Sources: Morris Schneider Wittstadt declaring bankruptcy, closing immediately

Sources: Morris Schneider Wittstadt declaring bankruptcy, closing immediately

LandCastle Title’s operations will not be affected

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Sources: Morris Schneider Wittstadt declaring bankruptcy, closing immediately

LandCastle Title’s operations will not be affected
Ben Lane
One source told HousingWire that MSW — a Georgia-based law firm that made national headlines last year when the firm sued its former managing partner for allegedly embezzling $30 million from the firm’s accounts and the accounts of the firm’s subsidiary, LandCastle Title — has not yet filed bankruptcy, perhaps due to the looming July 4th holiday, but the source expects the firm to file as early as Monday.
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SEC fines hedge fund advisor for inflating mortgage bond prices

AlphaBridge Capital Management clients charged higher fees
Ben Lane
The Securities and Exchange Commission fined a Connecticut-based hedge fund advisory firm for fraudulently inflating the prices of residential mortgage-backed securities in hedge fund portfolios it managed.
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Steven Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management discloses passive stake in Nationstar

Now owns more than 5% of nonbank
Ben Lane
A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission revealed that Point72 Asset Management and its founder, billionaire Steven Cohen, own more than 5% of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings.
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Manhattan real estate has never been more expensive

Average sales price for an apartment hits all-time high in 2nd quarter
Ben Lane
No one has ever argued that living in New York isn’t an expensive proposition, but a new report shows just how expensive it is to live in New York’s priciest borough. According to data from Douglas Elliman, it’s never been more expensive to live in Manhattan than it is right now.
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Family flees dream home because it used to be a meth house

Sells home at “significant” loss
Ben Lane
An Indiana family was driven from its “dream home” after discovering the home's history made the property a health hazard. Shortly after moving in, children started getting sick and it got worse from there.
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Stonegate Mortgage expanding direct-to-consumer lending operation

Looking to attract Millennial buyers
Ben Lane
Citing a goal of attracting more Millennial buyers, Stonegate Mortgage Corporation is growing its direct-to-consumer lending operation to meet the changing market.
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How servicers can change the conversation with consumers

Scratching the bad letter
Ben Lane
“Bad letters damage the brand,” Katherine Porter says. “There’s a contagion effect of this. I think bad letters are unjust. They disproportionately harm the borrowers we need to help the most.”
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Ellie Mae adds Peter Hirsch as executive vice president

Will oversee technology and operations
Ben Lane
Ellie Mae, a provider of on-demand software solutions and services for the residential mortgage industry, named Peter Hirsch the company’s executive vice president of technology and operations.
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DocMagic names Edward Komski national sales manager

Owner-operator of ELK Group to lead sales efforts
Ben Lane
In this role, Komski will be responsible for introducing DocMagic’s entire suite of software solutions to large, enterprise-level lending organizations.
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Seattle’s ‘Up’ house now facing demolition

Buyer backs out of deal for ultimate spite house
Ben Lane
A truly unique Seattle-area home that boasts neighbors like L.A. Fitness and Trader Joe’s is on the verge of being torn down, a sad end to a tale that many likened to a real-life ‘Up.’
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