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CFPB Hits Private Insurer with $100K Fine

Republic Mortgage Insurance Corporation (RMIC) faces a $100,000 fine and enhanced supervision by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for allegedly offering illegal kickbacks to lenders in the form of captive reinsurance policies in exchange for business referrals, according to an announcement from the CFPB. Such activities violate federal consumer laws and have become a target area for the bureau.

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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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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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Report: Private Mortgage Insurance Enjoys Best Month in August

Based on data from six member firms, Mortgage Insurance Companies of America (MICA) reports that the companies accounted for a total of $780.3 billion in primary mortgage insurance in force in August. The private mortgage insurance industry enjoyed its best month of the year for new business. The dollar volume of primary insurance on newly originated conventional mortgages totaled $6.4 billion. MICA's members reported that 32,215 borrowers used private mortgage insurance to buy or refinance a home in August.

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