Articles by Jacob Gaffney

Judge hands Zillow latest victory in Move lawsuit

Or did it?
"There was no evidence presented that Zillow was in possession of any of the so-called missing storage devices," the judge overseeing the massive lawsuit between Zillow and Move stated in a new ruling. Move called for court sanctions against Zillow, claiming two former Move executives destroyed intellectual property before taking jobs at Zillow.
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Love working in real estate finance, but hate to network?

3 tips to master small talk
As consummate appraisers, real estate agents, mortgage loan brokers, etc., readers of HousingWire are often called upon to network as part of their jobs, be it happy hour or industry conferences, such as MBA Secondary, which is going on right now. Love it or hate it, but at least learn to master it.
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Home Depot stocking up for remodeling wave?

Dive deeper into the numbers and a strategy emerges
Today's earnings come on the heels of a weak building permits and housing starts report from the department of commerce. A closer look at those numbers, and Home Depot's, reveal a potential, bold strategy for the renovation retailer. Here it is.
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Clear Capital laughs off Money Monster coincidence

George Clooney not the only one taken hostage
The Jodie Foster-directed financial thriller, which sees TV stock tipper Lee Gates (George Clooney) taken hostage by a disgruntled investor, held an unexpected consequence for a company near and dear to the mortgage finance industry. Sadly, it's not the first time something like this happened.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: CFPB targets high-risk home lending groups

Plus the problem with Money Monster
The CFPB is joining with the New York State Department of Financial Services to look into a set of home loans they don't like. Also, REITs continue a bull run. Plus, did anyone go and see 'Money Monster' at the cinema this weekend? Well, the hard-working men and women at the real Clear Capital did and they didn't like it. Here's why.
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Politicos want to refinance HUD, start by looking in the wrong place

U.K. affordable housing as good model? Not even close
It's true that the financing of social housing operates very differently in the two systems. But let’s be 100% clear: that is where the comparison ends. The thought that affordable housing in the U.K. somehow offers a better social alternative is laughable, at the very least. And here's why.
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