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Coalition to Stop Real Estate Wire Fraud Announces CertifID as New Partner
The Coalition to Stop Real Estate Wire Fraudhas announced that CertifID has joined as the Coalition’s latest partner in the battle against mortgage closing scams and real estate wire fraud. Founded by the American Land Title Association, the Coalition provides education about the growing threat of these scams and offers tips to help consumers protect their money during the homebuying process.
DataTrace Launches TitleIQ Streamline to Simplify Refinance Transactions
DataTrace Information Services LLC, the nation’s largest provider of data and automation solutions to the title and settlement services industry, announced today the launch of TitleIQ Streamline, an expansion of the TitleIQ Automation Suite designed specifically to increase efficiency in refinance transactions.
North American Title Insurance Co. launches on-demand, CE and CLE courses on NATIC University
North American Title Insurance Co. (NATIC) has built a continuing education (CE) and continuing legal education (CLE) component to NATIC University, the company’s learning management system (LMS). Three new courses have been added to the interactive platform, covering the trending industry topics of cybersecurity, entities transactions and blockchain technology.
Single-Family Housing Starts Hold Firm in September
Due to a decline in multifamily housing starts, total housing starts fell 9.4 percent in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.26 million units, according to a report from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and Commerce Department.
September New Home Purchase Mortgage Applications Increased 34.2 Percent
The Mortgage Bankers Association Builder Application Survey data for September 2019 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases increased 34.2 percent compared to a year ago. Compared to August 2019, applications decreased by 8 percent. This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns.

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Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications increased 0.5 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending October 11, 2019.

Builder Confidence Hits 20-Month High
Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes rose three points to 71 in October, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index released today. Sentiment levels are at their highest point since February 2018.
RamQuest's Closing Market Now Integrated with OR SigningPro
RamQuest, a leading provider of technology-based solutions for the title insurance and settlement industry, announced today that its Closing Marketdigital network is integrated with OR SigningPro.
Locations Close to Public Transit Boost Residential, Commercial Real Estate Values
Neighborhoods located within a half-mile of public transit services outperformed those in areas farther from public transit based on a number of factors, according to a report released today by the American Public Transportation Association and the National Association of Realtors®.
Federal Banking Agencies Issue Final Rule to Exempt Residential Real Estate Transactions of $400,000 or Less from Appraisal Requirements
The Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency have adopted a final rule that increases the threshold for residential real estate transactions requiring an appraisal from $250,000 to $400,000.
MBA's Lisa Haynes Honored as Association CFO of the Year by Association TRENDS
Lisa J. Haynes, SVP, Chief Financial Officer and Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), was presented with the Association CFO of the Year Award by Association TRENDS. Haynes received the award at the Nonprofit CFO of the Year Awards reception in Washington.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Issues Final HMDA Rule to Provide Relief to Smaller Institutions
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today issued a rule which finalizes certain aspects of its May 2019 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act. It extends for two years the current temporary threshold for collecting and reporting data about open-end lines of credit under HMDA.
American Land Title Association Announces CSC as an Elite Provider
The American Land Title Association (ALTA), the national trade association of the land title insurance industry, announced it has named CSCan ALTA Elite Provider.
Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Mortgage applications increased 5.2 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending October 4, 2019.
Rising Financial Wealth Boosts Demand for Vacation Homes
Increased financial wealth and low mortgage rates boosted the demand for and price of vacation homes, according to the National Association of Realtors® 2019 U.S. Vacation Home Counties Report.
Guaranteed Rate Partners with Notarize to Power FlashClose T: The Next Generation of Homebuying
Guaranteed Rate, Inc., one of the largest retail mortgage lenders in the United States, today announces its partnership withNotarize, the first company to enable an entirely online real estate closing process. FlashClose, ™ the most convenient homebuying platform, aims to achieve record-setting times as it delivers an experience built for the next generation of homebuyers.
Florida Criminal Defendant Pleads Guilty to Lying on Pre-Sentencing Financial Disclosure Form
Padula admitted using offshore entities and accounts to commit the tax fraud. Padula also committed bank fraud by carrying out a fraudulent short-sale transaction designed to reduce or eliminate his $1.5 million mortgage at Bank of America.
2019 Realtor® Good Neighbor Award Winners Honored, Celebrate 20-Year Milestone of Giving Back
Over the last 20 years, the Good Neighbor Awards program has recognized Realtors® who make an extraordinary impact on their communities through devoted volunteer work. The impact of those 200 Good Neighbors has been remarkable: working in 40 states, 15 countries and in Puerto Rico. In total, those efforts have served more than 41 million meals to the hungry, sheltered nearly 300,000 people in need and raised hundreds of millions of dollars for various causes, including more than $104 million to fund medical research and healthcare.
Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Mortgage applications increased 8.1 percent from one week earlier,according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending September 27, 2019.
NAR Congratulates Eugene Scalia After Officially Taking Reins of Labor Department
“The more than 1.3 million members of the National Association of Realtors® congratulate Mr. Scalia on becoming the 28th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor,” said Smaby, a second-generation Realtor® from Edina, Minnesota. “NAR has worked closely with the DOL on various issues over recent years, most notably to protect America’s independent contractor workforce and defend the department’s Association Health Plan rule. We look forward to continuing that collaboration with Secretary Scalia throughout his time leading the Department.”
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