HousingWire reveals the 50 fastest-growing companies in housing economy

HousingWire reveals the 50 fastest-growing companies in housing economy

Inaugural 2014 HW Fast50 ranks public, private companies on revenue growth

Chinese investors remain an X Factor for the US housing market

So what does this mean for homeowners and buyers?

Judge throws out Fannie and Freddie investors’ lawsuit

Decision favors Federal government
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REwired

Opinion, commentary and analysis on everything that makes the U.S. housing economy tick -- not to mention the ghosts in the machine, too. Written by HW's team of editors and reporters each business day. Read More

HousingWire reveals the 50 fastest-growing companies in housing economy

Inaugural 2014 HW Fast50 ranks public, private companies on revenue growth
Sarah Wheeler

Topping this year's list is a publicly traded single-family rental specialist that saw revenue grow nearly 3,000% during 2013. But that's not the only surprise.


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Chinese investors remain an X Factor for the US housing market

So what does this mean for homeowners and buyers?
Richard Green

A wealthy buyer from China can look at even the most expensive California markets like San Marino and think, “I can get a lot of house there without spending a lot of money.”


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More signs of a sliding housing market

Affordability has issues, too
Lynn Effinger
Affordability issues; looming interest rate hikes as have been predicted by Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen; too many FHA loans being made (this is the “new” sub-prime market); federal emphasis being placed on low-income borrowers, and other factors are causing house prices to decline once again in many markets.
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Can Quicken Loans save Detroit?

Forbes: “Dan Gilbert is saving Detroit to help his business”
Ben Lane
Dan Gilbert, the founder and chairman of Quicken Loans, is still pushing to save the city of Detroit. He's invested millions in the revitalization of Detroit's downtown area and the results of his efforts are having a real impact on the recovery of the city and on Quickens Loans' business too.
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5 questions to ask yourself before buying in an up-and-coming market

How can you be sure the value will hold up?
Deirdre Bolton
For example, even if you don’t have school-aged children, find out how long the principal of the local school has been there and how much turnover there is with school’s administrative team.
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Closing Call

Breaking down the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure, how it impacts your business, and ways to solve it. Written by the experts at Pavaso each business day. Read More

The profit-margin challenge with TILA-RESPA

Get operational processes firmed up now for Aug.1, 2015 go-live
Mark McElroy
Do you know what it fully costs you to acquire a customer? It is now critical that you know this metric today, because it’s going to change on Aug. 1, 2015. If your operational processes are not streamlined, your margins are going to suffer worse when TILA-RESPA is effective.
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Acquiring new customers vs. retaining existing customers

TILA-RESPA will force you to get creative on revenue and profits
Matt Corcoran

We offer a solution on the Pavaso platform called Title Check — where title companies can stay in front of existing customers by offering them an annually recurring service to check their title and ensure it’s clean. This is an entirely new line of revenue to leverage all of those customers that they’ve acquired and closed, instead of purely focusing on bringing in the next closing. 


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I dream of loan origination genie

Wishing for better profit margins?
Matt Corcoran
Independent mortgage banks pulled in average profits of $346 per loan on originations last quarter, compared to an average profit of $1,082 per loan in the fourth quarter.
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Challenging the status quo

Now is the time to question if you're ready for TILA-RESPA go-live
Mark McElroy

In planning for big changes to your organization, the key area of a digital transformation know as Operational Process is one that is absolutely pertinent in the wake of regulatory disruption such as TILA-RESPA.  


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What's your business intelligence IQ?

Operational process improvements should be a focus right now
Matt Corcoran

It's apparent that you’ll need clear processes and guidelines in place for your workforce to maintain high levels of service while working within strict tolerances that could result in game-changing fines for your business.


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