Barry Sternlicht's Starwood Capital Group has agreed to buy LNR Property LLC, a large player in the distressed-commercial-property market, for more than $1 billion, according to two people knowledgeable of the deal.
and, Ocwen won the bankruptcy bid for ResCap:
Ocwen will take over ResCap's business (subject to the pending approval), which includes the rights to serve nearly 2.4 million mortgages with an outstanding value of $374 billion. The company faced a serious competition from Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. ( NSM ) at the ResCap bankruptcy auction in New York. Nationstar acted as the stalking horse bidder for the auction. For this, Ocwen will pay Nationstar a break-up fee of $24 million, which was included in its final bid amount.
Higher foreclosure rates coming to an RMBS near you.