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Realtors® View Technology as Increasingly Valuable for Business, Competition
As technology continues to transform and modernize the real estate industry, Realtors®, members of the National Association of Realtors®, are focused on adapting to and remaining at the forefront of this change. Last month, NAR kicked-off the inaugural Innovation, Opportunity & Investment Summitin San Francisco, where Realtors® joined real estate technology companies and the investment community to discuss evolutions in real estate technology and strategies for Realtors® to keep up with these trends.


Statement from NAHB Chairman Randy Noel on Chinese Tariffs
Randy Noel, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a custom home builder from LaPlace, La., today issued the following statement on President Trump's decision to impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese imports.
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With a Dearth of Women in the Construction Industry, NAHB Members Call for Increased Recruiting Efforts to Help Address the Labor Shortage
According to labor force statistics from the Current Population Survey and analyzed by the National Association of Home Builders, the share of women in the construction industry is currently at 9 percent, although women make up almost half—47 percent—of the total working population.
August New Home Purchase Mortgage Applications Decreased 4.6 Percent Year over Year
The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Applications Survey (BAS) data for August 2018 show mortgage applications for new home purchases decreased 4.6 percent compared to August 2017. Compared to July 2018, applications decreased by two percent.
State Capital Launches New Website with Public Records Ordering Platform
State Capital, a national provider of public records information services, announced today the launch of a new website, statecapital.net. The new website and ordering platform features refreshed branding and provides title, legal and lending professionals with the most technologically advanced public records search and online ordering methods available.
SafeChain to Integrate ALTA Registry into Its Real Estate Wire Fraud Prevention Platform SafeWire
The American Land Title Association (ALTA), the national trade association of the land title insurance industry, announced today that SafeChain will integrate the national ALTA Registry into its real estate wire fraud prevention platform SafeWire™.
Real Estate Broker Sentenced to Prison for Role in Defrauding Banks in $3.5 Million 'Shotgun' Loan Scheme
A New York real estate broker and a Bergen County, New Jersey, homeowner were sentenced today for their respective roles in a $3.5 million scheme to use false information and simultaneous loan applications at multiple banks to fraudulently obtain home equity lines of credit, a practice known as “shotgunning,” U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
CATIC Title Insurance Company Enters the New Jersey Market
CATIC Financial is pleased to announce the entry of CATIC Title Insurance Company into the New Jersey title insurance market with the opening of an office in Woodbridge, New Jersey.
Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Mortgage applications decreased 1.8 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending September 7, 2018.
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Weekly mortgage applications rise 1.6% as interest rates hit a 7-year high
Interest rates for home loans appear to be climbing again, and that may in fact be what's getting borrowers back to their brokers - fear that rates could move significantly higher in the coming months.

Mortgage fraud by wannabe home buyers is on the rise. And you can blame the Internet for it.
Prices are up, interest rates are rising and it's tough for a lot of people to qualify to buy a home. So what do some of them do? A growing number of them fake it.

Opinion: Mortgage lenders may again lower standards as applications drop, former CitiMortgage CEO says
Responsible lending, leadership, and risk-control are key to averting another meltdown.

Title insurance is a scam and it's time for a government takeover
But title insurance doesn't need to be nearly as expensive as it is. Given the availability of online records, providing a title guarantee is as easy and cheap as it's ever been. The exorbitant cost is the result of a title insurance cartel that sets its own prices, doesn't give consumers choice, and gives kickbacks through a web of affiliated companies.

A decade since the housing crash, a new story emerges
Between 2004 and 2016, overall homeownership rates plummeted 8 percent, according to a study from the Pew Research Center. Demographics also changed.

Fintech's New Market To Disrupt: Title Insurance
States Title is joining a handful of startups including OneTitle and Spruce that are using technology to search records quicker and without agents. That enables them to undercut the traditional players saving homeowners and mortgage companies time and money.

Mixed mortgage news: Refis fall to four-year low, but purchases climb sharply
According to newly released data from ATTOM Data Solutions, refinance originations fell to a four-year low during the second quarter, thanks to increases in interest rates.

Mortgage rates hit 6-week high with housing market at a crossroad
Rates for home loans rose to a six-week high as upbeat economic data and a bulging deficit spurred a yield-lifting bond sell-off and big questions gripped the housing market.


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