Mortgage

Hudson United Mortgage Launches ‘Give More’ Winter Charity Campaign

November 2016

WHITE PLAINS—Hudson United Mortgage reported the launch of its winter fundraiser called “Give More,” with the goal of raising money for local organizations that prevent hunger. “With the holiday season and winter weather around the corner, we want to help our community in any way possible,” said Daniel Rand, director of home services for Hudson…

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A.S.A.P. Mortgage’s Nunez Named ‘Rookie of the Year’

November 2016

NEW ROCHELLE— The NAHREP Westchester Bronx chapter honored A.S.A.P. Mortgage’s Dulce Nunez at its Awards Gala on Nov. 10 at the Glen Island Harbour Club here. Nunez was awarded the Rookie of the Year award. The entire staff of A.S.A.P. Mortgage was present to celebrate the accomplishment. “Rookie of The Year” is awarded to the…

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NJ-Based HomeBridge Financial to Purchase Operating Assets of Prospect Mortgage

November 2016

ISELIN, NJ—HomeBridge Financial Services, Inc., a national independent mortgage lender based here, announced on Nov. 1 the signing of a definitive agreement to purchase the operating assets of Prospect Mortgage, LLC from Prospect Holding Company, LLC. The asset purchase consists primarily of the loan production platform. As a result, HomeBridge will become one of the…

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BARRISTER'S BRIEFING: An Overview on Foreclosure Process in New York State

October 2016

New York State currently has the longest foreclosure timeline in the country, typically just under three years. If you are a homeowner in New York facing the prospect of foreclosure, this article is designed to give you a brief overview of the foreclosure process in our state. Foreclosures are judicial in New York, which means…

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Orange County Trust Changes Name Promises Further Growth in Region

August 2016

MIDDLETOWN—Orange County Trust Company announced recently it changed its name to Orange Bank & Trust Company. With the new name change and signage comes word from bank officials that the bank plans to continue to grow its operations in the region. The name change supports the bank’s strategic plan to remain independent, position itself for…

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NAR Says Consumers Win With Proposed ‘Know Before You Owe’ Rule Changes

August 2016

WASHINGTON— Since the October 2015 implementation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's “Know Before You Owe” mortgage initiative, Realtors have raised red flags over challenges in gaining access to the mortgage "closing disclosure" form, or CD. The CD is delivered to homebuyers in advance of their closing and contains important financial information related to their…

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Westchester LDC Provides $26M in Financing For Rippowam School Construction Project

June 2016

WHITE PLAINS—The Westchester County Local Development Corporation approved on May 26th a total of $26 million in incentive financing for the construction and renovation of facilities at the upper campus of the Rippowam Cisqua School in Bedford. The $19-million project will create approximately 150 to 200 construction jobs and retain approximately 195 full-time and part-time…

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State A.G. Adds $100M to Foreclosure Prevention Programs

May 2016

NEW YORK—New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced on May 25th a $100-million expansion of efforts to provide no-interest loans to help New York families avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes. The expansion, funded by the Attorney General’s April settlement with Goldman Sachs over the bank’s deceptive practices leading up to the…

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Veteran Realtor Howard Parnes Passes Away

May 2016

WHITE PLAINS— Howard Leon Parnes, partner of Houlihan-Parnes Realtors, passed away at age 86 on April 21, 2016. Parnes joined forces in 1967 with the long-established Houlihan firm run by James G. Houlihan and Daniel J. Houlihan. The firm, which became known as Houlihan-Parnes Realtors, celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. Parnes was known in…

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Real Estate Agents, Appraisers Concerned Over FHA Appraisal Policies

May 2016

WASHINGTON—While the Federal Housing Administration’s overhaul of its “Single-Family Housing Policy Handbook” last year offered loan originators more clarity on lending policies and loan underwriting standards, some changes made to the property valuation policies are causing confusion and delays, according to speakers at a real property valuation forum released earlier this month at the 2016…

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GUEST OPINION: Banking and Real Estate in America

March 2016

The Story of 100 Years of Boom and Bust Editor’s Note: In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and its predecessor organizations, HGAR Affiliate Member and long-time contributing columnist Donald Arace takes a look back at the past 100 years in the mortgage lending business. There used to be…

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Cuomo Says Bank Merger Deal Would Have ‘Devastating’ Impact

February 2016

ALBANY—New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a letter sent to federal banking regulators earlier this month, voiced his strong opposition to the pending $4.1-billion acquisition of First Niagara Financial Group Inc. by Cleveland-based KeyCorp. The governor in his Feb. 10th letter to senior officials with the Federal Reserve System, the Office of the Comptroller of…

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Morgan Stanley Agrees to Pay $3.2B to Settle Mortgage Case

February 2016

$550M Earmarked for New York State   NEW YORK—Financial services giant Morgan Stanley has agreed to pay $3.2 billion to settle charges it misled investors to purchase Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities it knew were flawed. Federal and state regulators announced the settlement agreement on Feb. 11. New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman joined members…

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White Plains-Based Houlihan Parnes Celebrates 125 Years in Business

February 2016

WHITE PLAINS—Houlihan Parnes, Realtors, LLC, founded by Irish immigrant Daniel J. Houlihan in 1891, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. The family-owned privately-held company was originally founded as a carpentry and construction business, which evolved into property ownership and development and many related commercial service businesses. The firm is currently managed by James J.…

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Lenders Expect Strong Demand, Loan Volume in 2016

January 2016

WASHINGTON—Commercial and multifamily mortgage lending is expected to increase in 2016, as lenders' and borrowers' appetites for new loans remain strong, according to a new Mortgage Bankers Association survey of the top commercial and multifamily mortgage origination firms. A full 9% of the top firms expect originations to increase in 2016, with 50% expecting an…

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Bill Raveis Passes Torch Of Brokerages to Sons

January 2016

  SHELTON, CT—Bill Raveis, chairman and CEO of William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance, the largest family-owned real estate brokerage company in the Northeast, recently named his two sons, Chris Raveis and Ryan Raveis, as Co-Presidents of William Raveis, Inc. William Raveis, Inc. is comprised of real estate, mortgage and insurance and commercial assets.…

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Independent Mortgage Bank Profits Fall in Third Quarter

December 2015

WASHINGTON—Independent mortgage banks and mortgage subsidiaries of chartered banks reported a net gain of $1,238 on each loan they originated in the third quarter of 2015, down from a reported gain of $1,522 per loan in the second quarter of 2015, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported on Dec. 8th in its Quarterly Mortgage Bankers Performance…

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Commercial, Multifamily Mortgage Originations Up 12%

November 2015

WASHINGTON—According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Quarterly Survey of Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Bankers Originations, third quarter 2015 commercial and multifamily mortgage loan originations were 12% higher than during the same period last year and 3% higher than the second quarter of 2015. "Commercial mortgage borrowing and lending continued to grow during the third quarter," said Jamie…

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ROCKLAND: Moody’s Upgrades County’s Municipal Bond Rating

November 2015

NEW CITY—Nearly two years after Rockland County almost went into default during the early days of Rockland County Executive Ed Day’s administration, a major credit rating agency has upgraded the county’s debt. County Executive Day announced on Oct. 15 that Moody's Investors Service upgraded Rockland County's general obligation bond rating from Baa2 to Baa1 with…

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