Drones & Real Estate Agents

On July 12, 2014, Douglas Trudeau, a Realtor with Tierra Antigua Realty in Tucson, petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) for an exemption from certain federal regulations to allow him to operate his PHANTOM 2 Vision + quad copter unmanned aircraft system (UAS) or “drone” to conduct aerial videography and cinematography “to enhance academic community … [Read more…]

Fueling a New Bubble

So, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the beleaguered government sponsored agencies, which were seized by the US government during the financial crisis, recently announced programs to back loans to low and moderate income borrowers who would only be required to put down three percent, a two percent reduction in what Fannie and Freddie have required.  … [Read more…]

Loosening the Belt on Mortgage Underwriting?

David Dayen of the liberal New Republic recently reported on a speech by Mel Watts, the chairman of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which has served as the conservator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac since the financial crisis.  Dayen argues that Watt “signaled to mortgage bankers that they can loosen their underwriting standards, … [Read more…]

The $16.65 billion Bank of America Settlement

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced a massive global settlement between Bank of America and the US Justice Department, other federal agencies (including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Housing Administration, and Ginnie Mae), and six states, to resolve claims connected to toxic residential mortgage-backed securities, collateralized debt obligations and an origination release … [Read more…]