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May 15, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending
Mortgage servicer Ocwen Financial, the target of a state enforcement action for allegedly mishandling distressed borrowers, said it would delay its regulatory 10-Q filing because of an impairment charge on Ginnie Mae servicing rights. The impairment was caused by a 50 basis point cut in the FHAs annual mortgage insurance premium, which took effect in January, the servicer said. Although it had expected a $34.4 million profit in the first quarter of 2015, Ocwen took a $17.8 million impairment charge, which included monitoring costs, strategic advisor expenses, and fair-value adjustments. FHA lowered the annual MIP to enable more borrowers to obtain an FHA-insured single-family mortgage loan with a 3.5 percent downpayment. Ocwen would likely lose money if it sold off its government-backed MSRs, according to one servicing advisor. Last fall, Ocwen tried to sell its ...
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