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Lending a hand: Bank opens Charlotte operation, targets homebuilders (access required)

“The builders will have to be financially qualified with effective business models and financial discipline," said Bill Bickett, who is spearheading the creation of the Charlotte-based division of the bank. "But smaller builders have had more problems getting financing. We’ll be looking at loans from $2 million to $6 million. That’ll be our sweet spot.”

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FHFA bans private transfer fees

The Federal Housing Finance Agency has ruled that Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks will no longer be allowed to purchase mortgages on properties saddled with fees that developers insert into covenants for new subdivisions.

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