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…

6 things homebuyers should avoid doing once they are preapproved for a mortgage

You have done the hard part in the homebuying process and chosen a lender and a real estate agent to work with. You have also gone out and found the home of your dreams! Best of all, your team has done a great job of negotiating the best deal for you …

Big Brother is double-checking appraisers, and that’s a good thing

The centerpiece of every mortgage application is the appraisal. Lenders originate residential mortgages on the basis of either the sale price or the appraised value, whichever is lower. If the appraisal is too high, sellers worry that they should have …

Why fear of Fed action isn’t sending mortgage rates skyward

In a world and life filled with uncertainty, it is gratifying to watch markets behave exactly as they should. Bonds and mortgages got a bad scare on Wednesday, rates up sharply, but as the full picture revealed itself rates are …

The elephant in the room with Zillow’s acquisition of Trulia is mortgages

In the articles I’ve read dissecting the events of the last few days, I’ve been surprised to find virtually no reference to what I believe is a key part of the value proposition of a combined Zillow and Trulia: the monetization of products and services…