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HousingJobs: Why the job market for loan officers is promising

The numbers show a rewarding career as a LO
Job hunting can be frustrating. At HousingWire, we want to make the process easier for job seekers in the industry. Our new service, HousingJobs, lists the latest gigs in the housing industry for loan officers, underwriters, processors, loan servicers, and tech and marketing pros. Check out this monthly blog for the latest job postings along with some industry insight.
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Restarting motor city

After bankruptcy and bailout, fortunes in Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan MSA are turning over again
Five years ago, Detroit, the principal city in the Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan Metropolitan Statistical Area, was declaring bankruptcy with debt estimates as high as $20 billion. This summer, those troubles seem comfortably in the rearview, according to the latest VeroFORECAST, which shows that real estate values in the nation's 14th most populous MSA are predicted to increase at an average of 6.8% over the next 12 months.
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Who would make a great Vanguard?

Nominate someone today!
As the end of 2018 quickly approaches, there’s no better time to honor those top-level company leaders who have had an incredible year. Haley Knighton, the new program manager for the HousingWire Editorial Awards programs, turned to the expert Caroline Basile, HousingWire’s online editor, to get the inside scoop on what makes a great Vanguard.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Manafort to forfeit $21.7 million in real estate holdings

Plea deal includes five properties and three bank accounts
Welcome to another week. It’s time for your Monday Morning Cup of Coffee. Wake up; smell the coffee; and let’s make some money this fine Monday morning. Monday Morning Cup of Coffee takes a look at news coming across HousingWire's weekend desk, with more coverage to come on bigger issues.
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Home equity fails as an investment

Too many homeowners simply can’t tap it
[Expert commentary] Societal views have conditioned us to look at buying a home as an investment. Putting money into a mortgage is much better than throwing it away on rent, right? Maybe not so much these days.
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2-city housing boom hits Nevada

Reno, Carson City jump in Veros index
Reno will appreciate at a rate of 9.5% over the next year. The neighboring Carson City MSA is also projected to see property values appreciate at 9.5%. Neither was in the Top Ten for home price appreciation last quarter. So what happened?
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Are you leveraging omnichannel payment solutions?

Sign up for this HW webinar to learn how a comprehensive payment strategy can impact your business
As consumers demand more options in the mortgage industry, the value of omnichannel payment solutions also grows. There is some stigma in the mortgage industry behind self-service payment options, mainly due to the fear of increased fraud risk and a loss of control over payments. But experts in payments understand the power self-service payment options have in customer satisfaction and operational efficiencies.
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