Trending Thursday: More McMansions, Ferguson home values and more

Trending Thursday: More McMansions, Ferguson home values and more

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JPMorgan Chase reportedly laying off 5,000 employees

Cuts would represent at least 2% of bank’s staff
Ben Lane
JPMorgan Chase is set to lay off approximately 5,000 of its employees as part of cost-cutting measures. The job cuts reportedly already began earlier this year and would represent at least 2% of the bank’s staff.
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CoreLogic expands building permit database

Now features 35 different permit types
Ben Lane
CoreLogic, a property information, analytics and data-enabled services provider, announced Thursday that its building permit database now features 35 different permit types, covering 65% of the U.S. residential and commercial market.
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Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch hits the market for $100 million

Sadly, the amusement park rides are gone
Ben Lane
The California manse that was once the home of the late, great Michael Jackson is now available for sale. The price tag for the property once known as “Neverland Ranch”? $100 million.
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Simplifile adds two new settlement agent services

Connects settlement agents and lenders
Brena Swanson
Simplifile added two new services, Collaboration and Post Closing, to its online platform to ease the communication process between lenders and settlement agents.
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Ottawa real estate agent guilty of attempted murder

Lured wife into garage and then tried to brain her with bat
Trey Garrison
A real estate agent in Ottawa, who lured his wife into his garage promising a present and hit her twice in the head with a baseball bat, was found guilty of attempted murder this week.
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Elizabeth Warren flipped houses while denouncing speculators

Made plenty of profits at what she called a myth
Trey Garrison
The National Review is looking into leading progressive Democrat Elizabeth Warren’s background, and what they found is surprising – the leading progressive voice on industry regulation made a killing doing what she condemns – flipping houses.
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RBS mortgage settlement with FHFA could reach $4.5B

First of 18 lawsuits from FHFA
Brena Swanson
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group could pay as much as $4.5 billion to resolve claims of misconduct in its handling of U.S. mortgage securities, marking the first out of 18 lawsuits from the Federal Housing Finance Agency to reach trial.
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Carrington Loan now available through wholesale lending division

Widens door for underserved borrowers
Brena Swanson
Carrington Mortgage Services is once again widening the door for underserved borrowers. This time the lender is making its Carrington Loan available through its national wholesale lending division.
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Los Angeles spec home to list for record $500 million

Is spec home demand growing?
Brena Swanson
The $500 million price tag of this new home in Los Angeles makes it one of the most outrageous speculative homes built to date, featuring 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, Beverly Hills, downtown Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. Are spec homes the next big thing?
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ditech expands its consumer direct channel in Florida

Plans to hire more loan specialists
Brena Swanson
Since Ditech Mortgage Corp launched back into the industry in March 2014, it has made several key changes to once again be a major player in the mortgage space. This time around the lender announced it is expanding its consumer direct channel into the Jacksonville, Florida, area.
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