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Move/News Corp legal battle drags down Zillow Group earnings in 2015

Posts net loss of $91.1 million; sees traffic decline in 4th quarter
The Zillow Group family of websites, which includes Zillow and Trulia, announced its 2015 financial results on Thursday, with the company reporting a pro forma net loss of $91.1 million in 2015. According to Zillow, a large portion of the net loss was driven by the legal fees associated with Zillow’s legal battle with Move, which is now owned by News Corp, over claims of allegations of trade secret theft involving Errol Samuelson, who was once Move's chief strategy officer. Click the headline to read more.
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KB Home to pay at least $23.5M in settlement with Florida over building violations

'Allegedly failed to make certain disclosures to homebuyers'
After a three-year investigation of KB Home for violations of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, KB Home and its Florida subsidiaries reached a multi-million dollar settlement with the Florida Attorney General’s Office. Click the headline to read more.
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MBA: New home purchases soared in January

Estimate surpassed expectations
Even though new home purchases dropped 6% in December, for the month of January the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Builder Application Survey shows mortgage applications for new home purchases, increased by 14%.
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Redwood Trust shifts away from Fannie, Freddie conforming loans

Ending purchases of GSE loans; also ceases commercial loan originations for CMBS
Seeking to rid itself of two business segments that are dragging on the REIT’s bottom line, Redwood Trust announced recently that it will be discontinuing the acquisition and aggregation of conforming loans for sale to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and will also discontinue commercial loan originations for distribution in commercial mortgage-backed securities.
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Morgan Stanley settles for $3.2 billion over 'deceptive' mortgage bond practices

Internal e-mail: We are running under the radar and do not want to document this
Morgan Stanley will hand out hundreds of millions of dollars in consumer relief and fork over hundreds of millions more to state governments as part of $3.2 billion settlement over its “deceptive” mortgage bond practices in the run-up to the financial crisis, the New York Attorney General’s Office said Thursday.
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Survey: 45% of non-homeowners say finances keep them from buying

Nearly 30% say they can’t afford a down payment
Nearly half of all non-homeowners say that their financial situation is preventing them from buying a home, a new report from Bankrate.com showed. According to Bankrate’s survey, nearly 30% of all non-homeowners say that they can’t afford a down payment, despite only needing to save 3%.
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Manager of 'predatory' loan modification law firm sent to jail

Michael Nazarinia gets 9 months for role in mortgage fraud scheme
A San Diego businessman will spend the next nine months in prison after being convicted for his role in a fraudulent mortgage loan modification business that presented itself as a “law firm” in order to con more than 1,000 struggling homeowners out of more than $3 million total.
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Can the Fed reverse interest rate hikes, impose negative rates?

Fed Chair Yellen testifies before House Financial Services Committee
The hot topic for questioning during Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s hearing before the House Financial Services Committee Wednesday morning centered around the feasibility of negative Fed rates. The Fed announced in December that it was officially raising the federal funds rate for the first time since June 2006. Is this all about to change?
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