HUD watchdog issues warning on fraudulent, inflated reverse mortgage appraisals --

In the run-up to the financial crisis, fraudulent appraisal schemes ran rampant in the housing industry, eventually leading to the complete overhaul of the property appraisal system and the rise of appraisal management companies. As it turns out, schemes like that have not been completely forced out of the industry.

To acquire or not to acquire? --

Stories of firms beating their own 2015 projections are widespread, which means the gaze for 2016 is shifting to future growth. It’s possible you are considering the on-boarding of new branches as a way to keep filling your origination coffers. It only takes one branch manager or regional manager changing employers to influence the migration of entire origination teams and change a firm’s future outlook.

Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: 10 commandments for mortgage loan officers --

As the Thanksgiving holiday wraps up and the housing industry gears up for the end of the year, these two loan officers from Solano Mortgage published a hysterical piece on the Ten Commandments of applying for a home mortgage. Meanwhile, are you looking at the big picture when you choose to renovate your home? If not, it could cost you.

Citigroup sued over billions in mortgage debt losses --

Top banks are still dealing with the aftermath of the financial crisis. In the most recent court battle, Pacific Investment Management Co and other investors have sued Citigroup over the bank’s alleged failure to properly monitor toxic securities backed by more than $ 13.8 billion in mortgage loans.

Is your company leading the technology revolution? Prove it --

The technological revolution is happening, right now. Here at HousingWire, we see that innovation happening and feel it deserves some serious kudos. The shouting it from the rooftops kind, to be exact. It’s in that spirit that HousingWire honors the most innovative innovators who’ve innovated in the most innovative ways in the last year.

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