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Things to do in light of the Equifax hack

Townstone encourages you to take the following steps to help protect your identity: 1. Visit www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/consumer-notice to determine if you are potentially affected and to sign up for credit file monitoring and identity theft protection. 2. Contact major credit reporting agencies to place a fraud alert and/or credit freeze on your credit report, and to… Read more »

Equifax discloses more

It’s been nearly a month since Equifax disclosed that it had been the victim of a “cybersecurity incident” that exposed the personal information of 143 million U.S. consumers, and as it turns out, the data breach at the credit reporting agency is even larger than the company first thought. Equifax revealed Monday that the results… Read more »

143 million Americans were potentially affected by a Equifax cybersecurity incident.

Equifax, one of the nation’s big three credit bureaus, said on Thursday that 143 million Americans were potentially affected by a cybersecurity incident. The hackers gained unauthorized access to certain personal information, including names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers. Credit card numbers for some 209,000 consumers were also accessed,… Read more »

This was the barrier to 900,000 mortgages

Since the recession, there have been significant barriers to homeownership for thousands of Americans and a new study explores five major issues. The Rosen Consulting Group report estimates that if mortgage availability had been at a more normalized level in 2016, there would have been an additional 900,000 purchase mortgages written. “Ten years after the… Read more »

Phishing scams shoot up after cyber attack on mortgage tech vendor

Digital signature company DocuSign has confirmed that a “malicious third party” has breached its system and gained access to as many as 100 million email addresses. Since the breach, there has been an uptick in phishing emails sent to DocuSign customers, according to the company. DocuSign eSignature software, commonly used by mortgage companies, digitizes the… Read more »

Protecting your home

Home thefts are on the uptick throughout the United States. I ran across this article that has some great tips for defending your home.   By Krystal Rogers-Nelson RISMedia House Calls   Even though a burglary occurs every 20 seconds in the U.S., you can still protect yourself without installing top-dollar security features. Home burglary generally has… Read more »

Mortgage delinquencies among some homeowners just spiked, spelling trouble

A troublesome signal just appeared in the housing market and could put taxpayers at risk. Federal Housing Administration mortgage delinquencies jumped in the fourth quarter for the first time since 2006, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported Wednesday. The FHA insures low down-payment loans and is a favorite among first-time homebuyers. The seasonally adjusted FHA delinquency… Read more »

CFPB orders Prospect Mortgage to pay $3.5 million for improper mortgage referrals

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today ordered Prospect Mortgage, a major mortgage lender, to pay a $3.5 million fine for improper mortgage referrals, in what the regulator calls an alleged “kickback” scheme. The lender paid illegal kickbacks for mortgage business referrals. But Prospect Mortgage isn’t the only one being fined. The CFPB also dealt out… Read more »