I’VE BEEN WITH HOUSINGWIRE SINCE 2019, and I already feel like I’m approaching the “I’ve seen it all” territory when it comes to the housing market (Yes, I can hear the pre-2008 industry veterans laughing). Record-breaking origination volume, record low interest rates, the COVID-19 pandemic, the CARES Act and headlines of massive industry layoffs with the word “recession” getting thrown around again. It’s jarring, to say the least.
The world of housing seems unpredictable, but there has been a constant in my three years: Innovation. Last year, the focus was on “making hay while the sun shines” and seeking new solutions to solve for the challenges presented, like never-before-seen volume. This year, the rallying cry is to seek out innovations that will improve the bottom line in a tight market. The two situations may seem like polar opposites, but the theme is the same: Tech solving for issues presented by a wild housing market — in the good times or bad.
That’s why you’ll find a dozen pages ahead of you. On each page, you’ll find tech products from companies that know exactly what you’re going through. I encourage you to dive in and treat this as your go-to product guide. From data and analytic platforms to floorplan mapping solutions, the products featured in this show-case are tailored to specific needs within the housing industry.
I know it’s been a tough year for many, but I hope that you are able to find solace in the fact that there are thou-sands of people out there, working together to continue to improve the homebuying and mortgage journey. No matter what the rates do, the industry will continue to innovate and move forward and that’s a beautiful thing.