In the Money

Feds significantly expand investigation into all-cash real estate deals

Title insurance companies’ reporting threshold lowered to $300,000
Title insurance companies in 12 of the nation’s largest markets will now have to provide federal authorities with substantial details on all real estate deals of $300,000 or more if the buyer is paying all cash. The requirement comes at the hands of the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, which is significantly expanding its investigation into whether foreign buyers are using shell companies to buy U.S. real estate in order to launder money.
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Black Knight paying $375 million to help buy Dun & Bradstreet

Joins CC Capital, Cannae Holdings, Thomas H. Lee Partners in buying D&B
Black Knight CEO Anthony Jabbour is about to have a new job, but he’s not leaving the growing financial technology giant. Rather, he’s tacking a new job title onto his existing responsibilities – running Dun & Bradstreet. The move is part of recently announced buyout of Dun & Bradstreet, which will see the company purchased for $5.38 billion in cash and taken private by a group of investors, including CC Capital, Cannae Holdings, and Thomas H. Lee Partners.
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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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Fannie Mae plans $145 million investment in LIHTC funds

GSE continues to focus on affordable housing
After re-entering the Low Income Housing Tax Credit market just over a year ago, Fannie Mae is continuing its focus on affordable rental housing in underserved markets by committing $145 million in new investments in LIHTC funds. Here's a breakdown on where the money is going.
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New York developer admits to bilking investors in long-running luxury real estate Ponzi scheme

Pleads guilty to defrauding investors out of $58 million
A New York real estate developer admitted in court last week that he ran a luxury real estate Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors out of $58 million over several years. According to court documents, Michael D’Alessio took much of the money for his own benefit, using it to pay off debts and prior investors, and to fund significant gambling and other personal expenses.
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CoStar buying Cozy to turbocharge Apartments.com

Integration will allow rental payments through Apartments.com site
Apartments.com is already one of the top consumer websites for multifamily real estate, but the website’s parent company is not comfortable resting on its laurels. CoStar Group, which owns Apartments.com along with several other prominent online rental platforms, announced recently that it is buying Cozy Services for $68 million and plans to integrate the company’s online rental solutions into its websites.
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Real estate crowdfunding startup RealtyShares hits hard times, halts new investments

Company unable to secure new operating capital to continue growth
Everything was going swimmingly for RealtyShares just over a year ago. The real estate crowdfunding startup had just purchased one of its biggest rivals, Acquire Real Estate, and had plans to grow its investment in commercial and multifamily real estate. But now, RealtyShares has fallen on hard times and will be laying off much of its staff and stop accepting new investments on its platform.
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It’s official: Mr. Cooper to acquire Pacific Union Financial

Plans expansion into wholesale, correspondent lending
In conjunction with its earnings release on Thursday morning, Mr. Cooper Group announced it would acquire mortgage company Pacific Union Financial. The company announced the acquisition will increase its servicing holdings by about $25 billion, and its originations by $10 billion annually.
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Sources: Mr. Cooper to buy Pacific Union Financial

Company could soon announce plans for move
Multiple sources confirmed to HousingWire that Nationstar, also known as Mr. Cooper, is buying Pacific Union Financial. Back in July, Pacific Union showed signs of struggling as it unexpectedly closed the doors to its mortgage fulfillment call center, leaving El Paso, Texas, short 699 promised jobs.
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