Ben Lane is the Senior Financial Reporter for HousingWire. In this role, he helps set a leading pace for news coverage spanning the issues driving the U.S. housing economy. Previously, he worked for TownSquareBuzz, a hyper-local news service. He is a graduate of University of North Texas.
Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller recently accused Paul Manafort, who served as President Donald Trump’s campaign manager in 2016, of committing a “series of false and fraudulent representations” to obtain a $9+ million mortgage from The Federal Savings Bank. Now, Mueller’s team is reportedly investigating whether Manafort promised a White House job to Stephen Calk, the CEO of The Federal Savings Bank, to get the mortgage in question.
Citigroup has been going through a significant shift in its mortgage business over the last few years, including moving completely away from mortgage servicing and scaling back its lending operation as well. And now, the bank is looking for a new leader of its U.S. mortgage business.
Groundfloor, a real estate lending platform that raises its loan funds via crowdfunding from the public, is turning to crowdfunding to raise money for something else – itself. But, the company is not going the Initial Public Offering route via the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq. Rather, Groundfloor is launching an online public offering, in which it’s seeking to raise more than $7 million from the public.
For the fifth time in just over two years, Ditech Holding Corp., which was known as Walter Investment Management Corp. until very recently, has a new CEO. The nonbank announced Tuesday that it is elevating "seasoned turnaround professional" Jeffrey Baker from chief operating officer to serve as interim CEO and president.
In the wake of the massive data breach that exposed the personal information of 145.5 million U.S. consumers to hackers, Equifax offered to provide a number of services to the affected consumers, including one year of identity theft protection. But, in the eyes of all 19 Democrats on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Equifax is not doing enough to make those consumers whole again.
One of the main things standing in the way of a fully digital mortgage in many states is the requirement for a notary to witness the signing of the mortgage closing documents. Currently, only four states allow online notarization, but it appears that the push to take online notarization nationwide is about to take a huge step forward.
Four Californians face a total of 194 charges for allegedly operating a mortgage fraud scheme that preyed on distressed minority borrowers who were seeking help with paying off their mortgages. According to the indictment, between 2012 and 2017, they used a fake insurance company called SafeCare, claiming to offer mortgage aid to primarily minority families for a low monthly fee.
The Mortgage Bankers Association recently enhanced its commercial/multifamily team with a pair of experienced hires. Sharon Walker joined the MBA in late January as the associate vice president of multifamily. Also joining the MBA is Andrew Foster, who will serve as director, commercial/multifamily.
A former market president at BB&T conspired with a real estate developer to defraud the bank out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in a scheme that involved issuing multiple loans to the developer’s daughter, a federal jury ruled late last week.
New Penn Financial, a mortgage lender that is owned by Shellpoint Partners, announced Monday that it is expanding into Nevada by launching Synergy Home Mortgage. Synergy Home Mortgage is a joint venture between New Penn and local real estate firms Dickson Realty and Ferrari-Lund Real Estate.
[Subscribers only] Multigenerational living, where two or more adult generations live under the same roof, is becoming a growing trend in the U.S. Currently about 19% of Americans now live in a multigenerational household, the highest level since 1950. That amounts to about 60.6 million adults in 2014, up from 57 million adults in 2012. And homebuilders have taken notice, designing houses specifically catered to this segment.
Would-be homeowners are inundated with picture-perfect examples of new and remodeled homes brimming with upgrades. But in the real world, homebuilders and investors must calculate the rate of return on these sometimes fleeting trends, weighing what buyers want with what they can actually afford. This feature looks at which features buyers of different age demographics consider the most important, and what that means for sellers.
We’ve found that the handling and posting of payments during bankruptcy has been a widespread issue in our testing environment. Specifically, there is increased risk exposure in pre-and post-petition payment application and treatment, both inside and outside of the bankruptcy plan. Servicers and sub-servicers have created manual workflow workarounds to address the issue, however, it does open the servicer up to more exposure to calculation errors.