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BofA to Invest $15M for Programs Addressing Housing Crisis

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is inviting nonprofit organizations throughout the United States to submit funding proposals for programs addressing housing market challenges. The company stated it will invest $15 million to support impactful local and national programs and services addressing housing issues, including foreclosure counseling and mitigation, neighborhood stabilization, and affordable housing.

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BofA Offers Leasing Program to Select Customers Facing Foreclosure

In select hard-hit markets, Bank of America is introducing a program that will give some of its customers who are facing foreclosure the option to remain in their homes as a tenant rather than as a homeowner. The Charlotte, North Carolina based-bank made the announcement Thursday in a release. The program, called Mortgage to Lease, will solicit fewer than 1,000 customers who qualify; there will not be opportunities to volunteer or apply for the program.

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Oklahoma Sets Deadline for Mortgage Settlement Relief

Oklahoma residents seeking restitution under the state's mortgage settlement with the nation's largest mortgage servicers must apply for benefits by September 13, 2012. The agreement between Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Bank of America, Citigroup, Ally's GMAC, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo gives the state $18.6 million, all of which will be used to compensate residents wronged in the foreclosure process. Under the nationwide settlement, Oklahoma would have received an estimated $10.2 million, and most of it would have been ""paid"" in the form of credits for loss mitigation activities fulfilled by the servicers.

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Treasury Reinstates HAMP Incentives as Servicers Show Improvement

Treasury says servicers participating in the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) are getting better at evaluating homeowners for eligibility. Its latest performance assessment found no company in need of ""substantial improvement."" OneWest Bank and Select Portfolio Servicing performed at the highest level, needing only minor improvement. As part of the $25 billion settlement announced last month, Treasury has agreed to release incentives previously withheld from Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase.

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BofA Will No Longer Sell New Loans to Fannie Mae

Bank of America will no longer sell new loans to Fannie Mae due to disputes over repurchase claims. The bank will still deliver modifications and refinancings for Fannie Mae loans. The disclosure was made Thursday in the bank's Securities and Exchange Commission Filing. In January 2011, the bank paid about $2.5 billion to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for loans that were allegedly originated with improper underwriting standards. Due to a settlement in June 2011, the bank also agreed to pay $8.5 billion to Bank of New York.

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Treasury Hosts Servicer Workshops for Florida Agents and Homeowners

Treasury is heading to the coastal cities of Miami and Tampa, Florida, this week in order to offer assistance to homeowners struggling with their mortgage payments. Treasury will host a ""Help for Homeowners"" outreach event in each of the hard-hit Florida cities where homeowners can meet one-on-one with their servicers. Before the homeowners arrive, though, Treasury has blocked off time for real estate professionals to meet with the servicers on behalf of their clients and to participate in short sale workshops led by the servicers themselves.

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In Addition to $25 Billion Settlement, Nevada’s AG Wins More

In addition to the $25 billion settlement between the five largest servicers and 49 states, Nevada's Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto reaped more for Nevada homeowners through an additional settlement with Bank of America. Masto won Nevada $750 million in relief for lien principal payments and short sales from BofA and $30 million for consumer protection efforts. That's on top of the $1.5 billion that will go to the state from the nationwide settlement reached with all five servicers.

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U.S. Resolves Claims Against BofA Through $1 Billion Settlement

Bank of America will pay $1 billion to the U.S. to settle on the largest False Claims Act relating to mortgage fraud. Since 2009, the U.S. attorney's office has been investigating lending practices from Countrywide, which BofA acquired in 2008. The results of the investigation led to allegations that the bank created loans insured by the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) to unqualified home buyers. BofA was also accused of originating loans based on inflated appraisals and failing to identify homeowners who could participate in the government's Home Affordable Modification Program.

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Bank of America Focuses on Customer Satisfaction During Refi Boom

Bank of America is experiencing a deluge of phone calls from homeowners wanting to refinance. Consumer demand is so high, in fact, that without some internal adjustment, it threatens to compromise the level of customer service delivered by the bank's fulfillment personnel and interfere with closing timelines. The company says it's not willing to sacrifice long-term customer satisfaction for short-term volume, and it has instituted a temporary stopgap measure that alerts customers when it is experiencing processing delays due to high volume.

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Regulators Hit Servicers With Monetary Penalties for Robo-Signing

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Reserve issued statements Thursday detailing monetary penalties they have levied against the nation's largest servicers for ""unsafe and unsound mortgage servicing and foreclosure practices."" The OCC is assessing a total of $394 million in penalties against Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo. The Federal Reserve's monetary sanctions total $766.5 million and target the same four institutions as well as Ally Financial.

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