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Moody’s: Foreclosure Timelines on the Rise; More Losses to RMBS

Foreclosure timelines are on the rise, and the increase is resulting in greater losses to residential mortgage backed securities (RMBS), according to Moody's Investor Service's Servicer Dashboard for the fourth quarter 2011, released Thursday. The average loan in foreclosure has been in the process for 571 days, but judicial states are weighing heavily on that average. Foreclosures in judicial states have aged an average 654 days, while foreclosures in non-judicial states have aged an average 297 days, according to Moody's.

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BofA to Offer Principal Reductions of More than $100K

Some Bank of America borrowers may be in for principal reductions in amounts exceeding $100,000, according to the latest developments in the settlement the bank and four other large servicers made with state and federal regulators. While the other four servicers in the national settlement are being required to diminish principal so underwater borrowers have loan-to-value ratios of 120 percent or less, BofA will be reducing principal for about 200,000 homeowners to fall in line with current market values.

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Fitch: Home Prices to Fall Another 9.1% Before Reaching Sustainability

Home prices across much of the country are still overvalued, but the gap is narrowing, according to Fitch Ratings. The agency has revised its Sustainable Home Price (SHP) model, and the results show that residential property values are now on track to fall an additional 9.1 percent nationally before arriving at a level that is supported by market fundamentals. Though home prices are falling nationally, Fitch notes that price movement in some regional markets is still quite volatile due to the volume and pace of distressed sales being processed.

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New York, Delaware Pursue Mortgage Securitization Investigation

Reluctant attorneys general for New York and Delaware both signed on to the multi-state $25 billion settlement last week with the nation's largest servicers, securing $740 million and $45 million for their states, respectively. The two attorneys general were lured back to the settlement in its final days when they were assured the settlement would not impede further investigation into additional civil and criminal claims at the five mortgage servicers – Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and GMAC.

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Ginnie Mae Greenlights Residential Credit Solutions as Issuer, Servicer

Residential Credit Solutions, Inc. (RCS) has just received approval from the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) to be an issuer and servicer for the Ginnie Mae I and II single-family mortgage-backed securities programs. Dennis Stowe, president and CEO of RCS, says the nod from Ginnie Mae will allow the company to provide assistance to a broader constituency of homeowners by expanding its servicing and sub-servicing offerings to both investors and issuers of federally insured and guaranteed loans.

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Loan Servicing Costs Expected to Rise as Foreclosure Expenses Mount

Analysts at Fitch Ratings expect to see a sharp rise in the cost to service mortgage loans. They describe the housing recovery in the U.S. as ""unhurried"" and as a result, they say lenders have been forced to shoulder higher foreclosure expenses. Fitch says increased foreclosure costs compounded by credit, compliance, regulatory, and other real-estate owned expenses are beginning to have a profound effect on the industry. The agency estimates the cost of servicing nonperforming loans is likely to double from pre-crisis levels.

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Refi Claims Against Freddie Mac Expose GSEs’ Public-Private Conflict

Was the nation's second largest mortgage company betting against mortgage refinancing? Allegations supporting the affirmative which were made public this week have prompted the U.S. Treasury to launch an official probe. Analysts say the story is less sensational than it appears and only highlights the conflict that comes with being neither fully public nor fully private. The GSE's main business is guaranteeing mortgage credit risk, but it needs to turn a profit to stay in this business, all the while being told its duty is to foster a housing recovery.

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Obama’s New RMBS Investigation Unit Takes Shape

The special mortgage investigation unit announced by President Obama during his State of the Union address Tuesday night has taken shape. The new Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities (RMBS) Working Group will operate within the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force and will consists of at least 55 Department of Justice attorneys and investigators, as well as state attorneys general. The president has tasked the group with uncovering those responsible for pooling and selling mortgage bonds that contributed to the financial crisis.

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Homes Backing GSE Mortgages Post 1% Price Gain in November

Data released this week by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) show purchase prices of homes backing mortgages that have been sold to or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac rose 1.0 percent between October and November. The agency's index has recorded sporadic ups and downs throughout the year. For the 12 months ending in November, the net effect is a decline in property values of 1.8 percent. FHFA says prices are now roughly the same as in February 2004.

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Illinois AG Sues S&P

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit against Standard & Poor's this week alleging the ratings agency inflated ratings of mortgage-backed securities investments - an act Madigan believes triggered the financial crisis. The suit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, relies on internal emails from within the ratings agency as evidence of the company's misrepresentations of risk. Madigan references congressional testimony from a former managing director at S&P, stating ""profits were running the show.""

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