Technology

Rentalutions rebrands as Avail

Online rental listing, management platform rebrands itself
Online DIY rental platform for landlords and tenants is undergoing a full-on rebranding. Rentalutions will become Avail. Rentalutions announced a full-on rebranding and will re-emerge as Avail. This rebranding falls almost exactly one year after a successful acquisition of $2 million in funding allowed the young company to expand its offerings.
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Mr. Cooper announces new AI-driven mobile app for homeowners

Solution seeks to help homeowners optimize debt, save money
Nonbank mortgage lender and servicer Mr. Cooper (formerly Nationstar) announced on Wednesday it plans to launch a new mobile app that utilizes artificial intelligence to reimagine the homeownership experience with tools to help homeowners optimize their personal balance sheets.
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Amazon pushes further into real estate with Lennar smart home deal

Launches “Amazon Experience Centers”
Over the past few months, Amazon has hinted at expansion into real estate in various ways. Well, consider Wednesday’s news another sign of Amazon’s encroachment into housing and real estate. Amazon announced Wednesday that it is partnering with Lennar, the nation’s largest homebuilder, to launch what it calls “Amazon Experience Centers,” which are basically showrooms for all of Amazon’s smart home products.
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Stearns Lending launches app for brokers

App aims to personalize lending experience
Stearns Lending announced this week the launch of new mobile app that gives brokers and borrowers a platform to digitally streamline the lending process. bsnap, which is free and available to download on both Google Play and Apple’s App store, provides borrowers lending documentation and more.
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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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ZipLogix partners with Glide to bring digital disclosures to California Realtors

New app allows sellers to submit Transfer Disclosure Documents digitally for the first time
No more paper pushing when it comes to disclosure for members of California Association of Realtors and their selling clients. ZipLogix and Glide have teamed up to create an app for that. Glide Form will be the first ever platform that allows sellers to file their transfer disclosure documents digitally.
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AFR Wholesale is mixing things up with Blend

Another lender jumps on the digital loan platform bandwagon
Surprise, surprise, another lender, AFR Wholesale, antes up, selecting Blend as the developer for its new digital loan application platform as momentum for a completely digital mortgage continues to build in the industry.
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Finicity in the Winner’s Circle: Mortgage lenders need a digital-or-bust mentality

CEO Steve Smith gives advice to lenders who want to stay competitive
Speaking to HousingWire Editor-in-Chief Jacob Gaffney on his podcast series In The Winner’s Circle, the CEO of data aggregator Finicity, Steve Smith gave some advice to mortgage lenders who wish to stay competitive. Smith talks about this and elaborates on the importance of customer-data protection, how lenders use tech to save valuable time and the early role that blockchain technology is also playing in the industry.
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