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Volume 2014 - Number 42

November 6, 2014

The Current M&A Craze – It’s All About Originations; Ocwen a Seller of MSRs?

Of the dozen or so mortgage company sales that have been announced over the past two months, just one has involved a servicing portfolio of any size and even that transaction – $1.5 billion of mortgage servicing rights owned by Continental Home Loans – was small. In today’s merger and acquisitions market, it’s all about building loan origination capacity as buyers such as Freedom Mortgage, LoanDepot and Guild Mortgage try to keep growing. Moreover, this thirst for production comes...

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