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Platinum Data Announces Additions to Board of Directors

Two new board members have been appointed at Platinum Data, and the valuation technology provider is preparing to welcome seasoned executives Hunter Atkins and John LaMacchia to the company's directorship. In an official statement, Platinum noted that the company hopes to capitalize on their leadership "during the next phase of its growth and expansion."

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CoreLogic Rolls Out New Data Initiative for RMBS Analysis

CoreLogic has launched a new provision for clients using the company's private-label residential mortgage-backed securities dataset. California-based CoreLogic recently announced the incorporation of anonymized servicer stop advance data, which will be available free of charge for the company's existing and new RMBS-data customers. The trustee-submitted data from CoreLogic will be at the loan-level, as opposed to aggregated. CoreLogic's stop advance data will include history dating back to January 2009.

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Construction Starts Show ‘Slight’ Improvement

Home construction starts are on the rise in 2012, and updates to a recent survey from the McGraw-Hill Companies indicate a forecasted increase of 2 percent for the year. According to projections from the 2012 Dodge Construction Outlook Midyear Update, total construction starts will hit $445 billion, besting the $434 billion recorded during 2011. Compiled by McGraw-Hill Construction, the outlook report calls the predicted performance "slightly better than" flat in a still-recovering economy dogged by recurring problems.

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Mortgagebot Survey Reveals Advantages for Community Lenders

A new survey from Mortgagebot includes promising findings for community-based lenders hoping to increase their market share. The technology company's recent report shows that upticks in visibility and accessibility via online channels can help level the playing field for smaller lenders competing with the nation's big banks. Mortgagebot's study revealed specific strategies that are enabling the company's clients to capitalize on market share including generating better borrower-facing accessibility online, targeting new customers through an online approach that is tailored to a particular demographic.

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Landmark Mortgage Adds New Mortgage Advisor

Landmark Mortgage Group has added a new advisor to its roster of lending and real estate professionals. The company recently promoted Adina Erridge to mortgage advisor from her previous role as a production assistant.

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Live Like the Sultan of Swat on Home Plate Farm

For baseball fans, it doesn't get any greater than Babe Ruth, and now that a Massachusetts estate once belonging to Ruth is on the market, homebuyers have the chance to live like the Sultan of Swat. The property, which is known as Home Plate Farm, is listed for $1.

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Income Growth Slows as Spending Drops in May

Consumer spending fell $4.7 billion, less than 1 percent in May, reversing the 0.15 percent increase in April, the Labor Department reported Friday. Personal income meanwhile grew $25.4 billion or 0.18 percent, down from April's 0.22 percent growth. The numbers suggest GDP growth for the second quarter which ends Saturday could be slip from the first quarter's weak 1.9 percent growth rate. In dollars, income growth in May was less than the $29.4 billion in April, while spending fell from a gain of $16.2 billion in April.

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Study: New HARP Bill Would Result in 13M New Refinances

If it becomes law, a Senate bill could increase the number of homeowners who refinance under the Home Affordable Refinance Program by up to 13 million. That's the consensus reached by professors with Columbia University Business School, which released the study on Thursday. The study sketched the likely effects of a bill recently co-sponsored by Sens. Barbara Boxer and Robert Menendez. Researchers said that new HARP modifications could lead to roughly $35 billion in savings for homeowners, a number that could help stem the rate of foreclosure activity nationally.

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Confusion Over Reverse Mortgages Linked to Higher Foreclosures

The CFPB released a report Thursday showing that although reverse mortgages are meant to help borrowers in retirement, they are in fact causing problems for many who don├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ót fully understand them. A reverse mortgage is a type of home loan that lets older homeowners access the equity they have built up on their homes and defer loan payment until they sell the home, move out, or pass away. The original purpose of reverse mortgages was to allow these homeowners to convert home equity into retirement income.

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Mortgage Rates Stay Flat as Europe Trembles

Mortgage rates remained somewhat flat for the week ending June 28, according to Freddie Mac├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós Primary Mortgage Market Survey. Average fixed mortgage rates remained largely unchanged, helping to keep affordability high for buyers in the market to purchase a home or looking for a refinance. The 30-year fixed averaged 3.66 percent (0.7 point), staying level with the all-time low that was achieved the previous week. At this time in 2011, the 30-year fixed averaged 4.51 percent. The 15-year fixed averaged 2.94 percent (0.7 point), down slightly from 2.95 percent the previous week.

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