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Housing Affordability Holds Steady at a 10-Year Low in the Fourth Quarter
A modest increase in interest rates offset a slight decline in home prices to keep housing affordability essentially level in the fourth quarter of 2018 and still hovering at a 10-year low, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) released today.
Mortgage Delinquencies Dropped to 18-Year Low in the Fourth Quarter of 2018
The delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit residential properties decreased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 4.06 percent of all loans outstanding at the end of the fourth quarter of 2018, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) National Delinquency Survey.
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First American named to the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list for fourth consecutive year
First American Financial Corporation, a leading global provider of title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions, announced today that the company is one of the 2019 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For®, according to Fortune and global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work®.
Qualified Appraisers Key to Property Tax Appeals, Appraisal Institute Says
Working with an Appraisal Institute Designated Member can benefit homeowners who choose to appeal their property tax assessments, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers said today.
Mortgage Applications Decline in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Mortgage applications decreased 3.7 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 8, 2019.
Metro Home Prices Jump 4 Percent in 2018's Fourth Quarter
Inventory increased and metro market prices rose at a slower pace in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to the latest quarterly reportby the National Association of Realtors®. The national median existing single-family home price in the quarter was $257,600, up 4.0 percent from the fourth quarter of 2017 ($247,800).
Nichols Promoted to Western Region President for North American Title Co.
North American Title Co. (NATC) has named Chad Nichols president of its western region, following the sale of the company to States Title, Inc. in January. He will oversee operations for 40 branch offices in the western region’s premier real estate markets.
Montalvo promoted to eastern region president for North American Title Co.
North American Title Co. (NATC) has named Michael A. Montalvo president of its eastern region, following the sale of the company to States Title, Inc. in January. He will oversee operations for the more than 50 branch offices in many of the region’s premier real estate markets.
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Navigating the Risks of Blockchain Technology in Commercial Real Estate
While significant legal and regulatory uncertainty remains, it appears that the promise of blockchain is rapidly gaining traction in the world of commercial real estate. Now is the time for industry players to understand the technology and the risks attendant to its use.

Is Blockchain Technology Overhyped?
Blockchain, the ingenious database technology best known for underpinning the faddish digital currency Bitcoin, is reviving the utopian fantasies of the early internet era.

Could blockchain tech improve state government? Utah proposal aims to find out
Fletcher said the management of property and vehicle titles would lend itself well to a blockchain-based system, as would driver's licenses and state-issued identification cards. Contracts, chain of custody records and the work of notary publics are other areas that Fletcher noted could be optimized through using decentralized blockchain systems.

Former Fannie Mae employee found guilty of making millions on shady foreclosure sales
A former Fannie Mae employee is now facing 40 years in prison after being found guilty of accepting millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks in exchange for selling Fannie Mae-owned foreclosures for less than market value.

The Future of Online Closings
The current movement and excitement surrounding moving real estate closings online is not a new trend. In fact, capturing digital signatures had started gaining traction before the big housing crisis of 2007-2008.

Real-Estate Deals Targeted Again in Renewed Russia Sanctions Bill
U.S. has been tracking all-cash deals in certain cities for years, but the legislation would apply the effort nation-wide

Should A Home Buyer Consider A Financing Offer By The Seller
An offer of seller financing should put you on your guard.

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