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CoesterVMS upgrades Encompass integration

Cloud Control System now available as native application
Ben Lane
"Our development team has taken the time to build an integration that is years ahead of anything else on the market," said Brian Coester, CEO of CoesterVMS. "Our goal is to provide unprecedented means of efficiency to the mortgage origination process. This integration does that and more."
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WSJ: Student debt could cut home sales 8% in 2014

Effect of debt is major drain, new study says
Trey Garrison
One thing that hasn’t been underreported in housing in 2014 is the crushing amount of student debt out there, but Nick Timiraos looks into just how much it impacts housing and mortgage finance in the Wall Street Journal.
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Feds play Robin Hood under guise of National Mortgage Settlements

Forbes: Bank of America? More like Middle America
Trey Garrison
According to Forbes, while it sounds like it’s the Too Big To Fails that are footing the bill for mortgage settlements, turns out it’s not so much Bank of America on the hook so much as ordinary America.
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FHA-backed mortgages drop 19%

Lenders put limit on federal insurance
Brena Swanson
Major lenders and regulators are working hard to find common ground when it comes to home loans to lower-income Americans. As talks continue, the percent of federal Housing Administration loans given to borrowers with weaker credit scores is dropping.
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RPM Mortgage expands to East Coast

Acquires Regency Mortgage
Brena Swanson
RPM Mortgage acquired Regency Mortgage, a 14-branch private mortgage lender with operations in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont and Florida. This means Regency’s loan originators will have access to a larger menu of loan products, in addition to more technology and compliance support.
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Home Depot credit card breach surpasses Target's

Estimates 56 million credit cards breached
Brena Swanson
Home Depot continues to investigate its massive credit card breach, which is shaping up to be bigger than Target’s breach back in December 2013. And the true financial costs of the breach have yet to be determined.
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reQuire grows, acquires Final Trac

Terms of deal not announced
Brena Swanson
“The added experience, skills and relationships they bring to the team will allow reQuire to more rapidly expand its service offerings and position the company as the ‘go to’ source for risk mitigation solutions in real property transactions,” Matt Klein, reQuire’s president, said.
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Marriage on the rocks? Or an $85M palace on the rocks?

Beyonce and Jay-Z could be looking at cliff-side manse
Trey Garrison
Who knows if their marriage is in trouble, but rumors have it that the music power couple is looking at a 23,000-square-foot mansion on a cliff in Beverly Hills.
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Household wealth hits new record

Key to boosting the economic recovery?
Brena Swanson

Americans' wealth hit the highest level ever in the second quarter, following a rise in stocks and home prices. This could ramp up consumer borrowing, which could be the key to boosting the economic recovery.


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Now available: HW Bank Reports

Update your market intelligence with downloadable bank data
Paul Jackson
The launch of HW Bank Reports is the first step towards offering U.S. mortgage and housing market participants a rich set of accessible, downloadable, and cost-effective data that can drive better business decisions.
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