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Author Archives: Phil Hall

Phil Hall is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News, the author of nine books, the host of the award-winning SoundCloud podcast "The Online Movie Show," co-host of the award-winning WAPJ-FM talk show "Nutmeg Chatter" and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill's Congress Blog and Profit Confidential. His real estate finance writing has been published in the ABA Banking Journal, Secondary Marketing Executive, Servicing Management, MortgageOrb, Progress in Lending, National Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional America, Canadian Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional News, Mortgage Broker News and HousingWire.

FHFA Releases Foreclosure-Prevention Report

The government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) completed 166,942 foreclosure prevention actions in August, according to new data from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac performed 3,599 permanent loan modifications in August, with 23% of these transactions being ...

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Real Estate Investment Loans Pose Higher Fraud Risk

Mortgage application fraud risk was up on a quarterly basis while a suburban New York market emerged as the nation’s leading market for mortgage fraud risk, according to new data from CoreLogic. The CoreLogic National Mortgage Application Fraud Risk Index ...

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Affordable Housing Impact: Proposed Property Tax Struck Down

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A referendum to change how California enacts property taxes, which some argued would address California's housing affordability issues, was defeated by the state’s voters. Proposition 15 was designed to create a split-roll property tax system in California, with commercial properties ...

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NAHB Files Lawsuit Opposing CDC Moratorium 

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is spearheading a legal challenge that questions the authority of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to enact a moratorium on evictions.  The NAHB is teaming with the Pacific Legal Foundation, Skyworks Ltd., Cedarwood Village ...

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Foreclosures and Evictions Could Derail a Recovery


While the results of last night’s presidential election remain too close to call, a leading political science academic is warning that the January 2021 occupant of the White House will be forced to deal with the greatest foreclosure and eviction ...

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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Announce Q3 Earnings

The government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) recorded increases in their respective comprehensive and net income levels in their newly released third quarter earnings reports. Fannie Mae posted a net income of $4.2 billion in the third quarter, up from $2.5 billion in ...

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Should CFPB Reorganize ‘Just Weeks Before an Election’?

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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, has called on Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger to delay the proposed reorganization of the agency’s Division of Supervision, ...

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