Royal Bank of Scotland pulls petty mortgage stunt

Royal Bank of Scotland pulls petty mortgage stunt

Here's why we shouldn't be surprised

Foreclosure timelines in California, Nevada stay lengthy

Moody’s: Gradual decline to start in early 2016

What immigration reform means for housing

Growth potential among immigrants is substantial
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Wolters Kluwer Financial Services offers demo of TILA-RESPA product

Compliance, workflow software for lenders in new environment
Trey Garrison
Wolters Kluwer Financial Services is rolling out TILA-RESPA focused compliance and workflow solutions, offering live demos of the product for potential clients to deal with the regulatory rules that go into effect industry wide on Aug. 1, 2015.
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Want a free Bentley? Sell this house

Agent who finds buyer for $10 million house gets added bonus
Ben Lane
Whoever finds a buyer for the nearly $10 million home will not only get his or her commission on the sale, the seller is also throwing in a new a 2015 Bentley at no charge. Just consider it a little cherry on top of your normal compensation.
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SEC grants Bank of America relief in $16 billion settlement

Ends political logjam
Ben Lane
The record-setting settlement between Bank of America, the U.S. Department of Justice, certain federal agencies and six states to resolve claims over toxic residential mortgage-backed securities can finally proceed after the bank was granted relief by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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FHFA COO found not guilty of threatening Ed DeMarco

Stood accused of threatening to shoot former FHFA acting director
Ben Lane
Richard Hornsby, the chief operating officer of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, was found not guilty of threatening former FHFA Acting Director Ed DeMarco. Hornsby stood accused of threatening to kidnap or injure a person after he allegedly threatened DeMarco at the FHFA’s headquarters in late April.
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Single-family rental bond yields are rising

Supply outpacing demand
Ben Lane
The supply of single-family rental securitizations is rising beyond the level of investor demand, and the surplus of available debt is driving yields up.
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Robin William’s $29.5M Napa Valley estate hits the market

Villa of Smiles a bittersweet legacy of late comedian
Trey Garrison
The world lost one of its sources of joy when he gave into depression, and now Robin Williams’ 639-acre estate is on the market.
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Goldman bankers fired after leaking confidential Fed info

Banker formerly worked for Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Brena Swanson
Goldman Sachs fired two bankers due to one of them allegedly sharing confidential documents from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York within the firm.
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Hensarling picks chairs for housing and business subcommittees

Leutkemeyer to head housing, Neugebauer to helm financial
Trey Garrison
Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, announced his selection of subcommittee chairmen for the next Congress.
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Initial jobless claims fall 2K to 291,000 for week

Four-week rolling average up 1.75K
Trey Garrison
The four-week moving average was 2,369,000, a decrease of 6,250 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since Jan. 13, 2001 when it was 2,360,500. The previous week's average was revised up by 2,750 from 2,372,500 to 2,375,250.
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Zillow: Mortgage rates fall further below 4%

Continues at sub-4% level for seventh week in a row
Ben Lane
Current rate borrowers were quoted an average interest rate of 3.82% on Zillow’s Mortgage Marketplace in the week that ended Tuesday, down from last week’s figure of 3.9%.
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