Detroit continues to stand out as a blip on the radar when it comes to America’s housing recovery, which should come as no surprise. And while the city does display some improvement, according to experts at Zillow, Detroit’s housing situation is not only stuck, it is deeply troubling.
The fight against residential blight isn't over in Michigan. The state is about to get an injection of federal funding to continue its efforts to clean up the neighborhoods that were the hardest hit by the economic downturn.
Detroit’s housing market was one of the most severely attacked during the financial crisis, leaving a wasteland of foreclosed and abandoned homes. But a new ruling might help give the city the extra boost it needs.
“Today’s action sends a clear and simple message, that quid pro quo agreements for real estate referrals are illegal,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “The Consumer Bureau will continue to take action to ensure that the mortgage market is a level playing field where everyone plays by the rules.”
Dan Gilbert, the founder and chairman of Quicken Loans, is still pushing to save the city of Detroit. He's invested millions in the revitalization of Detroit's downtown area and the results of his efforts are having a real impact on the recovery of the city and on Quickens Loans' business too.
The CFPB left the grace period open-ended and most in the industry interpreted that to mean that it will last throughout the rest of 2015, at least. Unfortunately, as welcome as that grace period is, TRID remains a costly and complicated fix that has enormous implications for the whole industry..
“Bad letters damage the brand,” Katherine Porter says. “There’s a contagion effect of this. I think bad letters are unjust. They disproportionately harm the borrowers we need to help the most.” Read More
The answer may be found somewhere between commandeering the entire process and “throwing it over the fence.” For lenders, paying more attention to the source of the data and information used in finalizing settlement (title searching, valuation and the like) could hold the key. This means data reporting collected in a more robust, accurate and verifiable fashion. Read More