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The technological revolution is happening, right now. Here at HousingWire, we see that innovation happening and feel it deserves some serious kudos. The shouting it from the rooftops kind, to be exact. It’s in that spirit that HousingWire honors the most innovative innovators who’ve innovated in the most innovative ways in the last year.
Visions of turkey and stuffing are dancing in our heads, but there will still be plenty of housing news this week, including October existing and new home sales data. And what's with this Orange County house with 19 bathrooms?
It is now seven years since Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac went into conservatorship. The Community Home Lenders Association says that it believes a government guarantee is needed to maintain an affordable 30-year mortgage and sustain housing markets. But consensus is elusive on what should come next. Here is their plan.
With federal agencies taking action against several large lenders, many banks are pricing FHA loans to absorb the costs associated with the hundreds of layers of federal, state and local regulatory requirements. As a result, larger lenders are choosing to leave the FHA arena, presenting a great opportunity for smaller independent mortgage lenders.
With its latest tool, IDMAXX, Pavaso has enabled lenders to achieve two aims with one solution. By leveraging a borrower’s network for both identity verification and character references, lenders can be assured that 1) the borrower is who they claim to be and 2) the total picture they have of that borrower, and the risk that borrower may pose, is accurate and complete.
Traditionally, there is plenty of jockeying for position amongst the differing players in the real estate transaction, particularly between lenders and realtors, over who owns the relationship with the consumer. Be warned: There isn’t going to be any place for that kind of possessiveness in the post-TRID market.
If the mortgage industry is serious about addressing the longer closing times created by TRID, not to mention attracting millennials as potential homebuyers and/or employees, it has got to get with the times. And the times? They are digital.
The darlings of 2014, the single-family housing investment and rental businesses, didn’t dominate like last year, but they still had a strong showing. After snagging four of the top five spots on the 2014 HW Fast50, two SFRs placed in the top five in 2015 and three made the top 50..
Bank loyalty is not a factor for borrowers in shopping for a mortgage loan. Borrowers tend to select a mortgage originator based on product, price and their expectation for a convenient transaction process. Read More