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Three Different Courts Find CFPB and Agency Regulation of Title Insurance Companies Overall Intrusive
William Blanchard, a St. Charles, Illinois real estate attorney and General Counsel of Gaia Title, Inc., spoke about three recent court cases each ending with a decision to limit or abolish regulatory efforts by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) or proceedings under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). The significance of these decisions is that together they demonstrate that the pendulum is swinging away from broad agency regulatory authority toward less intrusive business oversight.
Appraisal Institute Joins 29 Groups to Promote Real Estate Careers
The Appraisal Institute joined 29 real estate industry organizations, representing more than 10 million jobs, today in announcing a ground-breaking collaboration to highlight the diverse career paths within the real estate sector.
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June New Home Purchase Mortgage Applications Decreased 8.8 Percent Year over Year
The Mortgage Bankers Association Builder Applications Survey data for June 2018 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases decreased 8.8 percent compared to June 2017. Compared to May 2018, applications decreased by 12 percent. This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns.
Appraisers Play Distinct Roles in Arbitration: The Appraisal Journal
Alternative dispute resolution – including negotiation, mediation and arbitration – is a growing area in need of skilled real estate valuation professionals, according to a study published this week in The Appraisal Journal.
Michigan Title Agency Revolutionizes Collection of Construction Draw Lien Waivers
Grand Rapids-headquartered Sun Title Agency has introduced the EZ-Draw™ Construction Draw and Lien Waiver System in order to eliminate the time and resources required to collect and coordinate lien waivers after construction draw payments are made.
Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Mortgage applications increased 2.5 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending July 6, 2018. This week's results included an adjustment for the Fourth of July holiday.
Pavaso Adds Remote Online Notarization to eClosing Platform
Pavaso, a leading mortgage technology provider, has introduced a remote online notarization feature (RON) to its Digital Close eClosing platform. RON will enable users to conduct the mortgage closing session remotely—including notarizations. Pavaso is the developer of a truly digital mortgage enterprise solution platform that incorporates both lender and title participation.
ABA Report: Consumer Delinquencies Rise in First Quarter
The first quarter of 2018 saw installment loan and bank card delinquencies resume a slow return to normal levels after falling across the board in the previous quarter, according to results from the American Bankers Association’s Consumer Credit Delinquency Bulletin.
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Announces Acting Deputy Director
Today, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) Acting Director Mulvaney today announced he has selected Brian Johnson, who currently serves as Principal Policy Director at the Bureau, to assume the responsibilities of Acting Deputy Director.
Title Alliance Appoints Dan Jensen as Closing Manager for Keystone Premier Settlement Services Bethlehem
Title Alliance appoints Dan Jensen as Closing Manager for their KPSS Bethlehem location. He will be responsible for maintaining good relationships with agents as well as keeping customer service a top priority while maintaining on time closings.
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Real Estate and the Blockchain: A Transactional Perspective
Blockchain technology has the potential to significantly disrupt the U.S. real estate market. Vasiliki Yiannoulis of the law firm Withers, discusses how this new technology will impact the industry within the next few years.

Lien Nightmare Over For Flanders Homeowners
A nightmare scenario for a new homeowner was resolved in court last month. After two years, Ron Fisher, a civic leader from Flanders, and his husband, James Christensen, have settled a lien against their three-bedroom ranch in the Bay View Pines Community.

Ex-lawyer can't beat federal prison term for selling bogus insurance
A former lawyer convicted of selling bogus insurance policies to 69 homeowners has failed to argue her way out of federal prison.

Does the future of real estate include Blockchain technology?
Bitcoin is one of our new forms of money. Thousands of merchants now accept bitcoin payments. A Miami penthouse was listed for 33 bitcoin (valued at the time of listing at $544,500), and the seller refused to take any other currency.

Judge blocks IL regulators from compelling new title insurance disclosures to homebuyers
A Cook County judge has signed off on an order blocking Illinois state regulators from rolling out new disclosure requirements for attorneys and other agents involved in helping property buyers and lenders obtain title insurance. The legal challenge asserts the state overstepped the law, specifically in requiring attorneys to disclose fees earned in title insurance transactions.

Reverse mortgage volume falls to 13-year low
Despite record levels of tappable home equity, program changes have squashed volume

Rising mortgage rates keep home equity line of credit usage down
Despite available home equity shooting up in the first quarter, the share of total equity withdrawn by borrowers hit a four-year low, likely due to growth in interest rates, according to Black Knight.

HDFC ERGO launches one of India's first title insurance policies
Private general insurer HDFC ERGO on Tuesday launched a title insurance policy, making it one of the first such products launched by private insurers.

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