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Walter Investment Completes Reverse Mortgage Deal with Wells Fargo

Walter Investment Management Corp. announced Tuesday that its wholly owned subsidiary, Reverse Mortgage Solutions, Inc. (RMS), has acquired a reverse mortgage servicing portfolio containing more than 76,000 loans from Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. The portfolio has an unpaid principal balance of about $12.2 billion and is expected to transfer to RMS during the third quarter of 2013, Walter Investment said in a release. The transaction will double the size of Walter Investment's serviced book, according to CEO and chairman Mark J. O'Brien.

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Agencies Target Companies for Tactics Used in Mortgage Ads

Two federal agencies partnered up to let certain companies know their mortgage advertising tactics may be unlawful. On Monday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced letters were issued over potentially misleading advertisements that target veterans and older Americans. The CFPB sent about a dozen warning letters to mortgage lenders and brokers, and the FTC sent 20 letters to real estate agents, home builders, and lead generators.

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Reverse Mortgage Lenders Commit to Help Settle Confusion

Following a CFPB report that linked foreclosures to confusion over reverse mortgages, the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA) is seeking to help seniors make responsible decisions about their mortgages. NRMLA announced that it has developed a series of tools designed to help seniors better understand the facts about reverse mortgages before they choose to use them. A common misconception about reverse mortgages, the CFPB revealed, is that they are a government benefit rather than a financial product.

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Reverse Mortgages Put Confused Homeowners at Risk of Foreclosure

A reverse mortgage is a type of home loan that lets older homeowners access the equity they have built up on their homes and defer loan payment until they sell the home, move out, or pass away. The original purpose of reverse mortgages was to allow these homeowners to convert home equity into an income stream or line or credit to use in retirement. Reverse mortgages require no monthly mortgage payments, but borrowers must still pay property taxes and homeowner's insurance. The CFPB released a report that showed nearly 10 percent of reverse mortgage borrowers are at risk of foreclosure because they failed to pay those costs.

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Ocwen Looks to Increase Market Share

Ocwen Financial continues to make moves to expand its portfolio. The special servicer disclosed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it has agreed to purchase $15 billion in mortgage servicing rights from JPMorgan Chase. It's the latest in a string of transactions bolstering Ocwen's portfolio, and the company's not stopping there. Ocwen says a new venture will allow it to compete for the servicing rights of newly originated FHA loans. It is also looking to expand into reverse mortgages and home equity lines of credit.

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Celink Rolls Out SPOC Technology for Reverse Mortgage Borrowers

Celink, a reverse mortgage subservicer, has implemented a single point of contact (SPOC) module for its clients' borrowers who are in default status. The company's servicing platform auto-assigns a borrower in default to a Celink associate. This associate works exclusively with the borrower until they remedy the default. They will remain the borrower's SPOC through the remediation or foreclosure process. Celink SPOCs are only assigned to a small number of accounts so that associates can provide personalized service.

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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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Congress Eliminates $88M in Funding for Housing Counseling

The budget resolution approved by Congress to keep the federal government running through September includes a package of cuts to federal agency budgets, one of which is HUD's Housing Counseling Program. In lawmakers' efforts to trim agency expenditures, $88 million slated to fund counseling efforts on foreclosure and reverse mortgages has been zeroed out. A HUD spokesperson described the curtailment as ""painful cuts,"" noting that the program provides grant funding to about 2,000 agencies across the country.

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AARP Sues HUD over Reverse Mortgage Foreclosure Actions

AARP, the nation's largest nonprofit membership organization established to support the social wellbeing of individuals over the age of 50, filed a lawsuit this week against HUD on behalf of three surviving spouses of reverse mortgage borrowers who are now facing foreclosure. The lawsuit names HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan as the defendant and alleges that the federal agency has made changes to federal rules that offer protection for surviving spouses to allow its lenders to initiate foreclosure and eviction actions against the plaintiffs.

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FHA Moves to Protect Reverse Mortgage Borrowers from Foreclosure

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) aims to assist senior borrowers with its newly released guidance on reverse mortgages, or the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program. According to the federal agency, some elderly homeowners are struggling with outstanding property taxes and unpaid hazard insurance premiums. Those who neglect to pay these expenses may face foreclosure, even in instances where the homeowner's mortgage is paid in full.

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