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  • Texas Real Estate Commission, Appraiser Board accused of ignoring customer service “crisis”

    Government watchdog says licensing agencies are hoarding money
    The Texas Sunset Commission, a state government watchdog agency, said in a report published this month that the Texas Real Estate Commission and the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board are keeping excess revenue in their coffers to pay for a new building rather than using the money to deal with customer service problems that are “overwhelming” the agencies.
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  • Hackers impersonating mortgage and title staffers in wealthy Texas suburb to steal down payments

    Police in Southlake issue warning about imposters
    Police in Southlake, Texas, a suburb of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex and the fourth wealthiest city in the U.S., issued a warning this week about scammers who are hacking into the email accounts of real estate professionals and then pose as title company employees in order to steal a homebuyer’s down payment. And in Southlake, the down payments can be quite high.
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  • Flat-fee real estate company Home Bay expands to Texas

    Now available in five states
    In July, Home Bay, a San Diego-based startup that offers real estate services for a flat fee, announced that it raised $5 million to fund its expansion beyond California. Since then, Home Bay has expanded to Florida, Illinois, and Georgia. And now, Home Bay is available in Texas as well.
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  • Better Mortgage launches in Texas

    Online mortgage lender adds Texas as 14th market
    Consumers in the Lone Star State can now turn to online lender Better Mortgage for their mortgage needs. The company expanded its base throughout 2017, most recently expanding to Florida in August. Texas is the company’s 14th market.
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  • Ocwen reaches mortgage servicing settlement with Texas

    Latest in string of settlement with state mortgage regulators
    Another day, another mortgage servicing settlement for Ocwen Financial. Recently, the nonbank has been on a settlement streak, reaching agreements with 20 of the 31 states that took regulatory actions against Ocwen earlier this year over alleged escrow issues and restricted Ocwen’s ability to acquire new mortgage servicing rights and originate new loans. Now, it’s Texas’ turn.
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  • Here’s how Texas is solving its inventory crisis

    Dallas homebuilding outpaces rest of country
    Texas’ inventory shortages won’t be around much longer if the state keeps up its crazy-fast home building pace. The state is currently blowing past the rest of the country in homebuilding, with only three Texas markets – Dallas, Houston, and Austin - on pace to make up more than 10% of all permits in the U.S. Ralph McLaughlin, Trulia's chief economist, explains what the growth means for the Lone Star State.
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  • International home buying is absolutely booming in Texas

    Foreign buyers are flocking to the Lone Star State
    International homebuyers are flocking to Texas and buying up Lone Star State homes in droves, a new report from the Texas Association of Realtors shows. In fact, the report shows that over the last year, the amount of money spent by foreign buyers on homes in Texas is nearly double what it was in the previous year.
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  • Here’s how Texas is dealing with growing affordability concerns

    A spotlight on down payment programs in Texas
    The continuous increase in home prices in Texas is creating a greater demand for local down payment assistance programs, a new report from Down Payment Resource stated. The report interviewed two leaders at the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs to see what the state is doing to help.
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