Exclusive: Redfin’s chief economist answers 5 tough questions

Exclusive: Redfin’s chief economist answers 5 tough questions

Nationalizing the GSEs, the silver bullet for Washington policy and more

HUD: Associated Bank ‘redlining’ settlement largest ever

HUD Secretary Castro says settlement “sends a strong message”

Housing in places like New York, San Francisco fail more than just the locals

Local policies curtail worker freedoms
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Ottawa real estate agent guilty of attempted murder

Lured wife into garage and then tried to brain her with bat
A real estate agent in Ottawa who lured his wife into his garage promising a present and hit her twice in the head with a baseball bat was found guilty of attempted murder this week.
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Elizabeth Warren flipped houses while denouncing speculators

Made plenty of profits at what she called a myth
Trey Garrison
The National Review is looking into leading progressive Democrat Elizabeth Warren’s background, and what they found is surprising – the leading progressive voice on industry regulation made a killing doing what she condemns – flipping houses.
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RBS mortgage settlement with FHFA could reach $4.5B

First of 18 lawsuits from FHFA
Brena Swanson
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group could pay as much as $4.5 billion to resolve claims of misconduct in its handling of U.S. mortgage securities, marking the first out of 18 lawsuits from the Federal Housing Finance Agency to reach trial.
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Exclusive: Redfin’s chief economist answers 5 tough questions

Nationalizing the GSEs, the silver bullet for Washington policy and more
Trey Garrison
HousingWire met up with Redfin’s chief economist, Nela Richardson, and discussed a host of critical housing and mortgage finance issues. Punchy, short and sweet — here are five quick answers to some hard questions.
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Freddie Mac: The top 5 improving metros right now

Housing market recovery chugs along
Brena Swanson
While still struggling, the housing market is improving. Freddie Mac’s latest housing report highlights 5 metros that are outpacing the rest of the market.
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HUD: Associated Bank ‘redlining’ settlement largest ever

HUD Secretary Castro says settlement “sends a strong message”
Ben Lane
According to HUD’s statement, the original complaint against Associated Bank was one of the largest “redlining” complaints brought by the federal government against a mortgage lender, and the $200 million settlement with Associated Bank is the largest of its kind that HUD has ever reached.
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Carrington Loan now available through wholesale lending division

Widens door for underserved borrowers
Brena Swanson
Carrington Mortgage Services is once again widening the door for underserved borrowers. This time the lender is making its Carrington Loan available through its national wholesale lending division.
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Altisource hires Jim Leath as vice president

Will oversee enterprise sales and business development
Ben Lane
In this role, Leath will be part of Altisource’s sales and business development team, and be responsible for sourcing and managing enterprise clients.
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Los Angeles spec home to list for record $500 million

Is spec home demand growing?
Brena Swanson
The $500 million price tag of this new home in Los Angeles makes it one of the most outrageous speculative homes built to date, featuring 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, Beverly Hills, downtown Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. Are spec homes the next big thing?
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Mortgage application activity ticks down in MBA survey

Drop in refinancings continues drag
Trey Garrison
Mortgage applications dropped 1.6% from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending May 22, 2015.
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