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Citigroup Resolves Mortgage Buyback Dispute with Fannie Mae

$968 Million Settlement During the aftermath of the financial crisis, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been aggressively demanding that Wall Street and big bank aggregators repurchase millions of defaulted and distressed loans for alleged breaches of representations and warranties. In line with several recent blockbuster settlements with GSEs, Citigroup Inc. has agreed to pay… Continue Reading

TBTF Servicing: Another Issue for Originators to Consider

Shocking Statistics from Foreclosure Review As widely reported recently, close to 1.2 million borrowers (about 30% of the more than 3.9 million households that faced foreclosure proceedings by the 11 leading financial institutions in 2009 and 2010), had to battle purported wrongful seizures of these properties. These battles were frequently waged despite the borrowers not… Continue Reading

Loan Originators Be Warned: Not All Errors Justify Buyback Demands

At last week’s Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) annual conference in Chicago, Bob Siegel and I attended a panel discussion on “preventing buybacks.” Virtually the sole focus of that session was on steps that loan originators can take to reduce the likelihood of errors in the origination process. Accuracy, and elimination of errors, should of course be… Continue Reading

Bank of America Won’t Quit While It’s Ahead

BofA’s About Face on Global Resolutions In previous posts, we highlighted our concerns related to Bank of America’s “repurchase” demands asserted against residential mortgage loan originators. We knew that for years, BofA steadfastly refused to entertain global resolutions of its repurchase claims. Then, beginning in early 2012 and continuing to this day, BofA became hell… Continue Reading

Future With Fannie and Freddie Lesser Evil Than With Wall Street?

A Rare Point of Agreement Margaret Chadbourn of Reuters recently reported {April 23} that both Republicans and Democrats have “found a rare point of agreement.” They want to phase out or at least substantially reduce the role of the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae ) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac… Continue Reading

Wells Fargo’s Shameful List

No Wrongdoing Required for Inclusion on Wells Fargo’s Exclusionary List Loose Underwriting Standards Imagine that you work at a company that has originated residential mortgage loans for years, following the documentation and verification requirements and guidelines established by the major banks to which your company typically sells those loans. Imagine that Wells Fargo is one… Continue Reading

Big Banks Increase Reserves in Anticipation of Buyback Demands

The big banks are gearing up for an aggressive buyback season. We’ve recently learned that CitiGroup and Wells Fargo have set aside their largest reserves to date to cover new “repurchase” issues. Many expect insistent demands to rain down from Fannie and Freddie, as the mortgage giants face looming statute of limitations cut-offs for such claims.

Bank of America to Mortgage Originators on Buyback Claims: “Heads I Win, Tails I Still Win”

Bank of America (aka BofA) has decided to stop selling mortgages to Fannie. (Check out David Benoit’s recent Wall Street Journal blog post.) This development underscores yet another reason why mortgage loan originators should be extremely hesitant to enter into big-dollar “global” settlements with BofA. Estimated Future Losses A large component of the “damages” that BofA… Continue Reading