Lunch & Learn: Are appraisals the next big opportunity in mortgage fulfillment?

This Lunch & Learn for mortgage lenders will explore the evolution of the appraisal process as well as opportunities for innovation.

Why brokerages and mortgage lenders are rushing into JVs

Joint ventures are suddenly stitched into the fabric of a handful of national brokerages. But the idea of the joint venture collides with the loose, informal networks that color the American housing economy.

How to simplify the appraisal process for everyone in today’s hot market

While the world might be slowly getting back to normal, the housing boom is far from over. Appraisers need to make sure they have the right tools to manage the high demand.

Robert Dietz on why the single-family rental market is growing

In this episode of HousingWire Daily, NAHB's Robert Dietz explains why the marketshare of single-family rentals is growing despite strong homebuyer demand. He also discusses the NAHB’s latest Housing Market index.

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The pandemic transformed real estate closings, but will digital adoption stick?

The present could be the future

The mortgage industry has long touted that consumers are driving how real estate transactions are conducted, and as a result, the industry has continued to pump out new digital processes to improve the borrower experience. However, this borrower-centric approach was put to the test earlier this year when the COVID-19 pandemic completely altered the way real estate closings are handled. 

Borrower safety quickly became one of the biggest priorities for everyone in the mortgage industry, and the best way to ensure this safety was through technology. 

Any lender, title company or state that was hesitant to adopt digital closings before the pandemic couldn’t ignore it anymore. But does this mean remote online notarization (RON), eNotes, eRecording — along with all the other “e’s” — will be the new normal, or did everyone just put on a temporary bandage that will go away post-pandemic?

When looking at how the real estate closing ecosystem responded to the pandemic, there were two main roadblocks that made it difficult to maintain safety requirements: the varying regulations around RON and the fact that not every county allows eRecording. Both challenges play an important role in creating various types of digital closings. 

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