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  • Fidelity launches digital-closing platform for FNF, other agents March 20, 2019
    As more and more states approve the legal structure needed for remote online notary, the transformation of the real estate process from paper-centric to electronic is quickly taking shape. Fidelity National Financial has positioned itself to take advantage of that change with the launch of a digital-closing platform.
  • Former American Title & Escrow offices rebranded March 19, 2019
    The former American Title & Escrow locations in Montana now are operating under the First American Title Co. of Montana name. Read on for more details.
  • Economists see looming recession March 19, 2019
    Three-fourths of economists expect a recession by the end of 2021, according to a recent survey by the National Association for Business Economics. Read on for more details.
  • Labor Department proposes new changes to OT rules March 19, 2019
    The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed changes to federal overtime rules that would make more than a million more Americans eligible for overtime pay.
  • FIS to buy Worldpay for $34 billion March 19, 2019
    Financial services technology provider FIS has reached a deal to acquire Worldpay, Inc., a leader in eCommerce and payments, in the largest acquisition in the history of the payments sector.

RSS ALTA NEWS

  • Paving the Way for Women in the Title Industry March 12, 2019
    By Patrick T. Roe Although women today hold many leadership positions in title insurance companies, agencies, state trade associations, and the American Land Title Association (ALTA) , we know this was not always the case. In fact, ALTA would not have a woman president until 2000 when Cara L. Detring...
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  • Win a VIP Capitol Hill Experience January 31, 2019
    Want to win a trip to Washington, D.C., for a VIP Capitol Hill experience? All you must do is take our Congressional Liaisons survey and start reporting your activity with members of Congress. The top three Congressional Liaisons will win a free trip—including airfare and hotel—to the nation’s capital. Winners...
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  • Working In … Or On? January 31, 2019
    “Working hard, or hardly working?” Who hasn’t groaned when a coworker greets you with that dusty old joke? Well, I’ve got a fresh take on that line: “Working IN…or working ON?” And if that sounds a little strange, let me explain. During the typical work day, you’re doing all of...
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  • How Do You HOP? Pilgrim Title Finds Success January 24, 2019
    When Dena Davis joined Pilgrim Title in 2017, the Rhode Island-based title company didn’t have a social media presence. As marketing & business development director, Davis’ main role was to quickly ramp up efforts with the goal of creating a social media footprint and promoting the company’s brand. She turned...
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  • Need Resources to Give Presentations to Real Estate Agents, Consumers? January 24, 2019
    Through ALTA’s Homeowner Outreach Program, members can access PowerPoint presentations that can be customized and used in the marketing and sales process with homeowners and real estate agents. Make sure to check out the "notes" section of each presentation for education tips, content and more. Homebuyer Checklist PowerPoint [PowerPoint] Why...
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RSS Real Estate News

  • Dreamers denied: Evidence mounts FHA is not backing DACA mortgages March 21, 2019
    Despite HUD stating recently that its policies have not changed in regards to the FHA backing mortgages for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, it appears that the opposite is actually the case. Or at least that’s how the mortgage lending industry is reacting. A new HousingWire investigation has uncovered lender bulletins or guidelines from […]
  • Zillow pilots app for self-guided house tours March 21, 2019
    Zillow is testing a mobile app that enables users to tour a house for sale without the need for agent or an appointment. The app puts the control in the hands of the consumer, and it's part of Zillow's continued effort to make headway in the iBuying space. Tour it Now provides users directions to […]
  • Freddie Mac CEO Don Layton stepping down in July, David Brickman to take over March 21, 2019
    Don Layton’s time as CEO of Freddie Mac will officially end this summer, the government-sponsored enterprise announced Thursday morning. Layton has led Freddie Mac since 2012, but the GSE announced last year that Layton would be retiring at some point in the second half of 2019. And Thursday, the GSE revealed exactly when Layton’s run […]
  • Opendoor lands $300 million capital infusion March 20, 2019
    Digital real estate disrupter Opendoor has landed yet another massive cash infusion, raising $300 million in a recent investment round and bringing its total equity capital to $1.3 billion. Now, the company – which aims to change the way Americans buy and sell homes by whittling the process down to a few simple online transactions […]
  • HUD still pursuing Facebook for allowing housing discrimination despite ad changes March 20, 2019
    Facebook may have announced massive changes to its advertising practices surrounding housing, lending, and employment ads, but that doesn’t mean that the government is done pursuing its claims that the social media giant enabled housing discrimination with its previous ad policies.

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  • Dreamers denied: Evidence mounts FHA is not backing DACA mortgages March 21, 2019
    Despite HUD stating recently that its policies have not changed in regards to the FHA backing mortgages for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, it appears that the opposite is actually the case. Or at least that’s how the mortgage lending industry is reacting. A new HousingWire investigation has uncovered lender bulletins or guidelines from […]
  • Kroll says some banks are rethinking viability of mortgage lending business March 21, 2019
    The mortgage industry has witnessed very few mergers and acquisitions in the last year, despite what Kroll Bond Rating Agency calls a "fertile environment" for M&A activity. Why? Blame low profits and high origination costs. According to KBRA, the climate has some banks rethinking their positions, with some selling of mortgage assets and others simply […]
  • Freddie Mac CEO Don Layton stepping down in July, David Brickman to take over March 21, 2019
    Don Layton’s time as CEO of Freddie Mac will officially end this summer, the government-sponsored enterprise announced Thursday morning. Layton has led Freddie Mac since 2012, but the GSE announced last year that Layton would be retiring at some point in the second half of 2019. And Thursday, the GSE revealed exactly when Layton’s run […]
  • Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates cool as spring's housing market heats up March 21, 2019
    Mortgage rates have fallen just as spring home buying season begins to heat up, according to the latest Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey. Freddie's Chief Economist Sam Khater said the combination of improving affordability and more inventory than the last few spring selling seasons should lead to improved home sales demand.
  • HousingWire announces engage.marketing agenda March 20, 2019
    When we started planning our second annual engage.marketing event, we invited marketing leaders from 10 lenders to serve on our advisory board, and asked them about the greatest challenges facing mortgage marketers this year. Armed with those insights, we've packed a ton of content into the day-and-a-half summit, covering topics that include referral marketing, personal […]

RSS Investments News

  • Dreamers denied: Evidence mounts FHA is not backing DACA mortgages March 21, 2019
    Despite HUD stating recently that its policies have not changed in regards to the FHA backing mortgages for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, it appears that the opposite is actually the case. Or at least that’s how the mortgage lending industry is reacting. A new HousingWire investigation has uncovered lender bulletins or guidelines from […]
  • Freddie Mac CEO Don Layton stepping down in July, David Brickman to take over March 21, 2019
    Don Layton’s time as CEO of Freddie Mac will officially end this summer, the government-sponsored enterprise announced Thursday morning. Layton has led Freddie Mac since 2012, but the GSE announced last year that Layton would be retiring at some point in the second half of 2019. And Thursday, the GSE revealed exactly when Layton’s run […]
  • Opendoor lands $300 million capital infusion March 20, 2019
    Digital real estate disrupter Opendoor has landed yet another massive cash infusion, raising $300 million in a recent investment round and bringing its total equity capital to $1.3 billion. Now, the company – which aims to change the way Americans buy and sell homes by whittling the process down to a few simple online transactions […]
  • Homeownership investment company Point raises $122 million March 20, 2019
    Homeownership investment company Point just landed a major cash infusion that will fund its plans to help more Americans access their home equity, raising $100 million in platform capital and securing $22 million in a Series B funding round. "We are witnessing the emergence of a whole new class of financial solution that is aligned […]
  • JLL buying HFF in $2 billion deal that will create multifamily real estate giant March 19, 2019
    In a deal that will combine two of the biggest names in multifamily and commercial real estate, Jones Lang LaSalle announced Tuesday that it is buying HFF for approximately $2 billion. Both JLL and HFF are consistently among the top lenders in the multifamily real estate space, with both companies placing in Freddie Mac’s top […]
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