‘Holding pattern’: Virus extends stable period for mortgage rates
Rates for 30-year mortgages have remained virtually unchanged for 2 months even as lenders reported recent movement on other loan types
by Daniel Houston Sep 16
Rates for 15-year mortgages continue slow rise from prior lows
Mortgage rates have remained largely unchanged in recent weeks, aside from a gradual rise in rates for 15-year loans
by Daniel Houston Sep 9
Investor-focused LendingHome to rebrand as 'Kiavi'
The company focuses on lending for investors who plan to rent out or flip their properties. The new name is a reference to the word for 'key' in Italian
by Jim Dalrymple II Sep 1
Lenders hold firm on mortgage rates after Fed dust settles
Rates remain near historic lows despite Fed's willingness to consider tapering mortgage purchases this year
by Daniel Houston Aug 26
Automation comes to appraisal management
AppraisalWorks now provides quote management tools and automates electronic payments to appraisers — features that can cut costs, speed up turn times and improve transparency
by Matt Carter Aug 24
Inman Review: Ribbon puts a bow on a unique package of fintech and proptech
Opinion
Ribbon helps buyers buy before they sell, rescues bad deals and gives first-time buyers a way to win deals in what might be the industry's first hybrid fintech-proptech application
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 23
Ahead of Fed tapering reveal, mortgage lenders kept rates steady
Low mortgage rates that had risen off a strong jobs report remained unmoved earlier this week, according to Freddie Mac's lender survey
by Daniel Houston Aug 19
Mortgage lenders deal more purchase loans amid fewer refis
The latest numbers from Attom Data Solutions show that mortgage lenders issued more purchase loans in the second quarter of the year but lost ground on the refinancing side
by Daniel Houston Aug 18
Underwater homeowners gain breathing room as prices climb
Fewer properties are considered seriously underwater now that rising home prices have put homeowners with mortgages in a better position
by Daniel Houston Aug 9
August opens with lower mortgage rates as Treasury yields dip
Interest rates on 30-year mortgages fell further as bond markets reacted to the delta variant's potential impact on the global economy
by Daniel Houston Aug 5
Banks offer exposure to mortgage risk — and investors want in
The new bond products offer higher yields in a low-interest-rate environment; but if the loans go bad, investors are on the hook
by Daniel Houston Jul 29
Near historic lows, mortgage rates see little movement in late July
Mortgage rates held steady near month's end, with interest rates on 15-year fixed rate loans remaining at all-time lows, according to Freddie Mac’s weekly lender survey
by Daniel Houston Jul 29
First-time buyers still eager, despite snags on path to homeownership
A Chase survey revealed nearly 4 in 10 potential first-time buyers lost income during the pandemic, setting back their homeownership goals
by Daniel Houston Jul 16
Digital closing firm Doma sees agents as key area for growth
CEO Max Simkoff says Doma provides a 'white label' closing solution to real estate agents that provides a better consumer experience
by Matt Carter Jul 15
'Summer swoon': Mortgage rates dip further in mid-July throughout US
The average interest rate on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage dipped further this week, according to data from Freddie Mac
by Daniel Houston Jul 15
New study shows true impact of credit scores on mortgage rates
Digital mortgage marketplace OwnUp's latest study revealed buyers with good credit scores can lose $40K in interest savings by failing to shop loan options
by Marian McPherson Jul 8
Tomo launches with aim to 'be the best at purchase mortgages'
The technology-based lender co-founded by former Zillow executive Greg Schwartz is now live in Seattle, Dallas and Houston
by Matt Carter Jun 30
How mortgage brokers and lenders can be better partners to agents
By fostering strong relationships with agents, mortgage lenders and brokers can grow their business — here's how
by Roger Odoardi Jun 30
Mortgage rates tick back above 3% as economic recovery continues
Freddie Mac's chief economist said rates could continue to rise during the second half of the year after reaching historic lows in January
by Daniel Houston Jun 24
Purchase loan demand up again, bucking increase in mortgage rates
Requests to refinance accounted for 62.5 percent of all applications
by Matt Carter Jun 23
Spike in refis led last year's home-lending boom, new data shows
Lenders in 2020 refinanced more than twice as many loans as they reported the previous year, a dramatic feature of the pandemic lending boom
by Daniel Houston Jun 22
Exchange now helps financial advisers find clients a mortgage
Ally Home, Better, and Guaranteed Rate join the Envestnet Credit Exchange
by Matt Carter Jun 8
5 people to watch at realtor.com as the company plots its next move
The News Corp. subsidiary is laser-focused on growing traffic and improving the consumer experience as it maintains its industry ties
by Andrea V. Brambila May 20
ProperSign updates with QuickSign to speed digital closings
ProperSign was rated 4 stars in 2020, largely on the merits of its user experience design and Dynamic KBA, or knowledge-based authentication for signer identification
by Craig C. Rowe May 3
Fathom continues acquisition spree with E4:9 Holdings
Fathom Holdings has purchased E4:9 Holdings and its three mortgage, insurance and lead generation subsidiaries for $26.75M
by Marian McPherson Apr 15
What to look for in a closing disclosure form
How long has it been since you updated your closing disclosure form? Here is a page-by-page breakdown of what you should review, verify, understand and inform clients about
by Marvin Stone Apr 1
6 tips you should share with clients before they refinance
Opinion
The lending industry is up to its calculators in mortgage refinances right now. Hopefully most of them are going smoother than mine
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 27
5 pandemic mortgage strategies for the self-employed 
Self-employment has advantages, notably the home office deduction and eliminating commute time. Getting a mortgage, however, is not one of them. Here are a few tips that address the newly stiffened requirements for approval
by Steve Cook Mar 25
Lone Wolf announces collaborative rollout of Digital Title services
This new multiparty solution represents a significant step toward the total digital deal
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 15
Is Walmart gunning for the mortgage industry? Experts say yes
Experts Holden Lewis, Greg McBride and Jill Gonzalez share their thoughts on Walmart's foray into fintech and what it could mean for the mortgage industry
by Marian McPherson Mar 10
One week after LA launch, Knock blankets Southern California
A rapid expansion from Los Angeles into San Diego, Santa Barbara and markets inland puts Knock well ahead of its '21 in 21' available markets goal
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 4
Knock hires mortgage industry vet Laura Gray as head of lending
A mortgage industry veteran with more than 3 decades of expertise will head operations for Knock's unique home lending program as it expands into more markets. Knock Home Swap is already available in 17 cities
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 22
Choosing a hard money lender? 5 questions investors should ask
With these questions under your belt, as a real estate investor, you’ll be ready to enlist the help of the right hard money lender. Now all you have to do is find the right property
by Victoria Kennedy Feb 16
Knock expands to Colorado Springs and Tuscon, now in 17 cities
Now available in 17 markets across the country, Home Swap helps sellers sell before they buy and move without worrying about showings, vendors and other traditional hassles of having a home on the market.
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 11