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Assumable mortgage platform Roam partners with national lender on down payment assistance

Housing Wire

New York -based assumable mortgage platform Roam rolled out a new partnership with national lender Spring EQ to provide second-lien loans to Roam customers, the company announced on Thursday. The new service, Roam Boost, will cater to people with credit scores of at least 640 and down payments of at least 15%. Consider, for example, a home that costs $400,000, with an assumable mortgage amount of $280,000.

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Xactus Now Integrated With Empower LOS

Appraisal Buzz

Xactus , offering verifications solutions for the mortgage industry, recently announced that several of its verification services are now available via Dark Matter Technologies ‘ Empower loan origination software. Lenders utilizing Dark Matter’s LOS can obtain access to Xactus’ Employment VerificationX, Social Security VerificationX and Credit ReportX.

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Texas-based independent brokerage joins The Real Brokerage

Housing Wire

The Real Brokerage welcomes Texas -based independent brokerage The Property Shop , led by Season Ware, the company announced on Friday. The Property Shop joined Real under its Private Label program, which allows independent brokerages to maintain their own brand while reaping the benefits associated with being a part of Real. The acquisition brings 125 additional agents to Real.

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ATTOM: Share of Properties That Are ‘Equity Rich’ Decreased in Q1

Appraisal Buzz

The share of residential properties that are considered “equity rich” decreased to 45.8% in the first quarter, down from 46.1% in the fourth quarter and down from 47.2% in the first quarter of 2023, hitting the lowest point in two years, according to ATTOM’s U.S. Home Equity & Underwater Report. By “equity-rich” ATTOM means that the combined estimated amount of loan balances secured by those properties was no more than half of their estimated market values.

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The month in reverse mortgage rates: May 2024

Housing Wire

In March , we explored the difference between Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) “expected rates” and “note rates” and why most reverse mortgages depend on these two interest rates. In April , we specifically focused on expected rates. We showed that when expected rates increase and round up to the next 1/8% (0.125%), the principal available to a prospect is typically reduced by an average of 0.6% (of the home’s value).

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MCT’s Base Rate Generator Lets Lenders Share Better Rate Sheets With Their LOs

Appraisal Buzz

Mortgage Capital Trading (MCT) has introduced Base Rate Generator, a new solution that allows mortgage lenders to directly inform their front-end rate sheet pricing with their back-end capital markets executions. By combining live agency API connections, co-issue executions, aggregator pricing, and custom TBA indications, the MCT Base Rate Generator allows mortgage lenders to improve margin management and competitive performance.

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CoreLogic: Home Prices Increased 1.2 Percent in March

Appraisal Buzz

Home prices increased 1.2% in March compared with February and were up 5.3% compared with March 2023, according to CoreLogic’s home price index report. “Home prices increased again this March beyond the typical seasonal uptick, despite mortgage rates reaching this year’s high and the affordability crunch continuing to keep many prospective buyers on the sidelines,” says Selma Hepp, chief economist for CoreLogic, in a statement.

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eXp Realty launches new coaching platform

Housing Wire

eXp Realty launched a new coaching platform, eXp Elevate Coaching, the company announced on Thursday. The platform is an extension of eXp’s University and Mentor programs and aims to help agents grow their business. eXp’s University and Mentor programs offer agents a string of educational programs, including one-on-one coaching, mastermind groups and group coaching sessions.

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CHANGING THE APPRAISING GAME: RSDS APPRAISAL DIVERSITY’S TECHNOLOGY GIVES THEM AN EDGE WITH EVERY ORDER

Appraisal Buzz

SMART ASSIGN: THE RSDS TECHNOLOGY ADVANTAGE RSDS Appraisal Diversity believes that everything they can measure, track and review also gets improved. This is a tall order for a company that staffs more than 200 appraisers across the United States. That’s why Chief Technology officer Dan Wieschhaus specifically designed RSDS’ proprietary technology with the company’s growth and operations in mind, explaining, “When you scale things to this level, and you have people distributed all over the coun

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Ahead of trial date in HMDA case, Freedom Mortgage and CFPB face hurdles

Housing Wire

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Freedom Mortgage were handed minor setbacks by the presiding and magistrate judges, respectively, in a case that the regulator brought in widespread violations in its 2020 submission of Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data. The development was first reported by National Mortgage News. The original case was filed in the U.S.

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'Unfiltered' podcast: Top economist on steering and MLS value

Real Estate News

Watch the conversation as Bright MLS chief economist Lisa Sturtevant gets into the data-driven truth behind whether agents seek homes with higher commissions.

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NAR board votes to leave dues unchanged in 2025

Housing Wire

The National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) board of directors voted to leave member dues unchanged in 2025. The vote occurred Thursday during the final day of NAR’s midyear conference, the Realtors Legislative Meetings, according to Inman , which first reported the story. During the meeting, NAR’s board approved a recommendation from its finance committee to keep annual dues at $156 per person in 2025.

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$17.8M settlement took a bite out of Douglas Elliman profits

Real Estate News

The company said despite the hit to its bottom line in Q1, the settlement will reduce uncertainties and let it focus on cost reduction and market expansion.

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Valverde appointed acting president of Ginnie Mae

Housing Wire

Sam Valverde, formerly the principal executive vice president of government-owned corporation Ginnie Mae , was named as its acting president as of May 6, according to an announcement issued by the organization this week. Sam Valverde Valverde succeeds Alanna McCargo, who began serving as Ginnie Mae president in January 2022 until announcing her resignation in April.

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It’s your chance to be recognized as one of the best in luxury real estate

Inman

Celebrate excellence in luxury real estate with Inman’s highest honor. Nominations close on May 17, and winners will be celebrated at this summer's Inman Luxury Connect in Las Vegas.

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Investment property lender Kiavi closes $300M securitization 

Housing Wire

Kiavi , one of the nation’s largest private lenders for residential real estate investors , closed a $300 million unrated securitization of residential transition loans (RTLs), the company announced on Friday. The loans bundled in the securitization were mostly investment property loans used for fix-and-flip transactions. This securitization marked Kiavi’s 17th such transaction and elevated the company’s total issuance to more than $4.3 billion since it launched its securitization program in 201

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The freshest business trends agents need to recognize in 2024

Inman

The business of selling real estate is evolving at an ever-escalating pace. If you can identify some of the emerging trends and begin to act on those trends, Jimmy Burgess writes, you'll separate yourself from your competition like never before.

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Better taps Chad Smith as new president and COO

Housing Wire

Holding company Better Home & Finance hired Chad Smith to be the president and chief operating officer of its mortgage business, it announced on Friday. Kevin Ryan, who previously held the position of president, will continue serving the company as chief financial officer. Before joining Better, industry veteran Smith was the CEO of Mission Loans from December 2020 to May 2024.

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High Interest Rates, Construction Costs Are Serious Impediments for New Multifamily Development

Eyes on Housing

High interest rates and construction costs are the most serious impediments for new multifamily development according to the Q1 2024 NAHB Multifamily Market Survey (MMS).

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Realtor.com CEO Damian Eales: CoStar is lying about being the No. 2 portal

Housing Wire

The so-called portal wars heated up this week, when Realtor.com CEO Damian Eales made comments about rival CoStar Group’s Homes.com during the MLS Forum at the National Association of Realtors ’ annual legislative meeting. In his remarks, Eales took issue with CoStar’s claims that Homes.com has surpassed Realtor.com as the second most-trafficked home search site, according to Inman , which first reported on Eales’ remarks.

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Engel & Völkers Americas launches Real Estate Sentiment Index

Inman

The monthly index, for which the luxury firm began gathering data in March 2023, is based on roughly 250 responses collected each month from the firm's real estate professionals across the U.S., Canada, Caribbean and Mexico.

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Credit for Builders Tightens Slightly, Remains Costly

Eyes on Housing

During the first quarter of 2024, credit for residential Land Acquisition, Development & Construction (AD&C) tightened slightly and remained costly, according to NAHB’s survey on AD&C Financing. The net easing index derived from the survey posted a reading of -22.0 (the negative number indicating that credit availability tightened in the first quarter compared to the.

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EXp launches new coaching platform, eXp Elevate Coaching

Inman

EXp Realty's new coaching platform, eXp Elevate Coaching, features live and on-demand courses from the brokerage's top agents. The first round of classes starts in June.

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ROV (Reconsideration of Value) Changes – FHA and GSEs

Appraisal Today

ROV (Reconsideration of Value) Changes – FHA and GSEs GSE Effective date is August 29, 2024 HUD Effective date is September 2, 2024 Editor’s note: This long section includes, In order: McKissock/Dave Bradley post with a good summary including links to HUD and GSE documents. Appraisersblogs with Dave Towne’s opinions plus many appraiser comments.

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Grant Cardone makes return to television with ‘Real Estate King’

Inman

The new series will follow Cardone as he evaluates real estate projects and decides whether or not to invest in them.

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Florida Is the Perfect Rent-to-Own Market—Should You Take Advantage?

BiggerPockets

The Sunshine State offers the exact combination of factors that make this investment option attractive. Learn if rent-to-own investing is right for you.

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Multifamily developer sentiment slips during Q1

Inman

According to NAHB, multifamily developers are feeling less confident in the market for new builds as high interest rates lead to difficult lending conditions.

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Airbnb AirCover: What Hosts Need to Know

Mashvisor

Imagine checking in on your property to find that your couch has been ripped, your walls vandalized with graffiti, and your prized antique vase shattered on the floor.

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8 ways to tackle your craziest, biggest goals

Inman

During the process of preparing for his first Ironman, ERA President Alex Vidal learned that, whether it's a personal or professional goal, aiming high and executing on a detailed plan of attack can help you achieve it.

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Couple Goals: Navigating Real Estate Investment Decisions With Your Significant Other

BiggerPockets

Real estate investing with your significant other can be challenging if you don't agree on strategy or goals. Follow these 7 steps to get aligned.

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Assumable mortgage platform Roam expands coverage area

Inman

With $3 million in new funding, Roam wants to help buyers "wind back the clock" on mortgage rates in markets nationwide by the end of the year.

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How to Create Landscaping Plans as a New Homeowner

Eppraisal

Redesigning your new house’s yard is an effective way to make it feel more like your own. Use these five landscape planning tips to start your yard project on the right note. Know the Basic Principles Familiarize yourself with the six key principles behind every desirable landscape layout:  Transition: Help eyeballs gradually adjust to the change of scenery when moving from your house to your yard with apt transitional elements.

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MoxiPresent is a flexible real estate storyteller: Tech Review

Inman

Proptech journalist Craig Rowe reviews MoxiPresent by MoxiWorks, a CMA builder and presentation marketing solution for the real estate industry.

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What If We Replaced Income Taxes with Property and Sales Taxes? Would Real Estate Investing Even Work?

BiggerPockets

It's not as crazy as it may initially seem. We'll break down the pros and cons of this proposed shift in U.S. tax policy.