Bond Amount Changes for Consumer Loan Companies in Washington



As of January 1, 2018 consumer loan companies originating and servicing residential mortgage loans and non-residential loans in Washington will need to comply with new surety bond requirements.

Bankrate’s Greg McBride; “2013 Favorable for Borrowers”



Bankrate’s senior financial analyst, Greg McBride, CFA, talked recently about the 2013 mortgage rate forecast . Today RealtyBizNews spoke with McBride about the news as it applies to industry professionals and consumers. Bankrate projects interest rates to remain steady at between 3.5 & 4.0 %.

UDR and KFH Acquire Luxury Apartments in Washington, DC



UDR has announced a joint venture with Kuwait Finance House (KFH) to acquire 1301 Thomas Circle in Washington, DC, a luxury apartment community within walking distance of the White House. The deal is reportedly worth $154 million. 1301 Thomas Circle is a 292-unit luxury apartment community in the Logan Circle neighborhood, which is less than […]

Home Properties Acquires Two Apartment Communities



Home Properties Inc. has revealed details about its purchase of two apartment communities:  The Gates of Deer Grove in Palatine, IL. for $20.2 million and The Courts at Dulles in Herndon, VA. for $92.75 million. With these transactions, Home Properties purchases for 2011 have reached $500.8 million. On November 30, Home Properties purchased The Courts […]

Rep. Maxine Waters in Fight to Save Housing Programs



“Whose side are you on?” is a question Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is asking a Republican-lead U.S. Congress that today voted to end the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), a government-sponsored initiative that would purchase and redevelop foreclosed and abandoned homes. The homeowners, Congresswoman Waters argues, are not suddenly all better, no longer needing government programs […]

Top Housing Official Jumps Ship For Lobbying Job



Last week David H. Stevens announced he would step down as commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration, and this week its being announced that he will be named the next chief executive of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). During his two-year stint in the Obama administration, he was a key adviser on housing-finance policies. He will succeed John A. Courson, a former mortgage banker who took the helm of the MBA in 2008. Mr. Courson’s departure is seen as a unexpected upheaval to a trade association that has had an extremely vociferous three year period.

FHLBank San Francisco Gives $36.6M in Housing Grants



The Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco announced the second round of winners in its 2010 funding competition, awarding $36.6 million in Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grants.  The grants will help fund 60 projects with affordable housing needs in Nevada, Illinois , Colorado, New Jersey, Washington, California, and Arizona.  The projects will help create […]

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