Fidelity National Financial: Shocking Numbers Could Kill Title Insurer Merger

“This much seems clear: Premiums are growing fast, to $14.8 billion in 2017  from $9.4 billion in 2011, according to data The Palm Beach Post requested from an industry group, the American Land Title Association. That included more than $1.4 billion in premiums in Florida last year. Yet the share of premiums spent to cover … Read more

How Much Income You Need to Afford the Average Home in Every State in 2018

How Much Income You Need to Afford the Average Home in Every State in 2018 The housing market has not only recovered its pre-recession levels, but some observers are actually starting to worry about yet another housing bubble. Housing prices are on the rise, thanks in large part to extremely tight inventory, so it’s worth … Read more

FL 2nd DCA: SPENCER v. DITECH FINANCIAL – Some-Evidence, No-Evidence Rule in Foreclosures

Are Florida’s Appellate Courts finally getting fed up with the lower courts allowing inadmissible evidence in foreclosure proceedings? Read Judge Salario’s Specially concurring opinion below, along with the full opinion attached and decide for yourselves. ~ ISAIAH L. SPENCER and SHATIKA L. SPENCER, V DITECH FINANCIAL, LLC CASE NO. 2D16-4817 ROTHSTEIN-YOUAKIM, J., Concurs. SALARIO, J., … Read more

Amazon Sets Off To Become America’s Biggest Mortgage Lender

Amazon Sets Off To Become America’s Biggest Mortgage Lender First it monopolized the online retail space; then it made a dramatic appearance in the bricks and mortar grocer sector with its acquisition of Whole Foods, and lately it has been preparing to take on both the pharmaceutical & healthcare sector,  and even banking. And it’s … Read more

Prosecutors and Judges Have Brought Back Debtors’ Prisons

Prosecutors and Judges Have Brought Back Debtors’ Prisons A new report details how easily you can be put in jail simply for owing a company money. By David Dayen One of the defining features of my work has been the loss of integrity in the justice system, not just because of separate tiers of accountability … Read more

Single-Family Rental Industry: Companies Keep Tenant Security Deposits, Pad Move-Out Statements, Turn Former Tenants’ Accounts Over to Debt Collectors

Single-Family Rental Industry: Companies Keep Tenant Security Deposits, Pad Move-Out Statements, Turn Former Tenants’ Accounts Over to Debt Collectors Second Class Petty Officer Jonathan Stacy had always thought of himself as capable of handling whatever the U.S. Navy threw at him. Then he met his match: American Homes 4 Rent, the Agoura Hills, California-based real … Read more