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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Ginnie Mae haunted by Taylor, Bean & Whitaker

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 00:01
Ginnie Mae is in trouble, but not because of its core mortgage business. Also, signs that the housing and mortgage finance space may be slowing aren’t troubling non-agency MBS analysts, while Credit Suisse is battening down the hatches. Here’s the scoop.

Fannie Mae's Collateral Underwriter gets a mixed reaction

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 00:00
Fannie Mae released its Collateral Underwriter program to lenders in January, and the industry reaction has been varied and intense.

Big banks, big returns?

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 00:00
The real no-brainer, however, is to look at how the bank performed in the last downturn. Invest in one that not only didn’t need a bailout but one that didn’t take major risks for the sake of short-term versus long-term gains.

The 2015 HW TECH100

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 00:00
Wow! That was our reaction to the response we received for this year’s HW TECH100 call for nominations. This year, more than 250 companies submitted a nomination, and we’re grateful for the interest in our efforts with this unique program.

What really happened at LandCastle Title?

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 00:00
Johnson’s lawsuit states that while Hardwick was attempting to secure those loans, the Wittstadts entered into secret negotiations with Fidelity National Financial to bail out the firm “in order to prevent a disastrous national impact on the housing market should the escrow account misappropriations become public before the Wittstadts could cover everything up.”

Company Spotlight: ComplianceEase

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 00:00
When lenders have to justify and document every decision, it really raises the bar for compliance. Those that are still trying to handle compliance manually or by using multiple, disparate systems as a work-around are going to find it difficult to meet new requirements. The CFPB’s new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule will only exacerbate this situation, according to Vong.

Single stack

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 00:00
In the tech world a “stack” refers to all the elements of something. For the mortgage industry, the idea of the single stack is that one platform (digital, automated and based in the cloud) can either meet all of the functional requirements involved in assembling a mortgage, or can serve as an efficient moderator for the process via open APIs (application programming interface), which are now taking off within the mortgage industry.

The CFPB needs a regulator of its own

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 00:00
Nothing reeks of hypocrisy more than the regulator ignoring regulations, but the CFPB has racked up plenty of violations in the last year. And we’re not talking about small, nitpicky examples, but instances that have real-life consequences. If a lender or servicer were to violate any of these standards, they could expect swift and harsh punishment from the CFPB.

Saudi prince lists luxurious New York nest for $48.5M

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 15:16
A Saudi prince on New York’s Upper West Side is listing his roughly 10,500-square-foot triplex apartment for $48.5 million. And the real perk is what is included in the apartment.

BNY Mellon and Amherst form new real estate credit company

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 14:55
Bank of New York Mellon is partnering with Amherst Holdings to launch a new company that will focus on real estate credit management. According to the companies, BNY Mellon and Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company have made “significant capital commitments” to the new company.

Urban Institute: 3 charts reveal the renter next door

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 14:54
An unexpected side effect of the mortgage crisis has been the replacement in many neighborhoods of single-family homeowners with renters. Here's who those people are in three charts.

This is why it's a great time to be a real estate agent

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 14:33
The housing crisis put a significant dent in the number of registered real estate agents, leaving the ones who stuck around a good-looking paycheck.

Mortgage Bankers Association adds 31 new members

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 14:27
The Mortgage Bankers Association announced that it welcomed 31 new members into its ranks in the month of January.

Problem with your Zestimate? You can now immediately change it

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 13:58
One of the main issues that many Zillow users had with the website was the time it took to update a Zestimate, the property value estimation tool built into every listing on Zillow. Now, instead of it taking weeks to update a Zestimate, Zillow will allow users to update a Zestimate immediately.

Guaranteed Rate names Jonathan Mullins regional manager, SVP

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 13:29
Guaranteed Rate named Jonathan Mullins regional manager and senior vice president, where he will oversee the company’s mortgage lending, sales and operations in Louisiana, Mississippi and south Texas.

10 reasons the housing market could go ballistic this spring

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 13:17
The housing market is about to head into the start of the spring homebuying season, but looking at these ten facts, the wheels might already be starting to turn.

Things at Ocwen just went from bad to much, much worse

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:32
Just when it looked Ocwen Financial may finally be getting some good news, the nonbank was hit with an avalanche of bad news. A new report from Compass Point says that Ocwen was just terminated as servicer on two RMBS deals, and worst of all, Ocwen now stands accused of costing mortgage bond investors $26 billion.

United Wholesale tool keeps Realtors updated on mortgage status

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:28
Right now the industry is looking for greater transparency between borrowers and lenders in the industry. United Wholesale Mortgage’s enhanced version of UTrack is designed to fulfill that need.

Pending home sales surge to highest level in 18 months

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:02
Pending home sales recovered after last month's unexpected steep decline. In January, pending home sales surged to the highest level since August 2013, thanks to improved buyer demand at the beginning of 2015.

Meet the bullies ripping off Realtors

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 21:55
Realtors, real estate agents and brokers are fighting a constant battle against people and companies who are trying to rip them off, and they’re not going to take it anymore, executives from the National Association of Realtors told a House subcommittee on Thursday.