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    The Federal Housing Administration released details on the health of its flagship Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund on Thursday, revealing a positive economic net worth of $34.86 billion and an acceptable ratio of capital reserves at 2.76%. The numbers are markedly better than last year, but FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery said that doesn’t mean the agency will be reducing mortgage insurance premiums any time soon. Click the headline to read more.

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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Number of borrowers with refi incentive plummets

Are you prepared for midterm elections
Amid rising interest rates, the latest data from Black Knight shows more than half of homeowners who entered the year with an incentive to refinance their mortgage have since lost it. And do you know what your candidate’s views are on issues surrounding housing, finance and other areas that are important for you? Here’s how to find out.
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Cash-out refis haven’t been this prevalent since the financial crisis

But unconcerned experts say borrowers are extracting less equity than before
The volume of cash-out refinance loans hasn’t been this high since 2008, but experts at the Urban Institute say that when put into context, there’s no cause for alarm. “In an environment of home price appreciation, people commonly tap into their home equity,” the authors wrote, adding that the total amount of equity cashed out is well below pre-crisis totals.
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Zillow is now officially in the mortgage business

Is “Zillow Mortgage” coming soon?
It’s official – one of the biggest names in real estate just joined the mortgage industry. Zillow announced Thursday that it completed its acquisition of Mortgage Lenders of America, marking its official first step into the mortgage industry. Could Zillow Mortgage be coming soon?
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Lennar to sell Rialto investment business to Stone Point Capital for $340 million

Stone Point to purchase Rialto Investment and Asset Management business
Homebuilder Lennar announced it has agreed to sell its Rialto Investment and Asset Management business to Stone Point Capital in a deal worth $340 million. The news of the sale shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. Rumors about Lennar offloading Rialto to Stone Point surfaced in early October.
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Expedia dives headfirst into short-term rentals, acquires Pillow and ApartmentJet

Two tech companies allow for more short-term rentals in multifamily properties
Expedia Group, the online travel giant that includes Hotels.com, trivago, Orbitz, Travelocity, Hotwire, and more, also has two of the biggest names in short-term rentals under its umbrella: HomeAway and VRBO. But those companies trail the short-term rental industry’s biggest player, Airbnb. Now, Expedia wants to do something about that by working with the multifamily industry to make it easier to use units as short-term rentals.
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Worried you can’t get a mortgage in time? Ribbon will buy the home you want for you

Real estate startup raises $225 million to fund national expansion
There’s a new real estate startup that is buying homes directly from homeowners, but unlike direct buyers like Opendoor, Offerpad, and Perch, and real estate giants like Zillow and Redfin, which focus on buying homes from sellers, Ribbon is buying homes for buyers. And now, the company has some serious financial backing to power its planned growth.
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Hundreds of mortgage execs ask CFPB to change LO pay rules

MBA members push for loan officers compensation change
Almost 250 senior executives at some of the nation’s largest mortgage companies want the government to make changes to the rules surrounding how they’re allowed to pay their loan originators. Last week, the group of mortgage execs (organized by the Mortgage Bankers Association) sent a letter to the CFPB, calling on the bureau to change its Loan Originator Compensation rule.
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Vacation rental management company Vacasa raises $64 million

Company manages portfolio of more than 10,600 vacation homes
Vacasa, which bills itself as the “largest vacation rental company” in North America, recently raised $64 million to power its future growth. According to the company, despite its size, the company only represents 2% of the total vacation rental market. And it views that as a big opportunity moving forward.
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Former LandCastle Title CEO Nat Hardwick found guilty of embezzling $26 million

Hardwick accused of taking $26 million from now-bankrupt law firm’s accounts
Nathan (Nat) Hardwick, the former chief executive officer of LandCastle Title and former managing partner of Morris Hardwick Schneider, was found guilty late last week of embezzling more than $25 million from his former companies, bringing an end to a massive scandal that destroyed a prominent real estate firm and left hundreds of people without a job.
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Total Expert raises $20 million to expand business

Marketing and CRM platform already works with 8 of top 15 lenders
Total Expert, a growing fintech company that provides marketing and CRM solutions for lenders and financial services firms, is ready to turbocharge its growth thanks to $20 million in new funding. Total Expert, which was selected as a 2018 HousingWire Tech100 winner as one of the housing industry’s top technology companies, already has eight of the top 15 lenders, including U.S. Bank, loanDepot, Guaranteed Rate, and Movement Mortgage, using its platform.
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