Move lawsuit against Zillow clears contempt hurdle with settlement

Move lawsuit against Zillow clears contempt hurdle with settlement

Move declares "full steam ahead" in prosecution

Twitter roundup of this week's top housing articles

CFPB heads up the list

Shaky housing market about to get even shakier

When will we all stop kidding ourselves?
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Twitter roundup of this week's top housing articles

CFPB heads up the list
Brena Swanson
The list of the most-read HousingWire stories for this week is filled with some of the normal names in the mix, like the CFPB. However, another big name joined the list this week — Yahoo. This time we deliver the top-five list via Twitter. Happy Friday, everyone!
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The latest Federal Reserve data proves it’s still too hard to get a mortgage

So much for easier credit
Jacob Gaffney
According to the Federal Reserve, the recent news that mortgage credit availability increased slightly in February is counter balanced by the fact potential borrowers are still being rejected at a historically high rate. So, just how many are being rejected?
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Shaky housing market about to get even shakier

When will we all stop kidding ourselves?
Lynn Effinger
Over the past several years, despite Wall Street and the current administration’s efforts to artificially prop up the housing market with historically low interest rates and foreclosure-alternative programs such as moratoria, HAMP, HAFA and others, we discovered that the so-called housing recovery was simply rhetoric.
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Piketty’s Folly: Wrong on inequality, wronger on homeownership

Turns out housing the best way to build wealth
Trey Garrison
Homeownership, as it turns out, is doing a better job at building generational wealth than most anything else. It's almost as if there’s a flaw in popular socialist economic theory.
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Mortgage lenders need to use TILA/RESPA to their advantage

The key to capturing the millennial market share
Kristin Messerli
The upcoming TILA/RESPA disclosure integrations and the growing mound of regulatory requirements are causing a lot of concern in the industry, but rather than being focused on staying afloat with compliance, lenders need to change their perspective. The key to capturing new market share might be just around the corner.
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How to capitalize on 2015’s housing market opportunities

Cohesive, comprehensive data access is key
Dori Daganhardt
Both the U.S. economy and the housing market are poised for a robust start to 2015, making it critically important to be properly positioned for the potential growth. Are you applying these tips?
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Don’t fight Mother Nature or the Fed

The markets react to Federal Reserve, plus home sales, prices and more
Trey Garrison
Whether you’re talking the mortgage investment side with agency and non-agency mortgage bonds, or the housing side with mortgage lending and home sales – it’s like everything is frozen and you want to hold, rather than let it go.
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4 technology drivers for game-changing customer service in mortgage lending

Ending the "cumbersome" mortgage
Thomas Knapp
Let’s admit it, the mortgage lending process can be cumbersome. As a technology executive at a major mortgage lender, I know this. But I believed the process was only flawed at other lenders, that is until this happened.
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Question to Realtors: Do you have what it takes to pull the trigger?

That's meant both figuratively and literally
Trey Garrison
Dear real estate agents: You can't delegate one of the most basic functions of your life, and you really shouldn't halfway it either. Self-defense isn't something to just dabble in.
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Risky housing policies and the slowly inflating bubble

Under-employed and shrinking work force big factors
Lynn Effinger
One media report quoted DeMarco as saying that in the past year we have seen a renewed policy focus on questions regarding access to credit, which, in his view can risk repeating the approach that contributed to the financial crisis. There are many other warning signs, as well.
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