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Ocwen Financial Offers New Loan Modification Program

Ocwen Financial Corporation has enacted a unique loan modification program designed to help underwater homeowners and investors without rewarding loan delinquency. The company's Shared Appreciation Modification (SAM) reduces a delinquent borrower's principal to 95 percent of the home's current market value but requires the homeowner to later share 25 percent of the home's appreciation with the investor when the home is eventually sold or refinanced.

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Fannie Pushes Implementation of New Delinquency Management Rules

Fannie Mae has issued a notice to servicers alerting them of a change in the effective date for new delinquency management and default prevention standards. According to the bulletin, Fannie is pushing the date by which servicers must implement the new requirements out by a month to October 1, 2011. The revised rules are part of the directive issued by the company's regulator in late April to bring both Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's procedures for handling past-due mortgages in line with one another.

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Chase Opens Homeownership Center Near Fort Hood Military Base

Chase has opened its newest Homeownership Center near the U.S. military base in Fort Hood, Texas, to provide one-on-one help for homeowners struggling with their mortgage payments. It is Chase's first Homeownership Center near a military base. The bank plans to open five other centers this year near military bases in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington state.

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Foreclosure Litigation Cost Wells Fargo $428M in Second Quarter

Wells Fargo says its second quarter expenses included $428 million of operating losses, substantially all driven by litigation accruals for mortgage foreclosure-related matters. Loan losses, though, were down substantially, supporting a 29 percent increase in net income to $3.9 billion for the three-month period. The company says credit quality continued to improve, marking its sixth consecutive quarter of declining loan losses and third consecutive quarter with fewer nonperforming assets.

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Top Lenders’ Early Earnings Point to Continuing Mortgage Losses

JPMorgan Chase kicked off the banking sector's second-quarter earnings season with a $5.4 billion profit. It was followed by Citigroup's announcement that it pulled in net income of $3.3 billion. Both beat market expectations, however, neither lender escaped mortgage-related losses - a trait that is likely to show up on balance sheets throughout the industry as banks continue to grapple with delinquencies and additional costs tied to foreclosure reviews and litigation.

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Modifications and Strategic Behavior: A Countrywide Case Study

The promise of a loan modification based on delinquency status induces some financially proficient borrowers to intentionally fall behind on their mortgage payments, according to a study commissioned by the National Bureau of Economic Research in Massachusetts and conducted by researchers at Columbia University. Led by Christopher Mayer, senior vice dean and professor of real estate at Columbia Business School, the research team examined the modification policies of Countrywide Financial.

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Study Points to Improvement in Post-Modification Default Trends

Putting struggling borrowers into mortgages with more manageable monthly payments via a loan modification is a key element of the industry's effort to cut the nation's foreclosure crisis short. A recent study by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) took a look at loan performance post-modification. The regulators found that more recent modifications have performed better than earlier modifications, reflecting an increasing emphasis on lower monthly payments and sustainability.

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Proposed Bill Would Allow Banks to Classify Modified Loans as Accruing

Congressman Bill Posey of Florida has introduced a bill which would allow lenders to classify modified mortgages as accruing rather than non-accruing. Posey claims federal bank regulators are hindering the ability of community banks to modify home loans and keep homeowners out of foreclosure. A subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing Friday to review Rep. Posey's Common Sense Economic Recovery Act.

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HOPE LoanPort Now Live in All 50 States, D.C. and Puerto Rico

HOPE LoanPort, a proprietary, Web-based tool used by non-profit housing counselors, housing finance agencies, investors, and major mortgage servicers, recently added North Dakota to its roster, making it live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The nonprofit organization, which recently completed its first full year of operation, allows housing counselors to submit an application, including the upload of homeowner documents, for home retention in a secure environment.

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