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Is Mortgage Market Deconsolidation Temporary or Here to Stay?

In 1998, the top 10 mortgage lenders held around 40 percent of the market. By 2010, their share increased to nearly 80 percent; since then, it's dropped down to around 60 percent. Why the decrease? Because only five of the top 20 single-family mortgage originators in 2006 remain active today. So what's driving the big guys out--market cycles or market restructuring? And will the current trend of favoring smaller lenders and servicers last forever?

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Commentary: What’s in Store for Housing in 2014, Part 2

Despite recent gains, which some of us believe are more of a mirage than an oasis, the economy still isn't creating enough good-paying full-time jobs to drive a full recovery in the housing market. At the same time, stricter lending requirements--and a lending environment likely to get more challenging before it gets easier--are the other major headwinds that could slow down housing.

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Feature: New World Order

The veterans of this business can remember when REOs ran in the neighborhood of 150,000 a year, delinquency rates were just around 4 percent, and you only needed a credit score of 620 to qualify for a prime mortgage loan. But the housing finance industry, and default servicing especially, has changed. In the cover story of it's September issue, DS News looks at the many factors--from a slew of new regulatory mandates to an altered public perception of debt obligations--that have altered the business into something far from customary.

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With New Regulations, Demonstrating Compliance and Controls Is Key

The mortgage servicing industry is fielding a spate of new rules and regulations--49 mortgage reforms and 63 required rules related to consumer protection. With the regulatory intervention the industry is experiencing today, there is an increased and immediate need for system controls, certification of compliance, and information management controls--for both servicers and their outsourcing partners.

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HUD Defines Two Types of Qualified Mortgages

HUD has issued a newly revised definition for Qualified Mortgage (QM) which will affect all Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans moving forward. The new rule goes into effect January 10, 2014, and will apply to mortgages that are insured, guaranteed, or administered through HUD. The agency's version of QM builds on the existing QM rule finalized by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau earlier this year.

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LoanSifter Hosts QM-Focused Webinars

LoanSifter, a Wisconsin-based company specializing in technology for loan originators and secondary departments, is hosting two industry panels this week to address concerns and strategies revolving around the soon-to-be-implemented qualified mortgage (QM) rule.

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QuestSoft Named One of Orange County’s Best Workplaces

QuestSoft Corp., an automated mortgage compliance software provider, was one of 50 companies named in the Orange County Register's list of the top small companies to work for, which was based on surveys conducted with more than 60,000 employees from more than 1,000 companies across Orange County.

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ProLender and QuestSoft Extend Automated Compliance Capabilities

ProLender Solutions, Inc., a provider of paperless mortgage lending software, announced it has added flood, fraud, and Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS) services to its existing interface with QuestSoft's Compliance EAGLE platform. With the expanded services, ProLender users have a simpler method to verify flood certifications, fraud compliance, and NMLS license information prior to closings.

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Major Servicers Fail Seven Settlement Compliance Tests

The former banking regulator overseeing the National Mortgage Settlement has released a summary of the latest reports he filed with a federal court in Washington, D.C. The reports detail the performance of five major servicers in meeting the terms of the agreement reached with 49 state attorneys general and federal officials. Joseph Smith says he's confirmed six fails in the first quarter of 2013 and one in the second quarter.

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LRES Brings PennyMac on as New Valuation Services Client

LRES, a national provider of commercial and residential valuations and asset management, announced it is now serving the retail lending division of California-based PennyMac Financial Services. As part of its services for PennyMac, LRES is managing appraisals that comply with all USPAP requirements as well as all state and federal appraiser independence regulations for the company's customers.

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