Judge tosses whistleblower letter, limits discovery in Zillow-Move suit

Judge tosses whistleblower letter, limits discovery in Zillow-Move suit

Motions to limit subpoenas, strike letter benefit Zillow in legal row

San Francisco leads the nation in property bidding wars

Well above national average

FHFA opens door for potential Fannie, Freddie CEO raises

Industry and politicians criticize proposal
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Stonegate earnings boosted by $2B MSR sale

First-quarter revenue increases 16%
Brena Swanson
Stonegate's first quarter revenues increased 16% to $44.3 million in the first quarter of 2015, largely thanks to a giant mortgage-servicing rights sale to a third party.
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Pavaso offering quicker transition to e-closing solution

Provides lenders with “painless path” to TILA-RESPA compliance
Ben Lane
Pavaso announced a new solution that promises to help business implement digital closing and ensure compliance for the coming TILA-RESPA regulations, saying in a release that its “Fast Track” program provides a “quick, low-impact implementation” of its Digital Close solution in two weeks.
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Lincoln Mortgage rebrands to Gateway Mortgage

Lender originally joined Gateway in early 2014
Brena Swanson
Lincoln Mortgage Company, formerly only a division of Gateway Mortgage Group, is now officially operating under the Gateway Mortgage Group name, changing the name of its four branches.
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Claren Financial: The mortgage market faces 3 more years of recovery

Regulation’s role in lending conditions
Brena Swanson
It will be about three years until the mortgage lending environment returns to a healthy level and reaches a strong equilibrium. Until then, here’s what's impacting current lending conditions.
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Solutionstar re-launches as one-stop shop for homes and mortgages

Nationstar CEO: We expect to revolutionize real estate
Ben Lane
The Zillow Group, Realtor.com, Redfin and every other site battling for the online real estate title are about to have a new competitor to worry about, and the new kid on the block is expecting to “revolutionize the way real estate transacts.” But this new kid isn’t a start-up, it is backed by one of the industry’s largest players – Nationstar Mortgage Holdings.
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Accurate Group launches new appraisal technology

Fewer humans save time and money
Brena Swanson
Accurate Group launched its latest technology solution iValueNet, hoping to give mortgage lenders a choice on interior property inspections to help save time and money.
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Planet Home Lending acquires HomeBridge Funding

Plans on expanding correspondent division product offerings
Brena Swanson
Planet Home Lending announced it is acquiring the employees and assets related to HomeBridge Funding, the correspondent division of HomeBridge Financial Services, helping establish the lender as a fully-integrated mortgage banker.
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Walker & Dunlop earnings skyrocket on record origination volume

Lender prepares for commercial mortgage refinancing wave
Brena Swanson
Walker & Dunlop posted a 198% increase in net income from first quarter 2014, and the lender sees even more opportunity in the future as it prepares for a commercial mortgage refinancing boom.
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Mortgage applications drop 4.6%

Drop in refinancings powers big decline
Trey Garrison
A precipitous drop in refinancing activity led the drag on mortgage applications last week, and despite purchase activity rising, it wasn't nearly enough. Here's what happened.
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FHFA opens door for potential Fannie, Freddie CEO raises

Industry and politicians criticize proposal
Brena Swanson
The CEOs of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are in line for a potential pay raise, but the new opportunity has been met with sharp opposition from both the industry and those with political influence.
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