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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.

DS News Webcast: Tuesday 1/19/2016

Last week’s settlement between Goldman Sachs and several regulators, including the U.S. Department of Justice, for 5 billion dollars to resolve claims of mortgage-backed securities fraud has fueled speculation among analysts that the Royal Bank of Scotland will reach a settlement in the next few weeks ...

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DS News Webcast: Monday 1/18/2016

For the full year of 2015, Citigroup’s net income more than doubled despite a slight decline in revenues, from 7 point 3 billion dollars on revenues of 77 billion in 2014 up to 17 point 1 billion on revenues of ...

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DS News Webcast: Friday 1/15/2016

Most forecasts for 2016 come to the same conclusions as those of the National Association of Realtors‒‒optimistic about steady growth, but tempered with an understanding that growth will be more modest this year. As Fannie Mae sees it, growth in the U.S. housing market will ...

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DS News Webcast: Thursday 1/14/2016

While those in the mortgage industry continue to debate whether or not housing has recovered and what exactly constitutes a recovery, default metrics continue to tumble. In November, the number of homes in some state of foreclosure across the country ...

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DS News Webcast: Tuesday 1/12/2016

JPMorgan Chase has fulfilled nearly all of its required 4 billion dollar consumer relief obligation under the terms of the 2013 Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Settlement, according to a report from the office of independent monitor Joseph A. Smith, Jr. released today. In Smith’s seventh ...

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DS News Webcast: Monday 1/11/2016

Many in the mortgage industry were anxiously waiting to view the results of the first jobs report of 2016 to see if the Federal Reserve was on track with the timing of its long-awaited December rate hike or if the ...

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DS News Webcast: Friday 1/8/2016

The single-family rental market gained traction as a viable asset class with phenomenal growth in 2015. According to Morningstar Credit Ratings managing director of RBMS Brian Grow, the fundamentals driving that growth were an increase in renters, a decrease in ...

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DS News Webcast: Thursday 1/7/2016

Critics of HUD’s Distressed Asset Stabilization Program claim that HUD should sell more distressed or nonperforming loans to nonprofits rather than profit-seeking investors. However, researchers from the Urban Institute concluded that all parties—HUD, the borrowers, and investors—stand to benefit when ...

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