Articles by Ben Lane

Ex-NFL star Irving Fryar serves only 8 months of 5-year prison term for mortgage fraud

Convicted of conspiring with 74-year-old mother to steal $1.2 million
Irving Fryar, who spent 16 years in the National Football League, starring for the New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles during his career, is now a free man, after he recently walked out of New Jersey state prison after serving only eight months of a five-year sentence for mortgage fraud.
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Florida pastor found guilty of mortgage fraud

Facing maximum sentence of 90 years in jail
A Florida pastor is facing as much as 90 years in prison after being convicted of defrauding multiple mortgage lenders, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida announced Monday. Here are the details of the case of Nelson Cristiano Machado, Jr.
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New York adopts "sweeping" new laws to tackle foreclosure problems

Will fight rise of zombie homes; new rules imposed on lenders, servicers
While the U.S. Senate could soon consider new rules governing the maintenance of foreclosed homes and the glut of "zombie homes" that blight many communities throughout the country, the state of New York is taking the matter into its own hands. Late last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed "sweeping" legislation to reform the state’s foreclosure process and address the state’s issues with zombie homes.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: #Brexit fallout; what’s happening and what’s next?

More on the impact U.K. vote to leave European Union; other news of note
Well, it was all #Brexit all the time, all weekend long. Here, in your Monday Morning Cup of Coffee, are more views of the impact of the United Kingdom's shocking decision to leave the European Union behind, both in the long-term and the short-term. Plus, what some U.S. lenders are doing right now to take advantage of the post-Brexit world. For all that and more, click the headline.
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Quicken Loans now offering 1% down mortgages

Here are the details on the program that no one is talking about
While megabanks like Bank of America, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase grabbed the headlines earlier this year by separately announcing plans to offer mortgage loans that only require a 3% down payment from the borrower, there is another major lender that is quietly requiring even less from borrowers. Unbeknownst to many in the market, Quicken Loans began offering an even better deal for borrowers late last year – a 1% down mortgage.
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FSOC: Congress must take on housing finance reform

Time is running out
The Financial Stability Oversight Council, which includes the leaders of the government's top financial regulatory agencies, believes that it is time for Congress to take on housing finance reform, stating that regulators are "approaching the limits" of their ability to enact housing reforms.
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NHL makes it official: Las Vegas "Black Knights" coming in 2017

Expansion effort led by Fidelity National, Black Knight Chairman Bill Foley approved
Well, now it's official. The National Hockey League announced Wednesday that it will expand in 2017, becoming the first major professional sports league to bring a team to Las Vegas. The league's announcement brings a nearly two-year journey one step closer to reality for William Foley, the chairman of Fidelity National Financial and Black Knight Financial Services, who will lead the Las Vegas team as its owner.
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