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GSEs Suspend PMI Mortgage Insurance and Affiliates

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have both suspended PMI Mortgage Insurance and its affiliates PMI Insurance Co. and PMI Mortgage Assurance Co. as approved mortgage insurers. Mortgages insured by any of the three PMI units with note dates before May 19, 2011, or after September 16, 2011, will no longer be purchased or securitized by either of the GSEs. To allow lenders and sellers to clear their pipelines, PMI-insured mortgages with note dates that fall in between that time will continue to still be accepted by the mortgage financiers.

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PMI’s Mortgage Insurers Placed Under Regulatory Supervision

The Arizona Department of Insurance has placed two subsidiaries of PMI Group, Inc. -- PMI Mortgage Insurance Co. (MIC) and PMI Insurance Co. (PIC) -- under the department's supervision and ordered them to cease issuing new mortgage insurance. PMI alerted investors of the possibility of such actions earlier this month. PMI says further measures by the regulator could result in up to $735 million of the parent company's outstanding debt coming due, obligations which the PMI Group would be unable to pay.

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NYSE Warns PMI Its Stock May Be Delisted

The PMI Group, Inc. (NYSE: PMI) issued a statement Friday informing investors and the public that the company has been notified by the New York Stock Exchange that it has fallen below the NYSE's listing standard, requiring a minimum average closing price of $1.00 per share over 30 consecutive trading days. PMI has six months to bring its share price back into compliance with the NYSE rule or the company will be delisted from the stock exchange.

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Freddie Mac Warns of Repurchase Demands for Insurance Deficiencies

Freddie Mac says it is seeing a ""material increase"" in mortgage insurer rescissions, cancellations, and denials of coverage. The GSE has issued a notice alerting lenders that they may be forced to buy back loans if Freddie Mac determines they do not have the insurance coverage required at delivery, or if the mortgage insurance coverage is no longer in force. Freddie requires a primary mortgage insurance policy as protection against default for loans with a loan-to-value ratio of more than 80 percent.

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Capital Shortfall Could Impede New Business for PMI Mortgage

PMI Group Inc. says its primary subsidiary PMI Mortgage Insurance Co. could be forced to stop issuing new mortgage insurance policies. The company alerted investors of the possibility that its business could come to a halt last week, at the same time it reported a company-wide net loss of $134.8 million for the second quarter. According to a filing with the SEC, PMI Mortgage Insurance's capital holdings have slipped to $320 million below the minimum required by the Arizona Department of Insurance, its primary regulator.

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Claims Recovery Financial Services Adds Consulting to Its Offerings

Claims Recovery Financial Services, LLC (CRFS), a nationwide provider of post-foreclosure claim processing management solutions, announced this week that it has begun offering a host of consulting and training services to educate, inform, and assist lenders, mortgage service companies, and financial institutions. The company says the inclusion of consulting services is a direct response to the significant turmoil within the mortgage industry that has forced lenders to bring on new personnel and provide additional training to existing staff.

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GSEs Suspend Republic Mortgage Insurance Company

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have suspended Republic Mortgage Insurance Company (RMIC) and Republic Mortgage Insurance Company of North Carolina as approved mortgage insurers. According to North Carolina law, mortgage insurers must maintain at least one twenty-fifth of their aggregate insured risk outstanding. RMIC fell below this amount in September 2010 but was granted waivers from the North Carolina Department of Insurance. A recent extension of the waiver is set to expire August 31.

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Recent Study Shows Insurance Lowers Default Risk

An independent study conducted by Promontory Financial Group concludes that significantly more insured mortgages have survived the housing crisis than loans with ""piggyback"" second mortgages, which has been the most prevalent alternative to the use of mortgage insurance for the past decade. The study examined almost 5.7 million mortgages originated between 2003 and 2007. Compared with insured, low downpayment mortgages, loans with piggyback second mortgages were almost 21 percent more likely to go into default.

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Private Mortgage Insurers See More Defaults Than Loan Cures

Private mortgage insurers had more new notices of default to contend with during the month of May than they had loan cures. It was the first time in four months that defaults outnumbered cures. Mortgage Insurance Companies of America (MICA) says its five members reported 44,853 defaults and 36,159 cures in May. Private mortgage insurers help loan originators and investors make mortgage funds available to homebuyers who have less than 20 percent for a down payment.

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PMI Program Rewards Servicers for Foreclosure Prevention

Mortgage insurer PMI has announced the launch of a new program to identify mortgage servicers who score high marks for keeping borrowers in their homes. These companies will benefit from certain advantages when doing business with PMI. The company has identified certain servicing best practices that play a central role in maximizing home retention and achieving positive results for borrowers, communities, and mortgage investors, alike, and PMI says servicers who follow these practices should be recognized.

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