Google prepares to launch mortgage comparison tool

Google prepares to launch mortgage comparison tool

“Compare” service for mortgages already in use in the U.K.

Definitely the best Beige Book coverage on housing and mortgage finance

Thank you, Vince Vaughn

Goldman Sachs just nailed millennial homebuying

Publishes animated graph day before housing conference
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Report: Citigroup forgot to send 23,000 settlement checks

Still owes $20 million as part of Independent Foreclosure Review
Ben Lane
According to a report from Bloomberg, Citigroup did not send settlement checks to approximately 23,000 borrowers who are eligible for payment under the Independent Foreclosure Review and is now preparing to mail out $20 million worth of checks to those borrowers.
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Warning: Early GDP indicator flashing red

Atlanta Fed GDPNow forecast dropping ominously
Trey Garrison
If you’re looking for reassurances that everything will be okay, this isn’t the story. If you want the scoop on what the Atlanta Fed thinks and why it’s bad, keep reading.
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New Orleans planning huge public property auction

City seeks to revitalize blighted neighborhoods
Ben Lane
The city of New Orleans is planning to auction of 3,000 tax-adjudicated properties in an effort to revitalize some of the city’s blighted neighborhoods. According to a report in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, prospective buyers will be able to view the properties online beginning March 6 and may be able to claim a property for as little as $3,000.
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Accenture LOS update brings lenders closer to online mortgages

New release includes e-signature technology
Brena Swanson
Accenture introduced the latest update to its loan origination system, Loan Fulfillment Center, by Accenture Mortgage Cadence, helping lenders in the industry get closer to an entirely web-based mortgage process.
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Own a town where "The Walking Dead" was filmed for $680,000

Make your offer now on eBay
Brena Swanson
The definition of a diehard fan is reaching a whole new level, even beyond the grave, with this new real estate listing. A large portion of a town in Georgia, which was used as a location during Season 3 of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” is listed for sale.
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Realtor's client murdered during home showing

Gunman walks into home during showing
Brena Swanson
A gunman walked into a home and opened fire while a real estate agent was showing a home to a married couple, killing the husband. This tragic event is not the first attack on real estate agents but continues to remind agents that they must take care and precautions to protect themselves.
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Saudi prince lists luxurious New York nest for $48.5M

Includes three bullet-proof panic rooms… if you need it
Brena Swanson
A Saudi prince on New York’s Upper West Side is listing his roughly 10,500-square-foot triplex apartment for $48.5 million. And the real perk is what is included in the apartment.
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Urban Institute: 3 charts reveal the renter next door

Who are they?
Brena Swanson
An unexpected side effect of the mortgage crisis has been the replacement in many neighborhoods of single-family homeowners with renters. Here's who those people are in three charts.
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This is why it's a great time to be a real estate agent

But how long will it last?
Brena Swanson
The housing crisis put a significant dent in the number of registered real estate agents, leaving the ones who stuck around a good-looking paycheck.
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Mortgage Bankers Association adds 31 new members

See who joined the MBA in January
Ben Lane
The Mortgage Bankers Association announced that it welcomed 31 new members into its ranks in the month of January.
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