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Young family loses life savings of $775K in escrow wire fraud scam

A couple with a 1-year-old son are urging homebuyers to exercise caution after losing nearly $800,000 in a complicated escrow scam.
Tags: Technology, Lifestyle, Investing, Radio, Mortgage, Young, Gofundme, Select, Banking & Lending, Theme Months, Residential Finance Month, Theme-month-202002, Kevin Noar, Nicole Mercantini, Power Escrow

Americans aren’t waiting for marriage to buy a home: Study

According to a study released by co-ownership platform Haus, the share of single homeowners has reached an 118-year high of 39.8 percent.
Tags: Radio, West Coast, East Coast, Affordability, South, Midwest, Des Moines, Provo, Haus, Ralph McLaughlin, Markets & Economy, Select, Single Homebuyers, U.S. Census Bureau, Theme Months, Residential Finance Month

How agents can help single parents navigate homebuying

Single-parent homebuyers and real estate professionals who have serviced them share their experiences and advice for success.
Tags: Lifestyle, Radio, Agent, Compass, Howard Hanna, Select, Single Parenting, Single Homebuyers, Residential Finance Month, Theme-month-202002, Agent Interview, Getting A Mortgage, Single Female Buyers

End-to-end times: How the all-in-1 platform became the holy grail

Companies both old and new are racing to build platforms that handle more of the real estate transaction. Agents will have to adapt to survive.
Tags: Uber, Technology, App, Analysis, Radio, Mls, Agent, Rex, Compass, Zillow, Title, Trulia, Redfin, Glenn Kelman, Industry News, Keller Williams

The rise and stall of the offer aggregators: How iBuyers are bringing startups to heel

Offerpad, Zillow and Opendoor are turning the screws on startups that offer price comparisons that claim to help consumers secure the best offer.
Tags: Radio, Agent, Zillow, Peterson, Brokerage, Select, Opendoor, Ibuyers, Offerpad, Zavvie, Sold.com, Russ Cofano, Theme Months, Residential Finance Month, Theme-month-202002, Dave Mclennan

Foreclosures climb 13% in January

New Jersey, Delaware and Illinois reported the worst foreclosure rates, according to a new report by Attom Data Solutions.
Tags: Data, Radio, Mortgage, Illinois, New Jersey Delaware, Markets & Economy, ATTOM Data Solutions, Foreclosure Activity, Banking & Lending, Theme Months, Residential Finance Month, Theme-month-202002

Do you know your interest rate? 27% of mortgage holders don’t

Knowing your mortgage interest rate could save you a lot of money in the long run.
Tags: Data, Analysis, Radio, Agent, Mortgage, Millennial, Baby Boomers, Bankrate, Homeowner, Generation X, Homebuyers, Refinancing, Bankrate.com, Silent Generation, Residential Finance Month, Theme-month-202002

Michael Bloomberg pitches plan to combine Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae

The presidential hopeful wants to make Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae a "single, fully government-owned mortgage guarantor" that benefits taxpayers, community banks.
Tags: Mortgages, Radio, Mortgage, Michael Bloomberg, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, Mortgage Bankers Association, Select, Housing Wire, Conservatorship, 2020 Election, Freddie Mac Fannie Mae, Housing Policy, Theme Months, Residential Finance Month, Theme-month-202002

Want to avoid homebuyer remorse? Be cautious in Wyoming and DC

A recent survey by LawnStarter ranked the homebuyer happiness index in each state and found lowest satisfaction levels in Wyoming and District of Columbia.
Tags: Lifestyle, Data, Analysis, Radio, Wyoming, Iowa, Agent, Lawnstarter, Homebuyer, D.C, Iowa Association of REALTORS, Theme Months, Residential Finance Month, Theme-month-202002, Homebuyer's Remorse, Scott Wendl

Down payment assistance tool offers buyer leads to loan officers

Subscribers can use an eligibility lookup feature to match clients with programs and compare up to four programs at once.
Tags: Technology, Radio, Mortgage, MGIC, Select, Rob Chrane, Down Payment, Down Payment Resource, Down Payment Assistance, Theme Months, Residential Finance Month, Theme-month-202002, Down Payment Connect, Margaret Crowley, Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation, Tracey Shell

Three-quarters of all couples fight during the homebuying process

77 percent of homebuyers and 71 percent of homesellers say they've argued with a loved one over the process, according to a new survey conducted by The Harris Poll.
Tags: Fighting, Lifestyle, Data, Analysis, Radio, Millennials, Mortgage, Zillow, Baby Boomers, Harris Poll, Home selling, Select, Theme Months, Residential Finance Month, Theme-month-202002, Baby Boomer Sellers

First American acquires Docutech

The move furthers First American's goal of providing a digital, end-to-end closing platform.
Tags: Radio, Mortgage, Lending, Select, News Brief, Dennis Gilmore, First American, Amy Brandt, Settlement Services, Theme Months, Residential Finance Month, Theme-month-202002, Digital Mortgage, Docutech, End-to-end, Risk Manaagement

Fannie Mae posts $14.2B in profit in 2019 as it eyes exit from conservatorship

The FHFA is taking steps to free Fannie Mae from government conservatorship as the company posts big profits.
Tags: Radio, Mortgage, Trump, Freddie Mac, FHFA, Fannie Mae, GSE, Mark Calabria, Select, News Brief, Hugh Frater, Theme Months, Residential Finance Month, Theme-month-202002

Fannie Mae posts $14.2B in profit in 2019 as it eyes conservatorship exit

The FHFA is taking steps to free Fannie Mae from government conservatorship as the company posts big profits.
Tags: Radio, Mortgage, Trump, Freddie Mac, FHFA, Fannie Mae, GSE, Mark Calabria, Select, News Brief, Hugh Frater, Theme Months, Residential Finance Month, Theme-month-202002

Mortgage originations hit highest level since 2005: New York Fed

Decreasing mortgage rates contributed to the highest volume in mortgage originations in 14 years at a total of $752 billion, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Tags: Data, Analysis, Radio, Mortgage, Credit Card Debt, Student Debt, New York Fed, New York Federal Reserve, Select, Home Mortgage, Mortgage Originations, Homeowner Debt, Theme Months, Residential Finance Month, Theme-month-202002, Mortgage Debt

Do buyers really determine the sales price?

The conversation at Inman Connect New York changed the way columnist Bernice Ross thinks about home sales pricing. Here's why.
Tags: Opinion, Artificial Intelligence, Radio, Agent, Ai, Algorithms, Columns, Zillow, Inman Connect New York, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Orchard, Select, Realtor.com, Opendoor, Sv, Homelight

When’s the deposit due? How to help buyers through finance questions

Not having solid advice about home deposits could cause mistakes and financial pain for buyers. You have a significant responsibility to educate clients on all aspects of finance, including pre-approval, earnest money and down payments.
Tags: Radio, Agent, Mortgage, Deposit, Select, Down Payment, Earnest Money, Residential Finance Month, Theme-month-202002, Residential Finance

Ginger Wilcox named Home Point Financial’s chief experience officer

The mortgage originator/servicer is hiring Wilcox as its first chief experience officer since the company launched in 2015.
Tags: Radio, Mortgage, Trulia, Ellie Mae, Wilcox, Select, News Brief, Sindeo, Ginger Wilcox, Banking & Lending, Capsilon, Theme Months, Female Leadership, Residential Finance Month, Theme-month-202002

A new language for real estate, a new marketplace

My attempt to coin some terminology, add structure and provide clarity to the plethora of new real estate businesses.
Tags: Technology, Opinion, Radio, Airbnb, Point, Columns, Zillow, Rentals, Unison, Ribbon, Homeaway, Vrbo, Redfin, Landis, Avail, Orchard

HouseCanary flies away with $65M in latest Series C funding round

The valuation startup plans to use the money to beef up its team and build out more technology.
Tags: Technology, Radio, Mortgage, Industry News, Chris Stroud, Select, News Brief, Appraisal, Alpha Edison, HouseCanary, Jeremy Sicklick, Morpheus Ventures, Theme Months, Residential Finance Month, Theme-month-202002, PSP Growth

US homeowners far more likely to be equity-rich than underwater

Attom's 4th quarter U.S. Home Equity & Underwater Report released today also showed that only 1 in 16 mortgaged homes were seriously considered underwater.
Tags: US, Data, Radio, Markets & Economy, Select, Mortgage Loans, ATTOM Data Solutions, Theme Months, Residential Finance Month, Theme-month-202002, Equity-rich Homes, Underwater Mortgage

Are low down payment loans really riskier?

Higher down payments, coupled with poor savings habits, are making it very hard for millions of first-time buyers to save enough to buy a home. But new research shows that lenders and others might want to rethink the parameters around down payments made by these prospective homeowners. Find out more here.
Tags: Mortgages, Radio, Millennials, Mortgage, Columns, Industry News, Steve Cook, Urban Institute, Markets & Economy, Select, JP Morgan Chase Institute, Down Payment, Downpayment, Dana Farrell, Residential Finance Month, Theme-month-202002

Mortgage applications reach highest volume since 2013

The Mortgage Bankers Association announced Wednesday that the Market Composite Index reached its highest level last week since May 2013.
Tags: Data, Analysis, Radio, Mortgage Bankers Association, Markets & Economy, Select, Theme Months, Joel Kan, Coronavirus, Residential Finance Month, Theme-month-202002, Low Mortgage Rates, Mortgage Loan Application, Refinance Activity, Stock Market Changes

Flat-fee brokerage Houwzer hustles up $9.5M in Series A funding

The Philadelphia-based brokerage will use the funds to fuel expansion in Baltimore and Orlando and launch title and insurance divisions later this year.
Tags: Radio, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Orlando, Brokerage, News Brief, Series A Funding, Mike Maher, Houwzer, Flat-Fee Brokerage Model, Funding Round, Theme Months, Residential Finance Month, Theme-month-202002

Rocket Homes launches local trend reports

The sister company to Quicken Loans will allow consumers and agents to see trend data like the changes in median price or whether it's a buyer's or seller's market.
Tags: Technology, Uncategorized, Radio, Agent, Quicken Loans, Select, Rocket Homes, Theme-month-202002, Sam Vida

Applying for a mortgage? How you repay your student loan is crucial

Student loan borrowers who use an income-driven repayment plan could be at disadvantage for taking on a mortgage, a study by the Urban Institute shows.
Tags: Data, Analysis, Radio, Mortgage, Student Loan Debt, Millenials, U.S. department of agriculture, Freddie Mac, Urban Institute, Federal Housing Administration, Fannie Mae, Gen Z, Select, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Theme-month-202002, First Time Homebuying Education

Mortgage companies compete for Super Bowl spotlight

Major mortgage lenders and real estate companies joined the Super Bowl advertising fray, where commercial spots cost $5.2 million for 30 seconds.
Tags: Lifestyle, San Francisco 49ers, Radio, Super Bowl, Mortgage, Kansas City Chiefs, Lisa Bonet, Jason Momoa, Quicken Loans, Select, Patrick Mahomes, United Wholesale Mortgage, Theme Months, Residential Finance Month, Theme-month-202002

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