Over 300 real estate blogging and video ideas to last the rest of your career

Writing is a passion for me, but, as a novelist, my blogging seems to have taken a back seat. A friend and I have been meeting to discuss how we’re going to get back to blogging and doing videos regularly …

Good news about the economy is bad news for mortgage rates

In the backwards world of bonds and mortgages, in which good news is bad, good news pushed up long-term rates this week. U.S. data may encourage the Fed to accelerate the end of ZIRP (zero interest rate policy) at its …

MLS arming agents with app that calculates buyer and seller closing costs

Mid-Atlantic multiple listing service Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc. and settlement services firm Federal Title & Escrow Co. have launched a desktop and mobile app to offer closing cost estimates to MRIS’ 44,000 members. The app, MRIS Close It!, allows agents …

What Realtors need to know about credit scores

Realtors often first direct their clients to get approved for a loan amount through their favorite lender. However, many of these clients feel betrayed, cheated and at times embarrassed to learn that the credit scores they counted on, in some cases …

How to streamline the closing process for your buyers and sellers

Hear what title insurers and settlement services providers are doing to streamline the closing process for homebuyers and sellers from Matt Morris, CEO of Stewart Information Services Corp., and Patrick Stone, president and CEO, Williston Financial Gro…

Soon any website will be able to prequalify homebuyers for a mortgage

A partnership between real estate startup Planwise and Informa Research Services Inc. will give smaller players in real estate search a plug-and-play tool that allows them to compete with the mortgage options that tech titans like Zillow, Trulia and re…

‘Flight to quality’ amid global unrest not helping mortgage rates

When the world is scared it wants sovereign IOUs, not mortgage-backed securities, even if government guaranteed. Unless the sovereign looks like it’s in trouble itself …

Zillow adds mortgage preapproval tool to iOS mobile apps

Zillow has added its new mortgage preapproval tool to the portal’s iOS mobile apps for consumers, giving homebuyers the ability to secure a preapproval letter in minutes while they’re out house hunting. The preapproval tool, which Zillow launched in March, allows …

Mortgage tech provider Ellie Mae acquiring AllRegs for $30M

Mortgage industry software solutions and services provider Ellie Mae says it has an agreement to acquire AllRegs, whose loan product and guideline data and analytics are used by more than 3,000 companies including mortgage lenders, brokers, investors, …

Black Knight integrates tools to help lenders meet mortgage disclosure rules

Real estate data and technology firm Black Knight Financial Services is integrating two of its lender products with the goal of helping lenders meet disclosure regulations and streamline the loan closing process. The two products are Empower, an end-to…