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Understanding Uncertainty: Property Preservation and Maintenance in Flux

22. August, 2019|DS News|No comments

The default servicing industry is shrinking, costs are fluctuating, and staying up to date with precise pricing data is more important than ever.

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Homeowners Unprepared for Storm Risks

22. August, 2019|DS News|No comments

A new study found that one in four homeowners have not taken any protective measures to combat the hurricane season. Here’s what this could mean for residents of high-risk states should a hurricane strike.

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Delinquencies Recover from Spike

22. August, 2019|DS News|No comments

After spiking in June, a new report from Black Knight notes how far delinquency rates fell in July.

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Ask the Economist: Millennial Demand and Affordability Issues

21. August, 2019|DS News|No comments

DS News spoke with Deputy Chief Economist for First American Financial Corporation Odeta Kushi on trends impacting the real estate market. Editor’s note: this story originally ran in the August edition of DS News, out now.

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The Rise of Unconventional Loans

21. August, 2019|DS News|No comments

As strict lending requirements put in place following the financial crisis erode, many lenders and borrowers are turning toward non-qualified loans

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Mortgage Debt on the Rise, Volume of Mortgage Fallings

21. August, 2019|DS News|No comments

During the same time frame of the household-owned value of the U.S. housing market reaching an all-time high of $26.12 trillion, the share of homeowners with a mortgage is at 62.9%—the lowest level since 2005—according to the Urban Institute. The report states the $26.12 trillion in value is made up of two elements: $10.36 trillion …

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FirstClose Launches New Platform for Title Businesses

21. August, 2019|DS News|No comments

SMART Select uses intelligence logic to automatically select the title vendor with the best service, best price, and best turn-time for each financial institution’s unique lending footprint.

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Gateway First Partners With Black Knight for Risk Management

21. August, 2019|DS News|No comments

Black Knight’s Ernst Fee service will help Gateway First Bank to mitigate risk with cures and automate accuracy of fee data.

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Tackling the Secondary Mortgage Market’s Talent Gap

21. August, 2019|DS News|No comments

An expert gives insights into how the lack of seasoned mortgage professionals is impacting the RMBS business and what can be done to address this scarcity of mid-level executives.

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What’s Best for Banks?

20. August, 2019|DS News|No comments

As the Federal Reserve and other regulators roll back some post-2008 banking and lending regulations, some worry that the economy may put at risk during the next downturn,

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Making Passive Investments in Real Estate

20. August, 2019|DS News|No comments

Diversified investment portfolios, including investment in real estate, is more important than ever. Here’s why an industry expert suggest “passive” investment.

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Gauging Millennial Homebuying Knowledge

20. August, 2019|DS News|No comments

Though over half of millennials are now homeowners, a lack of knowledge about the mortgage market may be keeping the other half from buying.

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Can Having Mortgage Debt be Good for You?

20. August, 2019|DS News|No comments

Is having debt a good thing? A new study by LendingTree found a correlation between mortgage debt and life expectancy, as higher debt relative to income is linked to higher life expectancy. “That trend reaffirms the idea that homeownership is ultimately a good thing—this is despite the fact that a mortgage is one of the …

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How a Shift in Tariff Policy Could Impact Housing

20. August, 2019|DS News|No comments

As a possible recession looms, the White House is weighing its options as to how best to protect the U.S. economy. How could this change, as well as other recent economic developments, impact the housing market?

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Update on Built-for-Rent

19. August, 2019|DS News|No comments

Despite declines in other construction types, the number of single-family homes built-for-rent has held steady. Here’s why many Americans are choosing to rent.

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