Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Ocwen settles "frustrating skirmish" with California

Zillow plans event to “hack” housing

Offers $10,000 prize for creative solutions to jumpstart market

CFPB goes after Wells Fargo, JPMorgan for mortgage kickback scheme

Mega banks will pay $35.7 million total
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Solutionstar completes acquisition of Title365

Firm to leverage acquisition to expand beachhead in California
Trey Garrison
Solutionstar expects to speed operations through added efficiency, by using Title365’s licenses to expand into new geographic markets, particularly in California. Here's how.
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Sindeo's twist on modern mortgage lending

Hires 4 new executives to bolster growth
Brena Swanson
Although the industry is moving online, Sindeo’s new mortgage model adds its own spin on the standard online application, one that views a loan officer as a necessity.
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January existing home sales come in flat compared to December

2015 sales expected to pick up where 2014 left off
Trey Garrison
Auction.com's Nowcast provides an early peek at existing home sales for January, and compared to December's number, it's like the highway between Dallas and Fort Worth - no curves. Here are the details.
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D.R. Horton beats expectations, 1Q revenue jumps 38%

Well-positioned for spring selling season
Brena Swanson
D R. Horton fared well in the first-quarter, with its homebuilding revenue jumping 38% to $2.3 billion, putting it in a strong position to enter the spring selling season.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Ocwen settles "frustrating skirmish" with California

But that's just over file access, not file content
Trey Garrison
Ocwen ended its disastrous week on Friday by settling with the state of California for $2.5 million — but that's just to ensure the state gets the information it asked for. Any violations that turn up once it has the information could be a whole other ball of wax.
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Ocwen sued by investors for mortgage payment negligence

Preparing to sue embattled nonbank
Ben Lane
Some of the country’s biggest mortgage bond investors, reportedly including BlackRock, MetLife, and Pimco, are preparing to sue Ocwen, saying that the beleaguered nonbank failed to properly collect payments on $82 billion of home loans.
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Zillow plans event to “hack” housing

Offers $10,000 prize for creative solutions to jumpstart market
Ben Lane
Zillow is planning a weekend “hackathon” where developers will be challenged to invent the most innovative way to make it easier for buyers to find an affordable home. The prize for the most creative idea? $10,000.
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Rarity: BofA celebrates new branch opening in Denver

Opens new location in new market
Jacob Gaffney
News comes as bank continues to ditch hundreds of branches in many other markets. The bank is also experimenting with simpler "express" branches, those that do not employ tellers.
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Greystone adds Raphael Inzlicht as VP of development

Tasked with leading new construction projects in NYC
Ben Lane
Greystone, a New York-based real estate development and financial group, added Raphael Inzlicht as the company’s new vice president of development. In this role, Inzlicht will lead new ground-up construction projects in New York’s five boroughs.
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This housing market will never be saved

Six years later, still struggling
Brena Swanson
According to one bold housing columnist, housing will never spring back to its pre-recession levels. Despite all the government’s best attempts to spur activity again, these headwinds will remain.
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