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Trulia: Housing inventory tumbles to all-new low

Marks eighth consecutive quarterly decrease
Housing inventory decreased in the first quarter of 2017, hitting an all-new low. But while inventory for starter and trade-up homes is shrinking, premium home inventory is increasing. Trulia explains the reasons for the dwindling inventory, and the new threat rising home prices impose.
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OCC: Charts prove borrowers keep getting better at paying their mortgage

Four charts break down servicing at the top seven banks
Keeping up with the rest of the year, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s latest quarterly report on mortgages showed that borrowers are continuing to get better at paying their mortgages. The report falls in line with previous reports that showed the overall performance of mortgages improving from the previous year.
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Placester continues growth with $50 million capital raise

Funding round doubles previous investment in company
Over the last few years, Placester, a Boston-based real estate marketing platform, experienced rapid growth, raising $50 million in three rounds of funding and acquiring RealSatisfied, an Australian company that provides a suite of customer satisfaction tools that provides big data insights to brokers, agents and brands. Now, Placester is growing again.
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Value of housing market hits 10-year high

Equity rises above mortgage debt
The value of the housing market reached its highest point in 10 years and surpassed the pre-crisis peak. This increase was fueled by rising home prices as home equity reached an all new high of $14 trillion.
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First American: Fraud and misrepresentation grew in February

Rising rates bring increase in adjustable rate mortgages
First American released its monthly Loan Application Defect Index, which showed loans became more risky in February due to increasing interest rates and a move toward adjustable rate mortgages. What else is behind the rise in these riskier loans? Click the headline to read more.
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Maxwell, Matic Insurance Services partner to simplify homeowners insurance process

Matic insurance software will be integrated in Maxwell’s mortgage platform
Maxwell, a provider of digital mortgage software and a winner of HousingWire Magazine’s 2017 HW Tech100, and Matic Insurance Services, a digital homeowners insurance agency for mortgage borrowers, announced a partnership that will make it easier for borrowers to obtain homeowners insurance as part of the mortgage process. Here are the details.
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CFPB preps to review major mortgage rules

Falls under Dodd-Frank requirement
January 2018 marks five years since the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finalized the qualified mortgage rule. The five-year anniversary means more than a landmark date of a major regulation though, as it also means the bureau is required to reassess its major mortgage rules. Will the CFPB use this process to change the mortgage market again?
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