Zillow plans event to “hack” housing

Zillow plans event to “hack” housing

Offers $10,000 prize for creative solutions to jumpstart market

CFPB goes after Wells Fargo, JPMorgan for mortgage kickback scheme

Mega banks will pay $35.7 million total

Here are the hottest neighborhoods for 2015

This year it’s all about affordability


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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

Texas mortgage market will still shine in 2015

Oil bust? Give me a break
Marcus McCue
Despite everything going on in the oil industry, the Texas housing market is still poised to shine in 2015. Texas-based Guardian Mortgage explained that 2015 looks to be both bigger and better than last year; itself a pretty decent year.
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Americans have many problems, but owning a home isn’t one

Healthcare is No. 1 concern
Jacob Gaffney
The results of the latest Gallup poll show that the average American is still fretting over finances. Let’s be honest, that will never change. But what Americans fret over, financially, does.
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Here's why Standard & Poor's mortgage bond fraud is so shocking

SEC: S&P lied about mortgage bond ratings
Jacob Gaffney
“They lied,” one source said of the SEC charge that S&P “published a false and misleading article purporting to show that its new credit enhancement levels [for CMBS ratings] could withstand Great Depression-era levels of economic stress." But that's still not the most shocking development.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: The increasing risk of low mortgage rates

Plus a roundup of housing starts, home prices and home sales
Trey Garrison
Everyone loves lower mortgage interest rates, but there is a downside over the long haul that housing and investors need to consider. Here’s the scoop — plus a preview of the week to come.
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Will big banks sue the government for too much oversight?

MetLife’s suit could be just the beginning
Brena Swanson
MetLife is pushing back and suing the Financial Stability Oversight Council over its decision to designate it a non-bank systemically important financial institution. At the same time, regulators are hounding the rest of the industry, especially housing. Could this be the inspiration the rest of the industry needs to fight back?
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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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