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  • Mercury Network acquires Platinum Data Solutions

    In a move that is one of the first of its kind for the industry, Mercury Network, an appraisal management system, announced it acquired Platinum Data Solutions, a QC technology company. In light of the changes, HousingWire talked with Will Clemens, CEO of Mercury Network, and Phil Huff, CEO of Platinum Data, to see how the change fits perfectly into both of the companies.

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Mercury Network acquires Platinum Data Solutions

Move impacts more than 950 lenders
In a move that is one of the first of its kind for the industry, Mercury Network, an appraisal management system, announced it acquired Platinum Data Solutions, a QC technology company. In light of the changes, HousingWire talked with Will Clemens, CEO of Mercury Network, and Phil Huff, CEO of Platinum Data, to see how the change fits perfectly into both of the companies.
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McMansions prove to be poor investment

Wait, no one wants ugly homes?
In a shocking turn of events, it turns out Americans don’t want to buy ugly homes after all, according to Bloomberg. The McMansion craze that started in the late 1990s hit its end when home prices for these homes failed to keep up with the rest of the market.
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Home sales decrease for first time in months

Two main factors holding back sales
Home sales are down for the first time since November while home prices continue to rise, albeit at a slower pace. The National Association of Realtors explains two major factors contributing to the sudden drop in home sales, and what it means for the remainder of 2016.
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MBA: Mortgage applications post quiet week

Applications slightly dip
Mortgage applications recorded another quiet week despite record low-interest rates and it being one of the busiest housing seasons of the year. And this is only the latest report in a series of up and application reports from the MBA.
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Federal court tosses #Fanniegate suit seeking to inspect Freddie Mac's records

Tim Pagliara, leader of Investors Unite, wanted a look at Freddie's books
In what is already being called a "blow to shareholders," a federal court in Virginia ruled Tuesday that a Freddie Mac shareholder does not have the right to inspect the government-sponsored enterprise's financial records, thanks to the conservatorship agreements that went into effect when the government took over Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
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Appraisal volume increases three weeks in a row

Housing market continues to plod along
For the first time in awhile, appraisal volume managed to increase for three consecutive weeks. While the four-week moving average did slightly decrease, it is not too far below the prior week, which was the highest non-holiday influenced four-week period since early spring.
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Nomura upgrades Altisource Residential on growing single-family rental business

Analysts bullish on company's potential for growth
Altisource Residential Corporation recently disclosed its second quarter financial results, reporting that it took a net loss of $63.5 million during the second quarter. But despite that loss, analysts from Nomura are bullish on the company’s future prospects. The reason? Altisource's growing single-family rental business.
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