Technology

Black Knight boosts origination system by acquiring Ernst Publishing

Ernst’s capabilities will be integrated into Black Knight’s LOS
Black Knight’s loan origination system is about to get an upgrade, as the company announced Tuesday that it acquired Ernst Publishing, a provider of technology and closing cost data for the real estate and mortgage finance industries and previous honoree as a HousingWire Tech100 winner.
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Roostify snags deputy marketing exec from CoreLogic

Courtney Chakarun joins the company as its chief marketing officer
Roostify announced Monday that Courtney Chakarun has joined the company as its chief marketing officer. Roostify CEO Rajesh Bhat said Chakarun's extensive leadership experience and marketing prowess will be great assets to Roostify.
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Coming soon: “Alexa, pay my rent”

Zego inks deal with S2 Capital to bring smart home hubs to 30,000 apartments
Over the past year, Amazon has pushed further and further into real estate with its smart home devices. Much of that expansion has been focused on single-family homes, but it was only a matter of time before the smart home came to apartments as well. And soon, all it will take for a person to pay their rent is to utter the phrase “Alexa, pay my rent,” and it will be done.
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Realtor.com works to increase agent visibility

Company's new product will utilize social media to extend agent reach
Realtor dot com recently announced plans to launch a new product, that will allow agents to place customized, branded ads on its website and social media. The website's senior vice president, Deepak Thakral, said Local Expert helps real estate professionals build visibility and awareness with buyers who are looking for homes in their markets of expertise.
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LendingQB integrates with Resitrader

Users can import various data points across multiple trades with one click
Digital loan trading exchange Resitrader, announced the integration of its fully automated trading platform with HW Tech100 winner LendingQB. The Resitrader platform provides its users with a streamlined interface that enables participants to quickly and efficiently update loan-level trade information immediately following completion of a trade, according to the company.
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Amrock ordered to pay $740 million to HouseCanary for trade secret theft

Texas judge hands down largest judgment in U.S. this year
A Texas judge last week ordered Amrock, the title insurance, settlement services and valuations provider formerly known as Title Source, to pay just shy of $740 million to HouseCanary after denying Amrock’s request to vacate a jury’s earlier decision in a trade secret theft battle that rocked the housing industry.
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This real estate market will see almost 12% in appreciation

This Washington state MSA is projected to lead in appreciation
According to the latest VeroFORECAST, this MSA is projected to see 11.7% appreciation for single-family residences and 11% appreciation for condos and townhomes and its market remains one of the strongest markets in the country, with its extremely low 1.4-month supply of homes struggling to fill the demands of its growing population.
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NotaryCam appoints new executive vice president of marketing and business development

Kelly Purcell is expected to oversee marketing and more
NotaryCam announced Friday that Kelly Purcell has been appointed as executive vice president of marketing and business development. NotaryCam Founder Rick Triola said Purcell is the best person to help them forge new ground with the launch of the Notary's solution, eClose360.
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