Amid all the news with Trulia and Zillow, the latest one concludes a three-and-a-half year relationship between Trulia and Chief Economist Jed Kolko. While Kolko said he hasn't decided his next step, a recent HousingWire Magazine feature could give a glimpse into his future plans.
People are listening to real estate economists today in a way that anyone who covered the industry a decade or more ago would not recognize. Smoke is one of the members of this new wave of real estate economists. In fact, Smoke is actually the newest one on the block. The upstart economists at places like Trulia and Zillow are still new, Smoke is just the latest player to join the game.
The sun is rapidly setting on summer break, and kids will once again fill rows and rows of desks across America, whether it's in private schools or public schools. Which prompted Trulia to ask a good question: Are private schools actually cheaper than public schools?
“We’d be at greater risk of heading toward a bubble if price gains were still accelerating, but they’re not,” Trulia's Chief Economist Jed Kolko said. “Even in the bubbliest markets, it’s not 2006 all over again.”
"If you look at what we do, fundamentally, MERS is the mortgagee on behalf of the investor and its assigns, it’s not a whole lot more complicated than that. And that role as an agent is well rooted in the laws of this country. So when you get down to it, and when we get challenged, we typically prevail. We simply take away all the clutter and present what we do, and what the laws actually say, and we get there," MERS CEO Beckmann said in an exclusive profile only in HousingWire magazine..
The CFPB is currently paying close attention to the individuals/small players, as well as the larger institutional mortgage companies. With respect to the small players, the CFPB is looking at the loan officer, real estate agent and developer. A common violation that these smaller firms or individuals commit, in addition to possible violations resulting from social media posts, stems from agreements among themselves. Read More
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s been some time since the mortgage bond world felt shaken to the core. But shaken, right now, it feels, according to several recent conversations I’ve had on the subject. Read More