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

Marketers: Come hear Chris Heller, CEO of mellohome, at engage.marketing event

Former CEO of Keller Williams headlining general session
Our engage.marketing summit kicks off one month from today and Chris Heller, CEO of mellohome, is headlining our opening general session. The former CEO of Keller Williams is a real estate titan with 30 years of experience and he's bringing his insight on consumers, technology and real estate to our event in Dallas. Don't miss it!
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: C2 Financial cutting ties with Quicken Loans this week

Also, why do real estate agents sabotage online lenders?
"We've been growing their business a while and we offer extremely competitive pricing. We thought we were doing a good job. C2’s owner, Ron Tomko, actually told us that himself, and we hadn’t heard any negative feedback until this decision," Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner told HousingWire late Sunday night.
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Straight talk about independent mortgage bankers

How regulated are they really?
Independent mortgage bankers have increasingly been in the news of late. Ten years after the 2008 housing crisis, the strong trends of IMB growth in mortgage lending continue as banks show little sign of reversing their retreat from our mortgage markets. But are IMBs regulated enough? CHLA responds.
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Bottom's up: Here are 10 markets projected to see depreciation

See which markets are projected to depreciate or stay the same
Veros' Eric Fox breaks down the U.S. markets with lowest projected appreciation. Of the previous quarterly report's 10 MSAs predicted to depreciate or remain unchanged over the next year, seven moved up and out of the bottom list this quarter. Read more to find out which markets made the list.
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[VIDEO] My experience at the Ellie Mae Classic

Celebrities and mortgage execs hit the links for a good cause
I landed in San Francisco on Monday to report at the fourth annual Ellie Mae Classic, a celebrity golf tournament that supports the Mortgage Bankers Association's Opens Doors Foundation. I spent the day connecting with industry players at TPC Stonebrae, where the lush golf course rolled into breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay.
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Would a reverse mortgage by any other name smell… sweeter?

Maybe the name is holding the product back
It comes as a surprise to…well, no one, that reverse mortgages come with some deep-seated negative connotations attached, which is why the industry has long debated the so-called “name problem.” Unfortunately, an issue like this is kind of a hard one to get around.
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Not just doing well, but doing good

How the housing industry is giving back to communities
In a special sponsored supplement to the August issue of HousingWire Magazine, The Housing Industry Gives Back, we recognize some of the outstanding ways that companies in our industry are contributing to the well-being of individuals and families across the country. We spotlight charitable giving in our magazine's Kudos section each month, but we wanted to expand that coverage and tell some larger stories. 
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Is the housing market finally slowing down?

California fires continue to rage
As we head into the hottest month of the year, is home price growth finally starting to cool down? It looks like it might. For the first time in almost four years, home prices posted three straight months of declines in annual appreciation. But as the housing market cools, California continues to heat up as wildfires sweep across the state, claiming yet more victims.
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