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UWM cuts out title insurer with updated TRAC+ program, rolls out 0% down purchase initiative

Housing Wire

United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM) has launched a new service to handle all the title work for its brokers on refinancings. As a result, brokers no longer need to deal with a title company or settlement agent to close a refi. The top U.S. mortgage lender announced the service on Thursday during an annual meeting with its broker partners in Pontiac, Michigan.

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Planning for a Home Renovation: A Guide

Cleveland Appraisal Blog

Hello, dear readers! Thank you for being here! Many homeowners have decided not to sell their homes but to renovate them instead. If you find yourself in this situation, this article will provide you with a guide that may be helpful to you. This week, I invite back a guest blogger, Tina Martin. I hope you enjoy her article! Planning for a Home Renovation: A Guide When it comes time to renovate your home, there are a few things you should know.

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Geographic “Data” Competency?

Appraisal Buzz

I recall receiving MLS books once a month and being thrilled that a whole new population of sales were available to be considered within the pages of each book. By the time I got the new book, the sales were already a bit dated, and since they were only closed sales – they had actually sold a few weeks to months prior. Each month there was a new book, but every 6 months, there was a combined book with the last 6 months of sales in one bound and printed book.

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Has the housing market peaked for the spring?

Sacramento Appraisal Blog

Has the spring market peaked? There is a good chance it has. Let’s talk about that today. This post is designed to skim by topic or digest slowly. UPCOMING SPEAKING GIGS: 5/15/24 KW Roseville Event (open to real estate pros) 6/5/24 Marketing Mastermind (register here) 6/6/24 Golden 1 Credit Union (details TBA) 6/11/24 Elk Grove […] The post Has the housing market peaked for the spring?

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Builder confidence takes a hit as rates, costs remain high

Real Estate News

Sentiment drops for the first time since November, with persistent inflation and concerns about new federal rules dampening builders’ outlook.

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Majority of recent homebuyers have regrets: survey

Housing Wire

A report released this week by St. Louis-based Clever Real Estate found that recent homebuyers, as well as people who are considering a home purchase in the next year, are experiencing a laundry list of difficulties. Last month, Clever surveyed a total of 920 Americans about their views of the home purchase process and real estate agents. The respondents included 420 people who bought a home in 2023 or 2024, and another 500 who plan to do so in 2024 or 2025.

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Get Critical?

George Dell

It is easy to be critical. Harder to be “right.” In order to be really right, it is important to know how to be very critical! Critical thinking is a professional must. Rule #1: Remember that imposing your belief comes first. Rule #2: How you got to your starting position doesn’t really matter. Rule #3: […] The post Get Critical? appeared first on George Dell, SRA, MAI, ASA, CRE.

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Affordability Pyramid Shows 64.8 Million Households Cannot Buy a $250,000 Home

Eyes on Housing

As described in a previous post, NAHB recently released its 2024 Priced-Out Estimates showing 103.5 million households are not able to afford a median priced new home and an additional 106,031 households would be priced out if the price goes up by $1,000. This post focuses on the related U.S. housing affordability pyramid, showing how.

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Keller Williams cancels plan to cut profit share for ex-agents

Real Estate News

President and CEO Mark Willis called the move “unprecedented," and said the vote by the company’s agent-led IALC passed by an “overwhelming majority.

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Fidelity CEO says federal government’s title insurance proposals are ’misguided’

Housing Wire

Despite persistently high interest rates , big four title firm Fidelity National Financial recorded a much stronger start to 2024 than it did a year ago. In first-quarter 2024 , Fidelity reported total revenue of $3.299 billion, up from $2.474 billion a year ago. Its net earnings were $248 million, compared to a $59 million net loss in Q1 2023. The firm attributed its stronger results to better performance from both its F&G segment and its title insurance segment.

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Freddie Mac: Mortgage Rates Decrease for a Second Consecutive Week

Appraisal Buzz

The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 7.02% this week, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS). A year ago at this time, the average rate for a 30-year was 6.39%. “Mortgage rates decreased for the second consecutive week,” says Sam Khater, chief economist for Freddie Mac, in a release. “Given the news that inflation eased slightly, the 10-year Treasury yield dipped, leading to lower mortgage rates.

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Mortgage rates headed under 7% on encouraging inflation data

Inman

Homebuyers have yet to respond in force to drop in rates, which have been in retreat from 2024 highs for three consecutive weeks following Fed easing and soft jobs and CPI reports.

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Top Compromises Buyers Will Make to Reach Homeownership

Eyes on Housing

High mortgage rates and double-digit growth in home prices since COVID-19 have brought housing affordability to its lowest level in more than a decade. Given this reality, a recent NAHB study on housing preferences* asked home buyers about which specific compromises they would be willing to make to achieve homeownership. For 39% of buyers, accepting.

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CoStar CEO says competitors are ‘going to adopt our model’

Real Estate News

Will Homes.com sell buyer agent leads? “Never,” says Andy Florance, who believes all the portals will eventually move to “your listing, your lead.

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RealReports enhances property document analysis with new multimodal AI feature

Housing Wire

Proptech firm RealReports unveiled a new feature for its AI-powered assistant, Aiden, the company announced on Thursday. The new feature harnesses the capabilities of multimodal artificial intelligence to instantly analyze and summarize complex property documents, including inspection reports, appraisals and seller disclosures. Multimodal AI technology allows advanced artificial intelligence systems to process and integrate various types of data inputs — including text, images and audio.

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Snapdocs’ eVault and SitusAMC’s ProMerit Now Integrated

Appraisal Buzz

Snapdocs eVault is now integrated with SitusAMC ’s ProMerit platform, allowing warehouse lenders to manage e-note transactions seamlessly and securely from within their warehouse lending system of record. “Today, e-note adoption by mortgage originators is just under 10 percent, and projections indicate it will reach nearly 30 percent of all new loan originations within a few years,” says Camelia Martin, vice president of e-mortgage strategy at Snapdocs, in a release.

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A missed opportunity at NAR midyear

Inman

On the heels of the National Association of Realtors’ midyear meeting, broker-owner Teresa Boardman wonders why NAR doesn’t livestream (and engage) more members.

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Yolo County Market Trends for April 2024

Yolo Solano Appraisal Blog

My goal is to regularly produce local real estate market trend analysis on a monthly basis, focused on my primary markets of Yolo County and Northern Solano County. I’ll have Solano County analysis next week. I’ll also mix in relevant news and articles of interest.

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Down payments have doubled in the past 4 years

Real Estate News

The latest data points to some easing, but payments could hit a new peak later in the year. Regionally, payments are down in areas with rising inventory.

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FSOC recommends more regulation and liquidity for nonbank servicers

Housing Wire

A recently published report by the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) identified vulnerabilities at nonbank mortgage servicers that pose risks to financial stability. It recommended increased regulation and initiatives to improve these companies’ liquidity during moments of stress, but mortgage trade groups have different reactions to the proposals.

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Clever: 43 Percent of Recent Homebuyers Have Struggled to Make Mortgage Payments on Time

Appraisal Buzz

Forty-four percent of recent home buyers have had to take on additional debt to maintain their lifestyle, and 43% have struggled to make mortgage payments on time, according to Clever Real Estate’s American Home Buyer Report. Further, 47% of recent home buyers say they feel in over their head financially since purchasing their home. About 85% of buyers compromised on their priorities when purchasing a home, according to the report.

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Your essential marketing toolkit for a post-NAR settlement landscape

Inman

Ready to transform the way you communicate your value to clients? Marketing expert Marci James helps you reshape the agent-client relationship by prioritizing clear communication and exceptional results.

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Top Form Fields & Features For Small Businesses

GoForrmz

Originally published on 03/17/2017 Elevate your small business operations with these top form fields and features Operating a small business isn't easy; owners juggle numerous roles and duties typically assigned to a larger team. This perpetual multitasking entails striving to match established competitors and industry giants — a challenging endeavor, particularly when bogged down by manual administrative tasks.

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Housing Market Decoded: The mortgage rate 'lock-in' effect

Real Estate News

Rates have gone up considerably in the past few years, but is the fear of losing a low-rate mortgage really keeping homeowners from selling?

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The long road to remote reverse mortgage counseling in Massachusetts

Housing Wire

From 2010 to 2024, the reverse mortgage industry sought to allow remote reverse mortgage counseling in the state of Massachusetts, citing an insufficient number of actual counselors and logistical challenges for senior clients. But as time dragged on and state lawmakers seemed unwilling to seriously entertain the proposal, the ravages of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic helped to change the dynamics of the situation.

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PIMCO is Winning Bidder on Three Pools of Reperforming Loans Auctioned by Fannie Mae

Appraisal Buzz

Pacific Investment Management Company LLC (PIMCO) is the winning bidder on three pools of reperforming mortgage loans recently auctioned by Fannie Mae. Reperforming loans are loans that have been or are currently delinquent but have reperformed for a period of time. The deal, announced on April 16, included the sale of 6,484 loans totaling $1.47 billion in unpaid principal balance (UPB).

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What should I tell clients? Question leads to free-for-all at NAR midyear

Inman

May 6 remarks from Anthony Lamacchia spurred at least one NAR midyear attendee to leave the MLS Forum in protest, others to hurl steering accusations, and NAR's senior counsel to intervene.

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Housing Costs Continue to Drive Price Gains

Eyes on Housing

Both overall and core inflation eased slightly in April amid higher costs for gasoline and shelter. On a year-over-year (YOY) basis, the shelter index rose by 5.5% in April, following a 5.7% increase in March. Despite a slowdown in the YOY increase, shelter costs continue to put upward pressure on inflation, accounting for nearly 70%.

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‘More wiggle room’ for buyers as rates, supply show promise

Real Estate News

Squint and you can see a bright side as housing starts bounce back and mortgage rates drop a bit (but stubbornly stay above 7%).

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Snapdocs announces partnership with SitusAMC

Housing Wire

Digital closing provider Snapdocs is partnering with real estate technology provider SitusAMC to integrate the Snapdocs eVault to SitusAMC’s ProMerit platform, a warehouse lending technology tool, the companies announced on Thursday. This collaboration allows warehouse lenders to seamlessly and securely manage eNote transactions within their warehouse lending system of record.

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OneTrust Home Loans Using LenderLogix’ Fee Chaser to Streamline Operations

Appraisal Buzz

OneTrust Home Loans is now using LenderLogix ‘ Fee Chaser product to streamline its operations and compliantly collect upfront fees from its borrowers. Fee Chaser’s direct integration with OneTrust Home Loans’ loan origination system (LOS) enables loan officers and other support staff to send a unique payment link to the borrower with one click. Once borrowers pay using the link, Fee Chaser delivers a receipt to all parties and automatically updates the loan file within the LOS.

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Owners of Marilyn Monroe house sue LA over demolition

Inman

The lawsuit filed last week alleges that the city of LA took part in "backroom machinations" in order to landmark a house that does not meet criteria for status as a historic cultural monument to "arrange the desired outcome.

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Escaping the Black Hole: Appraisers Fleeing Mortgage Lending

Appraiserblogs

Climbing out of that black hole is nearly impossible. It’s one reason why many appraisers are vacating mortgage lending appraisal assignments. This “discrimination settlement” hit the fan last week in a news feed I get. Another appraiser (in CA) settles a discrimination complaint: Oakland homeowner settles with appraiser, lender after $300,000 lowball appraisal The entire case is based on allegations by the homeowner, who had decided the value of the home was more than the appraised amount, bef

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Realtor.com CEO takes aim at ‘deceptive’ claims

Real Estate News

Damian Eales told Real Estate News that he loves competition but takes issue with Homes.com’s traffic claims and says they have “disparaged” buyer agents.