In the Money

Senate may vote on tax reform as soon as this week

Will the MID stay or go?
Tax reform is an important, priority issue put forward by the Trump administration. Given that, a vote on a new tax plan could be coming in the Senate soon. Will the mortgage interest deduction stay as is or go down a new road? We may know sooner than later.
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Construction startup Buildup raises $7 million

Service digitizes jobsite management
Buildup, a California-based startup that offers a mobile collaboration and task management platform for construction jobsites, announced recently that it raised $7 million in a Series A funding round. The company said that it plans to use the funding to expand the company's engineering, sales, and marketing teams.
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Radian continues restructuring; sells European mortgage services business

Offloads Clayton EuroRisk to unnamed buyer
Over the last several months, private mortgage insurer Radian Group has undertaken a restructuring effort in its services business, which is conducted through its principal subsidiary Clayton, and Clayton’s subsidiaries: Green River Capital, Red Bell Real Estate and ValuAmerica. On Wednesday, the company announced the latest move in its restructuring efforts.
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Built raises $21 million, aims to revolutionize construction lending

Plans to use money to expand in residential and commercial construction
Built, a provider of construction lending automation software and a 2017 HW Tech100 honoree as one of the top technology companies in the housing industry, announced this week that it raised $21 million that it plans to use to “transform” the construction lending industry.
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Goldman Sachs forgives $71 million in mortgage debt

Part of $1.8 billion consumer relief obligation in $5 billion settlement
Goldman Sachs forgave nearly $71 million in mortgage debt over the last several months, as the company works to meet its $1.8 billion consumer relief obligation that is part of the company’s $5 billion settlement reached in April 2016 over toxic mortgage bonds, the settlement’s monitor said in a new report.
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Trump administration reportedly considering Mohamed El-Erian for Fed Vice Chair

Chief economic advisor for Allianz on White House’s list to replace Stanley Fischer
Last month, Mohamed El-Erian told the crowd at the Mortgage Bankers Association Annual Convention in Denver that it didn’t matter who President Donald Trump chose as the next chair and vice chair of the Federal Reserve, because the path for the central bank’s future was already laid out. As it turns out, it could be El-Erian himself taking over for the departed Stanley Fischer as the next Fed vice chair.
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The Capital Corps, Commerce Home Mortgage partner to lend to “non-traditional prime borrowers”

Newly founded Capital Corps led by former Banc of California execs
The Capital Corps, a newly founded financial institution that focuses on providing access to capital to “diverse homeowners and small businesses,” and Commerce Home Mortgage, a California-based mortgage banking company, announced a partnership that will see the organizations offer mortgages to “non-traditional prime borrowers.”
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Flagstar expanding in California with new acquisitions

Buying 8 Desert Community Bank branches
Earlier this year, the company acquired Stearns Lending’s delegated correspondent lending business and Opes Advisors, a full-service mortgage bank and financial advisory firm. The Opes Advisors acquisition positioned Flagstar to grow its lending business in the Western part of the U.S., and now, the company is making another move to grow its business on the west coast.
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