Ben Lane

Ben Lane

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.

ARTICLES

  • China Oceanwide’s $2.7 billion acquisition of Genworth Financial still on hold

    Deal still pending after 18 months
    It’s been 18 months since China Oceanwide Holdings Group, one of China’s largest companies, announced that it planned to buy Genworth Financial, one of the U.S.’s largest mortgage insurers, for $2.7 billion, but the deal still isn’t done yet. The deal was initially expected to close in the middle of last year, and now, the closing is delayed again.
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  • WEI Mortgage becomes latest victim of data breach

    Employee’s email account accessed via phishing scheme
    Virginia-based WEI Mortgage disclosed this week that is the victim of a data breach that may have exposed the highly sensitive personal information of the lender’s customers. WEI Mortgage, which is a subsidiary of Arc Home, revealed Monday that it discovered in September 2017 that one of its employees was the victim of a phishing scheme, which ultimately gained access to the employee’s account and perhaps other accounts.
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  • Class Appraisal names Scot Rose chief innovation officer

    Former president of Valuation Connect joins AMC
    Fresh off being acquired by Narrow Gauge Capital, appraisal management company Class Appraisal announced Monday that it named Scot Rose as the company’s new chief innovation officer. At Class, Rose will be focused on the advancement of appraisal, valuation product and platform innovation as well as leading the firm’s strategic vision in those areas.
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  • Waterton plans $2.5 billion investment in multifamily housing

    Announces closing of $920 million investment fund
    Waterton, a national real estate investor and operator, is planning to invest more than $2.5 billion in multifamily housing over the next two years after closing its largest-ever investment fund. According to David Schwartz, Waterton’s chief executive officer, chairman, and co-founder, the firm has big plans for Venture XIII, which is the firm’s largest fund ever.
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  • Angel Oak expanding into commercial, multifamily lending

    Firm specializes in non-QM residential loans
    Angel Oak, an investment management firm that specializes in mortgage credit, made its name by providing residential mortgages that don’t fit into the Qualified Mortgage box, but now, the company is expanding into new lending arenas. Angel Oak announced Monday that it is launching Angel Oak Commercial Lending, which will provide financing to commercial real estate owners, developers and investors.
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  • Wells Fargo extends deadline to take part in $142 million fake account settlement

    Deadline was February 3, new deadline is July 7
    It’s been a busy day in the settlement department for Wells Fargo. Early Friday, the bank was fined $1 billion by the CFPB and the OCC for mortgage lending and auto insurance abuses. And late Friday afternoon, the bank notified customers that it is extending the deadline to participate in the bank’s $142 million fake account class action settlement.
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  • RealPage continues growing, set to acquire ClickPay for $218 million

    Acquisition will be company’s fifth since 2017
    RealPage, a provider of software and data analytics to the real estate industry, went on quite the run of acquisitions last year, acquiring four different companies throughout the year. As it turns out, RealPage isn’t done yet. The company announced Friday that it is acquiring ClickPay, an electronic payment platform servicing 2.3 million units across the multifamily, HOA, condominium and co-op segments of real estate, in a $218 million deal.
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  • Nationstar (aka Mr. Cooper) promotes Tony Ebers to chief operating officer

    Previously served as executive vice president of originations
    Nationstar Mortgage, the nonbank also known as Mr. Cooper, announced Thursday that it is promoting Tony Ebers from executive vice president of originations to the newly created position of chief operating officer. Going forward, Ebers will assume responsibility for servicing, originations and Xome operations at Nationstar.
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