Trending Thursday: More McMansions, Ferguson home values and more

Trending Thursday: More McMansions, Ferguson home values and more

Plus the real truth about whether renters really want to buy

Exclusive: Redfin’s chief economist answers 5 tough questions

Nationalizing the GSEs, the silver bullet for Washington policy and more

HUD: Associated Bank ‘redlining’ settlement largest ever

HUD Secretary Castro says settlement “sends a strong message”
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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

Trending Thursday: More McMansions, Ferguson home values and more

Plus the real truth about whether renters really want to buy
Trey Garrison
People want the suburbs a little closer, renters tell what they really want, the New York Fed spots a real trend, Wall Street is starting to sweat the FIFA scandal, and so much more in this week's Trending Thursday. You don't want to miss a word. Read on.
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Caution: GSE reform could have serious unintended consequences

Guest blog by former Ginnie Mae president Joseph Murin
Joseph Murin
Former Ginnie Mae president Joseph Murin knows first-hand how important the government backstop to the mortgage industry is…and it’s not just for lenders. Without the government guarantee for mortgages, it will be the consumer who suffers most, Murin says.
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Housing in places like New York, San Francisco fail more than just the locals

Local policies curtail worker freedoms
Jacob Gaffney
From the mid-'60s into the new millennium, these three cities in particular experienced phenomenal growth, but only contributed a small fraction to the growth of the nation. It’s this finding last month that underpins the need for a cohesive federal housing policy that can supersede some of the directions taken by local municipalities.
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Here's why AMCs need to pay close attention to looming regulatory changes

It should be a "very smooth transition for the industry"
Emeka Madu
The new regulation requirements for all states is going into effect soon. The good news is that a majority of states are already meeting these minimum requirements, which translates into fewer challenges for AMCs. Currently, 37 of the 54 states and territories impacted by this regulation are in compliance.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Time to cut the MLS cord?

Plus housing metrics, the incredible shrinking GDP, and kicks are for TRIDs
Trey Garrison
TILA-RESPA and TRID are closing in – are you ready? Plus how weak is the recovery, will housing pull it through, and you say you want to ditch the MLS? Read on for all this and more.
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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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