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.
People are listening to real estate economists today in a way that anyone who covered the industry a decade or more ago would not recognize. Smoke is one of the members of this new wave of real estate economists. In fact, Smoke is actually the newest one on the block. The upstart economists at places like Trulia and Zillow are still new, Smoke is just the latest player to join the game..
Typically, for a process and a product that depends largely on human effort, if you want a higher quality product, you have to pay more. The best doctors, chefs, mechanics and attorneys all make more than the market average. Nevertheless, lenders, AMCs and Fannie Mae all expect appraisal quality to increase even as appraiser fees decrease. Read More