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How employers can reassure potential LOs in the midst of mortgage layoffs

Invest in the right technology for LO retention
Under these circumstances, it can be an intimidating market for both job seekers and employers in the mortgage industry. So how do you reassure potential LOs when recruiting? Many professionals in the industry believe the key for recruiting loan officers is investing in technology that streamlines work to increase both efficiency and LO retention.
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Commercial real estate insider: Investors need to broaden their minds about funding sources

The most important debt products you may not know about
[Expert commentary] When it comes to debt, everyone seems to be eating from the same basic food groups. Banks, commercial mortgage-backed securities and big balance sheets dominate the market. If you're a multifamily investor, there’s also Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But most folks are really missing the most important and liquid debt products out there.
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Here’s what title insurers need to know about the feds’ new rules for all-cash real estate deals

Deloitte experts on FinCEN’s new requirements
[Expert commentary] Last month, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network announced that it was expanding on its rules that require title insurers to report buyers’ identities and the source of the funds for certain residential real estate deals. Here's what title insurers need to know about the new rules and what they can do to comply with them.
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[Pulse] We must improve the QM standard, and this is why

With the GSE patch set to expire in less than 2 years, we need reforms that will even the playing field
The industry should pay attention to bipartisan legislation that would permit lenders to move away from outdated, static requirements and instead document borrower income and debt through the government-approved methodologies already in place in the GSE guides or the FHA, VA, and USDA handbooks.
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[Pulse] This state has more depreciating housing markets than any other

Unemployment drives down home prices in this Southern state
In most parts of the country, home prices are appreciating, albeit at a slower pace than before. But in 5% of metros, prices will depreciate up to 1.9% in the coming year. Here is a list of the bottom 10 MSAs, or those with home prices that will depreciate the most in the next 12 months.
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[Pulse] Here's how higher regulatory costs are impeding housing affordability

Regulatory burdens are driving up costs, and it's a problem for the housing market
Despite recent declines in mortgage interest rates, housing affordability continues to be a key concern for homebuyers. Studies show that regulatory burdens significantly elevate the cost of land development and construction, driving up costs that are passed on to the homebuyer. If we as a nation want to ease housing affordability barriers, communities should begin by reducing the regulatory burdens associated with developing land and building homes.
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[Pulse] These 10 markets will see the most home-price growth in the next year

Only 1 major market makes the list
Ten markets will see residential property values rise an average of 7.85% in the next year – more than twice the 3.7% rate projected for the rest of the country. But while this might sound great, the average growth of the top 10 is a half-percent drop from the 8.3% we projected last quarter. This is part of a softening that, while significant, is simply a slowing down of most markets.
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[Pulse] Will iBuyers survive a buyer's market?

The iBuyer concept is fresh and exciting, but it remains untested throughout a full market cycle
The housing market is cyclical, and history shows businesses based on a perpetual seller's market do not last. Good housing markets are very forgiving, but when they turn, flawed concepts are rapidly and ruthlessly exposed. Selling homes in a seller's market is not difficult. But when the market turns and buyers gain the upper hand, will the iBuyer concept survive?
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Closing Call

Taking ID verification to the MAXX

New tool lets lenders validate borrower's identity, character references
With its latest tool, IDMAXX, Pavaso has enabled lenders to achieve two aims with one solution. By leveraging a borrower’s network for both identity verification and character references, lenders can be assured that 1) the borrower is who they claim to be and 2) the total picture they have of that borrower, and the risk that borrower may pose, is accurate and complete.
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Redefining when the mortgage process starts

It's not what you think
Traditionally, there is plenty of jockeying for position amongst the differing players in the real estate transaction, particularly between lenders and realtors, over who owns the relationship with the consumer. Be warned: There isn’t going to be any place for that kind of possessiveness in the post-TRID market.
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The production challenges beyond TRID

Transitioning to a digital space
If the mortgage industry is serious about addressing the longer closing times created by TRID, not to mention attracting millennials as potential homebuyers and/or employees, it has got to get with the times. And the times? They are digital.
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A new era of solutions

Recapping last week's posts and tech progress this year

Solutions exist today that can help with a large majority of the business process shifts that will result from the rule. And the last year has provided an opportunity for them to solve things further.  


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