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The National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) rose three points to 56 in the second quarter of 2014, regaining the momentum built in 2013. This is the fifth consecutive quarter for an RMI reading above 50. An RMI above 50 indicates that more remodelers report...Read More
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Black Enterprise Magazine’s 2014 BE 100 list of the largest black-owned businesses in the United States, once again named Urban Lending Solutions (ULS), in the magazine’s Top 100 list. ULS, a provider of residential mortgage products and services, was listed 19th, with $168,602 million in revenue.Read More
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The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) has announced that federal agents arrested three defendants who worked at Orange County, Calif., businesses that allegedly offered bogus loan modification programs to financially distressed homeowners. As a...Read More
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First-time homebuyers have been largely absent from the housing market in the current economic recovery, but some metropolitan areas—particularly in the Midwest and West—are well positioned to see increases in homebuying from the Millennial generation in upcoming years, according to new research by...Read More
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RealtyTrac has released its U.S. Home Equity & Underwater Report for the second quarter of 2014, which shows that 9.1 million U.S. residential properties were seriously underwater—where the combined loan amount secured by the property is at least 25 percent higher than the property’s...Read More
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Question: Can a lender refuse to close a loan on the basis that an applicant is pregnant or on maternity leave? Read More
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There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.—The Bascombe Valley Mystery, Sir Arthur Conan DoyleRead More
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Let us face the facts … time is the currency of life and it is sacred. In sales, you only have so many hours in the day to manage your work and your personal time. Do you make the best of your time or do your bad habits contribute to you accomplishing less than you should in a day? Some days it may...Read More
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There are numerous schools of thought regarding whether you can groom a leader or if certain people have the predisposition to be better leaders than others. The same question arises regarding our personalities. Wikipedia states, “The study of personality has a broad and varied history in...Read More
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Just a few months into the era of qualified mortgage (QM) lending and loan origination levels are lows last seen in 2008. Stories about consumers who seem like they should be able to qualify, but are unable to secure an approval, are on the rise. There has already been a hearing on Capitol Hill...Read More
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Comergence hired Corey Przenkop as vice president for business development to help guide its rapid growth. In this role, Przenkop will be responsible for advancing the sales of its REALM for Appraisers tool to appraisal management companies (AMCs) and appraisers.Read More
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Urban Lending Solutions Appraisals (ULSA) has been named an approved Appraisal Management Company (AMC) to Flagstar Bank, an industry leader in mortgage origination. As an approved AMC, ULSA is currently providing appraisal services to both Flagstar’s retail and correspondent channels.Read More
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Guaranteed Rate has announced management changes in its New York operations. Richard Fedele, who currently serves as regional manager for New England, will become regional manager overseeing Guaranteed Rate’s mortgage lending operations in the state of New York. Fedele has managed one of the...Read More
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GSF Mortgage has added Meily Yip as branch manager in Fremont, Calif. Yip joins the company with 11 years of mortgage industry experience. Yip attended the University of California-Berkeley for political science. In order to pay her bills, Yip accepted a job as a processing assistant...Read More
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Secure Settlements Inc. (SSI) has announced a new program enhancement in association with RFIB Group Ltd. and certain underwriters at Lloyd’s of London for Mortgage Settlement Insurance (MSI), an insurance policy that covers lenders utilizing SSI’s ClosingGuard service against losses...Read More
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AllRegs has launched a mortgage training package designed to address the state and federal training needs now facing depositories. Clarifications in Reg G placed new emphasis on the education of registered mortgage loan officers as it relates to both federal and state laws. The guidance suggests...Read More
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Mortgage Returns announced an addition to its CRM called Prospect Manager, which provides mortgage originators with an end-to-end solution to manage prospective borrowers throughout the entire loan process.          Read More
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CEO and best-selling author Dan Milstein learned hard lessons working his way to the pinnacle of the sales profession. In his new book, Street Smart Selling, Milstein reaches out to help aspiring salespeople work their way up to join him at the top.Read More

Question: Can a lender refuse to close a loan on the basis that an applicant is...Read More

The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP)...Read More

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has taken action against six mortgage relief operations...Read More

The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) has...Read More

RealtyTrac, an online marketplace for foreclosure properties, today released its U.S....Read More

Ginnie Mae has announced that it is moving from a paper-based Issuer application process to an...

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The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) has...Read More

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