A new report from Bloomberg's Austin Weinstein states that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may be freed from government control even if Congress doesn’t pass a housing-finance overhaul. The statement came in an interview with the new head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Mark Calabria, who said lawmakers will get...
Many late-night infomercials feature a slick real estate guru sipping drinks on the back porch of his beachside home next to beautiful women in expensive (or minimal) clothing, telling you that this is the life for you. All you have to do is pay them X dollars! Can real...
A new report by ValuePenguin.com states that just 7% of homeowners have a flood insurance policy, despite floods being the most common natural disaster. The Atlantic hurricane season is less than a month away, and while 91% of homeowners have a homeowners insurance, almost three-fourths of U.S. adults think...
On March 28, a real estate reporter in midtown Manhattan asked me over coffee what company was going to be the next great disruptive force in real estate. “It couldn’t be you,” she explained apologetically, “because you have agents.” That same day, Redfin had started a Boston-area pilot...
Salesforce, a leader in customer-management software, said it made a “strategic investment” in fintech startup Blend without disclosing details. “We could not be more excited to work closely with the Blend team as we collectively look to continue helping the financial services industry navigate their transition to the cloud,...
Plans for a 12-story infill building to rise up to 125 feet in height on the site of the Polk Gulch funeral home at 1123 Sutter Street (Halsted N. Gray-Carew & English) have been drafted. While the façade of the existing funeral would be preserved, the space behind would...
The prospect of losing one’s home is frightening and stressful. For our May issue, DS News spoke to default professionals about how they are working diligently to counsel borrowers through this often-intimidating process, and to help bring borrowers back from the brink of default. From technological innovations that...
Never take the first offer. It's a general rule to follow in the home buying process, but oft gets overlooked when shopping for a mortgage. Borrowers should shop around when applying for a loan since the...
Puerto Escondido, a beach town in the southwestern Mexican state of Oaxaca, has long been a well-kept secret of the world’s surfing community. Most travel guides focus on the area’s immense waves and the laid-back vibes on offer in local bars and restaurants under thatch-roofed palapas....
(Bloomberg)—Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s new...

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