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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 [email protected]

HUD Awards $4 Million for Disabled Veterans’ Residences


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced $3.9 million in funding through the Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program (VHRMP), a program designed to create more-accessible homes for ...

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DS5: Preparing Homeowners for the End of Forbearance

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This week’s DS5 installment features Steve Bailey, Senior Managing Director and Chief Mortgage Operations Officer for PennyMac Financial Services. He discusses how the industry is preparing for homeowners to begin coming out of forbearance, as well as what other top challenges he ...

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Freddie Mac Update: A Look at Non-Performing Loans

Reaching into its mortgage-related investments portfolio, it announced the auctioning of 2,806 non-performing residential first lien loans (NPLs), according to Freddie Mac. Specialized Loan Servicing LLC currently services the loans, with a balance of $464 million. The anticipated settlement date ...

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Mortgage Contracting Services Announces New Ownership

Lewisville, Texas-based Mortgage Contracting Services (MCS), which provides specialized services to financial institutions, announced Monday that it has completed a recapitalization of the company. The company's representatives say that, under new leadership, it will "recapitalize its balance sheet through substantial ...

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Targeted Training for Brokers Announced

Carrington Mortgage Services (CMS), a large, privately held non-bank lender, recently announced specialized training for brokers, according to a press release first published on businesswire.com. Because today’s lending market is changing at such a rapid pace, CMS reports, it is ...

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