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Articles by Ben Lane

Goldman Sachs launches first jumbo mortgage bond since crisis

Bringing RMBS back
Ben Lane
One of the most notorious names from the mortgage crisis is back. Goldman Sachs, which was at the forefront of the toxic mortgage crisis that nearly crippled the U.S. economy, is preparing to launch its first post-crisis prime jumbo residential mortgage-backed securitization.
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BofA’s $16.65 billion toxic mortgage settlement gets green light

All legal and regulatory hurdles now clear
Ben Lane
With all of the regulatory and legal complications now ironed out, the massive $16.65 billion settlement between Bank of America, the U.S. Department of Justice, certain federal agencies and six states to resolve claims over toxic residential mortgage-backed securities is now finalized.
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John Levonick named chief compliance counsel for Opus CMC

Tasked with navigating regulatory environment
Ben Lane
Opus Capital Market Consultants, a provider of mortgage due diligence, announced that is has named John Levonick as the company’s new chief compliance counsel. Levonick will lead the company's regulatory and compliance efforts.
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Former Dallas Cowboys QB Troy Aikman lists Dallas home

Paid $4.6 million last year; wants $5.3 million now
Ben Lane
After selling his long-time home in the chic Dallas enclave of Highland Park, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman purchased two homes last year, one for $4.6 million and another for $4.3 million. Now, Aikman is looking to sell the more expensive of the two homes and he’s looking to make a profit as well.
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Chad Neel joins Solutionstar as executive vice president

Will oversee servicing solutions
Ben Lane
Solutionstar has hired Chad Neel as the company’s new executive vice president of servicing solutions. In this role, Neel will focus on launching new product, technology and service offerings for existing and new customers.
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FirstKey announces expanded single-family rental loan program

Targeting investors seeking loans of up to $5 million
Ben Lane
FirstKey is courting single-family rental investors by offering an expanded financing program. The company expects the program to reach both institutional and entrepreneurial investors seeking loans up to $5 million.
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NYC broker jailed for burglarizing $7.6 million home he sold

Former Corcoran Group broker sentenced to up to nine years in jail
Ben Lane
A Manhattan real estate broker will spend the next three to nine years of his life in jail after he was found guilty of burglarizing a $7.6 million townhouse on the Upper West Side. So how did he choose his target? He was the broker who handled the sale of the house.
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Collateral Analytics adds John Duchouquette as SVP

Will oversee executive account management
Ben Lane
Collateral Analytics, which develops analytic products and tools to support financial institutions, investment banks, appraisers, real estate brokers, and real property capital market activities, added John Duchouquette as senior vice president focusing on executive account management and developing new markets.
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Mortgage lending reverses yearlong trend

NY Fed: Mortgage debt increases $35 billion in third quarter
Ben Lane
The NY Fed report also shows that the amount of mortgage debt held by households increased by $35 billion from the second quarter to the third quarter, rising to a total of $8.13 trillion. But how did the rest of the mortgage market fare?
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FHFA announces conforming loan limits for 2015

Only 46 counties increase; remainder of U.S. is unchanged
Ben Lane
According to the FHFA, the areas that will see conforming loan limit increases include the Denver, Colorado metro area; the Boston, Massachusetts metro area; the Baltimore, Maryland metro area; the Nashville, Tennessee metro area and the Seattle, Washington area.
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