Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

September 2, 2015

Expanding the Credit Box

By David Reiss

DBRS has posted U.S. Residential Mortgage Servicing Mid-Year Review and 2015 Outlook. There is a lot of interest in it, including a table that demonstrates how “the underwriting box for prime mortgages slowly keeps getting wider.” (7) The report notes that While most lenders continue … Continue reading

April 20, 2015

Monday’s Adjudication Roundup

By Shea Cunningham

Former Freddie Mac executives, who were accused of lying about Freddie’s exposure to subprime mortgages before the financial crisis, settled with the SEC. Citibank shareholders slam the Bank’s motion to dismiss a case over mortgage-backed securities worth more than $17 … Continue reading

April 15, 2015

Wednesday’s Academic Roundup

By Shea Cunningham

Amidst the Walking Dead: Judicial and Nonjudicial Approaches for Eradicating Zombie Mortgages, by Andrea Clark, Emory Law Journal, Vol. 65, No. 3, Forthcoming. The Paradox of Judicial Foreclosure: Collateral Value Uncertainty and Mortgage Rates, by David Harrison & Michael Seiler, … Continue reading

January 22, 2015

Kroll on Mortgage Performance

By David Reiss

The Kroll Bond Rating Agency has issued an update of its residential mortgage-backed securities model methodology, Residential Mortgage Default and Loss Model. Before the financial crisis, ratings models seemed to be very reliable, data-driven models of probity and caution. We … Continue reading

January 12, 2015

S&P on Jumbos

By David Reiss

Last week, I discussed an up beat S&P report on the overall RMBS market. Today I discuss and S&P report on the jumbo mortgage market. This report sees much slower growth in the private-label jumbo residential mortgage-backed securities market. It … Continue reading

September 30, 2014

Cool Mortgage Tool

By David Reiss

The Urban Institute has created a cool interactive tool to map mortgages in the United States. Enterprise describes the tool as follows: it maps 12 years of data on more than 100 million mortgage originations throughout the U.S. by race … Continue reading

July 25, 2014

California Court Denies Plaintiffs’ Claims for Breach of Express Agreements, Breach of Implied Agreements, Slander of Title, Wrongful Foreclosure, and Violations of California Civil Codes

By Ebube Okoli

The court in deciding Zapata v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2013 U.S. Dist. (N.D. Cal. Dec., 2013) dismissed the plaintiff’s action for failure to state a claim. This action boiled down to an attempt made by the plaintiff to avoid … Continue reading