Activist investors critique Zillow, Trulia deal

Activist investors critique Zillow, Trulia deal

Valuations skyrocket while earnings expectations have fallen

CoreLogic: Foreclosure inventory tumbles 35%

But don't celebrate just yet

4 factors weighing down housing in the second half of 2014

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MERS and ICE in talks to merge

Steps into $9.4 trillion mortgage market
August 1, 2014
Intercontinental Exchange, which is best known for energy trading, could possibly be stepping into the mortgage market. The company is currently in negotiations to form a partnership with Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems.
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Mortgage-bond price tumbles amid increased risks

Fannie, Freddie witness significant drops
July 31, 2014
Prices of a new type of U.S. Mortgage bond are tumbling as investors discover the risks in the market from Wall Street banks, with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bonds witnessing some of the biggest drops.
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FHLB Des Moines, FHLB Seattle in merger talks

Brings 12 FHLB down to 11
July 31, 2014
Currently, there are 12 Federal Home Loan Banks that could change soon, with a potential merger from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle.
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Should real estate agents disclose murder?

Modern day haunted houses...
July 31, 2014
A majority of states don’t consider psychological stigmas to be material defects to a home; which means you can purchase a home that hosted a murder, suicide or another gruesome event without even knowing it.
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Only 1 mortgage company makes Black Enterprise 100 list

Another big year for ULS
July 31, 2014
Urban Lending Solutions, which provides a suite of mortgage-related services, was listed at number 19 on the Black Enterprise 100 list, down from 16 the year before. Revenue at the company last year was $168.6 million.
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Multifamily, commercial mortgage loans jump 34% in 2Q14

But still down 2% from 2013
July 31, 2014
Multifamily originations were down 10% over 2013's second quarter, but up 32% over the first quarter of 2014.
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BOK Financial posts $76M 2Q net income

Mortgage banking revenue reaches $29M
July 30, 2014
"The quarter’s results reflect the earnings power inherent in our diversified business model, as several lines of business grew this quarter, including energy lending, brokerage and trading, and mortgage banking," Steven Bradshaw, president and CEO of BOK Financial, said.
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Judge orders BofA Countrywide to pay $1.3B for toxic mortgages

Settlement is just over half what feds wanted
July 30, 2014
A federal judge has ordered Bank of America’s Countrywide unit to pay $1.3 billion in penalties for junk mortgages sold to the government sponsored enterprises in the years prior to the 2008 financial crisis.
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3 Fannie policy changes help open credit box

Waiting periods adjusted
July 30, 2014
Fannie Mae updated a handful of its policies regarding significant derogatory credit events, allowing more borrowers to jump back into the housing market.
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FTC: Bill collectors posed as cops to threaten arrest

Tried to collect debts discharged in bankruptcy
July 30, 2014
The latest Consumer Financial Services Alert, from law firm Ballard Spahr, highlights alleged nefarious tactics from bill collectors in New York, including threatening to arrest borrowers.
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