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Suntrust Reaches $320 Million Settlement

SunTrust Banks (“SunTrust”) reached a settlement with Federal prosecutors last week in which it agreed to a $320 million settlement for a combination of consumer relief and housing counseling services. SunTrust issued a press...more

7/18/2014 - Fannie Mae HAMP Pay-To-Play Remediation Settlement SunTrust U.S. Treasury

Editorial: Recent Changes in SEC Rules Creates Opportunities for Condo Hotel Developers

The real estate market is back and with it has come renewed interest in building condo hotels, especially in popular vacation destinations like Miami, Orlando and Las Vegas. Condo hotels were very popular among foreign...more

6/25/2014 - Condominiums Investors Marketing Real Estate Development Real Estate Market SEC

Homebuilder Confidence Rises to Six Month High

Good news for the homebuilding industry came earlier this week when the National Association of Homebuilders/Wells Fargo released the housing market index. Its numbers showed that homebuilders’ confidence rose to 49 points...more

6/23/2014 - Contractors General Contractors Housing Market National Association of Home Builders Real Estate Development Real Estate Market

How Brokers Can Navigate SEC Rule 506(c)

How does the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Rule 506(c) impact commercial real estate brokers? What can real estate brokers do to meet securities broker-dealer requirements? And is it possible to obtain dual...more

6/12/2014 - Broker-Dealer Private Offerings Real Estate Market Rule 506 Offerings SEC

Will This SEC Rule Boost CRE Crowdfunding?

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted a new rule that marks good news for condo-hotel developers. In the last real estate cycle, condo hotels were popular among domestic and international investors in...more

6/11/2014 - Condominiums Crowdfunding Popular Rule 506 Offerings SEC

Lenders More Likely to Make Jumbo Loans

As we continue to distance ourselves from the advent of the real estate downturn, residential mortgage loan lenders seem to be increasingly willing to explore ways to loan money outside of the “qualified mortgage” arena. For...more

6/9/2014 - Lenders Loans Mortgages Qualified Mortgage Rule

Economic Impact Of Homebuilding And Remodeling

Blocked streets, noisy construction and unwelcome trash can be just a few of the inconveniences that come along with a neighbor’s new home construction or home remodeling. However, a report released in early May by the...more

5/15/2014 - Economic Development National Association of Home Builders Real Estate Development

Agrihoods: The New “Farm-To-Table” Homebuilding Trend

Imagine driving down the paved street of a suburban community. Children are riding their bikes toward a neighborhood playground. Couples are walking on the sidewalk with tennis gear headed toward the local tennis courts....more

4/3/2014 - Farms Organic Real Estate Development

2014 Legislative Session: Bills To Watch

On Tuesday, March 4th, Florida lawmakers gathered in Tallahassee for the start of the 2014 legislative session. Lawmakers now have 60 days to pass their bills into law. For those of us in South Florida, we want to follow this...more

3/10/2014 - Breweries Casinos Flood Insurance Proposed Legislation Water

Supreme Court Denies Certiorari In Win For Condo-Hotel Developers

We recently posted about condo-hotels and their apparent comeback in the marketplace. Now, a recent Supreme Court decision that decreases the restrictions historically inherent to these types of properties could intensify the...more

3/5/2014 - Certiorari Condominiums Hotels SCOTUS

Bank of America Foreign Exchange and Mortgage Practices Under Investigation

On Tuesday, Bank of America disclosed in its annual report with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that “government regulators” in North America, Europe and Asia are investigating its foreign exchange and...more

3/4/2014 - Bank of America Banking Sector Countrywide DOJ Foreign Exchanges RMBS SEC

Cold Weather Only Partially To Blame For Slow Home Construction

Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau released figures showing that in January 2014, housing starts fell 16 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 880,000 units....more

2/26/2014 - Construction Contracts Housing Developers HUD

New FHFA Head Will Delay Proposed Mortgage Fee Hike

Former North Carolina congressman and the new head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Mel Watt, has given the public a sneak peek of how he will lead the FHFA. On December 20 he released a statement expressing his...more

1/7/2014 - Affordable Housing Borrowers Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Housing Market Mortgage Loan Originators Real Estate Market

BofA $1.4 Billion Settlement Talks with Freddie Mac

Bank of America and Freddie Mac are currently attempting to resolve a mortgage repurchase dispute in which Freddie Mac claims that Bank of America should have to buy back more than $1.4 billion in mortgage loans it claims...more

11/20/2013 - Bank of America Banks Fraud Freddie Mac Mortgages Repurchases Settlement Subprime Mortgages

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