Ben Lane

Ben Lane

Ben Lane is the Senior Financial Reporter for HousingWire. In this role, he helps set a leading pace for news coverage spanning the issues driving the U.S. housing economy. Previously, he worked for TownSquareBuzz, a hyper-local news service. He is a graduate of University of North Texas.

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Bay Area's high housing costs leave local commuter trains without engineers

New rail line cites housing costs in struggle to find employees
The famously high cost of housing in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area has a new commuter train line in desperate need of new engineers as candidates for the position repeatedly tell the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit agency that it's simply too expensive for them to live where they’d be working.
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Fidelity National Financial acquires Commissions, Inc.

Plans expansion of CRM platform for real estate agents
Fidelity National Financial, the nation's largest title insurance company, announced Tuesday that the company is acquiring Commissions, Inc., a provider of web-based real estate marketing and CRM software for residential real estate agents and agent teams, with an eye towards expansion.
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Republic Bank expands into mortgages with Oak Mortgage acquisition

Growing Philadelphia-based bank will now offer mortgages
Republic First Bancorp, the parent company of Republic Bank, announced Tuesday that the Philadelphia-based bank acquired is planning to expand into mortgage lending with the acquisition of Oak Mortgage Company. Both companies view the deal as an opportunity to expand. Here's why.
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Barclays triumphs in toxic mortgage bond row with U.S. Bank, FHFA

Court rules U.S. Bank, FHFA waited too long to file claims
Barclays Bank and a defunct subprime lending unit of the company are off the hook for allegedly misrepresenting the quality of the mortgages that made up a $619 million mortgage bond after the Supreme Court of the state of New York ruled that U.S. Bank and the Federal Housing Finance Agency waited too long to file a lawsuit against Barclays.
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CoreLogic revenue explodes thanks to growing property valuation business

LandSafe, FNC and RELS acquisitions paying huge dividends
Thanks in large part to its growing property valuation business, CoreLogic saw a huge jump in revenue during the second quarter, the company reported Monday afternoon. And the company plans to grab even more valuation services market share moving forward, thanks to a "highly fragmented and challenged market space."
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Growing pains at Ditech? Company begins layoffs

Company "reevaluating" operating model; "redesigning" some roles
Ditech Financial relaunched in 2014 with big plans and big goals. Earlier this month, the company said that it is planning to launch a wholesale lending channel, calling the expansion a "natural progression." As it turns out, some of Ditech’s employees will no longer be taking part in the company's "natural progression," as sources tell HousingWire that the company is set to lay off a number of employees.
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Obama administration presents a look at life after HAMP

Feds provide a preview of what's next
Time is ticking on the government's Home Affordable Modification Program and Home Affordable Refinance Program, as both will end on Dec. 31, 2016. In a comprehensive report published Monday, the Treasury, HUD, and the FHFA say that while these programs are set to end this year, the government plans to continue working with the mortgage industry on various loss mitigation programs moving forward, but caution that the industry needs to be prepared to do more.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Is housing talk finally coming to the 2016 election?

A full rundown of all things housing in the race for the White House
Well, we're smack dab in the middle of election season now, and housing is thus far, decidedly not on the agenda. But is that all about to change? While Republican nominee Donald Trump didn't touch on housing in his acceptance speech last week, the Republican Party platform does call for significant changes to the country's housing finance system. As for the Democrats, the party made two big moves over the weekend that could bring housing into the conversation.
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New York unveils $13 million program for cities' fight against zombie homes

New grant program uses Morgan Stanley settlement funds
The state of New York takes its next steps in its ongoing battle against neighborhood blight caused by abandoned foreclosures by unveiling a new program designed to help cities throughout the state fight back against the rise of zombie homes. And the state is using money from a massive settlement with Morgan Stanley to do it.
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