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Brian Honea's writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master's degree from Amberton University in Garland.

First Responders: Getting Past the Plywood

Using plywood to secure vacant homes affects more than just those in the mortgage industry and people who live in the surrounding communities—it can potentially create problems for first responders.

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Non-Prime RMBS Issuance Gathering Steam

The number of non-prime residential mortgage-backed securities transactions is expected to double over the next year. What is the difference between the market now and the pre-crisis market of a decade ago?

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The Waiting Game with Vacant Properties

What can companies do to combat all the potential problems that may arise when a property sits vacant for a lengthy period of time while in the process of foreclosure? Chad Mosley, COO of MCS Solutions, sheds some light on the topic.

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Florida Bill Would Expand Lienholders’ Rights

The legislation would allow lienholders to use certain documents from the defendant’s bankruptcy case as evidence that the intention was to surrender the property.

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Carson Clears One Hurdle to HUD Secretary

The Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday recommended the nomination of Dr. Ben Carson as the 17th HUD Secretary be sent to the U.S. Senate floor for a full vote.

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Equity Gains Fuel Rise in Housing Market Value

The total value of the U.S. housing market is rising as residential homes continue regain their value years after the crisis, according to the latest data.

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Court Deals a Blow to Fannie Mae Shareholder Hopes

The Federal Housing Finance Agency is taking over for Fannie Mae shareholders as the plaintiff in a lawsuit against accounting firm Deloitte & Touche accusing the company of negligent auditing practices, a move which may ultimately lead to the case's dismissal.

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The Week Ahead: 4 in a Row for Existing-Home Sales?

Existing-home sales just completed an "outstanding" three-month run, according to National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. Can they add a fourth month to that streak? The industry will find out this week when NAR publishes the latest data.

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The New Administration and the Future of Housing

Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on Friday, while the nation—and the industry—listened in closely as he promised to rebuild the economy by putting American people first.

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