Articles by Ben Lane

CFPB corrects error in TRID rule

Falls victim to the dreaded 'typographical' error
It’s been four months since the implementation of the CFPB’s TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures rule in October shook up the housing industry, and many in the industry are still getting used to the new normal. But, starting Wednesday, there’s a small portion of the TRID rule that will be changing, thanks to a “typographical error” in the supplementary information provided by the CFPB.
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Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke purchases massive Texas ranch listed for $725M

It’s larger than New York City and Los Angeles combined
Stan Kroenke, the owner of the Los Angeles Rams, made headlines recently when the NFL agreed to allow Kroenke to move the team from St. Louis to Los Angeles. But the 60 acres that Kroenke owns in Inglewood, California where the team's new stadium will be built pales in comparison to his latest purchase.
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Freddie Mac to consumers: Here's how to avoid mortgage fraud

Video shows 'red flags' to look out for
As part of a continuing series that aims to educate consumers on all aspects of the homebuying process, Freddie Mac released a video that tells consumers how to avoid mortgage fraud when applying for a loan. In the video, Freddie Mac identifies several "red flags" that consumer should watch out for.
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OCC lifts mortgage servicing restrictions on U.S. Bank, Santander

Banks fined $13.4 million total for violations of Independent Foreclosure Review
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced Tuesday that it is terminating mortgage servicing-related consent orders against U.S. Bank National Association and Santander Bank, lifting the mortgage servicing restrictions placed on both banks last year due to failure to comply with requirements of the Independent Foreclosure Review.
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CoreLogic: Foreclosures fall to lowest level since 2006

Recovery from housing crisis continues
In another sign that the recovery from the housing crisis is ongoing rather than stalled out, the total number of completed foreclosures in 2015 was the lowest number of completed foreclosures in any year since 2006, a new report from CoreLogic shows.
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1st Portfolio Lending changes name to WashingtonFirst Mortgage

Completes integration into WashingtonFirst Bank after acquisition finalized
WashingtonFirst Bankshares, the parent company of WashingtonFirst Bank, announced Monday that it is rebranding its wholly-owned residential mortgage lending subsidiary, 1st Portfolio Lending, as WashingtonFirst Mortgage.
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Ditech shakes up management, combines leadership of originations and servicing

David Schneider will oversee both; Patricia Cook departs
When Walter Investment Management Corp. merged two of its well-known subsidiaries last year, Green Tree Servicing and Ditech Mortgage Corp, the company said that the mortgage servicing and originations businesses would be lead by David Schneider and Patricia Cook, respectively. But Monday, Walter Investment announced that Cook is leaving the company, effective immediately, and said that Schneider will be taking over both the servicing and originations operations.
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Is San Francisco in a housing bubble?

Fitch Ratings suggests Bay Area home prices are at 'unsupportable' level
San Francisco often ranks among the "hottest" housing markets due to its rapidly rising housing prices. But how hot is too hot? A new report from Fitch Ratings suggests that San Francisco is reaching that point, with the dreaded "b" word being thrown around now.
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