Articles by Brena Swanson

Blighted Michigan homes expose residents to hazardous materials if demolished

Includes risk of asbestos exposure, illegal dumping, and contaminated soil
House demolitions through the Hardest Hit Fund’s Blight Elimination Program in Michigan could expose residents to hazardous materials and other risks, according to a new report conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on behalf of the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Here’s a list of the most likely risks, along with the ways to fix them.
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PHH vs. CFPB: Cordray won't be around to see the outcome of the case

Will feelings toward the CFPB change with someone else in power?
With Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray only a handful of days away from officially leaving his position, the director probably won’t be around to see the outcome of the controversial PHH vs. CFPB case. Interestingly enough, the court’s decision might have unseated him as director anyway.
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Industry veterans launch Chicago-based bemortgage

Division of Bridgeview Bank Group
The list of players in the mortgage industry continues to grow, as a group of industry veterans announced the launch of bemortgage. The group brings more than 100 years of combined mortgage experience to the new Chicago-based mortgage company.
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NAFCU to CFPB: It's time to roll back regulations with Cordray's departure

Outlines nine areas where credit unions are looking for relief
With the future of the CFPB up in the air now that Director Richard Cordray will step down by the end of the month, the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions took the opportunity to reiterate a message the group has long stressed: Credit unions are over-regulated. NAFCU outlined nine areas in which the bureau could improve its operations and provide some relief to credit unions.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Drama heats up in gubernatorial race for Ohio governor

Cities continue to vie for Amazon’s headquarters
Speculation continues to rise over which city Amazon will choose as its second headquarters. Meanwhile, outgoing CFPB Director Richard Cordray’s likely entry into the Ohio gubernatorial race isn’t the only drama surrounding the state’s upcoming election. All that, and more, in your Monday Morning Cup of Coffee.
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Sen. Warren on the fate of the CPFB

Who should lead the bureau next?
Interesting enough, this weeks marks the seven-year anniversary of when Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., called Consumer Financial Bureau Protection Director Richard Cordray to come to Washington D.C. and run the newly created agency. Warren weighs in on the discussion of Cordray leaving the bureau.
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