trade organization hopes to serve as a major resource for REO professionals serving in the country's heartland, says Bryan Lysikowski, CEO of Ohio-based ZVN Properties and co-founder of the group.

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HSBC Agrees to Pay $550M in RMBS Settlement

In a settlement announced Friday, HSBC agreed to pay $550 million to FHFA to resolve allegations it violated state and federal securities laws in its selling of private-label securities to the GSEs between 2005 and 2007. HSBC stopped issuing and distributing MBS in 2007.

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Fay Servicing Adds RES.NET’s REO Portal to Manage Portfolio

RES.NET, a California-based software applications firm serving the real estate industry, has partnered with Fay Servicing to provide Fay's clients access to RES.NET's expansive network of agents and vendors through the company's REO Portal.

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Industry Job Cuts Continue in Q2

Despite growth in mortgage revenues at banks nationwide, industry employment continued to move down in the second quarter as banks cut staff, according to a report from Mortgage Daily. All of the reported cuts in the second quarter happened at banks, which lost approximately 28,600 jobs from the first quarter to the second.

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Report: Consumer Sentiment Highest in 14 Months

The increase in the headline index was driven by a more than four-point improvement in the gauge of consumer expectations, which rose to 75.6. On the other hand, the Current Conditions Index fell more a point to 98.5. According to Paul Diggle, U.S. economist for Capital Economics, the small decline "could reflect the weaker pace of payroll growth in August or even the slowdown in some measures of housing market activity."

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Adjusted Case-Shiller Index Paints Different Picture of Housing Market

Beginning with the release of the June report last month, the monthly Case-Shiller reports now include an expanded national series going beyond the previously covered 20 markets. Previously, the national series was only released every quarter.

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Risk Retention Rule Nearing Completion

Federal Reserve governor Daniel Tarullo echoed Gruenberg's statement, though he was less concrete on a timeline: "I don't know whether I'd say by the end of the year, but I think we're definitely in the home stretch." As it was proposed in 2011, the rule originally called for securities issuers to hold on to 5 percent of a mortgage's risk after selling it unless the borrower made a 20 percent down payment.

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Fifth Third Promotes Van Dyke to Lead Mortgage Operations

Van Dyke joined Fifth Third in 2001 through the company's acquisition of Old Kent Bank, where her duties included serving as SVP and manager of the Central U.S. Mortgage region and president of the Illinois bank. Since joining Fifth Third, she has served as regional president for the Michigan affiliates, also taking responsibility for the St. Louis, Indiana, and Ohio affiliates.

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Investors Skeptical of Fed Rate Increase Forecast

In their latest economic projections from June, the members of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) projected a median federal funds rate of 1 percent at year-end 2015 and 2.5 percent at the end of 2016. Based on their own modeling, the analysts say investors put the probability of the federal funds rate hitting the FOMC's target next year at 31 percent, with 2016's projected rate having a 27 percent probability.

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Index Shows Employment Growth Slow But Steady

August's increase was driven by improvements in seven of the eight indicators used to calculate the index, the group reported, with the percentage of firms unable to fill positions right now contributing the most.

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