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Default Risk in Reverse Mortgage Sector Prompts Lender Exodus

Reverse mortgage businesses accounted for a bigger share of industry casualties during the first half of 2011. Data released Tuesday shows that three lenders, which together made up 46 percent of the market for FHA's reverse mortgage program, called it quits earlier this year. The study noted that one factor impacting the dwindling sector is the possibility that borrowers will miss insurance or tax payments, which can trigger default on federally insured loans.

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Taylor Bean & Whitaker CEO Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

The man charged with orchestrating possibly one of the most notorious mortgage fraud schemes in U.S. history has been handed a 30-year prison sentence. Lee Farkas, CEO of Taylor Bean & Whitaker, was told Thursday by a U.S. district judge in Virginia that his crimes merit three decades behind bars. Judge Brinkema said she did not detect ""one bit of actual remorse"" in Farkas. From 2002 through 2009, Farkas and his co-conspirators manufactured fraudulent mortgages and securities in a scheme that led to the collapse of Colonial Bank.

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HUD’s Single-Family Housing Chief Resigns

Vicki Bott, HUD's deputy assistant secretary for single-family housing, is departing the federal agency, a HUD spokesperson has confirmed. Bott joined HUD in September 2009, just as the administration was knee-deep in ramping up and rolling out a host of programs to address the nation's raging foreclosure crisis. At HUD, Bott was responsible for the direction and management of all single-family Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage insurance programs, including the disposition of repossessed homes.

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HUD to Re-Foreclose on REO Homes in Michigan

HUD says foreclosures will have to be re-filed on some of its REO homes due to a Michigan court ruling. In April, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued a judgment stating that MERS does not meet the requirements under state statute to act as the foreclosing agent in non-judicial proceedings. HUD says most of the major title insurers in Michigan have ceased issuing title insurance for any repossessed properties involving MERS and a non-judicial foreclosure. The agency is directing mortgagees to re-foreclosure on any affected homes to cure the title defect.

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Foreclosure Starts and Sales Post Sharp Declines in April: Report

Both new foreclosure actions and completed foreclosure sales took a dive in April after rising sharply the month before, according to industry data released Wednesday. Foreclosure starts nationwide totaled approximately 163,000 in April, while foreclosure sales dropped to 73,000, reports the industry alliance HOPE NOW. At the same time, though, proprietary loan modifications also declined. HOPE NOW says the performance of these loan mods has remained ""steady,"" with a re-default rate of 20 percent.

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U.S. Bank Agrees to Pay $1.2M in HUD Settlement

Under the terms of a settlement reached with HUD late last week, U.S. Bank will pay $1.2 million to resolve allegations that it failed to comply with Federal Housing Administration (FHA) requirements in connection with 27 mortgage loans. U.S. Bank is the FHA's eighth largest mortgage lender. U.S. Bank did not admit any liability, but HUD documented losses of more than $465,000 in relation to these loans.

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FHA Encourages Servicers to Report Loan Modifications

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) recently announced a new mechanism that encourages servicers to report non-incentivized loan modifications using the agency's online system. A mortgagee letter will make this reporting a requirement in the future. FHA warns that servicers who miss the 60-day window for filing an incentive claim should still report modification terms or they may incur monetary damages by delaying future claims activity after the original loan maturity date automatically terminates the FHA insurance.

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HUD’s Inventory of REOs More Than Double a Year Ago

HUD has released a report detailing recent business activity at the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). It shows that the federal agency's inventory of REO homes has ballooned as sales from this portfolio fell sharply during the final months of 2010 and early part of this year. The number of repossessed single-family properties held at the end of February 2011 was 68,801. That figure represents an increase of more than 50 percent from a year earlier.

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Berkadia Commercial Mortgage Adds to Its Team

Berkadia Commercial Mortgage has added three key executives to its ranks within the last few weeks. Industry veteran Luther Peacock has joined the company as chief risk officer. Stephannie Mower has been named managing director and will lead the company's newly launched Investment Client Services business. And Mortgage banker Mike Duggan has joined Berkadia's St. Louis office, which is the center of operations for its HUD and Federal Housing Administration (FHA) platform.

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United States Sues Deutsche Bank for $1B over Defaulted Mortgages

The U.S. government has filed a lawsuit against Deutsche Bank and its mortgage unit, claiming that Germany's largest bank ""repeatedly lied"" to get into a program to select mortgages to be insured by FHA against default. Once part of the program, U.S. authorities say Deutsche Bank ""recklessly"" selected mortgages that violated the program rules ""in blatant disregard"" of whether borrowers could make their mortgage payments. The U.S. government is seeking $1 billion in damages and penalties.

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