Fannie and Freddie Mortgage Write Downs – Another Bailout For Big Banks



Fannie and Freddie regulator Edward DeMarco, the acting Director of FHFA, is taking a lot of heat for his reluctance to write down first mortgages for underwater homeowners. But DeMarco is rightly pointing out that the push to write down the first mortgages is merely a form of protectionism for the four largest banks in the U.S. – JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and Bank of America.

Citigroup Hit With $158 Million Mortgage Fraud Settlement



Citigroup has suffered its second setback in two weeks, with the news that the bank will have to pay out $158.3 million in settlement fees, coming hot on the heels of last week’s $25 billion foreclosure settlement that was agreed between states and America’s five largest banks.

Foreclosure Settlement between Banks and Government “Very Close”



As many as one million underwater borrowers deemed to be “at risk” of losing their homes could be set for a reprieve through a reduction on their mortgage principle, following reports that the government and America’s biggest banks have nearly reached a deal on mortgage aid.

Banks Are Lending Money Again, But Not To Everyone Of Course…



What with the economy continuing to flounder, you might be surprised to learn that a rather unusual thing has happened. Banks have started lending more money again. According to the New York Times, banks have once again increased the flow of the borrowing tap, and loan growth, despite the fact it is still at a […]

Cancelled and Delayed Projects Increase in UAE



The value of delayed or cancelled construction projects in the UAE grew to $170 billion in the month just gone, in a strong indication that the country’s real estate industry has far from recovered. The 13% increase from projects that were delayed or cancelled in July was revealed last week in a report issued by […]

Bank of America Adopts Different Approach to Cut Foreclosures



The biggest US mortgage servicer, the Bank of America, is adopting a different approach towards foreclosures and abandoned properties, which includes demolishing the most decrepit of them. It’s donating 100 foreclosed homes in the Cleveland area, in conjunction with a local agency which manages such properties, and in certain cases will contribute towards their demolition. […]

US Banks Strive to Win Broad Liability Releases



Apparently efforts by US banks to win broad liability releases are proving to be a major obstacle in talks to resolve foreclosure practices and mortgage servicing. The liability releases would give the US Banks protection from further state and federal probes into their mortgage practices, including the lending and securitization of loans, and would form […]

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