Lending

FTC permanently bans more mortgage relief scammers

More punishment from sweeping mortgage modification fraud investigation
For the second time this month, the Federal Trade Commission announced that one of the subjects of a sweeping enforcement action from 2014 is permanently banned from operating in the mortgage loan modification and debt relief business.
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Bernie Sanders: Wells Fargo's business model is fraud

Vermont senator joins Elizabeth Warren in skewering megabank
In what some might consider as much of a foregone conclusion as when Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, expectedly lambasted Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf when given the chance, Sen. Bernie Sanders took to the internet this week to share his views of Wells Fargo, and let’s just say the former Democratic presidential candidate isn’t a fan of the megabank either.
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Here's how NAMB, UWM plan to revive the independent mortgage broker channel

Announce $500,000 KickStart program
Mortgage brokers took a major hit after the financial crisis, vacating their individual businesses and fleeing to the security of working for a bigger company. However, a new initiative announced by the National Association of Mortgage Brokers and United Wholesale Mortgage is designed to regrow the mortgage broker channel. The KickStart program offers grants to loan originators aspiring to open their own mortgage shops. Looking to start your own company? Check the details inside.
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Lennar agrees to buy luxury homebuilder WCI Communities for $643 million…or does it?

Agreement includes provision that allows WCI to seek better offer
WCI Communities, a “lifestyle community developer and luxury homebuilder” headquartered in Florida, announced this week that it agreed to a “definitive merger agreement” with fellow homebuilder Lennar for quite the premium, but the company is seeking out a better deal.
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Mortgage fraud rising most in low-downpayment loans

CoreLogic: Today's fraud takes "a lot of time" to uncover
The new low down payment programs launched as a way to loosen up the credit box for first time homeowners since the credit box tightened significantly after the financial crisis.But as the credit box loosens, the risk of mortgage fraud heightens, as seen in the report. There needs to be a balance.
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Evictions in America: A tale of two cities

The approach of NYC versus San Francisco is enlightening
The contrast between how New York City and San Francisco have approached the affordable housing crisis is striking. Both cities are large metropolitan areas with little geographical room to build. But in once case city action led to an 18% decrease in evictions, in another it led to an increase of 32%. 
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Senators want Labor Department investigation of Wells Fargo

Sanders, Warren, others question whether bank "aggressively skirted" labor laws
Wells Fargo and its CEO, John Stumpf, took plenty of lumps earlier this week when Stumpf appeared before the Senate Banking Committee to discuss the $185 million fine the bank is facing, but some of the members of the Senate are far from being done with Wells Fargo. In fact, a group of eight senators are now calling on the Department of Labor to investigate Wells Fargo for potential labor law violations stemming from the company’s “aggressive” sales culture.
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