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UFA Expands Business to Hawaii

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Urban Financial of America LLC (UFA) has announced that it is now licensed to conduct its retail and wholesale reverse mortgage business in the state of Hawaii. Reverse and traditional "forward" mortgage companies licensed in Hawaii can now offer UFA's competitively priced reverse mortgages, which allow those age 62 and older to convert a portion of their home equity into tax-free funds for greater financial flexibility while remaining in their homes.Click to continue

Zillow Partners With RealPage

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Zillow Inc. has announced a new partnership with RealPage to help connect multifamily companies with new residents. This partnership will broaden the marketing exposure for multifamily rental companies that choose to market their rental listings on Zillow, while providing new tools and services to help them manage their listings and find their new residents more quickly.Click to continue

Freedom Mortgage Adds Six New Executives

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Freedom Mortgage Corporation has appointed six new executives. Five of the new hires will be working in the company’s growing commercial lending division, while one has been hired to the company’s residential mortgage lending division. The company has over 2,000 employees nationwide.Click to continue

Norcom Continues Expansion With Two New Connecticut Branches

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Norcom Mortgage has announced the expansion of their presence in the state of Connecticut, with the opening of two new branches, one located in New Milford, Conn. and one in Columbia, Conn. Bill Granata has been hired to operate the branch in New Milford and Jeffrey Heidtmann will manage the branch in Columbia. Industry veterans Bill and Jeffrey each bring over ten years of experience in the lending community.Click to continue

First Guaranty Adds Production Manager Robert Blinn

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First Guaranty Mortgage Corporation (FGMC) announced that Robert Blinn has joined the company as production manager, servicing center division. Blinn’s professional career includes 35+ years of management experience specific to the mortgage industry, where he was most recently vice president, direct channel sales leader, Fifth Third Bank.Click to continue

Justin Kollman Joins New American Funding's San Diego Team

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New American Funding announced that Justin Kollman has joined the firm's team in San Diego. Justin has been a loan originator for 12 years and in March of 2013 was honored as a recipient of the Five Star Mortgage Professionals Award in San Diego Magazine. This award is given to less than seven percent of licensed mortgage professionals for providing exceptional service to their clients.Click to continue

Shelby Chapin to Lead Gateway Mortgage's Newest Texas Branch

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Gateway Mortgage Group has announced its opening of a new branch in New Braunfels, Texas. Shelby Chapin brings more than 25 years of mortgage experience with her and will lead the new retail branch. She has managed a number of loan officers, underwriters and processors throughout her career, and her experience will allow the team at New Braunfels to not only educate customers on available loan products, but also process loans quickly and smoothly.Click to continue

Zillow Pro for Brokers Surpasses the 2,000 Partner Mark

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Zillow Inc. has announced that the Zillow Pro for Brokers program enrolled nearly 2,000 partners nationwide, almost doubling the program's size since May of this year. Launched in June 2012, Zillow Pro for Brokers is a free, five-point program that improves listings accuracy, provides better reporting, includes a powerful contact follow-up system and increases the visibility of listing agents for participating brokerages.Click to continue

Total Mortgage Expands Midwest Footprint With Addition of Jim Passi as Regional VP

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Total Mortgage Services LLC has announced the opening of its new Midwest Headquarters, expanding its mortgage lending services into Chicago and the surrounding Illinois communities. Industry veteran Jim Passi has been named as VP of the Midwest Region. Passi is a 20-year veteran of the mortgage industry who founded Integra Mortgage Corporation before joining Total Mortgage.  Click to continue

Zillow Acquires Software Provider Retsly

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Zillow Inc. has announced the acquisition of Vancouver, B.C.-based Retsly, a software company that normalizes real estate data from multiple listing services so developers can build data-driven products for the real estate industry. The company also provides MLSs with the tools to manage software applications in their market and ensure their content is being used appropriately.Click to continue