HousingWire reveals the 50 fastest-growing companies in housing economy

HousingWire reveals the 50 fastest-growing companies in housing economy

Inaugural 2014 HW Fast50 ranks public, private companies on revenue growth

Chinese investors remain an X Factor for the US housing market

So what does this mean for homeowners and buyers?

Judge throws out Fannie and Freddie investors’ lawsuit

Decision favors Federal government
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Ellie Mae completes acquisition of AllRegs

$30 million deal previously announced in August
Ben Lane
“At a time when compliance has become mission critical for mortgage lenders, the acquisition positions Ellie Mae as the leading source of mortgage management technology, investor guidelines, compliance resources and education to help lenders achieve compliance, loan quality and efficiency,” Ellie Mae said in a release announcing the completion of the deal.
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HUD watchdog accuses EverBank of violating FHA short sale policies

Recommends bank should repay $1.57 million to HUD
Ben Lane
According to the report from the HUD-OIG, EverBank improperly determined whether borrowers were eligible to participate in the FHA’s preforeclosure sale program and as a result of those failings, the FHA insurance fund paid approximately $1.57 million in improper claims.
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FHFA director faces criticism from former allies

Housing advocates want more change
Brena Swanson
While they were the original supporters of his appointment, housing advocates are now frustrated with the lack of changes to housing policy since Mel Watt took over.
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CFPB fines Lighthouse Title for kickbacks

Michigan agency allegedly paid real estate agents for referrals
Ben Lane
“Today’s action sends a clear and simple message, that quid pro quo agreements for real estate referrals are illegal,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “The Consumer Bureau will continue to take action to ensure that the mortgage market is a level playing field where everyone plays by the rules.”
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JPMorgan's $13B mortgage settlement reaches homeowners

46,404 borrowers helped so far
Brena Swanson
In the latest update, JPMorgan Chase continues to fulfill its obligations under its $13 billion settlement, providing relief to 46,404 borrowers. Here's how far the bank has progressed since its last update in July.
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Chinese investors remain an X Factor for the US housing market

So what does this mean for homeowners and buyers?
Richard Green

A wealthy buyer from China can look at even the most expensive California markets like San Marino and think, “I can get a lot of house there without spending a lot of money.”


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Mortgage applications decline 0.2% for week

Purchase apps down 11% from last year
Trey Garrison
Mortgage application activity for the week ending Sept. 26 was fell 0.2% on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.
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Forsythe Appraisals adds Richard Shackelford as VP of business development

Brings experience in loan origination, loan operations
Ben Lane
In the new role, Shackelford will be responsible for the successful growth of both local and national client opportunities and brand recognition for the company.
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Florida bank to pay all employees “living wage”

First Green Bank ups wages and eliminates salary caps
Ben Lane
According to a report from CNN Money, the bank will be giving a raise to 17% of its 66 employees this week to raise their salaries to a level that’s at least double the minimum wage for the state of Florida.
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AllRegs named publisher for FHA single-family policies

Increases info management for the administration
Levi Shultz
“Since founding this company in 1989 my goal has been twofold; to create a central location where industry professionals can go for fast, reliable answers and to provide a cost-effective method of information management for all industry participants,” said Glenn Ford, founder and CEO of AllRegs.
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