Freddie Mac: Here are the top 5 improving metro housing markets

It’s official: Steve Horne out as Wingspan CEO

Jason Spooner takes over; Horne becomes senior advisor

This is why Fannie and Freddie mortgage initiatives won't work

MBA declarations are feel-good, but temporary
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Articles by Ben Lane

It’s official: Steve Horne out as Wingspan CEO

Jason Spooner takes over; Horne becomes senior advisor
Ben Lane
Despite repeated denials to HousingWire, Wingspan has made the news of Steve Horne's exit as president and CEO official, and named Jason Spooner, Wingspan’s executive vice president of national operations, as the company’s new president. According to Wingspan, Horne has been moved to a senior advisor position.
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HUD fines Cincinnati landlord for failure to disclose lead paint

Meyer Management fined, ordered to conduct lead abatement
Ben Lane
According to the federal government, Meyer Management violated the Federal Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act by failing to inform tenants that their homes may contain “potentially dangerous” levels of lead.
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Meet the new guidelines for single-family rentals

National Rental Home Council releases operating guidelines
Ben Lane
The National Rental Home Council, the trade group for single-family rental homes created by the largest owner-operators in the space, has released operational guidelines for the entire single-family rental industry.
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Dimont & Associates terminates Wingspan relationship

Returns to independent operations
Ben Lane
Dimont & Associates, which was acquired by Wingspan Portfolio Advisors in May 2013, announced Thursday that it terminated its relationship with Wingspan, as a result of "recapitalization by existing institutional investors including THL Credit."
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Barclays joins chorus with Ocwen warning

“Investors should be wary of a worst-case scenario”
Ben Lane
Barclays tells clients that while it may take time to determine the true extent of the practices Lawsky alleges Ocwen took part in, investors in non-agency residential mortgage-backed securitizations “should be more wary of a worst-case scenario,” when it comes to Ocwen.
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CoreLogic revenue rises $18.1 million in 3rd quarter

Marks second quarter of increasing revenue
Ben Lane
Citing growth in its data and analytics division and a shifting business plan, CoreLogic reported an increase in revenue from $349.4 million in the second quarter to $367.5 million in the third quarter.
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$1 billion in MSRs just became available

Loans backed by Fannie Mae and Ginnie Mae
Ben Lane
The portfolio features 97% fixed-rate and 100% first-lien product, a weighted average original FICO score of 716, a weighted average original loan-to-value ratio of 86%, and a weighted average interest rate of 4.53%, MountainView said.
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Fannie Mae names Brian Brooks EVP, general counsel and corporate secretary

Joins from OneWest Bank
Ben Lane
“Brian has an impressive background in business and law, and is deeply credentialed in financial services and housing finance,” said Timothy Mayopoulos, president and chief executive officer at Fannie Mae. “Brian is an outstanding complement to our leadership team as we focus on supporting the economic recovery, improving our company, and building a sustainable housing finance system.”
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Warren calls for GAO investigation of nonbank servicers

Asks GAO to review “unprecedented” growth of nonbank servicers
Ben Lane
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with Congressman Elijah Cummings, sent a letter this week to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, requesting an investigation into the risks posed to consumers by the “unprecedented” growth in nonbank mortgage servicing.
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Mortgage TrueView launches new HMDA scoring tool

Offers lenders insight into lending practices
Ben Lane
“For the first time, lenders have the ability to understand their own HMDA data in order to both stay compliant and increase loan volume for unintentionally underserved market segments,” the company said in a statement.
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