Valuations

Marc Hinkle promoted at Assurant Mortgage Solutions

Will serve as managing director of Assurant Valuations
Assurant Mortgage Solutions announced Monday it promoted Marc Hinkle to managing director of Assurant Valuations. The company said Hinkle will oversee product lines for Assurant's valuations business, as well as lead strategy and innovation while strengthening the company's presence in key markets.
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How data and technology innovation are transforming valuations

Technological paradigm shift underway is setting a new standard for valuations
[Expert commentary] Technology innovation is rapidly permeating every aspect of mortgage lending to streamline the loan manufacturing process and open the door to a better borrower experience. We are already seeing a measurable reduction in turn times with no degradation in quality, and more progress is expected. The desire to achieve more efficient and accurate valuations that will bring consumers to the closing table faster is no longer an aspiration, but a reality.  
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This Florida metro is predicted to see a rising tide of appreciation

Which Gulf Coast metro is predicted to see measured appreciation this year?
This market has a modest supply of homes at 4.5 months and is expected to experience good appreciation over the course of the next year thanks to its healthy 10% population growth it has experienced over the last decade. Where is it? Click to find out.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Start of year sees strongest home price growth since 2005

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Hispanic homeownership is booming
Home prices increased at the start of 2018 at its fastest rate since 2005. One metro, in fact, had an annual home price growth higher than the median home price in most U.S. metros. Also, did you celebrate Cinco de Mayo this weekend? Here’s a quick history lesson and the current state of Hispanics in housing and the U.S. economy.
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Seriously underwater properties see smallest ever annual decrease

Home equity growth slows in Q1
The first quarter of 2018 saw the smallest annual decrease in seriously underwater properties since ATTOM Data Solutions began tracking in the first quarter of 2013. ATTOM explained the U.S. reached a tipping point in this housing boom where enough homeowners have regained both sufficient equity and sufficient confidence to tap into their home equity.
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FHFA: Home prices still on the rise

But growth could see moderation in 2018
Home prices are still on the rise, increasing once again in February. But one expert said a rise in debt-to-income ratios looks to have supported house price gains over the past few months but, with mortgage interest rates now on the rise, he still expects a slight moderation in growth this year.
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