Mon.Feb 06, 2023

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Housing Market Tracker: Inventory and purchase applications data fall together

Housing Wire

Despite mortgage rates briefly falling below the 6% threshold, both housing inventory and mortgage demand fell last week. Let’s dive into the trend lines of the housing market. First, here is a quick housing market rundown from last week : Purchase application data was negative 10% week to week — but still positive for the year Housing inventory decreased by 8,664 units, a more extensive inventory decline than we saw in the prior week The 10-year yield had a wild week, and mortgage rates d

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The Aging Housing Stock

Eyes on Housing

The median age of owner-occupied homes is 40 years, according to the latest data from the 2021 American Community Survey[1]. The U.S. owner-occupied housing stock is aging rapidly especially after the Great Recession, as the residential construction continues to fall behind in the number of new homes built. With a lack of sufficient supply of new construction, the aging housing.

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Borrowers opt for permanent rate buydowns amid affordability challenges

Housing Wire

Home prices growth and mortgage rates have come down from the peaks in 2022, but affordability still remains a challenge. In turn, borrowers who are entering the market are leaning heavily toward buying down their first lien interest rates by paying points up front. In the third week of January, 57% of all borrowers who locked in rates paid at least a half-point, 44% paid at least a full point and nearly a quarter lowered their mortgage rates with buydowns of two points or more, according to Bl

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Why LEED-certified residences are so rare — but growing in popularity

Inman

It’s no surprise that for today’s eco-conscious buyers, LEED-certified residences represent a prize like no other. However, for now, such homes are a rarity. Here’s a closer look at why that’s the case, and why it could be changing.

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MBA urges removal of DTI-based LLPA

Housing Wire

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) urged the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to remove the addition of a debt-to-income loan level pricing adjustment (LLPA) in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ‘s pricing framework. In January, the FHFA made a series of changes to LLPA fees with a revamped LLPA matrix that differentiates pricing by loan purpose, with grids for purchase loans, limited cash-out refi loans, cash-out refinance loans.

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Landlord’s $200 ‘aggressive breed’ fee for pet fish shocks internet

Inman

TikTok user Nicole Rose posted a video of herself staring in stunned silence at the Kansas City apartment's pet policy, which requires a $200 one-time fee for pets, along with a $15 monthly fee.

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Tiny-home startup’s production delays raise investor eyebrows

Inman

Tiny-homebuilding startup Boxabl has received $140 million in funding since its founding in 2017 and now has a waiting list of 160,000 tiny-home orders. How long will investors wait for homes to be delivered?

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Opinion: Why fintech “disruption” doesn’t work in mortgage servicing

Housing Wire

America’s $13.3 trillion mortgage servicing sector shouldn’t be “disrupted” by financial technology, it should be reimagined with fintech. Most new-to-mortgage fintech folks who overuse the word “disruptor” will start by asking, “What are your requirements?” but that’s the wrong question. The right questions — asked by the right servicing fintech experts — clarify how to improve operational, customer service and compliance models.

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12 secret and unusual places to recruit amazing talent

Inman

Good talent is out there. By taking a different approach to agent and staff recruitment, you can find amazing additions to your team or brokerage.

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PrimeLending taps Kim Dybvad to rebuild Mid-America division after poaching

Housing Wire

Home lender PrimeLending has promoted Kim Dybvad to lead its Mid-America division, months after the workforce quit en masse and joined a competitor. Dybvad, who joined the company in 2013 and is now a vice president, will be responsible for loan origination production in the Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Kentucky markets. “Kim exhibits the very best attributes of a PrimeLending servant leader – passion, drive, tremendous industry knowledge and empathy,” said Karen Blakeslee, e

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What to look for when partnering with a team

Inman

Whether you are on the hiring side or on the candidate side of the table, here are a few things to keep in mind when looking to partner with an agent or team.

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Rocket Mortgage will fight UWM’s ‘ultimatum’ with its wallet

Housing Wire

Rocket Pro TPO , the wholesale arm of Rocket Mortgage , wants to court brokers from its competitor United Wholesale Mortgage even if it means covering legal costs to bring them over. “Starting today, we stand behind brokers who want to use Rocket or Fairway [Independent Mortgage Corporation] , but fear Mat Ishbia’s lawyers ,” Mike Fawaz, EVP of Rocket Pro TPO said at the lender’s Ignite Live sales event with brokers on Monday.

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At Inman Connect New York, these sponsors share takeaways

Inman

Our partners are a critical part of those experiences, and value the opportunity to reach these power-players. We asked them for their impressions and takeaways from the event.

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“Valuable” Advice From an AMC

Appraiserblogs

The person who espouses this super valuable ‘advice’ does not have an appraiser’s license… Appraisers, if you think I’m serious about the message subject line, please reconsider! It’s time to actually call out an AMC who’s encouraging appraisers to ‘lower their fee’: Valuation Connect This outfit sent out a ‘newsletter’ to appraisers, part of which says this: “My advice would be to make adjustments based on the market.

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How to grow your agent-to-agent network in 2023

Inman

These strategies work, whether you are establishing, growing or maintaining your real estate agent referral network.

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How GoFormz Can Promote Productivity in the Energy Sector

GoForrmz

Energy sector productivity improvements with GoFormz digital forms The energy sector is no stranger to challenges, especially over the last two decades. Between overwhelming policy changes, new technologies and resources, and a growing international interest and demand, there are endless opportunities for difficulties. But those energy firms that have found ways to leverage technology have seen improvements and growth in an industry filled with potential setbacks.

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UWM rolls out ‘one-time-close’ new construction loan in time for spring

Inman

Homebuyers can put as little as 5 percent down when taking out a new construction loan, with one closing and an optional float-down to secure a lower interest rate, according to United Wholesale Mortgage.

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ClearCast Podcast E34 — FundingShield President Adam Chaudhary

Clear Capital

Follow ClearCast on LinkedIn , Twitter , Facebook , and Instagram. EPISODE SUMMARY In ClearCast episode 34, Kenon and Jeff discuss some good news in the form of increasing buyer sentiment and less required jumbo loans per new conforming limits. Then, they sit down with Adam Chaudhary , President of FundingShield , to discuss the company’s mission, API-driven solutions, and more.

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$1.3B Robyn + Rachel Group rejoins Sotheby’s after 1 year at Compass

Inman

Brokers Robyn Kimura Hsu and Rachel Schindler have rejoined Realogics Sotheby's International Realty. The four-person Robyn + Rachel Group has a lifetime sales volume of $1.3 billion.

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2022 Employee Referral Award Winner is Michelle Wesson Second Year in a Row

Lamacchia Realty

The winner of the 2022 Employee Referral Award Winner is Michelle Wesson ! This is the second year in a row that Michelle has taken home the award for referring the most buyers and sellers into the company who then get referred out to our REALTORS. Michelle is a Success Guide at Lamacchia Realty, focusing on helping agents grow their business! With years of experience in the industry under her belt, Michelle has a vast knowledge of the market and what it takes to achieve success in the business.

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Final thoughts from the AI president

Valuation Review

#2023appraisalinstitutepresident #craigsteinley #moreappraisertopics

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Neighborhood vs Market Area

Town & Country Residential Appraisals

One of the foundations that determines the value of a property is the well known mantra- location, location, location. But what does that really mean? Simply put, the value of a property is in direct relation to where it is located- both its neighborhood and the market area it is located within. Two things that we analyze to determine the factors that influence a property location is the neighborhood and the market area.

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Texas PACE authority wins approval to finance HUD, FHA multi-family projects

Valuation Review

#USDepartmentofHousingandUrbanDevelopment #TexasPACEAuthority #energyandwatersavingfinancingtool

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The 3-Step System to Scale ANY Real Estate Portfolio

BiggerPockets

You need to know how to scale your real estate portfolio. You’ve been stuck at the same number of units, dealing with the same problems for far too long.

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Fannie Mae picks five groups for $5M innovation challenge

Valuation Review

#FannieMae #deliverablebasedcontracts #SustainableCommunitiesInnovationsChallenge

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Inaugural CAMLA broker/agent event to take place on March 1

Mortgagebroker News

The event is billed as a day of education and networking for brokers and agents involved in the alternative and private spaces

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RCLCO: Master-planned community sales declining

Valuation Review

#RCLCO #masterplannedcommunities #declininghomesales #MortgageBankersAssociation

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Broker on how a good mentor shapes a strong career

Mortgagebroker News

Kelowna-based broker highlights how effective tutelage builds a professional for the future

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Freddie Mac brings greater diversity, equity to programs

Valuation Review

#FreddieMac #SingleFamilyandMultifamilyCreditRiskTransfer #Aonplc #Protecdiv

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Why is ghosting a problem among new hires?

Mortgagebroker News

'The talent pool has never been more selective about what they want from an employer'

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CEO discusses appraisal modernization, other tech matters

Valuation Review

#appraisalmodernization #OPTEON #advancedalternativemethods #appraisers

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Texas Real Estate Contracts and Addendums: A Guide for Home Sellers and Buyers

Listing Spark

Episode Summary In this episode, Aaron Jistel (Broker and Co-Founder at ListingSpark) focuses on how recent changes to Texas Real Estate Commission’s contracts and documents may affect home sellers and buyers. He covers topics such as cash payments, mud, WCID and PID notices, Section 7D of the TREC contracts, HOA transfer fees, special provisions and third party financing addendums.

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Ownership intentions – Have they shifted in Canadian markets?

Mortgagebroker News

Ownership intentions – Have they shifted in Canadian markets?

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Best Close-In Houston Neighborhoods: 5-Year Period Highs & Lows

Houston Properties

See Close-In Houston Neighborhoods with the best 5-year appreciation.

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