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Closing Costs for Mortgage Loans Continue to Decline

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Closing Costs for Mortgage Loans Continue to Decline Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-08-08 Abby Gregory August 8, 2012 444 Views center_img A new report from “”Bankrate.com””:http://www.bankrate.com/ shows significant declines in mortgage closing costs, pointing to a victory for the industry. According to the website’s recent study, the average cost to close on a mortgage loan in the U.S. dropped by seven percent during the past year.[IMAGE]Polling lenders in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Bankrate.com found that the nation’s average tally for closing costs came to just $3,754. Additionally, the company’s eighth[COLUMN_BREAK]annual closing costs survey revealed that title insurance and other third-party fees decreased by 12 percent from 2011, as origination fees fell by one percent.””This is the second year in which lenders are required to estimate third-party fees within 10 percent of the final cost. It seems like they’re getting more accurate, which helps explain the sharp decrease in these fees over the past year,”” stated Greg McBride, CFA, Bankrate.com’s senior financial analyst. “”The main lesson of this survey for consumers is to shop around for at least three different estimates. While no one is going to move to a new state just because closing costs are lower, it’s important for people to realize that there is variation even within their neighborhood, and that they can save by being an educated consumer,”” added McBride.New York boasted the country’s most expensive closing costs for the third consecutive year, ringing in at an average of $5,435. Texas, Pennsylvania, Florida and Oklahoma rounded out Bankrate.com’s list of areas with the highest closing costs. Meanwhile, Missouri took the title as the least expensive state for closing costs, which came to $3,006 on average; Kansas, Colorado, Iowa and Arkansas were also among the five cheapest states. Sharelast_img read more

MBA Multifamily Origination Saw 60 Yearly Increase in 2011

first_img Share October 4, 2012 423 Views MBA: Multifamily Origination Saw 60% Yearly Increase in 2011 Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors JPMorgan Chase Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Bankers Association Service Providers Wells Fargo 2012-10-04 Tory Barringercenter_img Multifamily mortgage origination saw a major year-over-year increase in dollar volume in 2011, the “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://www.mbaa.org/default.htm (MBA) reported.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]According to the association, 2,653 different multifamily lenders provided a total of $110.1 billion in new mortgages for apartment buildings with five or more units. The dollar volume represents a 60 percent increase from 2010’s total.””The $110 billion of borrowing and lending backed by multifamily apartment buildings in 2011 was more than double the amount of just two years earlier,”” said Jamie Woodwell, MBA’s VP of commercial real estate research. “”The growth is testament to the improvements in both the underlying multifamily property markets and the broader capital markets.””Seventy-two percent of the active lenders made five or fewer multifamily loans over the year.Measured by total dollar volume, the top five multifamily lenders in 2011 were “”Wells Fargo””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/, “”JPMorgan Chase””:http://www.jpmorganchase.com/corporate/Home/home.htm, “”CBRE Capital Markets, Inc.””:http://capitalmarkets.cbre.com/, “”PNC Real Estate””:https://www.pnc.com/webapp/sec/RealEstateFinanceHP.do?siteArea=/PNC/Home/Corporate+and+Institutional/PNC+Real+Estate/Commercial+Real+Estate+Home, and “”Berkadia””:http://www.berkadia.com/default.aspx. in Data, Government, Originationlast_img read more

Regulator Calls Nationstar on Explosive Growth

first_img A regulator who recently took actions to curb growth at Ocwen has now turned his eye to Nationstar.Benjamin Lawsky, superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYSDFS), issued a letter to Nationstar Mortgage Holdings, acknowledging the agency “has significant concerns that the explosive growth at Nationstar and other nonbank mortgage servicers may create capacity issues that put homeowners at risk.””We have received hundreds of complaints from New York consumers,” said Lawsky in a letter initially reviewed and reported by the Wall Street Journal. The letter cites problems with Nationstar’s mortgage practices, including problems related to mortgage modifications, improper fees, and lost paperwork.One of the “other nonbank mortgage servicers” referenced is Ocwen Financial Corporation, which had a previous run-in with Lawsky and his department.NYSDFS halted a deal between Ocwen and Wells Fargo that would have shifted mortgage servicing rights of a portfolio worth $39 billion from Wells Fargo to Ocwen.The letter is a continued effort by Lawsky to monitor nonbank servicers and their rapid expansion and growth. Lawsky is concerned that rapid growth has left servicers without the sufficient infrastructure and personnel to handle the increased volume.”There are real people at the other ends of these loans, and the ability to work with those homeowners is not something that these nonbank firms can build up overnight,” Lawsky remarked at the New York Bankers Association Annual Meeting and Economic Forum on February 12, 2014.Nationstar CEO Jay Bray responded to the letter in a press release: “We intend to comply fully and transparently with Mr. Lawsky’s request, just as we do when working with the dozens of state and federal regulators who oversee our business and industry on a daily basis.”Bray continued, “We have a proven track record of helping homeowners succeed and avoid foreclosure, and we welcome the opportunity to share this information with the New York Department of Financial Services.”Nationstar, Ocwen, and Walter Investment Corporation recently reported very positive fourth quarter earnings, which were in part due to refinances through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). It remains to be seen whether these earnings will continue as the shrinking availability of HARP-eligible loans becomes a factor in 2014.Moody’s Investors Service cited concerns that the three largest nonbank mortgage servicing companies, Ocwen, Nationstar, and Walter Investment, will begin originating nonprime mortgages as a way to increase already growing revenues.Moody’s latest ResiLandscape report noted, “We have said that Ocwen and the special servicers could become the next generation of non-prime originators, given their wealth of non-prime servicing experience along with the cyclical, low-margin nature of prime mortgage originations.”Increased scrutiny from regulators like Lawsky and dwindling HARP-eligible loans could drive the firms to other, more risky ventures.NYSDFS and Nationstar could not be reached for comment. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News, Origination, Servicing Regulator Calls Nationstar on ‘Explosive Growth’ Sharecenter_img March 6, 2014 454 Views Mortgage Servicing Rights Nationstar Ocwen Regulation Subprime 2014-03-06 Colin Robinslast_img read more

National Indicators Slip Further Away from Stable

first_imgNational Indicators Slip Further Away from ‘Stable’ in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News April 23, 2014 460 Views Sharecenter_img Having made some progress toward stability in January, the housing market experienced a slight backslide in February, Freddie Mac reported Wednesday.In the company’s second-ever Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi), analysts at Freddie Mac reported a national index value of -3.11, putting the U.S. market just on the “weak” side of a stable market (ranging from index values of -2 to 2).Compiled using Freddie Mac’s own data along with local market statistics, MiMi was created to assess where each single-family housing market sits compared to its own long-term stable range in terms of home purchase applications, payment-to-income ratios, proportion of on-time mortgage payments, and local employment. The inaugural index for January was recorded at -3.08.Focusing on the positive, Freddie Mac noted housing has improved by 0.67 points year-over-year, indicating an overall trend toward strength, with more than half of all states seeing improvements.“Despite a slowdown over the winter months, the housing market continues to show improvement in most states, although at a somewhat slower pace,” said Frank Nothaft, VP and chief economist at Freddie Mac.While some MiMi indicators have weakened—home purchase applications look particularly soft in many areas—Nothaft added that “gains in local employment and loan performance have really helped many markets across the country, especially those that were hardest hit.”As of February, 11 states and the District of Columbia were recorded in their stable ranges of housing activity, unchanged from January. Out of that group, however, only Louisiana and Montana recovered compared to January, with those at the bottom—Vermont, Texas, and South Dakota in particular—veering closer toward instability.Based on data reported so far for March, deputy chief economist Len Kiefer says the company expects an improvement despite continued weakness in home purchase applications.“The other indicators are moving in the right direction … so we’re likely going to continue to see that [positive trend] just because of the firming up on those indicators,” Kiefer said. Forecast Freddie Mac Mortgage Applications Purchase Loans Unemployment 2014-04-23 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

DOJ to Pursue Employees for Role in the Financial Crisis

first_imgDOJ to Pursue Employees for Role in the Financial Crisis Share The U.S. Department of Justice issued a memo on Thursday containing new guidelines stating that it will pursue the prosecution of individual employees, and not just their companies, for their role in precipitating the financial crisis in 2008.Many have wondered why the DOJ has not previously made the prosecution of these individuals a priority while the Department has entered into multi-billion dollar settlements with the nation’s largest banks in the last two years. The DOJ has settled with JPMorgan Chase (a then-record $13 billion in November 2013), Citi ($7 billion in July 2014), and Bank of America (a record $16.65 billion in August 2014) for selling toxic-mortgage backed securities to investors in the run-up to the crisis.The memo was sent to all U.S. attorneys general and the rules outlined are effective immediately.”One of the most effective ways to combat corporate misconduct is by seeking accountability from the individuals who perpetuated the wrongdoing,” deputy attorney general Sally Q. Yates wrote in the memo. “Such accountability is important for several reasons: it deters future illegal activity, it incentivizes changes in corporate behavior, it ensures that the proper parties are held responsible for their actions, and it promotes the public’s confidence in our justice system.”According to Yates, the guidelines outlined in the memo reflect six key steps in the DOJ’s pursuit of individuals as opposed to just corporations:Corporations must provide the DOJ with relevant facts relating to the individuals responsible for the misconduct in order to qualify for any cooperation credit;From the inception of the investigation, criminal and civil investigations should focus on individuals;Criminal and civil attorneys who are handling these investigations should be in routine contact with each other;The DOJ will not release culpable individuals from civil or criminal liability when resolving a matter with a corporation, barring extraordinary circumstances;DOJ attorneys should have a clear plan to resolve related individual cases before the statute of limitations expires when resolving matters with a corporation, and declinations as to individuals in these cases should be memorialized; andCivil attorneys should consistently focus on individuals as well as corporations in their investigations and should consider more than just that individual’s ability to pay when evaluating whether to bring suit against an individual.Click here to view a complete copy of the memo. Employees Financial Crisis U.S. Department of Justice 2015-09-11 Seth Welborncenter_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News September 11, 2015 569 Views last_img read more

Political Discussions Around Homeownership Heat Up

first_img“The way into the middle class for many people, including me, is home ownership” @RepMikeCapuano #UnderConstruction https://t.co/2UrmGMydT9— POLITICO Events (@POLITICOEvents) July 26, 2016 While the two major party presidential candidates have not said much about housing policy in the months leading up to their parties’ respective national conventions, housing is suddenly moving up on the priority list of lawmakers and industry stakeholders.A group of lawmakers, policymakers, and thought leaders gathered in Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention to discuss housing policy choices facing the next Congress and administration in an event titled “Under Construction: How Will the Next President Remodel Home Lending?” The group included two U.S. Congressmen, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-California) and Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Massachusetts); Anne Fadullon, Director of Planning & Development, City of Philadelphia; and Susan Wachter, Albert Sussman Professor of Real Estate, Professor of Finance, The Wharton School; Co-Director, Penn Institute for Urban Research, University of Pennsylvania.Increasing the U.S. homeownership rate, which is near a five-decade low, was a focal point of the discussion. Wachter tweeted, “24% of 18-24 yr olds are owners & an almost equal % are living at home w their parents..an historic high” and “We don’t have the option of doing nothing. . . Fannie and Freddie are on a timeline to closing.” The capital buffer for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is required to be reduced to zero by January 1, 2018, at which point taxpayers will be on the hook for any losses they may incur if they are still under conservatorship of FHFA. Political Discussions Around Homeownership Heat Up Share July 26, 2016 489 Views Homeownership Housing Policy 2016-07-26 Seth Welborn In order to encourage more first-time buyers to enter the housing market, Sen. Ron Wyden (R-Oregon) earlier this month that would provide first-time buyers with a refundable tax credit equal to 2.5 percent of the home’s purchase price for homes purchased for less than $600,000 (maximum credit of $10,000).Participants in the discussion were skeptical of this, however. Sherman tweeted about Wyden’s proposal, “To GOP ‘Tax credit to accomplish the same goal is a smaller sin’ than ‘spending money to help people.’” Nevertheless, he said, increasing the homeownership rate is critical, because “The way into the middle class for many people, including me, is homeownership.” in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News “24% of 18-24 yr olds are owners & an almost equal % are living at home w their parents..an historic high” @Susan_Wachter #UnderConstruction— POLITICO Events (@POLITICOEvents) July 26, 2016Mortgage rates hovering above record low levels are helping the homeownership rate somewhat, but housing has been constrained by consistently low inventory. Not only that, the low rates are encouraging many who are already homeowners to refinance rather than move and buy another house. Still, “Anything that keeps interest rates on mortgages lower…that’s a salient political issue for homeowners,” Capuano tweeted.Homeownership remains an impossibility for some families for a variety of reasons, chief among them inability to save for a downpayment or bad credit (or no credit). Fadullon tweeted, “Huge % of our pop. for which homeownership is completely out of reach & they just want a place to call home” and “We have…an affordability issue combined w a poverty/income issue in Philly.”last_img read more

Young Homebuyers Face High Down Payments Shifting Priorities

first_img May 19, 2017 917 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News According to the latest Merrill Edge® Report, 63 percent of millennials are looking to achieve the amount of savings or income necessary to live their desired lifestyle, whereas most (55 percent) Gen Xers and baby boomers are instead saving to leave the workforce.What the survey found is that millennials are more focused on personal achievements, such as dream jobs and travelling, than “traditional,” long term life milestones, such as marriage and parenthood.“This spring’s report shows us even more differences between how millennials and their parents view and save for the future,” said Aron Levine, head of Merrill Edge. “Young adults tell us they are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve freedom and flexibility, even if it means working for the rest of their lives. To ensure success, it’s increasingly important these younger generations take a hands-on, goals-based approach to their long-term finances and prioritize saving in the short term.”This “fear of missing out” philosophy among millennials translates into home purchases. Millennials are less likely than older generations to settle down, and are what some call “adventure movers.”Their motivations for moving are influenced by a sense of adventure, making these moves relatively short-term,” said Dr. Jeffrey Arnett, Research Professor in the Department of Psychology at Clark University. “More than any generation before them, millennials have defined their 20s as a period of freedom and instability. This flexibility allows millennials to make moves in search of new job opportunities or adventures, even if they don’t plan to stay in the long run.”The Mayflower Mover Insights Survey found that 41 percent millennials are what they call “vacation movers,” or movers that do not intend to settle permanently. The survey also found that 53 percent of millennials are likely to make a temporary move within the next five years.Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan points to high down payments and the amount of time required to save for these payments as another reason for millennials not quite settling yet. Millennials lifestyles change over time, and a lower down payment could make a difference in the long run.“If you require and 20 percent down payment, it takes more time,” said Moynihan on CNBC. Down Payments Millennials 2017-05-19 Seth Welborncenter_img Share Young Homebuyers Face High Down Payments, Shifting Prioritieslast_img read more

Ellie Mae Passes New Milestone

first_img in Headlines, News, Secondary Market Share Ellie Mae, the cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry, announced that it has passed the 1,500 employee milestone. The company has grown 40 percent since January of 2017 and 650 percent since its initial public offering in 2011.“Ellie Mae is thrilled to welcome our 1,500th teammate,” said Jonathan Corr, Ellie Mae President and CEO. “And as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of our company, we continue to work together on our mission to provide a truly digital mortgage that automates everything automatable in the residential mortgage industry. With Ellie Mae’s innovative technology and our connected community of customers, partners and dedicated employees, more people are able to achieve the American Dream of homeownership.”Ellie Mae has nine offices across the U.S., including the company’s headquarters in Pleasanton, California and satellite offices. In 2017, Ellie Mae opened its Innovation Center to house the company’s growing technology and product employees.“We believe our employees can make a difference the moment they start and we wanted to give them the space to innovate and connect. Last year we expanded our footprint in the Bay Area as we opened our Innovation Center,” said Corr. “We have increased our presence in Pleasanton, created a better, more collaborative work environment for our employees and given the company the space and opportunity to grow.” January 20, 2018 905 Views center_img Ellie Mae HOUSING mortgage 2018-01-20 Nicole Casperson Ellie Mae Passes New Milestonelast_img read more

Home Point Announces Hiring of Tim Fitzgerald

first_imgHome Point Announces Hiring of Tim Fitzgerald November 11, 2018 509 Views HomePoint HOUSING mortgage Mortgage Origination mortgage servicing Tim Fitzgerald 2018-11-11 Rachel Williams Home Point Financial Corporation (Home Point), a national mortgage originator and servicer based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, announced that Tim Fitzgerald has joined the company as Managing Director–Regional Manager. He will direct Home Point’s Third Party Originations (TPO) regional sales team responsible for 14 states in New England, the Northeast, Midwest, and Washington, D.C. He will report directly to Paul Wyner, Senior Managing Director–TPO Sales.Fitzgerald has nearly 30 years’ experience in the mortgage industry, most recently serving as Regional Account Executive for Cardinal Financial in Charlotte, North Carolina. Previous experience includes positions with MB Financial Mortgage, Franklin American Mortgage, and ABN AMRO Mortgage Group, among others.Phil Shoemaker, Chief Business Officer for Home Point noted, “Tim’s experience positions him as a clear fit for the role of Managing Director–Regional Manager. We are happy to have him on our team and are confident that his innovative leadership style will contribute to Home Point Financial’s position as a leader in the TPO channel.”“At Home Point, it is clear that both client and associate satisfaction are of top priority. I’m looking forward to working with our clients to help originate mortgages and grow their business,” said Fitzgerald.center_img in Headlines, News, Origination, Servicing Sharelast_img read more

The US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Servic

first_img The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has removed the Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) quarantine area in the Sun Valley area of Los Angeles County, California, effective June 23.The control zone was established on August 30 by APHIS and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), following the detection of three adult Medflies over the prior two weeks. Dozens of additional detections of adults and larvae were made over the following few weeks.   APHIS said that since that time the transient Medfly population has been eliminated. The pest targets more than 250 types of fruits and vegetables.”APHIS removed the quarantine area after three Medfly life-cycles elapsed with negative detections in this area,” it said.To see a description of all the current federal fruit fly quarantine areas in the U.S., click here.www.freshfruitportal.com You might also be interested in July 03 , 2018 U.S.: First storm hits California, more heavy rain … center_img Grapes in Charts: California sees low prices after … U.S.: California’s almond acreage on the rise … California Navel season ‘one of worst in history o …last_img read more

October 18 2018

first_imgOctober 18 , 2018 PRESS RELEASEPink Lady® apples, the number one fresh produce brand in the UK, is celebrating life’s ‘good apples’ by giving fans of the brand the chance to win a trip for two to the French town of Avignon, to discover the European Pink Lady® orchards for themselves.The competition enables fans to nominate someone they consider a ‘good apple’ on the brand’s website, to be in with the chance of winning a visit to the heart of Provence. Winners will get the opportunity to pick their own good apples in the beautiful Pink Lady® apple growing region. Ten runners-up from the competition will also receive bespoke Pink Lady® goody bags as part of the prize.Over 92,000 tons of Pink Lady® apples are harvested in Europe each year, where the region of Provence is a significant producer with over 1400 hectares of orchards. Pink Lady® apples are grown in the world’s finest wine-growing regions, where the reliable hours of sunshine needed to develop the apple’s sweetness are guaranteed.Lynn Shaw, Marketing Manager at Pink Lady® UK said: “We are so thrilled to be able to offer our fans the opportunity to visit the beautiful region of Provence and show them where their favourite apple is grown and harvested.“Showcasing the start of the journey, which each of our apples embarks on, is very important for us as a brand. We want the consumer to understand that only the best apples are selected, hand-picked and given the Pink Lady® sticker seal of approval, as a symbol of its authenticity and guaranteed consistent quality.“Famous for its glorious sunshine and wonderful produce, Avignon is the perfect place to grow our Pink Lady® apples. We are delighted to be able to share this experience with consumers and give something back to our Pink Lady® fans who are very loyal to us.”This is the third once-in-a-lifetime experience the brand has offered fans in 2018, having also launched a joint competition with M&S to win a trip to Australia, which also enables consumers to see the Pink Lady® growing experience at first-hand. Plus a competition to win a trip to Venice back in February. You might also be interested incenter_img Pink Lady apples “maintained good performance” in …last_img read more

What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories The good news is there is plenty of time for those improvements tohappen. The season opener is still six weeks away, and even though theymay not have shown in Saturday, you know there are weapons on theoffensive side of the ball.And, for the real optimist, the better news may be the idea that the defensedominating could be a sign that the group is ready to pick up right where itleft off last season, when it emerged as one of the NFL’s better units.“We’re a very talented team, well coached, and I feel like if we play ourgame we can shut down anybody,” Campbell said. Including his own team. – / 42 Flagstaff, Ariz. – Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell said this is thetime in training camp where the defense will be ahead of the offense. It sure seemed that way at the team’s annual Red and White scrimmage,where an estimated 14,500 fans saw the offense muster just onetouchdown drive out of 15 different offensive series.“We came into [Saturday] saying we wanted to dominate, so that was thewhole plan,” safety Kerry Rhodes said. Comments   Share   That may have been the plan, but it led to an uneventful – even difficult towatch – afternoon, especially if you were hoping to see the Cardinals QBbattle play out. John Skelton, who started the day under center, completedjust two passes, while Kevin Kolb was picked off twice. Sure, there were bright spots, as Ryan Williams ripped off the longest playof the day with an impressive run, and rookie Michael Floyd made multiplecatches that made you go “oh, that’s why they drafted him”, but all-in-all itwas a day the offense will have to learn from.“You’re going to have you ups and downs, you know, with four practicesunder your belt,” Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb said. “Offensively, as a whole, wedidn’t do real well.“But there’s things to build on. We’ll look at the film and move forward.”Larry Fitzgerald, who had a fairly quiet afternoon, feels like there is no areathe team cannot afford to improve in.“Overall execution, we need to pick it up,” the Pro Bowler said. “Weobviously need to complete more passes when we get opportunities, weneed to protect, we need to run block, we need to to do everything.” Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Rob Housler if anything his performance against

first_img“Rob Housler, if anything [his performance against Houston] may give him some confidence,” Cardinals GM Steve Keim told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug & Wolf. “He’s a guy who we’ve talked about time and time again that he’s a talented player who can run and stretch the seam, but just hasn’t been able to put it all together.“Yesterday was a step in the right direction. Moving forward maybe it gives him some confidence.”While Housler’s day was encouraging, Keim noted that the biggest takeaway from the win was the way in which Arians was finally able to use all of his tight ends in the passing game.“The nice thing after watching the tape this morning, there were times where we played three tight ends at the same time,” said Keim. “Jake Ballard did a nice job at the point of attack, blocking as well as that big catch he had for the first down.“Competition is always good at that position. Any time you can bring in additional players that push the starters, I think that’s a positive quality to have.” As the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive coordinator from 2007-11, Arians helped Heath Miller grow into one of the league’s elite tight ends. During that five-year span, Miller caught 264 passes for 3,012 yards and 20 touchdowns. The tight end out of Virginia was also selected to the first of his two Pro Bowls in 2010.Suffice it to say, Arians, who also spent a year as the New Orleans Saints tight ends coach in 1996, has an affinity for the position.However, that affinity rarely surfaced during the first eight games of his head coaching tenure with the Arizona Cardinals.Whether because of injury, a lack of production or a need for added protection along the line, Cardinals tight ends were rarely featured in the team’s aerial attack over the first half of the 2013 campaign.In fact, on only 36 targets, Rob Housler and Jim Dray combined to catch 26 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown.But on Sunday, the script changed just a bit.In the Cardinals’ 27-24 victory over the Houston Texans at University of Phoenix Stadium, Housler, Dray and newly-signed Jack Ballard recorded six catches for 81 yards, including Housler’s first career touchdown reception. Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Every stop along his long-winding road to Arizona, Bruce Arians has favored an offensive scheme that highlights the tight end position.During his two stints in Indianapolis (1998-2000 as the quarterbacks’ coach and 2012 as the offensive coordinator/interim head coach), the Colts often employed two tight end sets with the likes of Marcus Pollard, Ken Dilger, Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen.While Arians was in Cleveland as the Browns’ offensive coordinator from 2001-03, eight different tight ends — Mark Campbell, O.J. Santiago, Mike Sellers, Ricky Dudley, Steve Heiden, Kevin Heinrich, Aaron Shea and Darnell Sanders — made multiple starts. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling LISTEN: Steve Keim, AZ Cardinals GM Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Source: The #Raiders will sign LB Bruce Irvin when the league year starts tomorrow. Out of nowhere.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2016The former West Virginia star had 5.5 sacks in 2015 and has 22 sacks in 58 career regular-season games. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Cardinals are NOT interested in Seattle FA Linebacker Bruce Irvin.— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) March 8, 2016Irvin, 28, is ranked as the fifth-best free agent available, regardless of position, by NFL.com.News broke late Tuesday that Irvin plans to sign with the Oakland Raiders.center_img Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Bruce Irvin (51) sacks Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals may need a pass rusher, but it’s looking more and more like they’ll address that position in the draft rather than free agency.Reported Arizona targets Jason-Pierre Paul, Tamba Hali and Mario Williams all agreed to deals Tuesday, a day before free agent contracts can be finalized and signed.Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Monday the Cardinals also had interest in free agent outside linebacker Bruce Irvin, who spent his first four years in the league with the Seattle Seahawks. According to our own John Gambadoro, that might not be the case. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Sunday night marks the 29th opening day for the Cardinals since they moved to the Valley from St. Louis in 1988.In that time, they’ve used many starting quarterbacks … and we mean many. Now, it’s not as long a list as the Cleveland Browns boast, but it’s lengthy.In their previous 28 Week 1 contests, the Cardinals have used 17 different starting quarterbacks to open a season.That’s your Trivia Tuesday challenge this week — name them! Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   center_img You’ve got eight minutes on the clock. Good luck! Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes 5 scrambl

first_imgTexas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes (5) scrambles in the pocket before passing in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Baylor Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Top Stories Arizona thus far has held private workouts or visits with North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, Texas Tech’s Mahomes, Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer and California’s Davis Webb.This could be the list head coach Bruce Arians was referring to when when he said there were “maybe five or six” potential starting quarterbacks in this draft class.Mahomes leads all prospects with 11 of the 50 mock drafts tracked by Arizona Sports since April 1 having the Red Raider going to the Cardinals in the first round. Watson comes in tied for second with eight selections, while Kizer has three and Trubisky has two.The raw athlete from Texas Tech was described by ESPN’s Mel Kiper as “really the hot guy right now” earlier this week. He led the country in passing yards last season with 5,052 in the Red Raiders’ wide-open offense and accounted for 53 total touchdowns.Of course, the Cardinals still have potential needs at a litany of other positions, including wide receiver, linebacker and cornerback, and Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough recently advised against believing spring draft talk, but a quarterback may be tough to pass up if the team finds one it loves. Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact With Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer entering his 14th season in the NFL at 37 years old, many around the Cardinals’ organization have alluded to finding a potential successor sooner rather than later.That’s why ESPN writer Dan Graziano believes Arizona’s “dream scenario” for the first round of Thursday’s NFL Draft would be to find a quarterback of the future.Arizona probably would have taken Paxton Lynch in the first round last year if he’d fallen to them, and they’re in position this year to find a guy they like and can groom behind Carson Palmer for a year or two. Let’s say it’s Patrick Mahomes — a project quarterback who’s going to need time before he’s ready. The Cardinals believe they have that time and need someone to follow Palmer whenever he’s done. The second key part of the Cardinals’ dream is that Palmer stays healthy and has one more really big year left in him. But that feels like the part of the dream that you’re just about to get to when you wake up to use the bathroom, and then by the time you get back to bed you can’t remember what you were dreaming about even though you know it was good and you were desperate to find out what was about to happen next. Hate that.The Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, Houston Texans and Pittsburgh Steelers’ dream scenarios also involve taking a quarterback in the first round. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Why it could happen: Carson Palmer retired, which leaves them without a starting quarterback. They also won too many games (8), which means they’re not picking until No. 15. That means they’re likely not getting one of the top three quarterbacks in this year’s draft barring a trade up. The Cardinals are in a weird spot. They just lost their coach and quarterback to retirement, and Larry Fitzgerald could follow them, but they still won eight games. A complete rebuild doesn’t make total sense, but their roster has enough holes that trading a high pick for someone like Alex Smith might not make sense. Foles figures to be cheaper.Why it won’t happen: Does Foles elevate the Cardinals to the level of a contender? Probably not. The Cardinals reside in the same division as the young, but dominant Rams, the always good Seahawks, and the up-and-coming 49ers. The Cardinals would be better off saving their draft picks and signing someone like McCown or Sam Bradford as a bridge quarterback. There are plenty of reasons for Cardinals fans to link the puzzle pieces with Foles and Arizona.Foles spent his final three years of college playing in Tucson with the Arizona Wildcats after transferring from Michigan State. From 2009-11, Foles’ completion percentage, yardage and touchdowns increased every year.This season since taking over for Wentz, Foles ran an unorthodox offense that featured a lot of college type plays such as RPOs (run pass options).Foles’ best season as a pro came with the Eagles under coach Chip Kelly, who ran a lightning-quick paced college-style offense that produced a 27:2 touchdown to interception ratio for the quarterback in 2013.Cardinals new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy has shown versatility when it comes to coaching quarterbacks with different styles. McCoy has coached Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning to the playoffs, quarterbacks whose styles contrast about as much as the sun and the moon.If there is a coordinator who can adjust to a different style of play per quarterback, it’s McCoy. The weapons are there for Foles to immediately step in and have success. The question would be the price Arizona is willing to pay to get him. Wagner-McGough isn’t the only person who connects the dots between Arizona and the Philadelphia quarterback. Before the Super Bowl even began, David Johnson pitched Foles on joining the Cardinals. With franchise quarterback Carson Wentz waiting to take the reins back from Foles next season for the Eagles, questions turn to what the team will do with their Super Bowl-winning backup.Sean Wagner-McGough from CBS Sports listed the Cardinals as the No. 2 potential landing spot for Foles this offseason, behind the Eagles keeping him as a backup. The possibilities of landing Foles in a trade might come at a hefty price.Winning the Super Bowl is the quickest way to raise a quarterback’s value in the NFL. Ask guys like Joe Flacco, Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning. But the Cardinals have all of their draft picks in the first three rounds of the 2018 draft as potential trade bait and currently Foles has a very team-friendly contract.There is no doubt that filling the void at the quarterback position is on the top of the Cardinals’ to-do list and Foles’ resume at least puts him in the discussion. – / 52 Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 30 Comments   Share   Connections between Super Bowl-winning quarterback Nick Foles and the Arizona Cardinals started to manifest even before Super Bowl LII kicked off in Minnesota on Sunday.Then Foles led the Eagles to a 41-33 victory over the Patriots, throwing for 373 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He also added a receiving touchdown on a trick play at the end of the second quarter.Knee-jerk reaction linked the Cardinals’ quarterback situation to Foles. Philadelphia Eagles’ Nick Foles (9) scrambles from New England Patriots’ Trey Flowers during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) Ryan Phillips from The Big Lead also likes the fit. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Newly inducted as a Virtuoso luxury member Los An

first_imgNewly inducted as a Virtuoso luxury member, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (LA Tourism) attended Luxperience with The Line Hotel and Mondrian Los Angeles. This marked the first time hotel partners joined the LA Tourism booth, bringing to life the destination’s luxury hotel offerings for travel buyers.Among LA’s wide range of accommodation options, luxury and unique properties can be found in various neighbourhoods. Mondrian Los Angeles showcased the Sunset Strip’s classic glamour and excitement in the form of a luxury boutique hotel. Moving towards the hip region of Downtown LA, buyers had the chance to learn about The Line Hotel, a collaboration by the Sydell Group with local influencers Roy Choi, The Houston Brothers, Sean Knibb and art and design collective Poketo.Los Angeles is experiencing a surge of hotel development and growth at the moment, with 24 new hotels under construction and another 28 in final planning stages countywide. These 52 hotel projects will deliver more than 9200 new hotels rooms to the LA area in the next few years.Australia is LA’s number two overseas market with 430,000 Australian visiting LA in 2015, representing an increase of 7.3 per cent over the past year. It is also LA’s number one hotel lodging market.last_img read more

Alila Ubud has expanded its rainforest abodes with

first_imgAlila Ubud has expanded its rainforest abodes with the launch of six new Terrace Tree Villas – five one-bedroom units and one two-bedroom unit with private pool – all perched on a steep forested hillside beside a beautiful temple, immersing guests in Ubud’s lush natural landscape.Increasing the resort’s current inventory of one-bedroom Terrace Tree Villas from four to nine, the new one-bedroom additions are spacious private retreats comprising 75 to 80 square metres of indoor space adjoined by 43 square metres of an outdoor garden and courtyard.The two-bedroom Terrace Tree Villa spans a lavish 190 square metres, including a large outdoor terrace for relaxing, dining and soaking up the jungle views, and a 40-square-metre private pool where guests can swim above the treetops.Each villa is designed as an intimate haven with its own private entry court and water garden. Maximising natural light, generous space and views, the foyer connects an indoor/outdoor bathroom with a high-ceilinged bedroom, opening directly onto a terrace that sits high over the Ubud jungle.The villas are designed by Indonesian architects NXST, who have drawn inspiration from the temple forms and details that are evident throughout everyday life in Ubud. The villa interiors are classic Alila, accented with handwoven textiles from nearby Sideman Village, and with spaces defined by the interplay of light and shade.Luxury pervades every thoughtful detail – from the 300-thread-count Ploh bed linen to the deluxe bathroom equipped with an indoor bathtub, outdoor rain shower and jet shower. Separate his-and-hers vanities are furnished with a complete range of award-winning Alila Living amenities made from locally sourced organic ingredients: lemongrass and black pepper for him; mandarin, lemongrass and rose geranium for her.There’s even more to uncover in the special bathtub box, the ultimate pampering kit, from bubble bath to face masks and handcrafted beeswax candles, all in the Alila signature secret scent. For guests venturing outdoors, they will be protected and covered with sunblock, after-sun cooling gel, mosquito repellent and face spritzer. And for want of anything else, a personal Villa Host is just a call away, ready to attend to every whim.last_img read more