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Author Archives: Christina Hughes Babb

Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Contact Christina at christina.hughesbabb@thefivestar.com.

DS5: ‘Leveraging Technology’ in the Housing Industry

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In this week's episode of DS5: Inside the Industry, the show is joined by Richard Ferguson, President of CBC Mortgage Company. Ferguson, who runs the company's Chenoa Fund, discussed how his company is "leveraging technology," especially during these quickly changing times. ...

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Forbearance Activity Tracker Shows Uptick


Forbearance activities rose by 1% this past week, says researchers at Black Knight, which tracks forbearances by the week. "We saw the number of mortgages in active forbearance rise by 31,000," they said. "This increase was driven by limited extension ...

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A Snapshot of FHFA’s Affordable Housing Goals

The FHFA released its Annual Housing Report Friday. It outlines Freddie Mac's and Fannie Mae's 2019 affordable housing activities, fulfilling a requirement of 1992's Safety and Soundness Act, and more. To put it all in context, the report showed that ...

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The Industry Pulse: New Executives, New Technology

From new appointments and research to new technology and accolades, get the latest buzz on the industry in this update. The founder of Orlans PC in Troy, Michigan, Linda Orlans, has been selected by the Michigan Supreme Court to serve ...

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MCS Adds New VP of Business Development

Lewisville, Texas-based Mortgage Contracting Services (MCS) a national provider of residential and commercial property services, is pleased to welcome Jason R. Myers as VP of Business Development. Myers brings more than 17 years of mortgage and real estate sales and ...

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How Political Affiliation Impacts Housing Policy Outlook

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Americans responded questions related to housing policy in an early October Redfin survey of over 3,000 U.S. adults. Researchers asked about respondents' views on down payment assistance, government incentives to create low-income housing, view on government incentives for builders to ...

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The GSEs Path to Becoming ‘Investment Opportunities’

In September 2019, President Donald Trump and his administration initiated a process whereby GSEs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would exit conservatorship. Former Freddie Mac CEO Don Layton, now a Senior Industry Fellow at Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies, ...

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Zombie Property Totals Down in Q4


Property data provider ATTOM Data Solutions Thursday reported that about 1.6 million residential properties, or 1.6% of all U.S. homes, are vacant. That is according to the Q4 2020 Vacant Property and Zombie Foreclosure Report, which offers a snapshot of ...

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Driving Innovation in Valuations & Vendor Management

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California-based US Real Estate Services, Inc. (USRES), provider of default management and portfolio services, announced today that Garrett Mays has been promoted to VP of Valuations and Vendor Management. Mays oversees the daily operations of the valuation department and manages ...

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