It's the mantra among regulators and echoed by Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke on Friday: The recession -- pushed along by rising unemployment levels, plunging home values and growing delinquencies -- would be much worse had governmental bodies not stepped up to intervene.
The Treasury Department on Tuesday released details surrounding the injection of $365.4 million in capital into another 23 financial institutions across the nation, bringing the total investments made through the Capital Purchase Program to $196.36 billion. All but three of the institutions that participated Friday were privately-held firms; 55.2 percent of the funds distributed that day were given to private firms. One Arkansas-based firm participated, as did a bank based in Alabama, four based in California and one out of Florida.
While it's likely no longer surprising for many market participants, a report by consumer credit bureau TransUnion released Monday found that mortgage delinquencies had increased for the fifth straight quarter during Q1, while consumers managed to add to their overall mortgage debt load during the quarter as well.
Bank of the West announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, BW Insurance Agency, Inc., (BWIA) has acquired Contractor's Insurance Services, Inc., a full service insurance agency offering a variety of commercial and personal insurance lines.
CIS specializes in providing insurance, risk management and asset protection services for the burgeoning building industry throughout the Pacific Northwest.
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