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PNC Reports Growth in Originations

PNC recorded net income of $925 million in Q3, an 11 percent year-over-year increase from $834 million. PNC's total net income for the first three quarters was $2.3 billion, down from $2.6 billion in the same period last year. Part of PNC's quarterly increase can be attributed to a rise in residential mortgage banking revenue, which grew $35 million "due to higher loan sales revenue driven by higher loan origination volume" the company said. Loan origination volume increased $1.2 billion from third-quarter 2011 to $3.8 billion.

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Las Vegas Man Convicted in $8M Mortgage Fraud Case

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that a federal jury convicted a Las Vegas homebuilder in an $8 million mortgage fraud scheme. According to the report, Paul Wagner, a homebuilder in the area for 20 years, was found guilty of conspiracy and fraud charges for selling houses at inflated prices in an attempt to defraud lenders.

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Stronger Traffic Boosts Builder Confidence

After jumping 11 points in three months, builder confidence inched up one point in October to 41, remaining at its highest level since June 2006, the National Association of Home Builders reported Tuesday, matching economist expectations. The October boost was due entirely to a surge in homebuyer traffic in October, as other elements of the index were flat from September. The traffic index├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┬Øwhich had been revised downward in September to 30, from an originally reported 31├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┬Øleapt to 35, its highest level since April 2006.

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Citigroup Announces Departure of Two Executives

One day after posting better-than-expected├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┬Øalbeit reduced├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┬ØQ3 quarterly earnings, Citigroup announced the resignations of CEO Vikram Pandit and president and COO John P. Havens. Pandit's sudden and unexpected announcement has some analysts and investors baffled. Michael Jones, chairman and chief investment officer of Riverfront Investment Group, LLC, told Reuters he thinks the move raises "red flags everywhere."

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Sales Vet Joins ICON


Irvine, California-based ICON Residential Lenders announced Sean Finn has joined the company as area sales manager of the Midwest Region for Wholesale. Finn joins the national wholesale mortgage originator and servicer from Wells Fargo, where he had a successful career in sales management.

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FNC: Non-Distressed Prices Hit 20-Month High in August

According to FNC's Residential Price Index, home prices rose in August for the sixth consecutive month, increasing at a seasonally unadjusted rate of 0.3 percent from July. While August's month-to-month increase is modest compared to the months prior, it still represents a peak since early 2011. FNC said the increase is "consistent with signs of strengthening market conditions that are led by rising existing-home sales and declining foreclosure activities."

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