A look at Biden’s first week in office

This episode reviews last week’s inauguration of President Joe Biden, examining which housing issues the new administration has already taken action on.

Biden’s executive order will extend foreclosure moratorium

President Biden revealed his plan to sign 17 executive orders his first day in office, including am extension of the eviction and foreclosure moratorium to at least March 31.

How servicers continue to protect neighborhoods amid COVID

We spoke with MCS CEO Caroline Reaves about self-service technology, the shift to virtual and how servicers can prepare for post-COVID success by improving processes today.

HomeBridge’s Brian White on diversity at a practical level

HomeBridge's Brian “Woody” White discusses ways to increase diversity within the housing finance industry.


Housing Tech Rundown: EXOS Tech, Guaranteed Rate and DataTrace

Companies push for more digital options across the buying process

EXOS Technologies, a division of ServiceLink, is utilizing its cloud-based AI technology to allow homeowners the ability to perform inspections through a mobile application.

Coined as EXOS Inspect, the application can be used to support home equity lending and collect data for portfolio management processes including loss mitigation, loan modification and private mortgage insurance removal.

EXOS Inspect utilizes geofencing and time-stamping to assure the accuracy of the data, allowing homeowners to complete a verified video inspection of a room. Video can be incorporated into lender portfolio management, valuation reports, property condition reports, broker evaluation and desktop appraisals.

“Although much of the mortgage process can be done online or remotely by phone, many inspections still require in-person interaction between consumers and inspectors,” said Dave Steinmetz, originations division president for ServiceLink. “EXOS Inspect will play an immediate role in today’s market, as well as the future real estate lending industry.”

Guaranteed Rate announced the launch of a new addition to its digital mortgage platform. The tool, GRaffordable, acts as a mortgage calculator and allows borrowers the ability to purchase and refinance from their smartphones.

By answering questions regarding home purchase or refi, borrowers can view loan options tailored to their needs and qualifications. The application offers options for conventional, jumbo, FHA and VA loans, and 24/7 accessibility to the services without the requirements of a login.

“With rates hovering at historic lows, there’s never been a better time to be a homebuyer. With the GRaffordable platform, we continue to offer transparency to our customers and agent partners so that they get a clear picture of what they can afford,” said Guaranteed Rate founder and CEO Victor Ciardelli.

DataTrace Information Services released its centralized tax record platform, TaxSource, to house multiple property tax databases under one roof. The database consists of nationwide tax records and can be accessed and delivered in a standardized format from any jurisdiction.

TaxSource manages varying county requirements and integrates with most production applications – including API integration to title production systems.

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