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Most Americans Cite a Housing Affordability Crisis Nationwide and Close to Home
Nearly three out of four American households believe that the nation is suffering a housing affordability crisis, and a majority of respondents reported this is a problem at their local and state level as well, according to a new nationwide survey conducted on behalf of the National Association of Home Builders.
North American Title and Industry Innovator States Title Plan to Join Forces to Create a Leading Title Technology Business
North American Title Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of homebuilder Lennar, today announced that it plans to combine its underwriter and the majority of its retail title business with States Title, Inc.
Industry Reacts to the Appointment of Kathleen Kraninger as Director of the Bureau of Consumer and Financial Protection
The National Association of Realtors, The Mortgage Bankers Association, and The American Land Title Association all released statements on the appointment of the new BCFP Director.  
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Mortgage Applications Rise in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Mortgage applications increased 2.0 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending November 30, 2018.
Simplifile's Mark Ladd Named 2018 HousingWire Vanguard
Simplifile, a leading provider of real estate document collaboration and recording technologies for lenders, settlement agents, and counties, announced today that Vice President of Regulatory and Industry Affairs Mark Ladd has been recognized by HousingWire magazine in its fourth annual HW Vanguard Awards™ program.
Appraisal Institute Joins 17 Groups Opposing Credit Union Administration's Proposed Action
The nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers joined 17 other organizations Monday in saying it “strongly opposed” the National Credit Union Administration’s plan to reduce the number of non-residential real estate loans requiring appraisals.
Title Alliance Appoints Norma Eichinger as Internal Auditor
Title Alliance, Ltd, a RESPA-compliant ESOP leader in joint ventured title insurance agencies, announced today it has appointed Norma Eichinger as an Internal Auditor.
Pending Home Sales Slip 2.6 Percent in October
Pending home sales declined slightly in October in all regions but the Northeast, according to the National Association of Realtors®.
First American Launches Blockchain System
First American Financial Corporation, a leading global provider of title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions, today announced the launch of a shared blockchain system designed by First American to increase efficiency, reduce risk and improve the title production process.
New Home Sales Drop 8.9 Percent in October as Affordability Challenges Persist
Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 544,000 units in October after an upwardly revised September report, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.
Mortgage Applications Rise in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Mortgage applications increased 5.5 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending November 23, 2018. This week's results include an adjustment for the Thanksgiving holiday.
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Law to speed up housing evictions in Ohio is a blatant kowtow to landlord interests: editorial
It's a logical rule of thumb for the service of any legal document: Weekends and holidays don't count. Why not? Because most government offices aren't open.

The Housing Boom Is Already Gigantic. How Long Can It Last?
How long this will last and where it is heading next are impossible to know now. But it is time to take notice: My data shows that this is the United States' third biggest housing boom in the modern era.

Mortgage Lending Limits To Increase Significantly For 2019
Good news for homebuyers who don't want to enter into a jumbo loan for their next mortgage. The Federal Housing Financing Agency announced last week the conforming loan limit-or threshold over which a loan becomes "jumbo"-will rise by over $30,000 for most counties in the U.S.

Mortgage rates drop to 2-month low-an unexpected holiday gift to housing
Americans may be losing money in their stock portfolios this week, but they are gaining purchasing power in the housing market. Mortgage rates are falling sharply, as investors head to the relative safe haven of the bond market.

Appraisers: Proposed rule change is pound foolish
Last month, banking regulators proposed a change that would eliminate appraisal requirements for many home sales of $400,000 or less. Currently, homes valued at $250,000 or less do not require an appraisal before a mortgage can be issued, a standard that has been in place since 1994.

Former Cook County commissioner, House Speaker Madigan ally appointed recorder of deeds
Cook County commissioners voted to appoint former colleague Edward Moody to serve as the recorder of deeds for the next two years before the office is folded into the county clerk's operation in what's been billed as a cost-saving measure.

Blockchain study finds 0.00% success rate and vendors don't call back when asked for evidence
Though Blockchain has been touted as the answer to everything, a study of 43 solutions advanced in the international development sector has found exactly no evidence of success.

U.S. 2019 housing market outlook on shaky ground: Reuters poll
Growth of U.S. home prices will slow sharply next year along with economic momentum, according to a Reuters poll of property experts who largely said turnover in the housing market has peaked.

Housing has peaked. Here are the reasons the market has cooled.
The housing market is one of the key sectors in the economy. When housing booms, many segments of the economy are pulled along. But this sector is now slowing.

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