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Federal Banking Agencies Issue Final Rule to Exempt Residential Real Estate Transactions of $400,000 or Less from Appraisal Requirements
The Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency have adopted a final rule that increases the threshold for residential real estate transactions requiring an appraisal from $250,000 to $400,000.
MBA's Lisa Haynes Honored as Association CFO of the Year by Association TRENDS
Lisa J. Haynes, SVP, Chief Financial Officer and Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), was presented with the Association CFO of the Year Award by Association TRENDS. Haynes received the award at the Nonprofit CFO of the Year Awards reception in Washington.
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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Issues Final HMDA Rule to Provide Relief to Smaller Institutions
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today issued a rule which finalizes certain aspects of its May 2019 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act. It extends for two years the current temporary threshold for collecting and reporting data about open-end lines of credit under HMDA.
American Land Title Association Announces CSC as an Elite Provider
The American Land Title Association (ALTA), the national trade association of the land title insurance industry, announced it has named CSCan ALTA Elite Provider.
Rising Financial Wealth Boosts Demand for Vacation Homes
Increased financial wealth and low mortgage rates boosted the demand for and price of vacation homes, according to the National Association of Realtors® 2019 U.S. Vacation Home Counties Report.
Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Mortgage applications increased 5.2 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending October 4, 2019.
Guaranteed Rate Partners with Notarize to Power FlashClose T: The Next Generation of Homebuying
Guaranteed Rate, Inc., one of the largest retail mortgage lenders in the United States, today announces its partnership withNotarize, the first company to enable an entirely online real estate closing process. FlashClose, ™ the most convenient homebuying platform, aims to achieve record-setting times as it delivers an experience built for the next generation of homebuyers.
2019 Realtor® Good Neighbor Award Winners Honored, Celebrate 20-Year Milestone of Giving Back
Over the last 20 years, the Good Neighbor Awards program has recognized Realtors® who make an extraordinary impact on their communities through devoted volunteer work. The impact of those 200 Good Neighbors has been remarkable: working in 40 states, 15 countries and in Puerto Rico. In total, those efforts have served more than 41 million meals to the hungry, sheltered nearly 300,000 people in need and raised hundreds of millions of dollars for various causes, including more than $104 million to fund medical research and healthcare.
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Mortgage Rates Drop Again - Sparking More Interest in Home-Loan Refinancing
Falling mortgage rates have yet again caused a resurgence in refinancing activity. The most recent mortgage application data from the Mortgage Bankers Association showed that refinance activity was 163% higher than a year ago.

Quicken Loans can now offer eClosing across all 50 states
The firm completed its first eClosing almost 2 years ago and says that its volume registered with the Mortgage Electronic Registration System (MERS) shows it completed 96% of the electronic closings in the US.

[INDIA] Cheaper, standard title insurance product on anvil
A standardised title insurance product is on the anvil as the regulator is looking to simplify the product to make it more affordable for realtors. Real estate developers had sought a reduction in premiums to ensure that they are able to buy a product for each new property being set up.

NYC deputy housing commissioner fined for asking for Yanks, Nets tickets
A high-ranking city housing honcho is in hot water for trying to snag Yankees and Nets tickets from the owner of a title insurance company that had business with city-financed affordable housing projects.

Treasury to allow Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac to retain $45 billion in capital
The Department of the Treasury and the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced Monday it will now allow the government-sponsored enterprises to retain up to $45 billion in combined capital as they prepare to leave conservatorship.

Will Mortgage Rates Stay Low Through 2019? Here's What Experts Predict
Mortgage rates logged their lowest monthly average in over three years last month, and it seems it wasn't just a blip on the radar. According to three industry forecasts, the trend toward low mortgage rates, slowing home price growth and increased housing construction will continue well into 2020.

Zillow Is Digitizing The Home Buying Experience
Zillow is in the early innings of a pivot to a one-stop shop for real estate. This pivot involves getting into the nascent iBuyer industry, a controversial business model that could either upend the real estate industry or blow up, as well as making significant changes to its existing ad business. Zillow is also building ancillary businesses in mortgages, title insurance, and other adjacencies.

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