The Manhattan District Attorney’s office indicted 13 people and a mortgage origination company for allegedly perpetrating a mortgage fraud scam that ran for four years and cost lenders more than $100m.
The indictments and convictions come after a 10-month investigation of the Garden City, Long Island-based AFG Financial Group and 19 of its mortgage transactions. In the indictment, District Attorney Robert Morgenthau alleges the defendants targeted distressed residential properties in New York City and surrounding counties.
Long Island-based Lend America announced Tuesday it had not only successfully saved a borrower's home from foreclosure as the California-area authority stood at the door ready to evict the residents, but the mortgage bank had made a hefty new year's resolution for 2009 -- saving 10,000 U.S. homes from foreclosure.
After surging in August, pending home sales swung into a decline based on contracts signed during September, according to a report released Friday by the National Association of Realtors. The pending home sale index - which measures sales based on offers accepted by sellers although no deal has yet closed - declined 4.6 percent to 89.2 from the upwardly revised reading of 93.5 taken in August.
Melvin Luther Watt quietly slid into his office as the first appointed director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. It was the end of last year, in mid-December. Christmas was coming and the markets were in the middle of the harshest winter in years. As he took over the office of Acting Director Ed DeMarco — himself the unassuming lightning rod for the nation’s housing policy — Watt gave no indication of what he intended to do with his new position; arguably the most powerful job in mortgage finance..
Crowdfunding has swept through large verticals of consumer finance, including student loans and credit card debt. And so, naturally, in a market of rising property values, the real estate market is the latest frontier for crowd-based financing. Read More
Like oxygen, warehouse lending is one of the mortgage industry’s essential life-supporting elements. And fortunately, the warehouse segment is in much better health today than it was six years ago, as we are back up to around 70 warehouse lenders at my last count. Read More