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Industry Vet Chris Dufault Joins Ernst Publishing as Director of Product Management

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Ernst Publishing Company announced that Chris Dufault, an industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience, will join the company as director of product management. In his new role, Dufault will lead a team that will direct the company’s future product development as well as the enhancement of the company’s industry leading offerings.Click to continue

Zillow to Purchase Trulia for $3.5 Billion

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Zillow Inc. has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Trulia Inc. for $3.5 billion in a stock-for-stock transaction.Click to continue

Greystone Names Nikhil Kanodia Managing Director

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Greystone has announced that Nikhil Kanodia has joined as a managing director. Nikhil will report to Mordecai Rosenberg in Greystone's New York office and will focus primarily on managing client relationships with various real estate owners, originating new loans and identifying opportunities for new initiatives in the marketplace.Click to continue

Comergence Names Corey Przenkop VP of Business Development

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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.Click to continue

Urban Lending Solutions Named Approved AMC by Flagstar

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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.Click to continue

Guaranteed Rate Announces Changes in New York Management

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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 company’s top-producing regions and is regarded as an industry leader in assembling high-performing loan origination teams.Click to continue

Meily Yip Joins GSF Mortgage's Fremont Branch in California

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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. As she became more comfortable in the position, she received her mortgage license and began to originate loans. Her experience as a processor helped to make for a steady transition into a loan originator.Click to continue

Marita Bankhead Joins AFR as Production Manager

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Marita Bankhead recently joined American Financial Resources Inc. (AFR) operations as CDE production manager. Marita has an extensive background in correspondent lending, ranging from underwriting, compliance, purchasing bulk bids and working with correspondent lenders across the country.Click to continue

Embrace Home Loans Urges Community Financial Institutions to Remain in the Mortgage Game

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As the risk, cost and complexity of lending surges, community financial institutions are increasingly exiting the mortgage business. In response, Embrace Home Loans has released a new educational video, detailing the benefits for why community financial institutions must preserve their lending operations to better retain members and maintain a competitive edge. The video will debut during NAFCU’s 47th Annual Conference & Solutions Expo at Embrace’s booth.Click to continue

RealtyTrac Partners With Software Provider Rappatoni

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RealtyTrac has announced a new agreement to license tax, deed and mortgage information, foreclosure data, and Homefacts neighborhood data to Rapattoni Corporation, a leader in internet-based MLS software. The multi-year agreement will encourage growth and innovation between both companies.Click to continue