Alcynna Lloyd is a reporter at HousingWire. Lloyd has a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of North Texas. She previously interned with a broadcast position at CBS and has a background in freelance journalism.
Waterstone Mortgage announces the appointment of A.W. Pickel as company president, specializing in the management of day-to-day operations and administrative duties. Pickel’s appointment comes off the heels of significant company growth.
Although construction slightly increased in May, construction prices prove to be a deterrence to growth, according to the latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau. One expert states that more jobs could possibly lead to an increase in production, however, builders are still worried about the increase in construction prices.
CoreLogic announces a partnership with Elm Street Technology to offer the Elevate Broker Operating System and Services platform to real estate brokers. Under the agreement, the company will serve as an authorized reseller, offering Elevate through the Clareity DASH! platform to current broker clients, according to CoreLogic.
FirstClose, a provider of technology solutions for mortgage lenders, announced its integration with Chicago Title Insurance Company. The FirstClose Report will provide financial institution clients with Chicago Title’s property search, legal and vesting products and services.
Sharply elevated lumber prices contributed to homebuilder confidence slipping two points to 68 in June, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. However, improved economic growth, continued job creation and solid housing demand should spur additional single-family construction for the months ahead.
WEST, a Williston Financial Group recently announces the appointment of Marty Frame as chief operating officer. Frame will focus on strategic mergers and acquisitions, product development, project coordination and all general operational activities for WEST.
Realogy Holdings Corp. appointed Katrina Helmkamp as chief executive officer of Cartus Corporation. Helmkamp will be responsible for improving Cartus' performance while leading technology and process transformation.
Although unemployment is near a historic low, wage growth continues to threaten U.S. economic recovery. The national decrease of unemployment means employers have more pockets to fill, but healthcare, insurance, retirement, paid leave and other benefits make employees too expensive, according to an article by Lydia DePillis for CNN.
[Op-ed] If you make minimum wage, chances are you have limited housing prospects. The maximum affordability for most low income renters is $660 a month, but they need to make at least $22.10 in order to rent a modest 2-bedroom apartment. Sadly, most market-rate apartments in every U.S state continue to be out of reach.
Movement Mortgage launched its inaugural Movement Crowdsource Challenge, a competition to develop a new mobile operating system for loan officers. Ten technology firms will have the opportunity to win $25,000 prize, and a contract to co-develop the solution into a full-scale commercial product.
The 2018 Rising Stars represent the best young leaders in the mortgage industry. Many of our 46 winners are leading companies as C-level executives, making strategic decisions for their organizations or developing new and inventive ways to get things done. Others are contributing through product development, data management or finding new ways to engage with consumers. Across the board, their efforts and accomplishments are influencing the present and future course of our industry.
The multiple characteristics of blockchain make it an incredibly attractive mechanism across industries. It provides an unchangeable, time-stamped ledger that allows for real-time and simultaneous input. It is the perfect set-up for industries where transactions are routinely moved from entity to entity or business to business and where records need to be verified and audited. Naturally, therefore, in the world of title and real estate, blockchain provides an incredibly innovative platform.
It has been proven time and time again that companies that make an investment in workplace culture attract the industry’s best talent and achieve greater success. For leaders who want to see their business grow to the next level, the solution is to focus on building a great culture — a culture of excellence.