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Magistrate Judge Recommends $46M In Restitution From Former Live Well CEO

Trade Groups Have Differing Stances On Government’s Affordable Housing Plan


Shortly after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the White House announced plans to extend the Federal Financing Bank (FFB) risk-sharing program, two prominent housing associations shared their differing perspectives on the move. In a series of policy announcements designed to address housing supply and affordability, HUD, the U.S. Department of […]

Liberty Reverse Mortgage Hit With Class-Action Suit Alleging Violation Of California Labor Laws


Liberty Reverse Mortgage, a top 10 reverse mortgage lender owned by Ocwen Financial Corp. and its subsidiary PHH Mortgage Corp., allegedly violated California labor laws by failing to provide employees with rest breaks, meal breaks and appropriate compensation for off-the-clock and overtime work, according to a newly filed class-action lawsuit. The suit, filed by former […]

Bay Area Lawmakers OK New ADU Guidelines To Spur Construction, Citing Needs Of Seniors


The Marin County Board of Supervisors in Northern California on Tuesday approved reduced fees to build accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in unincorporated parts of the county, according to an announcement by county officials. Marin County is situated across the Golden Gate Bridge, north of San Francisco. It is a notoriously expensive housing market and maintains […]

CFPB, FTC File Amicus Brief Against Ocwen Over Servicing ‘convenience’ Fees


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced this week that they have filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, supporting plaintiffs that allege unlawful fees imposed by Ocwen Loan Servicing, a division of Ocwen Financial Corp. The case involves plaintiffs Sheryl Glover […]

Even As Originations Stay Slow, Longbridge Parent Remains Committed To Reverse Mortgages


Ellington Financial, parent company of top 10 reverse mortgage lender Longbridge Financial, reported a lower economic return for the fourth quarter of 2023, which was partially driven by net losses from Longbridge “and other positions,” according to CEO Laurence Penn. Penn added, however, that Longbridge is in the process of regaining profitability, and some of […]

Home-Based Care May Lead More People To Age In Place


Seniors who have employed some kind of home-based health care service have a higher acceptance and adoption of home-based hospice services, which can provide personalized support for end-of-life care, according to a study by Rutgers University’s School of Nursing. The findings were first reported by Hospice News. Published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, researchers […]

Liberty Parent Ocwen Records $64M Loss In 2023 But Sees Reverse As An Asset


Ocwen Financial Corp., parent company of PHH Mortgage Corp. and its subsidiary Liberty Reverse Mortgage, posted a $64 million loss in 2023 but sees a generally positive trajectory for its reverse mortgage origination and servicing businesses. This is according to an earnings release and conference call detailing the company’s fourth-quarter and full year 2023 results. […]

HUD Issues $3.8 Million In Funding Opportunities To Research Ways To Boost Inventory


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Friday announced a series of funding opportunities totaling roughly $3.86 million, which will go toward organizations aiming to boost housing inventory and availability through methods including off-site construction and office-to-residential conversions. “As we’re seeing more and more, our nation’s housing stock does not meet the […]