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.
Facebook allows landlords and property owners to discriminate against prospective renters and buyers based on their race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, disability, or other factors, HUD said Friday.
The former president, chief lending officer, and CEO of a Maryland bank that failed in 2014 is now banned from working in the banking industry after the Federal Reserve accused him of breaching his fiduciary duties to the bank, issuing loans to himself, and other malfeasance.
Credit Karma, the personal finance company that provides its 80 million members with products and services to manage their finances and connects those members to financial services providers, is officially getting into the mortgage business by acquiring Approved, a digital mortgage platform.
Everything is going swimmingly in multifamily real estate these days, right? Rents keep rising, construction is still chugging along, deals are being made, and delinquencies are still at historic lows. So everything’s good, right? Maybe not. It appears there could a deep, dark secret at the core of multifamily lending. Fake residents, fake incomes, and inflated mortgages. Sound familiar?
The foreclosure moratorium for 2017 hurricane victims in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands whose mortgages are guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration was due to end this week, but the FHA announced Thursday that it is extending the foreclosure freeze again – for the last time. But that’s not all.
While mortgage interest rates dipped ever so slightly in the last week, they’ve been trending up for the majority of this year. And it appears that the consistent rise in interest rates this year has all but dried up refinance demand. Is it time to say goodbye to refis for a while? It certainly looks that way.
The process of filing a mortgage insurance claim is about to get a lot easier thanks to with Fannie Mae, as the government-sponsored enterprise announced Wednesday that it is rolling out a new “streamlined” MI claims procedure with help from several of the largest MI providers.
After more than a year of working through the regulatory and financial hurdles, Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group and Virginia Community Bank announced this week that they are abandoning their plan to merge. The companies said this week that the timeframe to complete the merger “remains unclear,” so it's in the best interest of each company to move forward separately.
The Royal Bank of Scotland will pay nearly $5 billion in a settlement with the Department of Justice over claims that RBS misled investors in the underwriting and issuing of residential mortgage-backed securities from 2005 through 2008.
Angel Oak Companies, an investment management firm that focuses on mortgage credit and made its name providing residential mortgages that don’t fit into the Qualified Mortgage box, has grown its business significantly over the last few months. And now, the company is about to grow again.
Eight years after we began recognizing women for their influential work in the expanding housing and mortgage finance ecosystem, a traditionally male-dominated field, our Women of Influence list is bigger and better than ever! This year, we honor 85 women who are making lasting achievements in each sector of the housing economy. Read on to learn more about these accomplished women and the strides they are making in their industry segments.
The financial world at large is experimenting with changing its workforce culture in ways not fathomable 10 years ago. For example, in 2011, the dress code for female workers at UBS came to light with unflattering results. In it, the Swiss bank instructed female employees on not just how to dress and how to smell, but also preached the importance for ladies to apply lotion after taking showers. Fast forward to today and fellow Swiss bank, Credit Suisse has now created an official role to boost equal opportunities and create a fair treatment environment. Has the American mortgage industry made similar progress?
The conversation around student loan debt and its economic impact on Millennials, those born from 1980 to 1998, has some questioning whether the future of the American Dream is in jeopardy. The nation’s student loan debt has soared to $1.4 trillion, surpassing credit cards in becoming the largest source of personal debt outside a mortgage.