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  • Bank of America23.03-0.09 -0.39%
  • Fidelity National Financial38.58+0.03 +0.08%
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  • Black Knight Financial Services37.85+0.00 +0.00%
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SPS Comes in No. 1 for RMBS

The latest Fitch Servicer Handbook ranks Select Portfolio Servicing No. 1 in the nation’s non-agency RMBS market, bumping Ocwen and Nationstar down to No. 2 and 3, respectively. Fitch called SPS a “notable anomaly” in the market.

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First American Executive Awarded as ‘Valuation Visionary’

The Valuation Visionary award recognizes a standout collateral valuation professional every year who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, innovation and professionalism. Winners are nominated by their peers within the Collateral Risk Network. The recipient will be awarded at the Valuation Expo East on March 20, 2017, in Orlando, Florida.

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Ocwen Appoints Independent Member on its Board of Directors

The company has also increased the size of the Board from eight members to nine after the appointment of the newest Board member. Ronald J. Korn, a Director at Ocwen, has informed the Board that he will retire from the Director position this May. Upon Korn’s resignation, the size of the Board will be reduced from nine members to eight.

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Americans Flock to Warmer ‘Burbs

Analyses of new Census data show populations are shifting out of the big cities and the Rust Belt and into the Sun Belt suburbs. According to the data, the fastest population growth in the last 30 years has been in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. Detroit saw the largest decrease in population with a drop of nearly 20 percent.

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Making Assignments in the Dark

The chain of title is the guy-wire that holds the home finance industry upright. Without some method to determine who owns a given parcel of real estate, it cannot be used as collateral for a loan. In cases where these loans go into default, a clear title is essential for a smooth foreclosure and REO process. Unfortunately, problems arise that cloud the title, increasing loss severity for investors.

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Inventory and Prices Prevent Some Homeowners from Moving

The strong housing recovery may be partly to blame for the large drop in inventory experienced in some markets during the past five years. On average, the more increased the housing values in a particular area above pre-recession levels, the greater the decrease in present housing inventory. The significant drop in starter and trade-up home inventory is pushing affordability further out of reach of some homebuyers.

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