The 15 hottest markets for homebuyers and sellers this spring

Changes in FHA multifamily lending requirements squeeze lenders, owners

Pressure trickles down into rent increases in affordable units

It’s official: The first quarter saw a refinance mini-boom

Low interest rates drove first-quarter increase


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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

4 things you need to know about new federal AMC regulations

The future of the appraisal industry
Brian Coester
The final rule is out for appraisal management companies, and Brian Coester, CEO of Coester Valuation Management Services, explains what it means to the industry.
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Dealing with one housing bubble at a time

HELOCs and other factors constrain housing “recovery”
Lynn Effinger
RealtyTrac predicts that as the average HELOC borrower's ten-year interest-only period ends, that person's or family’s monthly bill will perhaps more than double from $133 to $279. This could pose a serious problem. Let's start with that, first.
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MBA's Cosgrove: The importance of nonbanks in the mortgage market

The misperceptions of IMBs and other nonbanks
Bill Cosgrove
In the wake of the financial crisis, nonbank lenders and servicers have witnessed a significant emergence in the mortgage business. In fact, independent mortgage banks are heavily dominating the single-family market. Yet misperceptions persist about the capacity of these IMBs and other nonbanks.
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Do millions of Americans face impending housing peril?

Rising rents, lack of credit could displace potential borrowers
Pamela Patenaude
The homeownership rates for younger households, a traditional source of strength for the housing market, have especially registered precipitous declines. What’s behind the plunge?
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In defense of Ocwen: Servicer’s track record deserves a second look

Even deep in the weeds there is a path
Trey Garrison
When you have a coalition of housing advocates, investors and investment managers singing your praises about how you act as a servicer, there's got to be a silver lining to the clouds. At least, that's probably what Ocwen is thinking right now.
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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

A new era of solutions

Recapping last week's posts and tech progress this year
Mark McElroy

Solutions exist today that can help with a large majority of the business process shifts that will result from the rule. And the last year has provided an opportunity for them to solve things further.  

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TILA-RESPA technology cheat sheet

What you need to know when investing in a digital closing solution
Matt Corcoran

If you fired off an email, handed the consumer a brochure, or even simply talked about something face-to-face, how will you record or determine if the consumer engaged that content? The digital delivery of educational content will be key to not only getting the consumer to interact with it, but tracking what the consumer actually accessed.

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How to save $1,100 or more on the cost to close each loan

A digital solution can help lenders' profit margins
Matt Corcoran

If you’re one of the lenders who hasn’t converted over to a digital closing platform yet, chances are you’re going to be a little lost (and even further behind) when that next phase of development kicks off about two months from now.  

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MBA Annual has come and gone, but TILA-RESPA is here to stay

What progress have you made one week after the conference?
Matt Corcoran

As you head to complete this phase by Week 28, you not only need to look at how your organization operates internally, but how it operates externally as well with business partners and consumers to ensure regulations around the three-day delivery rule for the Loan Estimate are met.  

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TILA-RESPA Phase I complete

Get ready for Phase II of the Lender Implementation Timeline
Mark McElroy

Staying on par with the timeline, next week will kick off the Analyses and Decisions phase, in which you’ll be reviewing your workflow, systems and compliance in order to determine the revised procedures, system recommendations and policies necessary.

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