Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Time to cut the MLS cord?

Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Time to cut the MLS cord?

Plus housing metrics, the incredible shrinking GDP, and kicks are for TRIDs

Jeb Bush: Current housing and debt situation unsustainable

Is the clock ticking on the 30-year mortgage?

Senate banking committee passes massive regulatory relief bill

Big implications in legislation for housing and mortgage finance
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The Ticker

Motivity releases TRID tool for lenders

Works backward to ensure compliance
Brena Swanson
With the TRID implementation date only a few months away, Motivity Solutions released a new tool to help mortgage lenders comply with the deadline. What makes Movation unique is that it's tied directly to clients’ business processes to reveal data from a firm’s inner workings.
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Massachusetts Court of Appeals rules for MERS

MERS assignment, role as mortgagee is valid
Trey Garrison
MERS once again wins in the appeal of a trial court ruling that held MERS did not have authority from the original lender to assign the mortgage. Want to know more?
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Former Dallas Cowboy out of prison after serving 3 years for mortgage fraud

Eugene Lockhart jailed for taking part in $20 million fraud scheme
Ben Lane
A former Dallas Cowboys player is out of federal prison after serving three years for taking part in a $20 million mortgage fraud scheme, which involved at least 10 other people who were also convicted. The scheme saw the group recruit straw buyers who falsified their income documents to obtain loans for inflated prices.
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Barclays mortgage bond trader fired for allegedly providing inaccurate information to clients

Yoon Seok Lee “discharged” on Feb. 11
Ben Lane
Barclays Capital fired one of its mortgage bond traders after he allegedly allegedly provided inaccurate information to clients involving residential mortgage-backed securities trades.
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To Go: Title company closes mortgages on wheels

Mobile closings come to you
A Detroit-area title company is offering what its president says is the area’s first mobile closing vehicle, which brings the closing process to the client instead of the other way around. While mobile mortgage closings are nothing new, this is pretty inventive.
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Lehman Brothers suing over crisis-era toxic mortgages

Asks judge to cancel claims by Syncora Holdings and U.S. Bancorp
Ben Lane
Lehman Brothers Holdings filed suit against Syncora Holdings, U.S. Bancorp and GreenPoint Mortgage Funding in an effort to try to get “duplicate” claims filed by those three companies against Lehman Brothers thrown out because Lehman Brothers is ready to settle and move on.
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Analyst: Housing bubble not a question of if but when

As in, when is it going to implode?
Trey Garrison
Charles Hughes Smith at oftwominds.com warns that the industry may be just two years from an implosion of the bubble we’re in. Also, if you didn’t know, he argues we’re already in an echo bubble from the last bubble. Read on.
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Minimum wage workers can’t afford rent

Affordability out of control
Brena Swanson
The gap between stagnant incomes and rising rents in many parts of the country is growing out of control. Right now, there is no state in the country where someone earning either the state or federal minimum wage can afford a market-rate one-bedroom apartment.
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Auction.com partners with Juwai.com to bring U.S. listings to Chinese buyers

Deal will bring access to Juwai.com’s 2.6M Chinese speaking clients
Trey Garrison
The top real estate portal in China and the U.S. online real estate marketplace Auction.com are joining forces to bring Chinese buyers to American commercial and residential real estate listings. Here’s the deal.
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PropertyRadar: California home sales up 9%

Homebuyers stepping up to the plate
Brena Swanson
California single-family home and condominium sales were up 9% in April mostly due to the 9.2% gain in non-distressed property sales. But before you get too excited, it is still too early in the year to say the California real estate market is off to the races.
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