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Despite predictions, McLean Mortgage witnesses strong 2014 originations

Comes close to 2013 levels
Brena Swanson
Last year was forecasted to be a very tight year for mortgage originations. But that prediction didn't come true for everyone, with McLean Mortgage Corporation reporting strong levels that even came close to 2013's numbers.
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Are Starbucks fueling America’s increasing home prices?

The new key to gentrification
In the past, the number of bank openings in a city would fuel gentrification. Now, Starbucks locations could the answer behind where the next hot neighborhood will be.
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Pinto: We’re building toward another mortgage meltdown

Affordable housing mandates, lowering standards set the stage
Trey Garrison
Ed Pinto, one of the smartest minds looking at housing, warns that the White House is steering housing policy back into the dangerous waters. Take a look.
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Ally reports FY14 net income of $1.2B

Fully exited TARP, returns $19.B to Treasury
Trey Garrison
Ally had a good year, with improved profits and a full payback of TARP funds. Here’s what happened.
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Swanepoel lists the 200 most powerful people in real estate

Zillow, Realogy top the list
Brena Swanson
The list of who's who in residential real estate is here. Names like Glenn Kelman, CEO and president of Redfin, and Dale Stinton, CEO of the National Association of Realtors, can be found amid the list, with the first and second place names coming off as no surprise.
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Nomura fighting back against FHFA toxic mortgage lawsuit

Claims U.S. unit “did nothing wrong”
Ben Lane
Nomura Holdings reportedly does not want to settle with the Federal Housing Finance Agency because it claims that its U.S. unit did not knowingly sell bonds backed by fraudulently originated loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the run-up to the crisis.
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Judge rules Fannie, Freddie lawsuits can continue

WSJ: Win for investors in ongoing GSE suit
Trey Garrison
A federal claims judge has ruled against the federal government, saying that a lawsuit brought by investors over the treatment of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can proceed. Here's the latest.
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ABA announces Real Estate Lending conference in Baltimore

Regulatory realities headline session
Trey Garrison
The American Bankers Association will host its Real Estate Lending Conference, April 8-10 in Baltimore. Regulatory realities and how to make it through will be the focus. Here are the details. Plan accordingly.
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Mortgage Bankers Association adds 21 new members

Closes 2014 with strong growth
Ben Lane
See who joined the Mortgage Bankers Association in the month of December.
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Public housing officials won't verify whether residents are the truly needy

Housing authority not checking on residents
Trey Garrison
In a troubling report, it looks like some people taking advantage of public housing opportunities may not be the people who need public housing, and HUD doesn't know who is who. Here are the details.
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