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Foreclosures Spike in D.C., Deep South

Posted by Michael Bates on July 21, 2017

According to ATTOM Data Solutions’ Midyear 2017 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, there were a total of 428,400 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings (default notices, scheduled auctions or bank repossessions) in the first six months of 2017, down 20% from the [Read More]

Home Affordability Heavily Affected by a Lack of Inventory

Posted by Michael Bates on July 21, 2017

First American’s proprietary Potential Home Sales model for the month of June 2017 shows that a supply and demand imbalance continues to put upward pressure on house prices and is squeezing affordability. In June, potential existing-home sales increased to a [Read More]

Median U.S. Home Value Surpasses $200k for the First Time

Posted by Michael Bates on July 21, 2017

According to the June Zillow Real Estate Market Reports, the national median home value is now $200,400, up about 7.5% since this time last year and representing the first time that the typical U.S. home is worth over $200,000. “Even [Read More]

KeyStoneB2B Debuts Platform for Facilitating Title and Docs

Posted by Michael Bates on July 21, 2017

KeyStoneB2B says it has developed a new title product that will facilitate the title order, title close, and borrower and seller closing disclosures during the mortgage lending process. KeyStoneB2B offers a network of title companies that have been vetted according [Read More]

LendingTree Names New Head of Mortgage

Posted by Michael Bates on July 21, 2017

Online loan marketplace LendingTree says Sam Mischner has been promoted to chief sales officer and head of mortgage after previously serving as senior vice president, sales, and general manager, mortgage. In the new role, Mischner will lead the company’s sales [Read More]

Fannie Mae: Slowdown Likely in Second Half

Posted by Michael Bates on July 19, 2017

Expectations for 2017 economic growth remain at 2.0% amid a projected second-half slowdown, according to the Fannie Mae Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group’s July 2017 Economic and Housing Outlook. With the expansion having entered its ninth year, incoming data [Read More]

Maria A. Hatfield: Harnessing Big Data for Underwriting

Posted by Michael Bates on July 19, 2017

PERSON OF THE WEEK: As federal regulators and the nation’s largest secondary market investors continue to seek out ways to make home financing available to more Americans, the traditional methods of evaluating consumer credit are being called into question. Increasingly, [Read More]

A Primer on Subservicing Relationships

Posted by Allen Price on July 19, 2017

Organizations that are looking for mortgage servicing partners can assess a handful of key factors.

Purchase, Refi Origination Volumes Held Steady in June

Posted by Michael Bates on July 19, 2017

According to the June “Origination Insight Report” from Ellie Mae, the percentage of purchase home loans relative to refinances remained steady at 68% of all closed loans, while refinances remained at 32% for the second straight month. Specifically, the percentage [Read More]

Chase Taps Google’s Data to See What Mortgage Info Is Being Searched

Posted by Michael Bates on July 19, 2017

Chase Home Lending and Google recently announced a partnership whereby the organizations are collaborating to see how and what people are searching to find more information about homeownership. The “Search for Home Snapshot,” available here, offers insights that show consumers [Read More]

The Mortgage Collaborative Adds Correspondent Investor to Network

Posted by Michael Bates on July 19, 2017

Independent mortgage cooperative The Mortgage Collaborative has partnered with national correspondent investor and mortgage loan servicer The Money Source. The Money Source specializes in direct-to-agency loan securitization. The company says its approach is to provide robust product offerings for sellers [Read More]

RE/MAX: Home Sales Continue to Break Records

Posted by Michael Bates on July 17, 2017

According to the July 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report, June 2017 home sales were 1.4% higher than in June 2016, which was previously the month with the most home sales in the nine-year history of the report. Additionally, four of [Read More]

Specialty Mortgage Bank Deploys New Underwriting System

Posted by Michael Bates on July 17, 2017

Cascade Financial Services, an independent mortgage bank based in Arizona, has implemented LoanScorecard’s Portfolio Underwriter as its automated underwriting system (AUS). Cascade, which is currently licensed in 38 states and plans to expand to the contiguous 48 states by the [Read More]

RBS Settles Mortgage Securities Lawsuit for $5.5 Billion

Posted by Michael Bates on July 12, 2017

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS) has reached a settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to resolve claims by the FHFA in relation to RBS’ issuance and underwriting of [Read More]

Blockchain: What Is It and Why Should Mortgage Lenders Care?

Posted by Jason Nadeau on July 12, 2017

Blockchain provides unshakeable data preservation that guarantees the integrity and originality of mortgage-related documents.

Millennials Are Hot for Minnesota?

Posted by Michael Bates on July 12, 2017

Millennials continue to compete for available housing inventory, but recent data from Ellie Mae shows that millennials are attracted to more affordable real estate markets, particularly in the upper Midwest. According to the May Ellie Mae Millennial Tracker, Hutchinson, Minn.; [Read More]

CoreLogic: Mortgage Delinquencies Continue to Decline

Posted by Michael Bates on July 12, 2017

The most recent monthly Loan Performance Insights Report from CoreLogic shows that, nationally, 4.8% of mortgages were in some stage of delinquency (30 days or more past due, including those in foreclosure) in April 2017. This figure represents a 0.5 [Read More]

Home Affordability is Moving Out of Reach in Many Places

Posted by Michael Bates on July 12, 2017

While the risk of price declines remains low, affordability is increasingly a concern in cities across the U.S., according to the Summer 2017 edition of The Housing and Mortgage Market Review (HaMMR), published by Arch Mortgage Insurance Co. (Arch MI). [Read More]

1 Million JPMorgan Chase Loans Moved to LoanSphere MSP

Posted by Michael Bates on July 12, 2017

Black Knight Financial Services Inc. says it has completed the conversion of more than 1 million home equity and private banking loans onto its LoanSphere MSP servicing system for JPMorgan Chase. JPMorgan Chase also implemented LoanSphere Loan Boarding, a tool [Read More]

IDS Boosts E-Mortgage Capabilities on Core Platform

Posted by Michael Bates on July 12, 2017

International Document Services Inc. (IDS), a mortgage document preparation vendor, has expanded the settings and capabilities of its eSign room within the idsDoc mortgage doc prep platform. The company says the new features enable lenders to create a more seamless [Read More]