Notarize partners with Ellie Mae to advance digital closings

In a move that could bring the digital closing experience to a large number of new consumers, Notarize announced Thursday that it has teamed up with real estate tech giant Ellie Mae.

IBuying can be huge, even if it remains a niche industry tool

Mike DelPrete found that iBuyers’ business models differ from traditional home flippers. He also suggested iBuyers can profit from staying in their lanes.

How to bring veteran clients value by understanding MPRs

Getting through the VA’s appraisal process can be a deal-breaking nightmare — if you don’t know how it works. Navy veteran and agent Phil Capron, sheds some light on common loan-approval issues you can help veteran clients avoid.

Zillow is testing a closing services platform

Zillow is testing a “homegrown closing services” platform — including title and escrow services — in a handful of markets, an attempt to bring the company closer to offering a one-stop platform to wrap around its homebuying and selling platform Zillow Offers.

HomeLight nabs $109M in new funding round

Real estate referral and transaction management startup HomeLight announced Tuesday it’s raised $109 million in new financing. The company plans to use the money to build out its closing services and home loans business.

Feds tweak regulations to lure banks back to FHA loans

A decade after the Great Recession, the federal government wants to lure banks back into the Federal Housing Administration program that caters to first-time homebuyers, and this week, it announced regulatory changes meant to make that program more app…

Research report: Brokerage-affiliated businesses

Being a real estate professional is an exercise in spinning many, many plates. Keeping track of the different components of a property deal is a key skill but having that ability may not save you — or your deal — in the end.

HouseCanary revives ComeHome as product for mortgage lenders

About nine months after real estate tech firm HouseCanary turned off its public-facing real estate portal, the company is back with a new search product meant to help banks capture more lending business.

Growing number of homeowners feel ‘house rich and cash poor’

Stagnant wage growth and booming costs of living are stressing homeowners, according to a new HomeTap study released Tuesday.

Compass launches bridge loan program

In partnership with and Freedom Mortgage, Compass aims to help homeowners make a downpayment on a new home before they sell their old one.