Lending

Florida court upholds city's rights to place liens on zombie homes

Cities' liens on foreclosed properties aren't extinguished when home is sold
In a move that should help municipalities within the state of Florida fight against the state’s glut of zombie foreclosures, a state appeals court ruled recently that liens placed on foreclosed homes by the city are not discharged when the home goes through a judicial sale. Here's a closer look at the decision.
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Airbnb causes confusion in refi market

Lenders unsure how to classify Airbnb homes
Airbnb is in the news again, this time causing confusion in the refinance market. As Airbnb blends traditional homes with commercial investment, it can cross many lines, and be difficult for lenders to define.
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Here are the 10 hottest housing markets that fueled a record-breaking August

California dominates list
The hottest housing market in America right now might still be Vallejo-Fairfield, California [San Fran area] but this doesn’t mean the rest of the list stood still. Interestingly, one new market not only joined the list, but also jumped up to the eight spot. And to the city that was sitting comfortably as the eighth hottest market, well, it fell completely out of the top ten, barely even making the top twenty.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Judge tosses Ocwen, Altisource kickback lawsuit

Calls alleged actions "extremely troubling," but says case doesn’t hold up
It’d be pretty safe to say that Ocwen Financial struggled the past few years. But, the company got a little bit of good news last week, when a judge dismissed a lawsuit accusing Ocwen and Altisource Portfolio Solutions of overcharging homeowners for service. The question now becomes are the company’s next steps forward? Backward? Or right into the eye of another storm? All that and more in your Monday Morning Cup of Coffee.
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PwC settles $5.5 billion lawsuit over Taylor, Bean & Whitaker audits

Accused of failing to recognize malfeasance in TBW, Colonial Bank accounts
The ghost of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker struck again Friday, as PricewaterhouseCoopers agreed to settle a $5.5 billion lawsuit that accused the company of failing in its audits duties by not discovering the accounting malfeasance that led to one of the most spectacular crashes to come out of the housing crisis.
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Houston Realtors warned to be on lookout for "foot fetish creep"

Man tells agents to remove their shoes for better cell phone reception
Houston-area Realtors and real estate agents, especially female ones, need to be on the lookout for a “foot fetish creep” who is targeting local agents, the Houston Association of Realtors warned its members. While the man is on the phone with a female agent, he asks the agent to describe her footwear and will usually request that she take off her shoes for “improved cell phone reception.”
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M&A rumor mill: Who will Finance of America and RPM buy next?

RPM Mortgage denies acquisition chatter
Rumors are circulating that several major lenders may soon make major acquisitions. RPM Mortgage, however, says there is no truth to the chatter. Sources say one lender could announce these acquisitions as soon as September, but until then, here’s what industry insiders are saying.
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USDA slashing mortgage fees

Announces cuts to upfront guarantee fee and annual fee
Borrowers who use the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service to get a mortgage could soon pay significantly less for their loan, as the USDA announced that it is about to cut its loan fees for lenders who use the Single Family Housing Loan Guarantee Program. Here are all the details.
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