Google and Coinbase Global executives join Fannie Mae board

Karin Kimbrough of Google and Brian Brooks of Coinbase Global have been elected as new members to Fannie Mae’s board of directors.

New tool tells lenders if properties were damaged by natural disaster

The new parcel-level disaster data is available as a free add-on to the VeroVALUE service, which the company describes as an AVM that provides realistic value ranges for properties across the country.

Here’s what NAR wants in the next versions of Fannie and Freddie

NAR said on Friday that any changes should maintain a host of features such as 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, affordable credit and reliable access to housing for both renters and homeowners.

Home prices jumped 5.7% year-over-year at the end of 2018

Home prices jumped 5.7 percent during the final months of 2018 compared to the same period one year prior, with the mountainous states in the western U.S. seeing the strongest growth.

Blend wants to speed up getting home equity loans, credit lines

Digital mortgage startup Blend announced that it will soon expand to offer customers home equity loans and lines of credit.

Mortgage software company Ellie Mae to be acquired for $3.7B

The publicly traded company announced Tuesday that it would be acquired by private equity firm Thoma Bravo, LLC. Ellie Mae, founded in 1997, processes 35 percent of all mortgage applications in the U.S., according to Banking Tech.

NAR wants to replace Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) wants to replace Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a new entity that would be private, but regulated like a utility, that the organization believes would ensure the mortgage industry keeps running long-term.

Blend names former Fannie Mae chief executive as first president

Blend, the digital mortgage application startup, has named former Fannie Mae chief executive Timothy Mayopoulos as its new president.

Shutdown prompts Fannie Mae to tweak lender requirements

As the government shutdown drags on with no end in sight, Fannie Mae is tweaking its lending requirements to accommodate people who aren’t currently getting paychecks and whose bosses aren’t around to confirm their employment.

Housing market expected to stabilize in 2019: Fannie Mae

Economic growth is expected to slow in 2019 which means stabilizing home sales and mortgage rates in the new year, according to Fannie Mae’s economic and strategic research group.