HousingWire reveals the 50 fastest-growing companies in housing economy

HousingWire reveals the 50 fastest-growing companies in housing economy

Inaugural 2014 HW Fast50 ranks public, private companies on revenue growth

Chinese investors remain an X Factor for the US housing market

So what does this mean for homeowners and buyers?

Judge throws out Fannie and Freddie investors’ lawsuit

Decision favors Federal government
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HousingWire reveals the 50 fastest-growing companies in housing economy

Inaugural 2014 HW Fast50 ranks public, private companies on revenue growth
Sarah Wheeler

Topping this year's list is a publicly traded single-family rental specialist that saw revenue grow nearly 3,000% during 2013. But that's not the only surprise.


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Chinese investors remain an X Factor for the US housing market

So what does this mean for homeowners and buyers?
Richard Green

A wealthy buyer from China can look at even the most expensive California markets like San Marino and think, “I can get a lot of house there without spending a lot of money.”


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More signs of a sliding housing market

Affordability has issues, too
Lynn Effinger
Affordability issues; looming interest rate hikes as have been predicted by Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen; too many FHA loans being made (this is the “new” sub-prime market); federal emphasis being placed on low-income borrowers, and other factors are causing house prices to decline once again in many markets.
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Can Quicken Loans save Detroit?

Forbes: “Dan Gilbert is saving Detroit to help his business”
Ben Lane
Dan Gilbert, the founder and chairman of Quicken Loans, is still pushing to save the city of Detroit. He's invested millions in the revitalization of Detroit's downtown area and the results of his efforts are having a real impact on the recovery of the city and on Quickens Loans' business too.
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5 questions to ask yourself before buying in an up-and-coming market

How can you be sure the value will hold up?
Deirdre Bolton
For example, even if you don’t have school-aged children, find out how long the principal of the local school has been there and how much turnover there is with school’s administrative team.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Love or loathe – Reverse mortgages, Holder’s legacy

Plus, a week of critical housing and mortgage finance metrics ahoy
Trey Garrison
Two things that don't engender a lot of middle ground — reverse mortgages and Attorney General Eric Holder. Plus, the top 10 homebuilders and housing/mortgage finance metrics galore — it's all in here.
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Mortgage servicers trend toward multiple field-service providers

Is it time to spread out the grunt work?
Lynn Effinger
With so many changes taking place in the default servicing arena, with heightened focus on regulations and compliance issues, one solution being chosen by some lenders, servicers and investors is to contract with multiple field service providers, rather than a single “national” provider.
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Can you LoJack a house with a delinquent subprime mortgage?

Sounds crazy but hijacking is a thing in subprime auto lending
Trey Garrison
So miss your subprime mortgage payment, perhaps the lender should remotely lock you out? Turn off your DirecTV? Cut off your Verizon WiFi? Set your thermostat for 95 degrees?
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Here’s proof Raphael Bostic is 100% correct on housing

Well, at least in one key area
Jacob Gaffney
Bostic is an economist who believes the slow housing market is a psychological phenomenon — that there is a mental aspect as well as economic reason for the housing economy to be stuck on “slow.” Let's hope he's right about everything.
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Getting ready for multi-borrower, single-family rental securities

This is the next step in an expanding market
Brent Taggart
The real excitement at ABS East wasn’t about single-investor deals, like the ones we’ve seen, but about the potential for multi-borrower deals. Here's why it's so exciting for the market.
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