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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.

Fabrizio & Brook Announces New Appointments

Michigan-based default services law firm Fabrizio & Brook, PC, has announced the addition of attorney Cheryl D. Cook to its litigation team and the promotion of Stefan Zaryczny as the firm’s director of information technology.

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Survey: Investors Preferred Flipping to Renting in Q4

A nationwide survey of real estate investors bidding on properties offered for auction during the fourth quarter of 2014 revealed that flipping was the preferred investing strategy over renting, according to Auction.com's Q4 2014 Real Estate Investor Activity Report. Though various reports have suggested in the last year that flipping opportunities are dwindling, Auction.com's latest survey affirms that flipping is still going strong: 50 percent of investors said they intended to flip the homes they purchased, compared to 47.3 percent who said they intend to rent them out (2.7 percent were undecided).

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McCalla Raymer Expands in Georgia, Adds Three New Partners

Default services law firm McCalla Raymer announced the opening of four new offices in Georgia to serve its residential closing department, and at the same time announced the addition of three new partners, Pilar Gigante, Heather Ison and Deb Kalish, to the firm.

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Fed Economists to Lead Public Discussion in Flint, Michigan, on January 22

Two economists from the Detroit branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will lead an economic forecast discussion on Thursday, January 22, in Flint, Michigan, according to an announcement from Baker College of Flint Center for Business. Senior economist Paul Traub and business economist Martin Lavelle, both of the Detroit branch of Chicago's Fed Bank, will lead the discussion, which will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Baker College in Flint on Thursday

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Credit Rating Agency Updates RMBS Default Model

New York-based credit rater Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) has updated its residential mortgage default and loss model, incorporating a new methodology that projects loan-by-loan default, loss, and prepayment on residential loans in order to track non-agency residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), KBRA announced. The new methodology uses revisions that reflect additional data analysis and evolving origination trends, and is an update to KBRA's RMBS model methodology originally released three years ago in January 2012.

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Castro to Answer Housing Questions at Fireside Chat-Style Event

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro will answer questions about a variety of housing topics in a fireside-chat style event on the morning after President Obama's state of the union speech on Wednesday, January 21, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

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