Investments

Ginnie Mae issues new rules for servicers and issuers

New rules designed to provide more security to MBS market
Aiming to provide more stability and integrity to the mortgage-backed securities market, Ginnie Mae on Friday released a number of new rules for mortgage servicers and issues of Ginnie Mae securities. Click through for the full details.
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Quicken Loans parent company Rock Holdings just bought Dictionary.com (really)

Continues acquisition streak for Rock Holdings
Rock Holdings, the parent company of Quicken Loans, is getting into the dictionary and thesaurus business. Literally. Rock Holdings announced this week that it acquired Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com, websites that boast approximately 540 million pageviews per month. But why, one might ask? Read on.
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Top multifamily operators band together, plan massive investment in real estate tech

Launch venture capital fund with $108 million in the bank
Five major multifamily real estate investment trusts, Aimco, Boardwalk, Essex Property Trust, MAA, and UDR, are partnering with private owners Starwood Capital Group, Cortland, and GID to invest more than $100 million in a venture capital fund, which will be used to invest in “disruptive real estate technology companies” in the multifamily industry.
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Hippo raises $70 million in funding with help from Felicis Ventures and Lennar

Digital home insurance company has now raised a total of $109 million in capital
Hippo Insurance recently announced it raised $70 million in growth funding, bringing the company's total amount of capital raised to $109 million. The California-based company has managed to grow sales 30% month over month, grabbing the attention of some serious heavy hitters.
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Amrock levies blockbuster claims against HouseCanary, wants $740 million verdict overturned

Claims HouseCanary engaged in collusion, fraud, and deception
HouseCanary and its top executives engaged in collusion, fraud, and deception as part of an effort to convince a jury to order Amrock to pay out one of the largest judgments in the country this year, Amrock claims in a blockbuster legal filing. And based on these new revelations, Amrock wants a new trial and the $740 million judgment against it tossed out.
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Has inflation reached its peak?

Capital Economics thinks so
A new note from analysts at Capital Economics says that core inflation has already peaked. The analysts posit that because labor costs and dollar appreciation have only grown modestly, core inflation is “unlikely to rise much further.”
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Amazon breathes life into HQ2 housing markets

New headquarter locations see surge of interest from prospective buyers
Amazon has selected Long Island City, New York, and Crystal City, Virginia, as the split locations for its HQ2, and data suggest that even as early as last week, the real estate markets in these areas have boomed.
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Amazon announces HQ2 locations in New York and Virginia

Housing industry reacts to potential impact
Amazon announced Tuesday the locations for its second headquarters, naming Long Island City, New York, and Arlington, Virginia, as the winners of its year-long search. HQ2 is expected to bring 50,000 jobs and more than $5 billion in investments, and while this will be a boost to the local economies, some are critical of the tech giant’s impact on property values and infrastructure.
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