The twelve Federal Reserve Districts weighed in on how their individual markets are doing, painting different housing market conditions. Residential real estate activity was split between them, with sales of existing homes and construction of new homes generally expanding or holding steady in about half of the districts.
Eminent domain at its core is used to seize land to build public necessities; however, when the very company pushing for the product is dropping the ball, it is hard to jump on board the idea that eminent domain is a good idea.
Purveyors of the idea that eminent domain can be used to assist homeowners in distress are facing new allegations that their plan is to profit, not to help. A recent analysis in Richmond, CA is the latest to fuel the fire.
The mortgage industry is leveraging technology like never before, streamlining processes across the spectrum of lending, servicing, investing and real estate. The combination of regulatory pressure and consumer expectations have set a high standard for efficiency and transparency, requiring a significant investment of time, money and talent to hit the right notes for both.
Ironically, the monkey on the mortgage industry’s back for the past 10 years — increasing regulation — is the very thing that forced companies to find efficiencies in every part of the process, which serves them well as they look to engage tech-savvy consumers. Even as the enforcement of some of those regulations is now in question, the long-lasting benefits of investing in automation will stand.
Mortgage banks have traditionally been slow to embrace new technologies, and while the technology that has improved efficiency, security and customer experience in a multitude of other industries (transportation, education and retail, to name a few) is finding its way into the loan production process, a lot of opportunity still exists in other stages of the mortgage life cycle.