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.
William Lacy, who served as chief executive officer of Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation for 12 years, passed away Sunday at the age of 71, the company announced Monday. According to MGIC, Lacy, who retired as chairman and CEO in 1999 after spending 28 years with the company, died of respiratory failure.
One of the largest owners of single-family rental homes is getting out of the non-performing loan business, as Colony Starwood Homes announced Monday that it is selling off a massive portfolio of non-performing loans, basically closing the book on its NPL business.
In a move that should help municipalities within the state of Florida fight against the state’s glut of zombie foreclosures, a state appeals court ruled recently that liens placed on foreclosed homes by the city are not discharged when the home goes through a judicial sale. Here's a closer look at the decision.
It’d be pretty safe to say that Ocwen Financial struggled the past few years. But, the company got a little bit of good news last week, when a judge dismissed a lawsuit accusing Ocwen and Altisource Portfolio Solutions of overcharging homeowners for service. The question now becomes are the company’s next steps forward? Backward? Or right into the eye of another storm? All that and more in your Monday Morning Cup of Coffee.
The ghost of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker struck again Friday, as PricewaterhouseCoopers agreed to settle a $5.5 billion lawsuit that accused the company of failing in its audits duties by not discovering the accounting malfeasance that led to one of the most spectacular crashes to come out of the housing crisis.
Houston-area Realtors and real estate agents, especially female ones, need to be on the lookout for a “foot fetish creep” who is targeting local agents, the Houston Association of Realtors warned its members. While the man is on the phone with a female agent, he asks the agent to describe her footwear and will usually request that she take off her shoes for “improved cell phone reception.”
Borrowers who use the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service to get a mortgage could soon pay significantly less for their loan, as the USDA announced that it is about to cut its loan fees for lenders who use the Single Family Housing Loan Guarantee Program. Here are all the details.
As it turns out, the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union is quite the boon for U.S. mortgage originators, with a new report from the Urban Institute showing that mortgage originator profits rose sharply post-Brexit.
It appears that PHH Corp. is dealing with a subservicing problem on its hands. For the second time in four months, the company is about to lose a large portion of its mortgage portfolio. The details this time around seem all too familiar.
Ocwen Financial will pay $900,000 to the state of Washington after an investigation conducted by the state found that Ocwen used unlicensed companies in India and the Philippines to service mortgages, the state’s financial regulator announced Thursday. Here are the details.
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According to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, the supply gap in 2015 was 400,000 units. Of course, that leads to price inflation on rental rates for existing units as well as driving developers to build. But today’s construction isn’t necessarily providing for all of tomorrow’s renters.
The solutions that offer so much promise also open up the possibility of 24/7 availability. The mission of many in our industry is satisfying consumer demand, and understandably so. But we should be careful. Sometimes consumers are ridiculous and unreasonable. Sometimes meeting their demands comes at too high a price.