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Four in Five Metro Areas Notched Double-Digit Price Gains in Second Quarter of 2022
Despite escalating mortgage rates and slumping home sales in the second quarter of 2022, a greater number of markets experienced double-digit annual price gains compared to the prior quarter, according to the National Association of REALTORS®' latest quarterly report.
Mortgage Delinquencies Decrease in the Second Quarter of 2022
The delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit residential properties decreased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 3.64 percent of all loans outstanding at the end of the second quarter of 2022, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s National Delinquency Survey.
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Housing Affordability Falls to Lowest Level Since Great Recession
Rising mortgage rates, high inflation, low existing inventory and elevated home prices contributed to housing affordability falling to its lowest point since the Great Recession in the second quarter of 2022.
Stewart Bolsters National Commercial Services Underwriting Profile with East Coast Hire
Stewart Title announced today that Wilhelmina Kightlinger has been hired as Deputy Chief Underwriting Counsel for its National Commercial Servicesgroup, joining the National Commercial Services Underwriting Leadership team of Don Wade, Chief Underwriting Counsel of National Commercial Services and Shawn Elpel, Deputy Chief Underwriting Counsel of the group.
Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Mortgage applications increased 0.2 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending August 5, 2022.
Old Republic Title Insurance Group And ClosingLock Working Together To Help Combat Wire Fraud
Old Republic Title Insurance Group, one of the largest title insurance groups in the United States, and ClosingLock, the leading wire fraud prevention platform for the real estate industry, are now working together to help combat wire fraud for Old Republic Title's agents.
Consumer Sentiment Toward Housing at Lowest Level in Decade
The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI) decreased 2.0 points in July to 62.8, its lowest level since 2011 and well below the all-time high set in 2019. Surveyed consumers continue to express pessimism about homebuying conditions, with only 17% of respondents reporting it’s a good time to buy a home.
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The Fed's Damage to the Housing Market May Last Years
With interest rates now hovering around 5%, existing-home sales are down more than 14% from last year. Some potential buyers are sitting on the sidelines until rates or prices or both decline, while sellers are hoping the market picks up again so they can get a higher price. But don't count on rates falling to those pandemic lows.

Mortgage rates climb above 5% once again
Mortgage rates climbed above 5% again, after dipping below that threshold for the first time in months a week earlier. While the volatility in mortgage rates remains, there are signs that the housing market is starting to stabilize. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.22% in the week ending August 11, up from 4.99% the week before, according to Freddie Mac. That is significantly higher than this time last year when it was 2.87%.

Opinion: Has the title industry reached the automation tipping point?
Not many would count the title industry among the economy's technology leaders. Candidly, there's good reason for that. For decades, settlement services firms staked their reputations on personalized customer service and regional or local expertise, rather than cutting-edge technologies.

N.C. Extends Video Notarization, Witnessing; Authorizes Permanent Remote Electronic Notarization
On July 8, 2022, House Bill 776 passed in North Carolina, providing for the permanent implementation of remote electronic notarization (REN or RON), effective July 1, 2023. Additionally, House Bill 776 reauthorizes the use of temporary emergency video notarizations (EVN) and emergency video witnessing - remote witnessing is not authorized under RON - until June 30, 2023.

Title Talk with Rachel Luna
With over 13,000 followers on Instagram, Rachel Luna, the principal of Texas-based Patriot Title Company, is the self-proclaimed "Texas Title Queen." Luna has worked her way through the ranks and is now among the most recognizable pros in the title industry. "I have worked every position in the title industry, from the front desk to file clerk, to copy girl, to a notary, to an escrow officer. And now I am the principal of the largest woman-owned title company in Texas," Luna said.

Amanda Brower on what fuels her career as a commercial escrow officer and assistant VP at Fidelity
In commercial escrow work, Amanda Brower has found you never stop learning and you learn by doing. "You need a specific mindset" to excel in the profession, she said. "You take an experience and put it in your back pocket and use it as a baseline to work from. It's compounding knowledge."

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