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Ocwen Sues FIS Over Alleged Inflated Billing

One lawsuit has begat another in California. Ocwen Financial Corp. has alleged that the monitor appointed to review its business practices in the wake of a mortgage servicing settlement ran through an almost $45 million budget in half the time and with half the work. Ocwen alleges that Fidelity Information Services overbilled and charged for improper expenses, including associate trips to casinos and strip clubs.

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Rising Demand, Shrinking Inventory Fuel Median Price Growth

There are few more concrete examples of supply-and-demand economics in action than the housing market. A new report looking at April numbers shows a spike in demand and a corresponding spike in median prices. The B-side, of course, is that while demand rises, inventory shrinks, fueling the current sellers’ market.

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Housing Recovery Has Been Slight and Erratic

Home values have been in steady ascent for a long time, but they’re still not where they were before the crash. A new report by Trulia shows housing recovery is not only slow going, it’s been incredibly scattershot. And we might not see the full end of the recession’s effects for almost another decade.

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Delinquencies Down, Performance Steady in Q4

According to a recently released report by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), foreclosures from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac since the dawn of conservatorship reached 3.8 million as of Q4 2016. Overall however, serious delinquencies are down, along with short sales and REOs. FHFA also found that that the types of loan modifications offered are being influenced by the increase in home prices over the last couple of years.

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