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HUD ends 32-year receivership of East St. Louis Housing Authority

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 17:28
The Department of Housing and Urban Development took the East St. Louis Housing Authority into receivership in October 1985, citing “years of deteriorating physical conditions, financial mismanagement and a lack of effective leadership.” Ever since then, the East St. Louis Housing Authority has been under HUD control, but on Thursday, HUD returned control of the East St. Louis Housing Authority to local authorities.

Urban Institute: Here's how HARP gave a much-needed revamp to the refinance market

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 14:31
The number of times the government extended its Home Affordable Refinance Program from its original end date in 2013 is almost comical. However, there’s good intention behind each extension. According to a new blog from the Urban Institute, not only has the government refinance program saved borrowers billions of dollars, but it has also created a better foundation for refinancing government loans going forward.

[Video] As summer comes to an end, check out the top three stories from this week

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 14:00
This week marked the final week of summer, with Friday being the official first day of autumn. But, before the housing finance industry heads into the fall home-buying season, check out this video to see the top three stories that wrapped up the final week of summer.

ATTOM: Americans want to live in high-risk cities

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 13:52
Footage of natural disasters sweeping across the U.S. and the world in the recent weeks might make one believe that home prices would be lower where such terrible disasters are more prominent; however the opposite is actually true. In fact, ATTOM’s latest report shows home prices actually appreciate much faster in the riskiest cities.

SolarCity agrees to pay $29.5 million to settle allegations of lying to government

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 13:52
SolarCity, the solar energy company that was acquired by Tesla last year, will pay $29.5 million as part of a settlement with the government, which accused the company of lying to the government about the costs of solar energy systems. While that’s the way the Department of Justice framed the settlement, SolarCity tells a different story.

Are you ready for GSEs' new UCD mandate?

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:00
[Expert commentary] The deadline to achieve Uniform Closing Dataset compliance is upon us, and it will prove challenging. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s UCD requirement deadline of September 25 is mere days away. So what are the available options in order to meet the UCD delivery requirements?

Matic Insurance Services partners with Roostify to streamline homeowners insurance

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:05
Roostify, an automated lending technology provider and HousingWire 2017 Tech 100 winner, announced a partnership with Matic Insurance Services, a digital homeowners insurance agency for mortgage borrowers. The integrations brings one of the final steps in the home-buying process online.

Freddie Mac: New home sales set to take over in 2018

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:59
Going into 2018, Freddie Mac predicted new home sales will continue to grow, even becoming the primary driver of home sales. This gradual increase in new homes, combined with gradual increases in mortgage rates, will help reduce rapidly-rising home prices next year. While Freddie Mac forecasts home prices will continue to increase, it will be at a slower pace.

Real estate investors host black-tie event to raise money for charity

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 15:30
A real estate inventor group is hosting its 10th annual black tie gala to raise money for several charities. The event will host several prominent leaders from the housing market who will focus on their forecasts for real estate in the year ahead. Tune in with us live to see what the experts are predicting.

Homeowners gained nearly $13,000 in equity from last year

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:36
Homeowners with mortgages continue to see their equity increase in their home. Individually, homeowners earned an average $12,987 in equity between the second quarter of 2016 and the second quarter of this year, but in Western states, this number is much higher.

The key to take down scammers: Here are a few surefire security tricks

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:00
[Expert commentary] If a settlement agent believes cybersecurity is something only the big banks and other high profile financial institutions need to be concerned with, think again. Small businesses have a big target on their backs. Armed with basic security procedures, training and tools can go a long way but never let your guard down. Check out these simple questions you can ask yourself to identify fraudulent emails and prevent a cyber attack.

Home prices in Midwestern states drop in July

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 11:42
Home prices continue to rise monthly and annually across the nation, reaching all-new highs. But while home prices are increasing across the nation, one region, the West North Central division saw a drop in home prices of 0.5% from June to July.

Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates increase after 2 months of declines

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:01
After two months of steady declines, Freddie Mac’s weekly survey shows mortgage rates increased. The 10-year Treasury yield continued its upward trend, rising seven basis points this week, and, as expected, the 30-year mortgage rate followed.

Former attorney gets 3+ years in prison for defrauding real estate investors

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 17:52
A former attorney from New York will spend more than three years in prison for defrauding real estate investors out of at least $1 million. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Brandon Lisi received a sentence of 38 months in prison for his role in a scheme to defraud at least four individual investors in real estate transactions of more than $1 million.

San Diego mansions at the center of $50 million mortgage fraud scheme

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 17:09
A senior executive at a real estate investment company and a real estate broker stand accused of playing key roles in a $50 million mortgage fraud scheme involving a handful of multi-million dollar mansions in the San Diego area. Here are all the details.

Texas brokerage closes state's first-ever bitcoin home purchase

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 15:57
Taking real estate purchases in the Lone Star state to a new level, Kuper Sotheby's International Realty said it finalized the first-ever home in Texas that was purchased entirely with the cryptocurrency, bitcoin. Located in the capital of Texas, the luxury home sold for an undisclosed amount this summer.

Senate Democrats press FTC for review of data security at Experian, Transunion

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 14:32
The Federal Trade Commission is already investigating the massive data breach at Equifax that exposed the personal information of 143 million U.S. consumers to hackers, but a number of top Democrats in the Senate want the agency to extend its investigation to the other big credit reporting agencies.

Existing home sales drop to lowest point since last year

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:38
Existing home sales decreased for the third consecutive month for the lowest point since last year. While some experts point to hurricanes Irma and Harvey, others say these happened too soon to affect the data in August. One thing they agree on: the lack of housing inventory continues to hold back home sales.

When is the best time of year to buy a starter home?

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:44
One time of year stands above the rest as being the best time for first-time homebuyers to buy a home. During this time, starter home inventory increases about 7%, which leads to listing prices falling between 3.1% and 4.8% lower than in other parts of the year, a new report from Trulia shows.

New York Attorney General pushes Experian and Transunion for answers on cybersecurity

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 18:19
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is already investigating the massive data breach at Equifax that exposed the personal information of 143 million U.S. consumers. Now, New York’s top cop wants to make sure that a similar incident doesn’t take place at the other two of the big three credit reporting agencies – Experian and Transunion.


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