Royal Bank of Scotland pulls petty mortgage stunt

Royal Bank of Scotland pulls petty mortgage stunt

Here's why we shouldn't be surprised

Foreclosure timelines in California, Nevada stay lengthy

Moody’s: Gradual decline to start in early 2016

What immigration reform means for housing

Growth potential among immigrants is substantial
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FHFA announces conforming loan limits for 2015

Only 46 counties increase; remainder of U.S. is unchanged
Ben Lane
According to the FHFA, the areas that will see conforming loan limit increases include the Denver, Colorado metro area; the Boston, Massachusetts metro area; the Baltimore, Maryland metro area; the Nashville, Tennessee metro area and the Seattle, Washington area.
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What immigration reform means for housing

Growth potential among immigrants is substantial
Kristin Messerli
With the recent announcement of President Obama’s Executive Order on immigration reform, responses from both sides of the political spectrum have been mixed. However, the reform can be expected to spur new opportunities for growth in the housing market.
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Title attorneys call Dustin Johnson’s lawsuit “laughable fairy tale”

Wittstadts ask judge to dismiss PGA golfer’s lawsuit
Ben Lane
"Johnson’s new yarn, that he and his friend are patsies in a complex, serpentine fraud scheme, would be even more laughable but for the damage that such patently false allegations cause to the reputations of good lawyers who are, without any question, the true victims here," title attorneys Mark and Rod Wittstadt say in an amended motion to dismiss.
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GuardHill Financial names Melissa Cohn president

Company plans expansion
Ben Lane
GuardHill Financial, a New York City-based mortgage banker and mortgage company, has named Melissa Cohn as the company’s new president. In this role, Cohn will lead the company’s day-to-day operations and “help drive forward the strategic vision for the company,” GuardHill said in a release.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Mortgage giants warm to principal reduction?

Also 2015 housing finance forecasts galore and key mortgage industry metrics
Trey Garrison
Is principal reduction about to become more common? Who hit the bulls-eye in forecasting 2014, and who just offered bull? And of those hawkeye prognosticators, what do they have to say about 2015? Get it here and get it early.
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Want a free Bentley? Sell this house

Agent who finds buyer for $10 million house gets added bonus
Ben Lane
Whoever finds a buyer for the nearly $10 million home will not only get his or her commission on the sale, the seller is also throwing in a new a 2015 Bentley at no charge. Just consider it a little cherry on top of your normal compensation.
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FHFA COO found not guilty of threatening Ed DeMarco

Stood accused of threatening to shoot former FHFA acting director
Ben Lane
Richard Hornsby, the chief operating officer of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, was found not guilty of threatening former FHFA Acting Director Ed DeMarco. Hornsby stood accused of threatening to kidnap or injure a person after he allegedly threatened DeMarco at the FHFA’s headquarters in late April.
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Dustin Johnson levels blockbuster claims at title attorneys

Is Nat Hardwick the fall guy?
Ben Lane
The situation surrounding the escrow account shortages discovered at LandCastle Title and the law firm of Morris Schneider Wittstadt has taken another dramatic turn, with PGA golfer Dustin Johnson filing an amended motion which accuses Mark and Rod Wittstadt of conspiring to use Nat Hardwick as a pawn and set him up to take the fall for the shortages that were discovered in the accounts of the firm and its subsidiary, LandCastle Title.
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Housing sales inventory continues to grow in October

Lower-priced home inventory lags; high-end homes picking up
Trey Garrison
The number of homes for sale continued to increase across the U.S. in October, a good sign for buyers, but mainly for those on the higher end, according to the latest data from Zillow Real Estate Markets report for October.
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Nationstar buys title company

More plans to grow geographically
Brena Swanson
Solutionstar Holdings, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Nationstar, announced it is expanding further into the mortgage business and snapped up a mortgage title company. It is also expanding operations into some of the nation's largest housing markets.
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