TOUGH FIGHT: "It does not appear that we have broad support" for legislation to change Nevada law on super-priority liens, said Steve VanSickler, the vice chairman of the Nevada Mortgage Lenders Association.
Homeowners associations seeking unpaid dues are seizing on a court decision allowing them to foreclose on properties ahead of banks, and the FHFA is litigating to defend Fannie and Freddie mortgages. Private lenders, meanwhile, are trying to keep the problem from spreading to more states.
Facing the prospect of losing its license in California, Ocwen would be wise to settle its probe by state regulators in a timely manner, observers said. If it doesn't, the mortgage servicer could lose significant revenue and might even face a cash crunch.

Home values have risen fastest in markets where institutional buyers bought up scores of foreclosed homes and then rented them out. But these investor have largely curtailed their buying, and may even be ready to start selling off more properties to profit from the run-up in home prices. That could be good news for first-time buyers.

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TASK AHEAD: B of A seeks to reduce its number of delinquent loans and legacy costs to $500 million a quarter in coming years, CEO Brian Moynihan has said.
The nation's largest banks have attacked their delinquent loan portfolios with gusto, but they may hit some barriers in 2015. The market for nonperforming loans is still robust with about $60 billion estimated to change hands in 2014.

Borrowers who are being sued by lenders over the money owed on foreclosed mortgages are making novel use of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. They argue that they cannot be sued if they live in a state different from the one where the property is located.
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