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Reconstruction Program Aims to Soften Fallout of Natural Disasters

A recent report examined the success of a Build it Back program, which restores homes destroyed by natural disasters. The program has been mostly successful, but some critics find it lacking in certain areas, such as build times and layout adherence. And even though nearly three-quarters of its docket has been completed, a high dropout rate is still a major struggle.

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Before and After the Storm

For homeowners, storm preparedness requires more than keeping a few cases of water on hand, though that is certainly a start. But the need for proper preparation definitely doesn’t apply only to homeowners. Damages can reach well beyond a storm’s physical path to impact all parties involved with a property. What steps can you take as an investor, aggregator, bank, or servicer to protect yourself and your interests this hail and hurricane season?

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Subprime Mortgages Moving From Rearview

Just as we’re looking at peeling back regulations like Dodd-Frank with last weeks CHOICE Act vote, a recent op-ed asked the provoking question “Does anyone remember how to make a subprime mortgage?” Of course, those in the mortgage industry remember well. Though they have dwindled in recent years, due to many blaming the 2008 crash in part on the mortgages, thoughts of honing in on an untapped market are gaining popularity again.

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FHFA Sells Over 72,000 NPLs at a Gain of $14.2 Billion

The Federal Housing Finance Agency on Thursday released its third Enterprise Non-Performing Loan Sales Report, which lists all the sales of all non-performing loans from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to the private sector through December 31, 2016. The report tracks total loan sales, total number delinquent assents unloaded, and time of delinquency. It also strives to track borrower outcomes and measure how many properties were foreclosed on, how many avoided foreclosure, and the difference between homes that were sold to third parties and benchmark NPLs.

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Bankruptcy Filings Decline

Bankruptcy filings took another fall for another straight month in April 2017. The number of filings has dropped year-over-year every April since 2011, according to April 2017 AACER bankruptcy data reported by Epiq Systems this week.

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The Week Ahead: Freddie Mac’s Servicer Success Scorecard

The 2017 Servicer Success scorecard is a part of Freddie Mac’s Servicing Success Program, which offers analysis of servicer performance through defined metrics, benchmarks, requirements, financial incentives, and compensatory fees. The Scorecard offers metrics for both default management and investor reporting, and releases at the end of every month. New reports in the scorecard include a Rank Improvement Report and a 12-Month Rolling Scorecard Summary.

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Fannie Mae Announces Reperforming Loan Sale Winner

Fannie Mae announced the results of its second reporforming loan sale transaction. The deal was previously announced on March 14, and consisted of 7,600 loans totaling $1.65 billion in unpaid principal balance (UPB). All four loan pool were won by DLJ Mortgage Capital, Inc., and the transaction is expected to close on May 25.

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FHFA Reports Drops In Refinances

According to a report from the Federal Housing Finance Agency, total Refinance volume has dropped as mortgage rates have risen. In February 2017, borrowers completed 4,198 refinances through HARP, and since HARP’s inception in 2009, the program has made 3,456,422 refinances. HARP represented three percent of total refinance volume, and six percent of loans refinanced through HARP had a loan-to-value ratio greater than 125 percent.

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Supreme Court Judge Refuses To Reopen Credit Suisse Suit

A New York State judge refused to reopen a dismissed lawsuit against a Credit Suisse AG unit, Law360 reports. New York Supreme Court Judge Eileen Bransten previously dismissed the case involving $1 billion in losses from faulty residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), but new RMBS claims were not enough for U.S. Bank NA, a trustee for some RMBS pools, reopen the suit.

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