Lawsuit alleges former LandCastle Title CEO embezzled $30 million

Lawsuit alleges former LandCastle Title CEO embezzled $30 million

Nat Hardwick allegedly used funds for private jets, gambling

Fannie Mae: Lenders ask these 4 questions about MSRs

All about transfer and execution

Fidelity National bails out Landcastle Title

Discovered “substantial account misappropriations”
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July's pending home sales put housing back on track

Index hits highest level since August 2013
Brena Swanson
July was able to pick up for the lag seen in the housing market in June as pending home sales return to positive increases, marking the fourth time the index has increased in the last five months.
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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates stay low heading into holiday

Rates barely move amid mixed housing news
Brena Swanson
Mortgage rates barely moved due to mixed news on the housing market heading into the holiday weekend, with the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaging 4.10% for the week ended Aug. 28.
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Former LandCastle Title CEO’s attorney calls embezzlement charges "false"

Says Nat Hardwick is not guilty of any improper, illegal or unethical conduct
Ben Lane
“Anybody who knows Nat knows that he loves the law firm, its employees, the attorneys and the firm’s many loyal clients,” Ed Garland, the attorney representing Nat Hardwick, said in a statment. “He would never knowingly or intentionally take money he was not entitled to or harm the firm or its clients in any way. The law firm was profitable, and Nat believed that all of the money he received was properly distributed to him as his share of the profits of the firm.”
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Veros Integrates with Calyx for AVM software

VeroVALUE, other AVMs now available through Calyx
Brena Swanson
Veros Real Estate Solutions’ automated valuation model VeroVALUE and its other AVMS are integrating into Calyx Software’s Point software.
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Are black and Hispanic buyers being squeezed out of the housing market?

Post-QM credit and down payment requirements drag on minority borrowers
Trey Garrison
Black and Hispanic Americans are less likely to apply for a mortgage than any other ethnic group, and it looks like QM and ability-to-repay rules are exacerbating the problem.
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zipLogix, Realty Pilot partner to enhance real estate solution

Solution tracks transaction history
Brena Swanson
zipLogix and Realty Pilot, a developer of enterprise software and data analytics for the real estate industry, entered into a strategic partnership, integrating Realty Pilot’s OfferRunway.com technology to zipForm Plus.
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5 big lenders to help lower military mortgage payments

Obama Administration's new push to help service members
Brena Swanson
In a new effort to help provide home financing to service members, five top lenders commit to the Obama Administration’s new program to help people in the military save hundreds of dollars or more each year.
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Here are the most active states for mortgage fraud schemes

Loan mod scams, short sale bait-and-switches, and REO “sales”
Trey Garrison
One of the most active mortgage fraud schemes going in these states - and across the country - lures borrowers into paying big fees to a "specialist" for a quick loan modification. But the scams don't stop there.
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Lawsuit alleges former LandCastle Title CEO embezzled $30 million

Nat Hardwick allegedly used funds for private jets, gambling
Ben Lane
The lawsuit alleges that former CEO Nat Hardwick used his access to “systematically deplete” the firm’s and title company’s accounts for “his personal benefit.” According to the court records, Hardwick allegedly misappropriated at least $30 million from the companies’ accounts through various measures. The news came to light after Fidelity National Financial bailed out LandCastle Title and stepped in as 70% owner.
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WATCH: Russian bank offers free cat visits to boost mortgage lending

There is a catch, you can't keep the cute creatures
Brena Swanson
Yes. Morris will help with the mortgage payments. As The Moscow Times reports: "A popular Russian superstition maintains that it is good luck if cats are first to enter a new home." If that doesn't work you can just have your toddler haul the hesitant feline in and throw it onto the floor, which happens around the 1:18 mark in the video. Adorable!
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