Valuations

Homeowners fuel HELOC boom as home prices soar

Home equity loans up 21% in past two years
Home equity lines of credit are on the rise as increasing home prices bring a wealth of equity back into homeowners’ hands. But experts explain why despite this increase, and a decrease in down payment percentage, lending is still much safer than the housing boom days.
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Experts answer: Will technology replace appraisers?

The state of the appraisal industry
The appraisal industry has a heaping amount of questions. This became increasingly clear after HousingWire’s webinar on the state of the appraisal industry, featuring four industry experts. The hour allotted to the webinar was able to cover a range of hot-button issues. However, there was one that stood out: Will technology replace appraisers?
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Introducing the 2017 HW Tech100

Here are the most innovative technology companies in housing
HousingWire Magazine is pleased to announce the 2017 HW TECH100, an award reserved for the top technology companies leading the housing industry. Inclusion on this list is a truly special honor — and here’s why: the HW TECH100 is the only list of tech innovation that captures the entire U.S. housing economy, spanning from real estate to mortgage lending, servicing and investments.
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Homeowners pay the most property taxes in these 10 states

Where does your state fall?

After settling the down payment and closing costs, homeowners look to pay their mortgage payment and their property taxes. While these taxes are barely felt in some places, that is not the case for everyone. In fact, in the top state, average homeowners could be looking at an added $600 per month in property taxes.


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Case-Shiller: Home prices set 30-month high in December

All 20 of largest U.S. cities saw seasonally adjusted price increases
Home prices rose to their 30-month high in December and at their fastest pace in over 2.5 years, according to the latest Case-Shiller results. The Indices’ chairman explains why rates are rising so rapidly and if the speed of increase is a reason for alarm.
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Rising Stars entry deadline extended!

Fine, twist our arms…
A favorite saying of ours is “deadlines spur action,” and in the case of our Rising Stars awards program, it’s proving true. Quite a few of you are waiting until the last minute to get your nominations in. We’ve heard from quite a few folks that are feeling the pressure of that impending deadline, and we feel you. We get it. And we’re not monsters around here. We’re here to help.
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Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration could drop home prices

Even legal immigrants backing out of homeownership
President Donald Trump’s policies cracking down on immigration could mean drastic changes to the housing market once the policies start taking effect. Even legal immigrants are showing more caution when it comes to buying a home, saying they are unsure about their future in the U.S.
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Want to be on the cover of HousingWire Magazine? Here's your chance

One Rising Star award winner honored with magazine cover
Have you ever wanted to be on the cover of a magazine? You get to show off to all your friends, family, and colleagues – many of whom will likely come traipsing into your office and begrudgingly ask for your autograph. Have you ever wanted to the envy of the entire housing industry? Well, here’s your chance to do both.
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