Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Spring turnaround, or spring-loaded trap?

Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Spring turnaround, or spring-loaded trap?

The direction of housing and mortgage finance could turn this week

Move lawsuit against Zillow clears contempt hurdle with settlement

Move declares "full steam ahead" in prosecution

Freddie Mac completes largest sale ever of seriously delinquent loans

GCAT Management Services wins all three pools
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Pending home sales surge again in February

Good news for the spring homebuying season
Brena Swanson
Good news for the industry, especially given that 2015 is off to a bad start for housing in terms of housing starts, completions and permits. Pending home sales in February surged to their highest level since June 2013, continuing the record high set last month.
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ComplianceEase acquires Mortgage Banking Systems

Acquisition better prepares company for TILA/RESPA
Brena Swanson
ComplianceEase, a provider of automated compliance solutions, acquired the assets of Mortgage Banking Systems, a provider of mortgage document preparation and closing software solutions.
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Sierra Pacific Mortgage harnesses Alight Mortgage Lending solution

Solution provides real time, financial forecasts
Brena Swanson
Sierra Pacific Mortgage announced it licensed Alight Mortgage Lending, a unique financial optimization application that will help the company’s plans for future growth.
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Black Knight: Home prices essentially flat in January

Price growth still sees 4.6% rise over last year
Trey Garrison
Home prices flat-lined in January, according to Black Knight Financial Services. But there were peaks and valleys in a variety of housing markets. Here’s the skinny.
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How to capitalize on 2015’s housing market opportunities

Cohesive, comprehensive data access is key
Dori Daganhardt
Both the U.S. economy and the housing market are poised for a robust start to 2015, making it critically important to be properly positioned for the potential growth. Are you applying these tips?
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Woman falls for real estate scam on Trulia

Scammer hijack listing
Brena Swanson
A woman fell victim to an Internet scam on Trulia’s real estate website after spending nearly $1,000, including sending a security deposit to a person she thought was the owner of the rental home.
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Twitter roundup of this week's top housing articles

CFPB heads up the list
Brena Swanson
The list of the most-read HousingWire stories for this week is filled with some of the normal names in the mix, like the CFPB. However, another big name joined the list this week — Yahoo. This time we deliver the top-five list via Twitter. Happy Friday, everyone!
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Will the Fed’s inevitable interest rate hike break a fragile recovery?

Capital Economics: Outside dynamics strong enough to meet the challenge
Trey Garrison
Some are worried that the Federal Reserve’s coming interest rate hike could smothers the housing recovery. But not everyone thinks that way.
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Florida homeowners can start claiming their $6.5M from SunTrust

More than 8,000 eligible Floridians
Brena Swanson
Here's some good news for Florida homeowners who were impacted by SunTrust. The office of Attorney General Pam Bondi sent out official claim forms for borrowers to receive their share of the National SunTrust Settlement.
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This 1 chart may boost housing’s outlook

MBA: Housing starts will take off in April and May
Trey Garrison
The rough start for housing in terms of sales and starts in 2015 may give way to a better environment as the spring season heats up. This chart may show why.
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