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Pending Home Sales Slump 21.8% in April
Brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, pending home sales decreased in April, making two straight months of declines, according to the National Association of Realtors®.
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ALTA Announces CoreLogic Partnership With ALTA Registry
The American Land Title Association(ALTA), the national trade association of the land title insurance industry, announced today that CoreLogic Solutions, LLC, has partnered with the national ALTA Title & Settlement Agent Registry.
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Radian Brings Companies Together Under One Radian Brand and Launches New Website
Radian Group Inc. today announced the launch of radian.com, its redesigned corporate website that serves as the online experience for the full family of Radian companies. Radian provides industry-leading mortgage insurance and a comprehensive suite of mortgage, risk, title, valuation, asset management and other real estate services.
Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Mortgage applications increased 2.7 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending May 22, 2020.
Former Attorney Charged With Conspiracy, Bankruptcy Fraud, And Defrauding Clients Of $1.3 Million
United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the unsealing of an indictment charging James Lee Clark (59, Wilton Manors) with one count of conspiracy to commit bankruptcy fraud, seven counts of bankruptcy fraud, one count of making a falsification of records in a bankruptcy proceeding, and eight counts of wire fraud.
Share of Mortgage Loans in Forbearance Increases to 8.36%
The Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) latest Forbearance and Call Volume Survey revealed that the total number of loans now in forbearance increased from 8.16% of servicers' portfolio volume in the prior week to 8.36% as of May 17, 2020. According to MBA's estimate, 4.2 million homeowners are now in forbearance plans.
In a Positive Sign New Home Sales Hold Steady in April
In a sign that the housing market is stabilizing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 0.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 623,000 units in April, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. The April rate is 6.2 percent lower than the April 2019 pace.
TitleFlexT by DataTrace Honored as Gold Stevie® Award Winner in 2020 American Business Awards®
DataTrace Information Services LLC, the nation’s largest provider of data and automation solutions to the title and settlement services industry, announced today it won a Gold Stevie®Award in the Business Information Solution category in the 18th annual American Business Awards®for the TitleFlex™ by DataTrace solution.
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Demand for mortgage bailout slows to a trickle despite continuing coronavirus fallout
Despite record-high unemployment and massive economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, fewer homeowners appear to be struggling to make their monthly mortgage payments now than at the start of the crisis.

U.S. Mortgage Rates Tumble to a Record Low for 30-Year Loans
U.S. mortgage rates fell to a record low for the third time since the coronavirus started roiling global markets. The average for a 30-year fixed-rate loan was 3.15%, down from 3.24% last week and the lowest in Freddie Mac data going back to 1971.

Homebuying surges as mortgage rates and home prices plummet
Homebuyers are coming out of coronavirus isolation and are swarming back into the housing market, lured by falling house prices and some of the lowest mortgage rates ever seen.

With interest rates expected to stay low, who needs a mortgage rate lock?
A mortgage rate lock protects a borrower from rising interest rates while a new mortgage or refinance is being processed, which these days can take weeks to even months. But the calculus for borrowers has changed during the pandemic. Interest rates have plummeted and many experts believe they will either stay low or go lower still in the coming months.

New digital lender Beeline promises purchase-ready approvals in 15 minutes
Beeline, a new digital lender that launched just last week, is applying AI to streamline the application process so that it will only take 15 minutes to apply for a loan.

The Mortgage Godfather: The Evolution Of Fintech
Laws, rules and regulations prevent documents from being signed electronically in many states. Notarization in some states still requires a face-to-face presentation in order to complete a mortgage closing. When are we going to catch up and become part of the 21st Century?

R.I. Supreme Court rules title insurance companies can do real estate closings
While emphasizing the value of homebuyers having a lawyer at their side during a real-estate closing, the state Supreme Court left the door open for title insurance companies and their agents to continue the longstanding practice in Rhode Island of conducting closings, but with some limitations. The court, however, concluded that a title insurance company may conduct an examination of title for marketability only if a licensed attorney undertakes the examination to best protect the interests of buyers.


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How You Can Conduct a Closing in Your Office
Michele Blanco's Blog
2020/05/11
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