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Supreme Court: Secondary Markets Not Subject to FDCPA Regulations

On Monday, a unanimous Supreme Court decision could have vast implications for the mortgage and loan industry, particularly the secondary market, unless the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act is amended by Congress. The petitioners brought their case in front of the Supreme Court in an appeal of the 4th Circuit Court ruling in favor of the respondent. Justice Neil Gorsuch delivered his first opinion since his conferral to the Court.

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Fannie Mae Sheds 3,400 Delinquent Loans in NPL Sale

After nearly a month of marketing, Fannie Mae has sold off more nonperforming loans totaling $581 million in unpaid principal balance. This is the company’s 10th nonperforming loan sale to date. In a continued effort to reduce the number of delinquent loans in its portfolio, the lender has unloaded about 3,400 notes.

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Underwater Mortgages Drop by 3 Percent

According to new data, both the number of underwater mortgages and the total value of those mortgages have dropped significantly over the last year. Value of negative equity fell by $283 billion during Q1 2017 and more than 7 percent since the start of 2016. Underwater mortgages now account for just 6 percent of all loans—a sharp drop from its peak of 26 percent reached in 2009. Subsequently, bout 9 million borrowers have regained equity since 2017, and 91,000 have regained equity in 2017 alone.

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First-time Foreclosure Starts Hit All-time Low

According to new data, both overall foreclosure starts and first-time foreclosure starts recently hit record lows, with first-time starts hitting their lowest point on record at just 24,200. Foreclosure pre-sale inventory also dropped steeply for the month, falling 3.47 percent. The states with the highest share of delinquent loans were Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, West Virginia, and Maine. Mississippi had the most seriously delinquent loans.

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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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The Fight Against Blight in Maryland

Thursday, a fast-track foreclosure law expediting the foreclosure process was signed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. With the intent to reduce community blight, this bill was signed in the footsteps of a similar bill in Ohio. Industry experts provide commentary on the impact this bill may have, including being the push for other states to move forward with their own fast track foreclosure bills.

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Investors Filling Low Distressed Inventory Gap with New Homes

With inventory dropping, including the distressed sale inventory, investors are moving to built-for-rent sales. A recent report noted that more and more investors are building rental homes themselves to make up for the gaps. Putting the blame on tight mortgage standards and rising prices, many younger buyers are holding off on buying a home, and investors are cashing in on the desire for detached-homes without the down payment.

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Defaults on the Downward Slope

The default rate has been steady and falling as home prices continue to rise in most parts of the country and sales of both new and existing homes increase. The default rate for both first and second mortgages fell in April. Additionally, most cities saw declining default rats, with the exception of New York.

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Philadelphia: Wells Fargo Violated the FHA

According to the City of Philadelphia, black borrowers of Wells Fargo loans were over twice as likely to receive high-cost or high-risk loans than white borrowers, while Hispanic borrowers were around twice as likely, and home in predominantly minority neighborhoods were 4.7 times more likely to be foreclosed. Two weeks before this case, the Supreme Court had ruled that Miami could sue Bank of America for predatory lending practices that allegedly increased segregation.

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