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  • Spruce expands into Texas November 13, 2018
    Spruce has hired a former First American and Stewart executive to oversee its expansion into Texas, which includes the opening a new operations center in Dallas.
  • First American’s ‘excellent’ rating affirmed November 13, 2018
    A.M. Best has affirmed First American Title Insurance Co.’s financial strength rating  of A (Excellent) and the long-term issuer credit ratings of “a.”
  • Synergy One acquires assets of national mortgager November 13, 2018
    San Diego-based Synergy One Lending has reached a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets of BBMC Mortgage, a national mortgage company based in Illinois.
  • RamQuest integrates Black Knight November 13, 2018
    RamQuest, Inc. has integrated Black Knight, Inc.’s nationwide tax solutions into its Closing Market digital network. Read on for more details.
  • Housing sentiment less optimistic in October November 13, 2018
    Americans were less optimistic about buying or selling homes during October. Read on for more details from the latest Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index.

RSS ALTA NEWS

  • Boost Your Marketing Efforts With These Brandable Ads November 1, 2018
    ALTA members can modify and brand marketing material with their company information and logo at www.ALTAprints.com. You can customize material and download PDFs for free or order prints that can be delivered directly to your office. ADVERTISEMENTS: These multi-purpose, customizable advertisements can be used as flyers in coffee shops, handouts...
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  • ALTA Welcomes 2018-19 Board of Governors and Exec Committees October 18, 2018
    We decided to have a little fun since we were in Los Angeles for the installation of ALTA's 2018-19 Board of Governors. Check out who was nominated best actress and best foreign language film, as well as several other "awards."
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  • ALTA Announces Title Webby Winners October 12, 2018
    ALTA announced the winners of the Title Webbies, an awards program recognizing member companies that have created or redesigned the best title industry consumer-facing website or page within the past year. The two Title Webbies were presented during ALTA ONE, the largest annual event for the land title insurance industry,...
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  • Managing By Metrics: How To Measure Your Success September 27, 2018
    By Andrew Acker There’s a classic quote that business leaders and managers love to throw around (and spoiler alert, I’m about too as well). It comes from Peter Drucker, one of the original management gurus. He classically states that “what gets measured gets managed.” Before you roll your eyes and...
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  • The Ultimate Signer Experience: How Tech is Driving Change for Title Agencies September 27, 2018
    By Michael Chodos Title agents have always been at the forefront of the mortgage experience: they are trusted guides to usher signers through one of the most important decisions of their lives. With so much riding on the home buying and seller process, it’s up to the title agent to...
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RSS Real Estate News

  • Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac issue relief policies in wake of devastating California wildfires November 13, 2018
    California’s wildfires have ravaged the state, claiming the lives of 44 people and destroying more than 100,000 acres. In response to this threat, Fannie and Freddie are reminding victims that mortgage assistance options are available for those affected by these deadly fires.
  • Housing industry pushes Senate to confirm Kathy Kraninger as next CFPB director November 13, 2018
    Under Mick Mulvaney, the CFPB (or BCFP, depending on who you ask) has taken a much gentler approach toward the financial services industry. That tactic is likely to continue if the Trump administration’s choice as a permanent director, Kathy Kraninger, is ever confirmed by the Senate. And that’s just what the housing industry is now […]
  • Amazon breathes life into HQ2 housing markets November 13, 2018
    Amazon has selected Long Island City, New York, and Crystal City, Virginia, as the split locations for its HQ2, and data suggest that even as early as last week, the real estate markets in these areas have boomed.
  • Amazon announces HQ2 locations in New York and Virginia November 13, 2018
    Amazon announced Tuesday the locations for its second headquarters, naming Long Island City, New York, and Arlington, Virginia, as the winners of its year-long search. HQ2 is expected to bring 50,000 jobs and more than $5 billion in investments, and while this will be a boost to the local economies, some are critical of the […]
  • Fintech Rundown: Factom, LoanLogics and more November 13, 2018
    Another week and more tech integrations! As the industry shifts ever-closer to a truly digital mortgage experience, we present some of the integrations and program selections companies in the mortgage lending space are making.

RSS Lending News

  • Housing industry pushes Senate to confirm Kathy Kraninger as next CFPB director November 13, 2018
    Under Mick Mulvaney, the CFPB (or BCFP, depending on who you ask) has taken a much gentler approach toward the financial services industry. That tactic is likely to continue if the Trump administration’s choice as a permanent director, Kathy Kraninger, is ever confirmed by the Senate. And that’s just what the housing industry is now […]
  • Setting the 2019 budget for your mortgage business? November 13, 2018
    In the midst of significant economic headwinds, lenders are developing their 2019 budgets, and top concerns include increasing production and decreasing turn-times. The prime driver for the next year has to be efficiency, which makes choosing the right technology partner especially important. Lenders using FirstClose are seeing efficiencies in two areas that will be critical […]
  • Fintech Rundown: Factom, LoanLogics and more November 13, 2018
    Another week and more tech integrations! As the industry shifts ever-closer to a truly digital mortgage experience, we present some of the integrations and program selections companies in the mortgage lending space are making.
  • Zillow's move into seller leads called "billion-dollar opportunity" November 13, 2018
    In an email to subscribers, independent analyst Mike DelPrete said Zillow’s strategic shift into iBuying and mortgage lending points to a much more profitable business line. “Zillow's iBuyer business continues to grow, and the latest results crystalize the opportunity in seller leads,” he writes in the email.
  • Alabama closing attorney gets 3 years for stealing money from HUD sales November 12, 2018
    A former practicing attorney in Alabama will spend more than the next three years in jail after pleading guilty to stealing more than a $1 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development on the sales of HUD-owned homes.

RSS Investments News

  • Amazon breathes life into HQ2 housing markets November 13, 2018
    Amazon has selected Long Island City, New York, and Crystal City, Virginia, as the split locations for its HQ2, and data suggest that even as early as last week, the real estate markets in these areas have boomed.
  • Amazon announces HQ2 locations in New York and Virginia November 13, 2018
    Amazon announced Tuesday the locations for its second headquarters, naming Long Island City, New York, and Arlington, Virginia, as the winners of its year-long search. HQ2 is expected to bring 50,000 jobs and more than $5 billion in investments, and while this will be a boost to the local economies, some are critical of the […]
  • Wells Fargo to pay $43 million to settle pre-crisis RMBS trust lawsuit November 12, 2018
    In the past few years, Wells Fargo, once thought of as a shining example in the financial services industry, has been dragged down by scandal after scandal followed by settlement after settlement. Well, guess what? It’s a day that ends in "y," and that means it's time for another Wells Fargo settlement.
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez struggles to afford rent, like most Millennials November 12, 2018
    Nationwide, renters are struggling to navigate affordability, especially Millennials who on average spend more than 45% of their income on rent before the age of 30. So, it shouldn’t be surprising when a Millennial voices concern about rental affordability, right? But what if that Millennial is a newly elected member of the House of Representatives?
  • Fannie Mae plans $145 million investment in LIHTC funds November 12, 2018
    After re-entering the Low Income Housing Tax Credit market just over a year ago, Fannie Mae is continuing its focus on affordable rental housing in underserved markets by committing $145 million in new investments in LIHTC funds. Here's a breakdown on where the money is going.
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