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1st Portfolio Lending changes name to WashingtonFirst Mortgage

Completes integration into WashingtonFirst Bank after acquisition finalized
WashingtonFirst Bankshares, the parent company of WashingtonFirst Bank, announced Monday that it is rebranding its wholly-owned residential mortgage lending subsidiary, 1st Portfolio Lending, as WashingtonFirst Mortgage.
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Texas court upholds MERS right to claim lien

Electronic registry countersued for its rights
Summit Residential Services acquired an interest in the subject property following a foreclosure sale conducted by a homeowner’s association — and moved to clear title. Summit was granted judgment in its favor; extinguishing a MERS lien. So, MERS countersued in April 2014, and won.
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PRMI expands presence in Utah

Will open a new branch in its home state
Mortgage lender Primary Residential Mortgage Inc, announced the opening of its 14th branch located in Orem, Utah, and named three new executives to fulfill the company's growth plans.
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SMS Assist expands into single-family rental property management

Adds Mike Travalini as president of residential service team
SMS Assist, a mobile and cloud-based multisite property management company, announced its expansion into residential real estate with the creation of its residential service team. According to a release from the company, SMS Assist is launching its residential division with "major clients" already on board, including Colony Starwood Homes, Home Partners of America and others.
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Appraisal Institute, RESNET partner to increase green home education

Will work together to present education programs on real estate valuation
The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, and Residential Energy Services Network, also known as RESNET, announced the signing of a "cooperation agreement" to promote education, research and data standards surrounding energy efficient homes.
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