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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NAMB applauds regulatory relief from CFPB

Urges more regulatory reform
Trey Garrison
CFPB change is a step in the right direction, mortgage bankers say, but it’s not enough. Here’s why.
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Appraisers are pist with Collateral Underwriter

Plus: 4 ways to effectively deal with CU
Brian Coester
Fannie Mae’s guidance that the lenders are responsible for reviewing and interpreting the CU findings has turned into some lenders sending all the findings to the appraiser to comment on with no interpretation or guidance. Here are some ways to cope with those changes.
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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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Despite predictions, McLean Mortgage witnesses strong 2014 originations

Comes close to 2013 levels
Brena Swanson
Last year was forecasted to be a very tight year for mortgage originations. But that prediction didn't come true for everyone, with McLean Mortgage Corporation reporting strong levels that even came close to 2013's numbers.
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Are Starbucks fueling America’s increasing home prices?

The new key to gentrification
In the past, the number of bank openings in a city would fuel gentrification. Now, Starbucks locations could the answer behind where the next hot neighborhood will be.
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Pinto: We’re building toward another mortgage meltdown

Affordable housing mandates, lowering standards set the stage
Trey Garrison
Ed Pinto, one of the smartest minds looking at housing, warns that the White House is steering housing policy back into the dangerous waters. Take a look.
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Initial 4Q GDP estimate comes in well below analyst expectations

Almost 50% drop from third quarter’s Obamacare-driven reading
Trey Garrison
Following the third quarter’s upward revised gross domestic product printing at 5%, the GDP for the fourth quarter took a nose-dive. Here's what happened.
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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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