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Florida Agency Network Grows Again with Merger of International Title Partners
Florida Agency Network (FAN) has completed its merger with International Title Partners (ITP), a full-service title agency in Clearwater, Florida. FAN is a strategic alliance of members and vendors assembled to provide a customized, streamlined closing experience.
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Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Mortgage applications decreased 6.9 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending October 1, 2021.
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Realogy Forms Strategic Joint Venture With Centerbridge Partners To Accelerate Growth Of Title Insurance Underwriter
Realogy Holdings Corp., the leading and most integrated provider of U.S. residential real estate services, today announced a strategic agreement to form a Title Insurance Underwriter joint venture with an investment from funds affiliated with Centerbridge Partners, L.P., a private investment management firm.
DocMagic Unveils eSign 3.0, Enhancing Remote Notary and eClosing Capabilities
DocMagic, Inc., the premier provider of fully compliant loan document preparation, automated regulatory compliance, and comprehensive eMortgage services, announced the official launch of its eSign 3.0 platform. The enhancements to the mortgage industry’s preeminent eSigning platform introduce new tools and features designed to enable lenders to easily facilitate remote online notarization (RON) for paperless eClosings.
Share of Mortgage Loans in Forbearance Decreases to 2.89 Percent
The Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) latest Forbearance and Call Volume Survey revealed that the total number of loans now in forbearance decreased by 7 basis points from 2.96% of servicers' portfolio volume in the prior week to 2.89% as of September 26, 2021.
Snapdocs Announces the Launch of Closing Quality Control for Error-Free Digital Mortgage Closings
Snapdocs, Inc., the leading digital closing platform for the mortgage industry, today announced the launch of Closing Quality Control, a new solution that uses patented technology alongside Snapdocs’ unparalleled settlement network to eliminate errors in mortgage closings.
First American Title Expands Remote Online Notarization Availability and Accelerates Adoption With Notarize
First American Title Insurance Company, a leading provider of title insurance and settlement services and the largest subsidiary of First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), today announced expanded remote online notarization (RON) availability for residential real estate transactions via the company’s Direct and Agency division operations, offering home buyers, sellers and borrowers greater flexibility, convenience and the safety of closing their home purchase or refinance transactions remotely.
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Monthly mortgage rates rising along with interest rates
As of Oct. 7, the rate for a 30-year loan is 2.99% while the rate for a 15-year loan, a popular option for homeowners refinancing their mortgages, is sitting at about 2.33%, according to mortgage buyer Freddie Mac. "For now, mortgage rates are still hovering near 3% and demand remains strong," according to Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather.

'Tesla of homes': Can a construction tech company solve the housing shortage by building homes faster?
In 2019, Haller's company, San Mateo-based Veev, eliminated lumber from the homes it built, replacing it with steel and slabs made of a mix of acrylic and minerals that bind together. The company says it can build homes at least four times faster than traditional construction at a cheaper price.

Vacation home sales took a dip this summer
Vacation home sales cooled this summer but pricing was still hot. Overall, second-home rate locks, a proxy and leading indicator for sales, fell 26.6 percent year over year during the summer as buyers eased off pandemic-fueled purchases, according to data compiled by the second-home startup Pacaso.

Better enabling homebuyers to make cash offers in 12 states
Demonstrating once again that it's about more than just mortgages, Better Holdco Inc. has rolled out a cash offer program to its real estate brokerage clients that it's already scaled up to 45 markets in 12 states in just two months. Better is following in the footsteps of companies like Orchard, Flyhomes and Homeward that enable homebuyers to make cash offers to better their odds of winning a bidding war.

Better.com reports $86M loss in Q2 as margin narrows
The digital mortgage lender, which plans to go public via a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), reported a net loss of $86 million in the second quarter. The loss was primarily driven by a "decrease in overall funding activities in the mortgage market" that resulted in a "significant" decline quarter-over-quarter of the company's gain on sale margin.

Virginia Bureau of Insurance Publishes Guidance on Rebating Prohibition
The Virginia Bureau of Insurance (the Bureau) recently issued an informational letter to all registered settlement agents who are title licensed regarding Virginia's prohibition on rebating as an inducement to purchase an insurance policy.

Connecticut Court Holds Insured Not Entitled to Defense Costs for Uncovered Claims
The Superior Court of Connecticut, Judicial District of Stamford-Norwalk at Stamford, recently granted summary judgment in favor of a title insurer, finding that the insured was not entitled to defense costs where the underlying lawsuits did not concern matters on which the title insurer had a duty to defend.

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