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Redfin Report: Nearly One in Three Homes For Sale in October had a Price Drop--Highest Level Since at Least 2010
U.S. home sale prices increased 4.5 percent year over yearto a median of $297,200 in October, according to Redfin (, the next-generation real estate brokerage. October's year-over-year price increase marks a return to an overall healthy level of price growth after posting a 6.5-year low level of growth in September.
October New Home Purchase Mortgage Applications Decrease 2.1 Percent
The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for October 2018 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases decreased 2.1 percent from a year ago.
Realtors® See Increase in Commercial Income and Sales Volume for Second Straight Year
Commercial real estate markets are on the rise, with Realtors® specializing in commercial real estate reporting both an increase in members' gross income and sales volume, according to the National Association of Realtors® 2018 Commercial Member Profile.
SafeChain Adds Blockchain to SafeWire to Further Safeguard Real Estate Wire Transactions
SafeChain, the industry leader in wire fraud prevention software for land title, announced today it has added blockchain to its wire fraud prevention platform SafeWireTM, making the company the first in the industry to do so. The addition of blockchain to SafeWire provides increased security for real estate wire transactions by ensuring fraudsters cannot tamper with wiring instructions undetected.
Redfin and Notarize Partner to Offer Fully-Digital Home Closings
Redfin, the next-generation real estate brokerage, and Notarize, the first company to enable an entirely online mortgage closing process, are working together to let customers close a home purchase completely online.

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ValuAmerica is Now Radian Settlement Services Inc.
Radian Group Inc. today announced that ValuAmerica, a Radian subsidiary offering settlement and appraisal products and services, has been renamed Radian Settlement Services Inc.
Appraisal Institute Seeks Speakers for 2019 Annual Conference
The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, is accepting proposals for presentations at its 2019 Annual Conference, July 22-24, at the Hyatt Regency Denver.
Washington Resident Earns ALTA National Title Professional Recognition
Maureen Pfaff has been awarded a National Title Professional (NTP) designation from the American Land Title Association (ALTA), the national trade association of the land title insurance industry.
NotaryCam to Offer Complimentary Notarizations for Active Duty, Retired U.S. Military Members in Honor of Veterans Day
NotaryCam® today announced it would offer free remote online notarization (RON) sessions to United States veterans and current service members in honor of Veterans Day as part of its semi-annual “Help a Hero” initiative. 
Mortgage Payoff Statements Becoming Gateways to Mortgage Fraud
Fraud perpetrators are increasingly initiating wire fraud scams by targeting the industry practice of emailing or faxing payoff requests to title and escrow companies, according to a new white paper from CertifID.
Now Is the Time to Winterize Homes, Appraisal Institute Says
How should you prepare your home for winter? When should you begin? To increase the chances of improving your home’s value, ask a real estate appraiser before starting.
Mortgage Delinquencies Up Slightly in Third Quarter of 2018
The delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit residential properties rose to a seasonally adjusted rate of 4.47 percent of all loans outstanding at the end of the third quarter of 2018, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's National Delinquency Survey.
Simplifile Adds 30 Northeastern, Mid-Atlantic Jurisdictions To E-recording Network
Simplifile, a leading provider of real estate document collaboration and recording technologies for lenders, settlement agents, and counties, today announced that 30 additional recording jurisdictions located in nine states throughout the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic U.S. have joined Simplifile’s e-recording network.
Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Mortgage applications decreased 4.0 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending November 2, 2018.
RamQuest Gives Back to A Place Called Home
In its ongoing initiative to support local charities and nonprofit organizations, RamQuest, Inc, a leading title and settlement solutions provider for the land title industry, raised more than $1,300 for A Place Called Home (APCH) as part of the company’s ALTA ONE participation in October.
CATIC Launches Municipal Guides Mobile App
CATIC, the largest Bar-Related® title insurance underwriter in the United States, announced the launch of its new municipal guide app for iOS and Android phones and tablets.
NAR Forum Examines Realtor® Role in Property Valuation and Appraisal Processes
On Saturday, at the 2018 Realtors® Conference & Expo in Boston, Massachusetts, the National Association of Realtors® hosted its 2018 Appraisal Forum. The forum, officially titled “Demystifying Agent-Appraiser Communication: Law, Liability and Best Practice,” highlighted proper approaches for communication and cooperation between agents and appraisers.
Realtors® Express Confidence in Commercial Real Estate, See a Stable Year to Come
While challenges face many of America’s commercial real estate markets, Realtors® specializing in the sector should have confidence for growth to remain steady in the coming year.
2019 Forecast: Existing-Home Sales to Stabilize and Price Growth to Continue
Consumers should expect home sales to flatten and home prices to continue to increase, though at a slower pace, according to a residential housing and economic forecast session at NAR's 2018 REALTORS® Conference & Expo.
American Land Title Association Grows Federal Lobbying Efforts
The American Land Title Association (ALTA), the national trade association of the land title insurance and real estate settlement industry, announced that Director of Public Policy Emily Tryon will assume additional responsibilities and lobby for the industry on Capitol Hill.
Builder Confidence in the 55+ Housing Market Drops in the Third Quarter
Builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market dropped seven points to 60 in the third quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders' 55+ Housing Market Index released today.
Metro Home Prices Rise 4.8 Percent in Third Quarter
Low inventory levels of moderately priced homes continue to stifle home sales and maintain the trend of increasing metro market prices according to the latest quarterly reportby the National Association of Realtors®.
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