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New Technology Built Specifically for TRID Helps Smooth the Way

With the CFPB’s TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule nearing its implementation deadline of Oct. 3, 2015, the residential mortgage industry has been hard at work to get new or updated processes into place and tested to help ensure a ...


Survey Shows Home Buying Swagger Starts with Understanding Credit

Summer means warmer weather and increased home sales, but many homebuyers dread the process. The majority of homebuyers (95 percent) know that credit is important when purchasing a home, and those who know their credit scores feel significantly more prepared to buy according ...


For Builders, Labor/Subcontractor Shortage Intensifies

A survey of single-family builders conducted by NAHB in June 2015 shows that shortages of labor and subcontractors—already quite widespread in mid-2014—have become even more widespread during the past year. ...


Creating a Legacy…in Print

Although just a few well-crafted words have the ability to go viral in today’s digital environment, nothing trumps the value of book-author status. Whether a moving memoir or an insightful business guide, a book instantly denotes leadership and wisdom. That’s why book ...


Mortgage Rates Reach New 2015 Highs

Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey® recently reported average fixed mortgage rates reaching new 2015 highs, ahead of the June jobs report. ...


It’s Crunch-Time for CFPB Compliance

While the new October 3 effective date has given brokers and agents a little more breathing room, there is still a lot to be done in order to prepare for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) new Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure forms, ...


Listing a Fixer-Upper: When Clients May Need a General Contractor

When you've listed a property in need of minor cosmetic TLC, you can help potential buyers envision a new coat of paint or additions to the landscape fairly easily. Such inexpensive changes can usually be done by homeowners themselves, but it's a different story when a property needs several repairs ...


Consumers Voice Optimistic Outlook in June Indexes

Consumer sentiment and consumer confidence are two indexes showing consumers’ perceptions of current business, income and employment conditions, as well as their expectations for the future’s economy. ...


Gains Continue to Decline through Summer Buying Season

Data through June confirms projections that 2015 would be a “non-growth” year for housing, according to Clear Capital’s recently released Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report reporting on data through June 2015. ...


Great Spaces: A Harborside Penthouse in Baltimore

Located on Harborview Drive in Baltimore, Md., this harborside penthouse is luxury living at its finest, featuring the best city skyline and water views the city has to offer. With two exterior balconies and walls of windows showcasing the bountiful panoramic views, the ...


Inventory: Where Do We Stand Now?

While an improving job market and continuing low interest rates have sent consumer confidence soaring, and research tells us that pending home sales in all four major regions rose this spring, stubbornly tight inventory continues to stymie the market’s full potential. What can ...


All-Cash Share of U.S. Home Purchases Drops to Lowest Level Since 2009

RealtyTrac® recently released its May 2015 U.S. Home & Foreclosure Sales Report, which shows 24.6 percent of all single family home and condo sales in May were all-cash purchases, down from 28.5 percent in the previous month and down ...


As Rates Increase, Mortgage Applications Drop

The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 4.7 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier.  On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased 5 percent compared with the previous week.  The Refinance Index decreased 5 percent from the previous week to its lowest ...


Trulia Executive Joins Broker Public Portal Board of Managers

In the wake of the Broker Public Portal’s first board meeting comes the announcement that Alon Chaver, former Vice President of Industry Services at Trulia, has agreed to join the company’s Board of Managers. The governance of the LLC allows the Board ...


Home Price Gains Ease in April

S&P Dow Jones Indices recently released the latest results for the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices. Data released for April 2015 show that home prices continued ...


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