EXCLUSIVE: Morris Schneider Wittstadt officially files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

EXCLUSIVE: Morris Schneider Wittstadt officially files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Mark Wittstadt: Butler & Hosch sale, Dustin Johnson lawsuit severely impacted firm

What to expect when you’re expecting a CFPB administrative action

A deeper look at PHH ruling reveals how the bureau views enforcement

Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Is housing strong enough to weather rate hikes?

Plus the mortgage bond outlook, the NYT joins the GSE investor struggle, and more
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Former LandCastle Title CEO’s luxury condo scheduled for foreclosure auction

Nat Hardwick’s condo at Atlanta’s St. Regis hits auction block Tuesday
Ben Lane
As the law firm he formerly managed is fighting for its life in bankruptcy court, a luxury condominium once owned by Nathan (Nat) Hardwick and allegedly purchased with ill-gotten gains is about to be auctioned off after the property was foreclosed on.
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Here are the top 10 rental markets for real estate investors

Texas dominates
Brena Swanson
While the inventory of foreclosed homes is quickly shrinking, there is still plenty of opportunity in real estate investments, particularly in these 10 cities, according to the same people who operate We Buy Ugly Houses.
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CUNA to CFPB: Extend TRID effective date to end of 2015

Complications, discrepancies justify change
Trey Garrison
The Credit Union National Association is asking the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to push back its effective date for the Know Before You Owe mortgage disclosure rule to the end of the year. Do they have a point?
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EXCLUSIVE: Morris Schneider Wittstadt officially files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Mark Wittstadt: Butler & Hosch sale, Dustin Johnson lawsuit severely impacted firm
Ben Lane

In the bankruptcy filing, obtained exclusively by HousingWire, Mark Wittstadt, the firm's managing partner, said that the firm would have been able to survive the alleged embezzlement of $30 million from the firm's accounts. However, the subsequent lawsuit from PGA golfer Dustin Johnson and the disastrous sale of assets to now-defunct Butler & Hosch was too much for the firm to bear.


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Clear Capital: Housing the second half of 2015 not so hot

Reaffirms this is a "non-growth year"
Brena Swanson
This year is already halfway over, and according to a new market report from Clear Capital, the rest of the year doesn't not look too bright. "With a first full look of the spring buying season and six-month update to the forecast, our data through June confirms our initial projection that 2015 would be a non-growth year," said Alex Villacorta, vice president of research and analytics at Clear Capital.
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What to expect when you’re expecting a CFPB administrative action

A deeper look at PHH ruling reveals how the bureau views enforcement
Trey Garrison
In early June, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray issued a decision in the first appeal of an agency administrative enforcement proceeding against a mortgage lender, and a deeper look shows how the regulator will proceed with such actions.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Is housing strong enough to weather rate hikes?

Plus the mortgage bond outlook, the NYT joins the GSE investor struggle, and more
Trey Garrison
Going into the second half of 2015, where is the housing recovery, and is it strong enough to deal with what many say is still an inevitable rate hike? Plus a look at price growth, agency MBS, the latest turn in FannieGate, and more. Read on.
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Sources: Morris Schneider Wittstadt declaring bankruptcy, closing immediately

LandCastle Title’s operations will not be affected
Ben Lane
One source told HousingWire that MSW — a Georgia-based law firm that made national headlines last year when the firm sued its former managing partner for allegedly embezzling $30 million from the firm’s accounts and the accounts of the firm’s subsidiary, LandCastle Title — has not yet filed bankruptcy, perhaps due to the looming July 4th holiday, but the source expects the firm to file as early as Monday.
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Corpse found in $1M San Francisco house for sale

Price could go higher
Brena Swanson
Despite finding a mummified corpse of the homeowner in a Lake District Victorian house for sale in San Francisco, the house still received a $1 million bid.
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Jean-Claude Van Damme lists $10M seaside LA house

Nearly $4M more than he paid
Brena Swanson
One of Hollywood’s most famous martial arts-trained actors, Jean-Claude Van Damme, put his beautiful seaside mansion in Marina Del Rey up for sale for $9.9 million.
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