HUD: Robo-signing settlement to accelerate principal reductions

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Under the settlement, Ocwen agreed to $2 billion in first-lien principal reduction, and $125 million for cash payments to borrowers on nearly 185,000 foreclosed loans.

The amount of principal reduction will average about $20,000 per borrower. Another $3 billion will go toward refinancing mortgages for borrowers who are current on their payments.

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The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act includes all of the following provisions, except: a) It prohibits receipt of referral fees b) It requires the use of a uniform settlement statement c) It limits the kind of business affiliations that settlements service providers may create

Broadly, the settlement calls for mortgage servicers to pay $5 billion in fines and commit to a minimum of $17 billion in homeowner relief, including principal reductions.

 · Settlement details. The five banks involved in the settlement are (in order of amount due under the settlement): Bank of America; Wells Fargo; JPMorgan Chase; Citigroup; and; Ally. General figures for financial relief allocate $12 billion for principal reductions, with the following geographical areas receiving the most aid from the settlement:

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan tried to claim in a conference call over the weekend that this would not impact other states, but you’re talking about $12 billion in principal reduction – out of.

But it turns out that mortgage bondholders paid for nearly one-quarter of the settlement, or $5 billion at a minimum. These investors have long complained to regulators that the settlement was poorly structured because large bank servicers got credit for principal reductions and loan modifications they did not pay for themselves.

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HUD: Robo-signing settlement to accelerate principal reductions Principal reduction still possible in AG settlement with mortgage servicers Oregon AG to sign robo-signing settlement, join federal.

 · The national mortgage settlement will cover the mortgage servicers against any lawsuits regarding the robo-signing issue, where mortgage companies signed false affidavits to speed up the foreclosure process.

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan expects that this money could ultimately result in $35-40 billion of principal reductions, since servicers will not receive a dollar of credit towards fulfilling settlement responsibilities for every dollar of principal written down-servicers will likely receive 50 cents or less credit for every dollar written down.