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Open commentary on everything impacting the U.S. housing economy. The opinions expressed here represent the author's alone.

Rolling the dice on Atlantic City

To quote Springsteen, "maybe everything that dies someday comes back."
The Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey Metropolitan Statistical Area boasts a legendary boardwalk and coastline but is now as well known for its bankrupt casinos. And, rather than a growing population with an expanding economy, the region remains on a downward trend, with a projected -2.9% depreciation.
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LendingTree reveals the cities with the highest rates of denied mortgage applications

Here are the leading reasons for denials
[Expert commentary] As the spring selling market heats up, buyers continue to face increasing odds against finding their dream homes. Inventory is low, demand is high and rates have been steadily creeping upwards for months. These factors are only complicating what can already be an arduous experience for would-be homebuyers hoping to get approved for a mortgage. In a new study analyzing more than 10 million mortgage application records, LendingTree found nearly one out of every 10 mortgage applicants, or 8%, is denied at the national level.
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Pam Patenaude headlines the NEXT Mortgage Tech Conference for Women

Deputy HUD secretary has more than 30 years of expertise
The NEXT Conference takes place June 21-22 in Dallas and features informative panels, technology demos and the chance for mortgage lending executives to network. But one of the most exciting things on the agenda is the headliner: Pam Patenaude, deputy secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The deputy secretary position at HUD is similar to that of a COO, and Pam is leveraging 30 years of experience shaping and implementing housing policy as she manages the department’s $45 billion annual budget and approximately 8,000 employees.
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It’s a whole new ballgame: Takeaways from MBA Tech

We're still in early innings
[Op-ed] In this commentary, Michael Kolbrener, the chief technology officer for PromonTech, writes about the recent MBA Tech conference. "It was fitting that the Mortgage Bankers Association chose Detroit, the launch pad of Rocket Mortgage, as the site for this year’s Technology Solutions Conference & Expo. The “liftoff” of that disruptive, imagination-capturing product has been the catalyst for a new appreciation of what technology can do for lenders and borrowers," he writes.
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Responding to negative borrower reviews 

Rules for responding
Doing business in the Social Media Era means you're bound to get some negative reviews. The mortgage transaction can be stressful, frustrating, and delayed at times which does not make for a great experience. And with the rise of social media everyone now has a massive bullhorn at their disposal to tell everyone about it. This is why it is important to have a plan in place to respond to negative reviews. Here's how to respond...
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Mile-high appreciation

Veros' Eric Fox takes a look at the high-performing area of Denver-Aurora-Broomfield
Whether it's ranking America's highest rates of real estate appreciation or just its highest real estate, Washington and Colorado are top of the heap. Those states, which coincidentally have eight of the 10 highest peaks in the continental U.S., have six of the 10 Metropolitan Statistical Areas topping the most recent VeroFORECAST projections from Veros Real Estate Solutions. This week, Veros' Eric Fox takes a look at the high-performing area of Denver-Aurora-Broomfield.
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Bank of America’s problem with loan officers (and vice versa)

Toxic work culture is not the bank's only mortgage troubles
So BofA is still doing mortgages, just the way in which they’re now categorized is “immaterial”? Such language comes as no surprise to loan officers. It didn’t take me long to find one who has a problem with Bank of America. In a message on LinkedIn, the LO tells me that, as a loan officer who has been on both sides — wholesale and retail — she’s never had a good experience with Bank of America. Here's why.
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