Zillow partnering with Facebook to increase real estate agents' reach

Listing information can now be targeted to specific Facebook users
In a move that shows how much better companies are getting at reaching their desired audiences no matter where they are, Zillow announced a partnership this week with Facebook that will allow Realtors and real estate agents to target potential homebuyers directly on their Facebook feed.
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OCC reveals major information security breach involving former employee

Says that retired employee downloaded thousands of files without authorization
The top U.S. banking regulator revealed Friday that a former employee downloaded thousands of files from the agency’s servers without authorization nearly a year ago and that the agency has not yet been able to recover those files. Click the headline to read more.
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Campaign pain: What does this election season mean for mortgage finance?

"From caucus to raucous"
It seems like we've gone from caucus to raucous this election year.  Anyone not bombarded by the rancor is probably hiding under a rock. The rest of us, however, are left wondering not only who will occupy the White House next, but what we're in for. For mortgage and real estate professionals, there's some interesting solace to be found in historical economic data.
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Fitch: Wells Fargo mortgage servicer ratings unaffected by fake account scandal

Ratings agency affirms bank's prime, Alt-A, subprime servicer ratings
While Wells Fargo is fighting to earn back its customers’ trust and fighting off various forays from legislators because of the more than 2 million fake accounts that 5,000 of the bank’s former employees opened in order to get sales bonuses, the bank’s ability as a mortgage servicer is still on solid footing, according to a new repot from Fitch Ratings.
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Here are 5 big insights from the new HMDA data

The state of the mortgage and housing market for 2015
The release of the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data for 2015 at the end of September gave an important status update on mortgage origination market. Most notably, it showed the market continued to benefit from an improved housing market in 2015. Here are five takeaways from the new HMDA data set, according to one expert economist.
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Feds appeal decision to release #FannieGate memos

Claim that court made severe, irreversible error
The government is now fighting back against the court’s decision that ordered them to release 56 documents to the public that could show that the Treasury took over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac despite the secondary mortgage market firms being adequately capitalized. Now, however, the government claims the judge made that decision based on a misunderstanding of the principles that govern executive privilege.
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