Lending

1st Portfolio Lending changes name to WashingtonFirst Mortgage

Completes integration into WashingtonFirst Bank after acquisition finalized
WashingtonFirst Bankshares, the parent company of WashingtonFirst Bank, announced Monday that it is rebranding its wholly-owned residential mortgage lending subsidiary, 1st Portfolio Lending, as WashingtonFirst Mortgage.
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Quicken Loans Super Bowl ad strikes wrong nerve with Twitteratti and journalists

Why let the facts get in the way of fun?
In its first-ever Super Bowl commercial, Detroit-based Quicken Loans created a 60-second TV spot, which showcases Rocket Mortgage, its fully online mortgage. It aired to the massive audience, many of whom then promptly proceeded to fuel bombastic panic on Twitter, claiming that Rocket Mortgage will lead to the housing crisis redux.
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Is San Francisco in a housing bubble?

Fitch Ratings suggests Bay Area home prices are at 'unsupportable' level
San Francisco often ranks among the "hottest" housing markets due to its rapidly rising housing prices. But how hot is too hot? A new report from Fitch Ratings suggests that San Francisco is reaching that point, with the dreaded "b" word being thrown around now.
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Oregon warns residents about 'fraudulent' loan modifications

State alerts residents to avoid Liberty One Mortgage
Oregon residents should avoid doing any kind of business with Liberty One Mortgage because the company is unlicensed, unregistered, and is engaging in mortgage fraud, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services said. During an investigation, it was discovered that the Studio City, California address Liberty One provided on documentation to Oregon homeowners was actually the location of an Indian food restaurant.
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Appraisal Institute, RESNET partner to increase green home education

Will work together to present education programs on real estate valuation
The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, and Residential Energy Services Network, also known as RESNET, announced the signing of a "cooperation agreement" to promote education, research and data standards surrounding energy efficient homes.
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