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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Homebuyers need to be prepared to act and act fast, as homes are "flying off the market" at speeds not seen in six years, a new report from Zillow shows. Here's the full scoop on why now, like right now, is the time to buy.
“The industry is satisfied with the status quo but it isn’t working and we desperately need to find ways to enable Americans to become homeowners," Pam Patenaude said. "We are the only group that can bring bipartisan efforts together that represent every segment of the housing industry.”
Nontraditional income earners are becoming increasingly mainstream, particularly among Millennials, who, compared to their parents and grandparents, move from job to job a lot more, are more likely to be independent contractors and may lack a solid credit profile.
Managing internal communications and preventing employees from destroying privilege, which can happen simply by including individuals outside the company on communications that are privileged, is one of the most critical aspects of litigation management.