Matthew Speakman on what’s driving homebuyer demand

Zillow Economist Speakman explains what Zillow’s recent report on homebuyer demand tell us about the current state of the housing market.

Record low mortgage rates hold steady at 2.72%

This is the second week in a row rates have sat at the lowest recorded level in the survey’s near 50-year history.

What Yellen as Treasury Secretary would mean for housing

Experts weigh in on former Fed Chair’s possible impact on GSE reform and how she could jumpstart the economy.

Building the one-touch digital mortgage

As Katherine Campbell drives toward a one-touch mortgage, she’s taking time to share what she has learned along the way.

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This is the single greatest factor standing in the way of RON

Lenders: the power is in your hands

RON

“What is the single greatest factor standing in the way of remote online notarizations?” Even as I asked it, I knew the answer.

“I can answer that in one word, and then I’ll explain.”

Regulations. He’s going to say state regulations. I knew what the answer was, I just wanted to hear him say it. I was wrong.

As it turns out, state regulations, while a major factor, are not the greatest holdup to universal acceptance of RON. In fact, over the past year COVID-19 has spurred many states to rush through emergency bills allowing for the use of RON.

No, the greatest holdup actually lies in the hands of lenders: eNotes.

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