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Survey: Low Job Growth Hampers Homebuilding

Financial analysis firm Zelman & Associates released a survey signaling mixed results in the homebuilding industry, with new home orders grinding to a halt in May despite 20 percent year-over-year increases. The survey reported that builder sentiment gravitated towards stability, with an industry score topping off at 32.3 on a 0-100 scale, up from 29.6 in May. The Washington, D.C., builders' market remained top dog, while other regions rose only incrementally. Homebuilding starts hovered at 613,000.

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Warren, Republicans Faceoff on Thursday

With less than two weeks to go before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau launches, Treasury Department adviser and nominee Elizabeth Warren plans to attend the House Oversight Committee for the last time on Thursday, giving her Republican opponents one final opportunity to lob critiques at her brainchild before it assumes consumer financial protection authority. Analysts across the spectrum seem to agree that Warren will face yet another challenge from Republicans, who fear numerous transfers of authority from seven agencies will tip the scale between regulation and economic recovery.

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Prudential Mortgage Venture Aims for $1B in CMBS

On Friday lending giant Prudential Mortgage Capital Company announced a joint venture with Perella Weinberg Partners that will allow the two companies to store and originate future commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS). Participation in the re-emerging CMBS market is critical to maintaining our leadership position in the commercial mortgage arena, David Twardock, president of Prudential Mortgage, said in a statement.

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Bank of America Taps New Chief Risk Officer

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In a statement released Friday, Bank of America announced that it tapped Terry Laughlin to head up the risk management division as chief risk officer. [IMAGE] Terry is steeped in the issues that represent the most significant risk we face, and his ultimate transition into the chief risk officer position reflects that and his deep industry expertise, CEO Brian Moynihan said in a statement.

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Weak Jobs Report Hangs Over Housing Markets

Job growth slammed into a wall last month, with employment figures dropping and the number of jobless rising a grim indication that the housing markets may lose steam. According to Census data, the economy added only 18,000 new jobs in June, falling short of expectations that data would trump the 25,000 jobs brought on in May. Numbers for job loss in April and May also hit 9.2 percent and 9.1 percent, with economists saying that the market still needs a net gain of about 150,000 jobs.

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LCS Financial Names SVP

On Thursday LCS Financial Services Corporation released a statement signaling that it hired Mike Sullivan to take over as SVP, representing a leap in the right direction for the former senior executive. Mike├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós contributions to previous organizations and the industry are very impressive.

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MBA Urges CFPB to Meet Over Rules

Joining the ranks of other concerned trade organizations, the Mortgage Bankers Association submitted a comment letter to Treasury Department adviser and nominee Elizabeth Warren, urging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to consult with stakeholders on closing costs and holding firm on a key question affecting various consumer financial laws. The question in mind concerns the Real Estate Settlement and Procedures Act and Truth-in-Lending Act, some of the provisions for which the CFPB wants to combine in order to create a uniform mortgage disclosure form.

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