Because it's stressful enough to have a child critically ill in the hospital, radius financial group is supporting the MBA Opens Doors foundation to help parents with mortgage payments while caring for their children.
HSBC will pay a fine of $4 million as part of a settlement with the state of Massachusetts over charges that the bank took commissions and kickbacks for force-placed insurance policies. According to the office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, HSBC received "compensation" in connection to the force-placed insurance premiums charged to HSBC’s borrowers.
Massachusetts-based Sage Bank will pay nearly $1.2 million to settle charges brought against the bank by the Department of Justice, which accused the Sage Bank of "engaging in a pattern or practice of discrimination on the basis of race and national origin in the pricing of its residential mortgage loans."
A Massachusetts real estate attorney pleaded guilty last week to charges stemming from a wide-ranging scheme to defraud banks and mortgage companies as part of a conspiracy involving numerous sham short sales. In some cases, the purported third-party buyers were actually the spouses, parents or children of the purported sellers.
Realtors and real estate agents who choose to affiliate with a real estate brokerage will continue to be allowed to designate their own employment status after the Massachusetts State Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling.
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley stands accused of failing to disclose close ties between her gubernatorial campaign and a nonprofit that’s at the center of the State of Massachusetts’ lawsuit against the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over buyback programs.
Saddled with legacy systems and burdened with changing regulations, the mortgage industry has been slow to adopt digitization compared to many other industries. Now, however, the industry must provide more transparency to regulators and satisfy consumers while managing tighter margins. In this perfect storm, there’s only one lifeboat — a digital process.
Has the Great Recession launched a new era of renting versus buying that will eventually result in a nation where more people rent their homes than purchase them? Or is the increase in renters these days due to an “over-correction” in the market? According to the latest “State of the Nation’s Housing” report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, the U.S., in less than a decade, lost all its homeownership gains of the last 20 years.
Armed with an overall measure of housing market performance relative to long-term trend; an accompanying metric explaining whether that market is overheated or not; and importantly a way to attribute deviations in home prices precisely to selected market variables, market participants would be in a better position to take precautionary actions to limit their exposure in highly volatile markets.