Who wins the Super Bowl…of real estate?

Who wins the Super Bowl…of real estate?

Redfin deflates Patriots' homeowners

Does the mortgage industry still need Appraisal Management Companies?

Not with Fannie Mae's Collateral Underwriter

CFPB wants more mortgages in "underserved" areas

And here's how they will get it done
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Who wins the Super Bowl…of real estate?

Redfin deflates Patriots' homeowners
Ben Lane
The players on the field will decide who wins this weekend's Super Bowl, but who wins the battle off the field? Who has bragging rights no matter what happens in the game? Bostonians or Seattleites?
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Geoff Bastow joins Blueberry Systems as chief technology officer

Will lead software architecture and product development
Ben Lane
Blueberry Systems, a provider of advanced technology solutions to the mortgage banking industry, announced that Geoff Bastow joined the company as chief technology officer.
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Aspen Grove Solutions adds James Hall as senior vice president

Will oversee sales and business development
Ben Lane
Aspen Grove Solutions, a provider of property related technology solutions for REO, short sale, asset management, property preservation, vendor management and compliance, added James Hall as the company’s new senior vice president of sales of business development.
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Capital Economics: How long will the refi boom last?

It won’t be as big as the last
Brena Swanson
Mortgage rates continue to stay below 4%, triggering another refinancing boom. But even though rates are back down to levels seen a couple years ago, the question remains: How long will it last?
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Mortgage interest rates slide in FHFA December index

Average slips below 4% in last weeks
Trey Garrison
Nationally, interest rates on conventional purchase-money mortgages decreased from November to December. Here’s what happened.
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New FHA guidelines to delay reverse mortgage foreclosures

HECM spouses get to stay for longer
Ben Lane
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Housing Administration announced changes to its reverse mortgage program designed to keep non-borrowing spouses during the foreclosure process.
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Does the mortgage industry still need Appraisal Management Companies?

Not with Fannie Mae's Collateral Underwriter
Gary Crabtree
There has been a lot of talk about Fannie Mae's Collateral Underwriter from all sides of the industry. Although appraiser Gary Crabtree's review is not all negative, it also doesn't say the system is a win for housing.
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CFPB wants more mortgages in "underserved" areas

And here's how they will get it done
Brena Swanson
Right now there are few players in the rural and underserved mortgage lending space. But the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is now pushing to change that.
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Swanepoel lists the 200 most powerful people in real estate

Zillow, Realogy top the list
Brena Swanson
The list of who's who in residential real estate is here. Names like Glenn Kelman, CEO and president of Redfin, and Dale Stinton, CEO of the National Association of Realtors, can be found amid the list, with the first and second place names coming off as no surprise.
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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates reverse course, move higher

Still hover around yearly lows
Brena Swanson
Mortgages rate finally reversed course and slightly edged higher. However, despite the increase, rates remain at the lowest levels since May 2013.
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