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

Property values will rise modestly in this MSA

Third-largest MSA to see increase in appreciation
According to the most recent VeroFORECAST from Veros Real Estate Solutions, this sprawling MSA not only ranks behind New York and Los Angeles in terms of population, but also in its predicted real estate appreciation through March 2019. Read on to learn more about this MSA.
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Reverse mortgages for the win

Breaking down home equity use in our brand-new beat
Before you tell me that reverse mortgages may be the most boring and least sexy topic you’ve ever heard, let me tell you this: You’re right. BUT, turning your equity into cash and using it to maintain your lifestyle in retirement is, actually, kind of sexy. Right?
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HousingWire acquires The Reverse Review, adds Editor Jessica Guerin

Guerin to lead expanded coverage of housing wealth market
More exciting changes are happening at HousingWire! This week, we are announcing our acquisition of The Reverse Review. This means a new fresh face at HousingWire. Reverse Review Editor Jessica Guerin is joining HousingWire’s staff as an editor to lead our expanding coverage of the housing wealth market and is launching a Reverse Review newsletter.
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Efficient collateral valuation: Keys to lending success

Here are three keys to success
While 2018 will be a tougher year for lenders, originators can still generate solid revenue and profit for their institutions with effective marketing and loan fulfillment programs. Better than that, by focusing their efforts on the right products, they will also have the opportunity to build stronger relationships with existing bank customers and credit union members, positioning themselves for additional business when volume increases in the future. Here are the three keys to succeed in this business.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Trump to nominate Kathy Kraninger to lead CFPB

White House confirms OMB official will be named to lead agency
On Saturday, the White House confirmed that President Donald Trump will nominate Office of Management and Budget official Kathy Kraninger to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Agency. Plus, Zillow and Trulia are hit with a patent infringement lawsuit and megabanks are set to pay out more than $170 billion to shareholders.
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#TimesUp for real estate investor Sam Zell

When is enough, enough?
I’ve seen all the latest updates on the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements, yet it somehow manages to shock me each time I hear of something new happening. On a recent National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts panel, real estate investor Sam Zell made some shocking comments. So when is enough going to be enough?
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HousingJobs blog: Affordable housing crisis affects the job market

The cost of living outweighs average annual income in major metropolitan cities
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 weekly blog for the latest job postings along with some advice from employers, industry tips and more! 
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Minimum wage, minimum housing prospects

Minimum wage workers can’t afford a 2-bedroom anywhere in the U.S.
[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.
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