Archive | January 2013

Indiana now a part of NATIC

Indiana now a part of NATIC

NATIC announces its  partnership with independent agencies in Indiana.

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Looking to retire soon? Maybe you should consider loan refinancing

Looking to retire soon? Maybe you should consider loan refinancing

Do you know if you should refinance before retiring, or continue to pay your home mortgage during your retirement until your house is paid off? Read on to know the answer.

House Price Index continues to jump high across the US

House Price Index continues to jump high across the US

Federal Housing Finance Agency announced Wednesday that its House Price Index continues to soar after January 2011.

FNF Acquires Top Employee Benefits Agency

In the last quarter of 2012, the leading title insurance and mortgage services provider, Fidelity National Financial, Inc., announced its current success in the acquisition of Digital Insurance, Inc., a firm that provides employee benefits through the distribution of health insurance and the management of small businesses.

Digital has over 20,000 employer clients where 250 are broker partnerships with at least $1 billion of annual premium. Digital Benefits Advisors, company’s largest division, is also growing rapidly as a leading brokerage agency for health benefits. It utilizes the platform for scalable benefits technology of Digital in targeting small businesses through a direct basis. It has been estimated that at the end of 2013, Digital will have generated an approximate $70 million of revenue, a $20 million dollar increase from last year’s $50 million revenue.

According to George P. Scanlon, the Chief Executive Officer of FNF, the company has repeatedly demonstrated a success record of efficient distribution of health benefit programs to small businesses markets. On top of that, the fragmented market served by Digital is shouldering an organic growth of great significance as well as consolidating potential. The company’s business model is entirely unique and original, and it will no doubt provide FNF an opportunity to grow in an industry that is currently going through major changes.

FNF is currently the country’s top provider of mortgage services, title insurance, and restaurant and other diversified services. The company’s title insurance underwriters include Fidelity National Title, Commonwealth Land Title, Chicago Title and Alamo Title. These underwriters currently issue the most title insurance policies across the country. FNF is also a huge stake holder of the American Blue Ribbon Holdings, LLC, the owner and operator of Ninety Nine Restaurant, Village Inn, O’Charley’s, Stoney River Legendary Steaks and Bakers Square. Majority of the stake of Remy International, Inc., which is the leading manufacturer, marketer, designer and distributor of automobile electrical components, is also owned by FNF. To learn more about FNF, it is best to visit the company’s homepage.

According to FNF, its forward-looking statements on the future of the company are based on current statistical information of the management regarding the state of the company. They admit that actual results may differ from its expected and drafted results. The company emphasizes that it is not obliged to update anymore forward-looking statements even in the events of economic changes, arising political dilemmas and other changes affecting the financial markets.

FNF assures that it continues to look forward to achieving more successes. By acquiring Digital, they are excited to reach newer heights in the title insurance industry.

The AARP Files Reverse Mortgage Lawsuit

The AARP has filed a lawsuit against Fannie Mae and Wells Fargo for allegedly allowing illegal eviction and foreclosure to a reverse mortgage heir.

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has filed a lawsuit against the Fannie Mae and the Wells Fargo Bank in the U.S. District court in San Francisco, California for the mortgage borrowers and surviving spouses who have been evicted from their homes and those facing foreclosure.

The recent lawsuit is already AARP’s second lawsuit filed in 2011 regarding reverse mortgage issues for borrowers and their surviving spouses or heirs. The court dismissed the first lawsuit in July, 2011. The current suit is alleging Wells Fargo to have illegally allowed foreclosure on reverse mortgage borrowers. The borrowers were reported to not have been notified and that during the time when the loan was due and payable, they were not provided any opportunity to purchase the property to at least 95% of the property’s appraised value.

Robert Chandler from Elk Grove, California, the main plaintiff of the current lawsuit, admits to have inherited the home entitled to his mother, who was a reverse mortgage borrower before she died in 2010. The lawsuit states that Chandler was not even notified of his right to actually buy the property for it appraised value.

The allegation of the lawsuit and AARP reports that Wells Fargo only told the heir that he needs to pay off the remaining mortgage balance, however, Fannie Mae, the mortgage lender, proceeded to foreclosing the home. Fannie Mae already started efforts in evicting Chandler from his property after finding no one who was willing to purchase the property for its appraised value.

In the initial lawsuit that was filed in March, 2011, the HUD or Department of Housing and Urban Development had withdrawn its non-recourse guidance.  It issued a clarifying servicer FAQs on the 21st of July stating that an HECM loan that is already payable due to a death of the borrower and is conveyed to an heir can be paid off by the heir in paying the remaining balance of the mortgage or purchasing the home to at least 95% of the property’s appraised value.

The second lawsuit is stating that even with HUD’s clarifying servicer FAQs, the defendants still failed to provide any notification to the survivors of the borrowers regarding the rights in purchasing the property for at least 95 % of the property’s value. The defendants allowed foreclosure and eviction of the heir who actually was trying to pay off the market price of a home considered to be an underwater home. AARP revealed that there are actually over a thousand potential defendants who may face complaints of similar nature.

When HUD reversed its rule on the rights survivors and heirs in July 2011, more complainants contacted the AARP about facing the same concern. Senior attorney of the AARP Foundation Litigation, Attorney Jean Constantine-Davis, admitted that it is difficult to comprehend how reverse mortgage lenders are continuing to deny survivors and heirs of their legal rights on properties conveyed to them.

What to expect from reverse mortgage this year.

What to expect from reverse mortgage this year.

In 2013, you’ll be seeing some changes being made in the reverse mortgage industry. For starters, the Department of Housing and Urban Development will be eliminating the fixed rate HECM standard. Read on to know more.