"We need to deal with this, we need to deal with it effectively and do it quickly," said Bill Erbey, Ocwen's executive chairman, saying the charge could be "materially different" from an actual settlement.
Embattled nonbank servicer Ocwen took a $100 million charge for a potential settlement of foreclosure violations and posted a third-quarter loss, but warned the final cost to settle allegations that it backdated foreclosure notices could be higher.
Housing policy needs to be refocused on strengthening household balance sheets, especially by making borrowers more resilient to home price declines. A new 15-year fixed-rate mortgage that allows borrowers to use the down payment to buy down the interest rate on the loan is designed to do just that.

The GSE regulator's second attempt to stimulate the mortgage market is receiving a lukewarm reception from lenders, who remain gun-shy after being forced by Fannie and Freddie to repurchase billions of dollars in soured loans since 2008.

Deutsche Bank officials have received the go-ahead to finance U.S. home lenders, something it has not done since the financial crisis. The bank's plan is to finance a small, but potentially much larger, mortgage segment that falls outside government standards.

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Whether it's a formal merger/acquisition deal or a loan production office changing affiliations, successfully bringing together the cultures of two organizations is crucial to creating a harmonious union.

In the coming months, banks, mortgage lenders, consumer advocates and policy wonks will be slicing and dicing the latest Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data, as they do every year. Rarely, if ever, have the stakes been higher.
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