True Stories: Hybrid, eNote and RON Implementation

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Spruce’s Patrick Burns on innovation in title technology

In the season finale of Housing News season 5, Spruce CEO discusses heightened investor interest in title tech, innovation and fintech adoption.

Top CFPB official “hates” QM rules, jeopardizing safe harbor

A top CFPB official in charge of the rule-making process has heavily criticized the agency's own qualifying mortgage rule, jeopardizing safe harbor.

Don’t sleep on non-QM products

Now is the perfect time for originators to consider expanding to non-QM products – to grow business, diversify their offerings and to ensure an opportunity to better serve their customers.

Appraisals & ValuationsReal Estate

Working with buyers in the nation’s hottest housing market

In Austin, lenders, appraisers and real estate agents are battling a surge in demand

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Austin, Texas might be the hottest housing market in the country. The Lone Star State’s friendly tax policies combined with the city’s huge tech scene and its cool factor have made it a destination for Silicon Valley types for several years.

In addition to the same demographic factors driving growth elsewhere — all those millennials buying homes — the number of companies relocating there is a huge draw. Austin has ranked as the No. 1 city in population growth for the last eight years and it was the hottest job market in 2019 and 2020, according to the Wall Street Journal.

And all of those prospective homeowners flocking to the city are fighting for the same small pool of houses. In fact, Austin has just about 1.2 months of supply, and has seen a 19.7% year-over-year increase in home values.

Rapidly accelerating home prices come with a variety of challenges for lenders and real estate agents, including one of the biggest pain points right now — the appraisal gap.

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