Items Tagged with 'New York real estate'

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  • NYDFS investigating whether rent-to-own is actually predatory lending

    Issues warning on risks of rent-to-own contracts
    The New York Department of Financial Services revealed Monday that it is currently investigating whether alternative home purchase agreements, such as rent-to-own, lease-to-own or land installment contracts, currently being offered in New York are actually “unlicensed, predatory mortgage lending.”
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  • Flat-fee real estate agency Purplebricks secures $177 million investment to fund U.S. growth

    Sells 11.5% of company to European media giant Axel Springer
    Flat-fee real estate agency Purplebricks expanded into the U.S. last year after building a successful business in the United Kingdom and Australia, and after securing a sizable investment from European media giant Axel Springer, Purplebricks’ U.S. expansion is about to shift into overdrive.
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  • Senior execs at Vanguard Funding admit to embezzling $8.9 million

    CFO and COO plead guilty to using warehouse loans for personal expenses
    The former chief operating officer and chief financial officer of a New York mortgage lender admitted in court this week that they conspired to misappropriate more than $8.9 million from warehouse lines of credit that were meant to fund mortgages. Each now faces up to 20 years in prison.
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  • Flat-fee real estate agency Purplebricks plans expansion to New York

    U.K. company first launched in U.S. in September 2017
    Last year, flat-fee real estate agency Purplebricks expanded into the U.S. after building a successful business in the United Kingdom and Australia. Purplebricks’ first foray into the U.S. was Los Angeles. Now, the company is plotting the next phase of its U.S. expansion and is looking to the opposite coast.
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  • Former attorney gets 3+ years in prison for defrauding real estate investors

    Bilked at least four investors out of $1 million total
    A former attorney from New York will spend more than three years in prison for defrauding real estate investors out of at least $1 million. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Brandon Lisi received a sentence of 38 months in prison for his role in a scheme to defraud at least four individual investors in real estate transactions of more than $1 million.
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  • Senior execs at Vanguard Funding accused of embezzling $8.9 million

    Three execs charged with using warehouse loans for personal expenses
    Three senior executives at a New York mortgage lender were arrested Tuesday morning and charged with misappropriating $9 million from warehouse lines of credit meant to be used to fund mortgages. The three men, who are senior executives at Vanguard Funding, stand charged with conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud for allegedly misusing the warehouse funds to pay for personal expenses and compensation.
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  • New York City guarantees legal representation to low-income residents facing eviction

    City will pay for legal counsel for low-income tenants
    Over the last several years, New York City has been aggressive in seeking to decrease the number of evictions that happen in the city, going so far as set aside nearly $50 million in 2014 and 2015 to provide legal services for residents facing eviction. Now, the city is taking its fight against evictions to another level by becoming the first city in the country to guarantee legal representation to low-income tenants who are facing eviction.
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  • Douglas Elliman Real Estate wins $4.75 million from rival agency over agent poaching

    Jury orders William Raveis Real Estate to pay up
    One of the nation’s largest real estate companies is in line for a nearly $5 million payout after a jury found that a rival agency poached a dozen agents from the company. Earlier this week, a jury in New York Supreme Court, Westchester County, ruled in favor of Douglas Elliman Real Estate and ordered William Raveis Real Estate to pay $4.75 million.
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  • New York awards $10 million to 18 cities to fight neighborhood blight

    Money comes from financial crisis settlements
    Over the last several years, the state of New York has undertaken a multi-pronged approach to fight the blight that took place in many neighborhoods throughout the state in the wake of the housing crisis. And Monday, the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that it is launching a new program and awarding $10 million over the next two years to 18 cities to be used for neighborhood revitalization.
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  • Another New York real estate developer admits to meddling with local elections

    Pleads guilty to trying to influence election to advance construction projects
    A few weeks ago, Kenneth Nakdimen, a New York real estate developer admitted in court that he tried to interfere with a local election, including using fake voters, to try to advance stalled construction projects. And Tuesday, one of Nakdimen’s co-conspirators, Shalom Lamm, pleaded guilty to similar charges for his role in trying to sway a mayoral election in Bloomingburg, New York.
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