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New Appraisal Institute Dictionary Updated to Advance Appraisers' Knowledge
“The Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal,” seventh edition, published this week by the Appraisal Institute, is a landmark text that reflects the depth and breadth of appraisal knowledge. Each entry, definition and reference has been painstakingly researched and designed to express an expert understanding of issues that currently impact the profession.
December New Home Purchase Mortgage Applications Decreased 7.1 Percent
The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for December 2021 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases decreased 7.1 percent compared from a year ago. Compared to November 2021, applications decreased by 5 percent.
Annual Existing-Home Sales Hit Highest Mark Since 2006
Existing-home sales declined in December, snapping a streak of three straight months of gains, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Each of the four major U.S. regions witnessed sales fall in December from both a month-over-month and a year-over-year basis. Despite the drop, overall sales for 2021 increased 8.5%.
Single-Family Starts Post Double-Digit Percentage Gain in 2021
While single-family starts dipped in December due to ongoing supply-side challenges, they still managed to post double-digit gains in 2021. Overall housing starts increased 1.4% in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.70 million units, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.
Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Mortgage applications increased 2.3 percent from one week earlier,according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 14, 2022.

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DataTrace Leverages AI to Add Over 1,000 New Title Plants to Industry-Leading Footprint to Support Growth in Automated Title Production
DataTrace Information Services LLC, the nation’s largest provider of data and automation solutions to the title and settlement services industry, announced today the addition of over 1,000 new geographic title plants across the United States, increasing the company’s total number of title plants to more than 1,600, covering 80% of the U.S. population.
Builder Confidence Edges Lower on Inflation Concerns
Growing inflation concerns and ongoing supply chain disruptions snapped a four-month rise in builder sentiment even as consumer demand remains robust. Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes moved one point lower to 83 in January, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index released today.
Share of Mortgage Loans in Forbearance Decreases to 1.41 Percent in December 2021
The Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) new monthly Loan Monitoring Survey revealed that the total number of loans now in forbearance decreased by 26 basis points from 1.67% of servicers' portfolio volume in the prior month to 1.41% as of December 31, 2021. According to MBA's estimate, 705,000 homeowners are in forbearance plans.
AI Virtual Assistant Alanna Now "Speaks" 54 Languages
Alanna, a conversational AI-powered virtual assistant for title agents, can now communicate in 54 different languages. Alanna is the title industry’s only conversational AI technology able to engage in complex conversations with clients via SMS text or web chat, often for customer service or information gathering.
First American Announces Agreement to Acquire Mother Lode Holding Company and Its Operating Subsidiaries
First American Financial Corporation, a leading global provider of title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions, announced today the signing of an agreement for First American’s acquisition of Mother Lode Holding Company, a California-based provider of title insurance, underwriting and escrow services for residential and commercial real estate transactions with 17 operating subsidiaries throughout the U.S., including its principal subsidiary Placer Title Company.
Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Mortgage applications increased 1.4 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 7, 2022. The previous week's results included an adjustment for the holidays.
Stewart Acquires Majority Interest in Great American Title Company
Stewart Information Services Corporation today announced the acquisition of a majority interest in Great American Title Company. GATCO is a leading provider of title and escrow services in the Greater Houston Metropolitan area, with the ability to operate in 38 counties across Texas.
MBA CREF Outlook Survey: Originators Are Bullish on 2022 Outlook
Commercial and multifamily mortgage originators anticipate 2022 will be another strong year of borrowing and lending, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) 2022 Commercial Real Estate Finance (CREF) Outlook Survey.
ALTA Good Deeds Foundation Provides Emergency Grant for Wildfire Relief
The American Land Title Association (ALTA) Good Deeds Foundation, the registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded by ALTA,the national trade association of the land title insurance industry, today announced it was awarding a $10,000 emergency grant to the Community Foundation of Boulder (Colo.) County for the Boulder County Wildfire Fund.
Nearly Half of House Hunters Would Feel More Urgency to Buy If Mortgage Rates Passed 3.5%: Survey
“Mortgage rates increasing will make homebuying less affordable. Over time, that will put the brakes on demand and put an end to double digit annual price growth,” Fairweather said. “But in the short term, this increase will light a fire under homebuyers and make for an extremely competitive January.”
Luxury Markets Across The Country See A Banner Year
Compass, Inc., a leading technology-enabled residential real estate brokerage, today released a market data report based on findings by Compass’ Senior Managing Director, EA Stribling-Kivlan. The report focuses on residential real estate market data from October 2021 and expands upon luxury trends across the country with a spotlight on three Compass markets: New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA, and Miami, FL.
Doma Customer AdvantageFirst Closes Loans Up to 30 Days Faster by Leveraging Doma's Instant Title Commitments
Doma Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: DOMA), a leading force for disruptive change in the real estate industry, today announced that its technology driven title solutions, powered by the Doma Intelligence platform, are helping to drive growth and significant business results for AdvantageFirst, a company renowned for its dedication to enhancing the customer experience in all aspects of its business.
Stewart Brings in Vice President of Enterprise Operations to Drive Product Innovation
Stewart Information Services Corporation today announced the hiring of Stephanie Silcott as Vice President of Enterprise Operations. In her new role, Silcott will lead product innovation and development efforts for Stewart’s Direct Channel technology.
Mortgage Applications Decreased Over a Two-Week Period in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Mortgage applications decreased 2.7 percent from two weeks earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending December 31, 2021. The results include adjustments to account for the holidays.
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