Why it’s impossible for a title insurance premium to increase

Recently, an Inman reader contacted our editorial team with an interesting dilemma: Her monthly title insurance premiums were steadily going up, and she didn’t understand why. Here’s the thing: That monthly premium increase is actually impossible …

Ellie Mae’s Encompass solution honored with innovation award

Mortgage industry software provider Ellie Mae announced May 28 that the San Francisco Business Times gave a Tech & Innovation Award to Encompass, a software suite that automates the mortgage process for more than 120,000 mortgage professionals and thousands of mortgage companies, including six of the 20 largest U.S. mortgage lenders …

Delaying homeownership could be costly decision for potential buyers

Potential homebuyers who are renting while they put off buying a home could lose thousands of dollars by not taking advantage of current interest rates and home prices, according to a recent realtor.com report …

App makes billions of property records searchable

If the thought of being able to search 3.5 billion property records simply by launching an iPhone app appeals to you, you’ll want to check out First American Financial Corp.’s launch of the all-new DataTree …

5 CFPB facts agents must know

Real estate agents often are not sure where to direct their clients for genuine help when an inaccurate adverse credit reporting clouds a real estate transaction …

Mortgage lenders warm up to e-signatures

In the wake of increased regulatory oversight, economic pressures and shifting customer expectations, mortgage lenders are adopting electronic signatures — a development that agents, brokers and their clients may view with relief. The change is an effort to reduce paper-based …

Why lending standards won’t get better

Of all the players still on the field today — lenders, politicians, regulators, brokers, GSEs — young homebuyers are the only innocent ones. They were in high school or grammar school when the bubble burst, and today’s first-time buyers are paying th…

A house is not a home — a look at millennials and their buying power

Millennials have been a hot topic for the housing industry worldwide. Why? Because this next generation is unlike any other with respect to marketing. Smart corporations such as Visio Financial Services know the power of investing in critical research …

3 reasons why the CFPB should delay TRID enforcement

Sweeping changes are coming to the mortgage closing process — and Congressional lawmakers are working with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to enact a “hold-harmless” enforcement period for the real estate, mortgage and title and settlement services industries …

3 reasons why the CFPB should delay TRID enforcement

Sweeping changes are coming to the mortgage closing process — and congressional lawmakers are working with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to enact a “hold-harmless” enforcement period for the real estate, mortgage and title and settlement services industries …