Articles by Brena Swanson

Mercury Network acquires Platinum Data Solutions

Move impacts more than 950 lenders
In a move that is one of the first of its kind for the industry, Mercury Network, an appraisal management system, announced it acquired Platinum Data Solutions, a QC technology company. In light of the changes, HousingWire talked with Will Clemens, CEO of Mercury Network, and Phil Huff, CEO of Platinum Data, to see how the change fits perfectly into both of the companies.
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MBA: Mortgage applications post quiet week

Applications slightly dip
Mortgage applications recorded another quiet week despite record low-interest rates and it being one of the busiest housing seasons of the year. And this is only the latest report in a series of up and application reports from the MBA.
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Appraisal volume increases three weeks in a row

Housing market continues to plod along
For the first time in awhile, appraisal volume managed to increase for three consecutive weeks. While the four-week moving average did slightly decrease, it is not too far below the prior week, which was the highest non-holiday influenced four-week period since early spring.
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New home sales post biggest July gain since the housing bust

Sales up by double digits in all areas
New home sales kept up the strong pace from June and soared in July, and while the news didn’t come as a surprise, it’s definitely welcome, according to these industry experts. Here’s proof that demand for new homes remains solid in a low interest rate, low unemployment environment.
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No, California's housing market didn’t fall "off a cliff" in July

The silver lining in the state's housing market
At first look, it appears California’s housing market in July significantly struggled, with single-family homes and condominiums falling a whopping 10.4% for the month. But PropertyRadar dug a little deeper into the data, finding that while sales did decline, it wasn’t as bad as first expected.
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Loan officer successfully sued Trump Mortgage, but judgement came too late

Trump admits mortgages "not a business I particularly liked or wanted to be part of”
In the brief 18 months that it existed, Trump Mortgage managed to inspire at least one successful lawsuit against it. A loan officer sued Trump Mortgage in early 2007 after allegedly being stiffed out of a payment of $238,000, but by the time the two sides settled the suit, the company had no assets.
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JPMorgan, FDIC, Deutsche Bank finalize settlement in WaMu mortgage suit

JPM paid $645 million from receivership estate
JPMorgan Chase’s legal battle with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and Deutsche Bank AG over its acquisition of Washington Mutual’s banking operations is finally over. The settlement closes the door on issues that date back to the financial crisis. After nearly a decade of back and forth battles, here's what the parties agreed on.
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