Ben Lane is the Editor for HousingWire. In this role, he helps set a leading pace for news coverage spanning the issues driving the U.S. housing economy and helps guide HousingWire's overall direction. Previously, he worked for TownSquareBuzz, a hyper-local news service. He is a graduate of University of North Texas.
Well, we’ve gone a solid two months without a bad headline for Ditech Holding Corp., the nonbank formerly known as Walter Investment Management, but it looks like the company is in trouble again. The company disclosed in an SEC filing that it's run into more trouble with creditors and is firing its COO after just nine months.
Aiming to provide housing options for the state’s “most vulnerable populations,” Goldman Sachs is partnering with New Jersey Community Capital to provide $15 million to be used for supportive housing in the Garden State. Supportive housing is an affordable housing option that also provides services like job training and placement to its residents.
We already knew that Freddie Mac set an all-time record for multifamily security issuance in 2018, so it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that 2018 was the government-sponsored enterprise’s best overall year ever in multifamily. Here are more details about how the GSE got there.
Radian Group is continuing with its stated strategy to diversify its business offerings and boosting its real estate software and data analytics capabilities, as the company announced Wednesday that it acquired Five Bridges Advisors. The company provides mortgage, consumer, and real estate analytics, along with valuation and risk management tools for the entire loan lifecycle, from underwriting and origination to servicing, secondary market purchase, and securitization.
Fiserv, once a tech monolith in the mortgage industry, appears to be finding even greater success elsewhere. Ten years ago, the company partnered with Case-Shiller to provide important housing data. Today, its business model now includes multi-billion dollar deals.
Whether it’s because they’re attracted to communal, dormitory-style living or because that’s all they can afford these days, Millennials and other younger generations are increasingly turning to co-living as a housing option. The idea has taken off in recent years, with several different companies beginning to expand on the idea of shared living. And now, one of Europe’s largest co-living developers is planning to make a big push in the U.S.
A group of New York City real estate brokers made $21 million through a series of illegal Airbnb short-term rentals in flagrant violation of the city’s short-term rental laws, the city claims in a new lawsuit. According to the city, Metropolitan Property Group, its owners, and others were repeatedly warned to stop violating the city’s short-term rental laws, but chose to continue to do so, earning more than $21 million in illegal revenue from Airbnb.
Around this time last year, Knock, a real estate startup that buys homes directly from homeowners, unveiled an expansion plan that would see the company grow its business beyond its first market of Atlanta. Since then, the company has indeed expanded and is now operating in five markets, but the company has much bigger plans than that. And now, the company has the money to reach those goals.
Over the last several months, layoffs have hit companies across the housing industry as the industry works to find solid footing in a shifting mortgage market. One company that’s been growing is Mr. Cooper Group, the nonbank formerly known as Nationstar Mortgage. But, layoffs are about to hit Mr. Cooper, too.
Guaranteed Rate Affinity, the joint venture between Guaranteed Rate and Realogy Holdings Corp. that markets mortgages across the Realogy real estate companies, announced Monday that the company is hiring Joe Phalen as senior vice president of strategic growth.