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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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What's after HAMP? MBA proposes loan modification program

"One Mod: Principles for Post-HAMP Loan Modifications"
With the end of both the Home Affordable Modification Program and the Home Affordable Refinance Program getting close, the government is working to come up with new refinance options for borrowers. The latest program proposal comes from the Mortgage Bankers Association. The MBA's Task Force revealed a program proposal on Friday that is designed to be successor program to the Home Affordable Modification Program.
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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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California Realtors getting nervous about housing market future

CAR's 2016 housing predictions came true, now what?
Now more than half a year into 2016, and the California Association of Realtors’ predictions that a shortage of available inventory and continued high costs would limit improvements in 2016 are coming true. And looking at the latest CAR report, it appears to be getting to Realtors.
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Dallas-area housing market facing new danger

Affordability crisis spreads across metroplex
In almost every housing or home price report, Dallas comes out in the top ten. In one study, cities in the Dallas metro even made up five of the top ten spots. That then begs the question: is the market overheating? Will Dallas become the next San Francisco? Is the much-vaunted housing market in the Big-D about to start getting Fs?
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