Activist investors critique Zillow, Trulia deal

Activist investors critique Zillow, Trulia deal

Valuations skyrocket while earnings expectations have fallen

CoreLogic: Foreclosure inventory tumbles 35%

But don't celebrate just yet

4 factors weighing down housing in the second half of 2014

Will housing collapse?
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Ellie Mae 2Q14 earnings overcome outages

Encompass users increase 12% y/y
July 31, 2014
Ellie Mae recorded an increase in its second-quarter earnings despite additional operating expenses from its outages experienced at the end of March.
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FHLB Des Moines, FHLB Seattle in merger talks

Brings 12 FHLB down to 11
July 31, 2014
Currently, there are 12 Federal Home Loan Banks that could change soon, with a potential merger from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle.
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Should real estate agents disclose murder?

Modern day haunted houses...
July 31, 2014
A majority of states don’t consider psychological stigmas to be material defects to a home; which means you can purchase a home that hosted a murder, suicide or another gruesome event without even knowing it.
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Only 1 mortgage company makes Black Enterprise 100 list

Another big year for ULS
July 31, 2014
Urban Lending Solutions, which provides a suite of mortgage-related services, was listed at number 19 on the Black Enterprise 100 list, down from 16 the year before. Revenue at the company last year was $168.6 million.
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Multifamily, commercial mortgage loans jump 34% in 2Q14

But still down 2% from 2013
July 31, 2014
Multifamily originations were down 10% over 2013's second quarter, but up 32% over the first quarter of 2014.
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CoreLogic: Foreclosure inventory tumbles 35%

But don't celebrate just yet
July 31, 2014
"While 32 straight months of year-over-year decline in the foreclosure rate is cause for celebration, the total number of homes still in the foreclosure process remains almost four times as high as the average in the early 2000s," said Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic.
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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates still pushing buyers to market

Rates still hover at a low point for 2014
July 31, 2014
Mortgage rates once again showed very little change while remaining near their 2014 lows prior to a better-than-expected second-quarter gross domestic product reading, Freddie Mac reported Thursday morning.
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Black Knight boosts Fidelity 2Q14 earnings

Total revenue hits $1.7 billion
July 30, 2014
"We remain excited about the recurring nature of the revenue, the market positioning of our product offerings, the significant organic revenue growth opportunities and the strong EBITDA margins that Black Knight brings to FNF," said Chairman William Foley.
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BOK Financial posts $76M 2Q net income

Mortgage banking revenue reaches $29M
July 30, 2014
"The quarter’s results reflect the earnings power inherent in our diversified business model, as several lines of business grew this quarter, including energy lending, brokerage and trading, and mortgage banking," Steven Bradshaw, president and CEO of BOK Financial, said.
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Judge orders BofA Countrywide to pay $1.3B for toxic mortgages

Settlement is just over half what feds wanted
July 30, 2014
A federal judge has ordered Bank of America’s Countrywide unit to pay $1.3 billion in penalties for junk mortgages sold to the government sponsored enterprises in the years prior to the 2008 financial crisis.
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