Urban Institute: Qualified Mortgage impact overblown

Urban Institute: Qualified Mortgage impact overblown

New rules have only slightly slowed mortgage lending

WATCH: Former Wells Fargo CEO calls BofA fine “extortion”

Kovacevich says fine is political and has “nothing to do with justice”

BofA reaches $16.65B settlement over "toxic waste" mortgages

Loans date back to Countrywide and Merrill Lynch
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Florida housing market settles into “new normal”

Property inventory up, prices up
Brena Swanson
“We are now beginning to see that the 'new normal' is really the 'old normal' with statistical patterns reminiscent of the market that prevailed prior to the frantic run-up of prices,” Florida Realtors Chief Economist John Tuccillo said.
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Huge tax bill for homeowners who receive BofA settlement?

The relief could be too good to be true
Ben Lane
There could be a huge tax bill coming for borrowers that accept relief as part of the $16.65 billion settlement between Bank of America and the U.S. Department of Justice.
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Home Depot names new CEO

Craig Menear to take reins on November 1
Ben Lane
Menear, who has been with the company since 1997, is currently Home Depot’s president of U.S. retail. He has been in that position since February 2014.
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FDIC allotted $1.03 billion of BofA settlement

Claim connected to 26 failed banks
Brena Swanson
Included in Bank of America's settlement with the Depart of Justice, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as receiver for 26 failed banks will receive $1.03 billion.
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Corcoran Consulting and Coaching to offer free webinars for Equator

Collaboration between firms will include performance coaching
Levi Shultz
“We are honored to be in collaboration with Equator as we continue to provide value-added services to real estate professionals in the REO and short sale industries,” said Bubba Mills, executive vice president of Corcoran Consulting and Coaching.
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Real Living Lifestyles joins RealtyTrac’s broker network

Becomes network’s exclusive partner in San Diego County
Ben Lane
As a member of the RealtyTrac Network, Real Living Lifestyles will have the ability to integrate its broker-branded listings into the realtytrac.com website. “The network also offers all of its members high-profile, homepage branding as well as incorporating their insight into the real estate news cycle,” RealtyTrac said.
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Countrywide’s Mozilo may face lawsuit over subprime mortgages

This time prosecutors have a new weapon
Brena Swanson
Although Countrywide Financial no longer exists, co-founder Angelo Mozilo is allegedly not in the clear as prosecutors still want to hold him responsible for the company’s role in the U.S. housing bubble, according to a Bloomberg report.
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Home Depot: Housing finance reform is crucial

Executives pay close attention to mortgage market
Brena Swanson
Although Home Depot reported strong second-quarter earnings, it does not mean the giant home improvement store has nothing to worry about.
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What can you get for $1 million in housing these days?

It's not two houses at the same time or even a bigger house
Trey Garrison
Home values are down 11% from their pre-meltdown peak in 2007, and $1 million doesn’t go nearly as far as it used to, according to Zillow’s number crunchers.
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Chicago FHLB launches Ginnie Mae MBS program

Gives small banks access to secondary mortgage market
Brena Swanson
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago will soon launch its new program that allows members to originate and sell government-backed loans into Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities.
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