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Aly J. Yale is a longtime writer and editor from Texas. Her resume boasts positions with The Dallas Morning News, NBC, PBS, and various other regional and national publications. She has also worked with both the Five Star Institute and REO Red Book, as well as various other mortgage industry clients on content strategy, blogging, marketing, and more.

Four States Face Serious Appraisal Problems

Appraisal problems are rampant across the country, with appraiser shortages, delays on reports, and other issues. Four states, in particular, are facing appraisal issues in droves. One industry organization is seeking to alleviate the problem with a recent white paper.

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Roostify Hires New CRO

Roostify has hired Frank Gelbart as the organization’s new Chief Revenue Officer. Under his new position, Gelbart will be in charge of managing partner relationships and driving both new and existing streams of revenue. Gelbart previously founded and served as President and CEO at Appfluent Technology, a business intelligence firm eventually acquired by Attunity.

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Black Knight Integrates eSigning Tech into LOS

Black Knight Financial Services has integrated Docutech's Solex, an eSigning technology into its LOS. Lenders can now access Solex, as well as Docutech's ConformX interface. ConformX auto-populates LOS data to make document preparation easier.

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DeMarco Tapped to Head HPC

The Financial Services Roundtable has appointed Ed DeMarco to head its Housing Policy Council. DeMarco has previously served at FHFA, the Treasury Department, the Milken Institute, and the Social Security Administration. He takes the helm starting June 1.

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Texas Capital Completes First eClosing

Thanks to its implementation of DocMagic’s Total eClose platform, Texas Capital Bank has successfully completed and funded it very first eClosing. Now one of the largest warehouse lenders to accept and fund eNotes, Texas Capital has made its first step toward digitization. The bank was praised by DocMagic CEO Dominic Iannitti.

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Inventory Drops Again, Seattle Hit Worst

Inventory has dropped yet again, declining 14 percent over last year and 25 percent since 2015. Seattle was hit the worst as far as inventory, coming in with a 1.75, the lowest Months Remaining Inventory index of all metros measured. An MRI between six and 10 indicates a balanced market.

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Kansas Law Firm Makes New Hire

SouthLaw, P.C. has expanded its team, bringing on Associate Attorney Lisa C. Billman for its Bankruptcy Department in Overland Park, Kansas. With a law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law, Billman has made bankruptcy her legal focus since her graduation in 2011. She is licensed to practice law in Missouri and Kansas

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Black Knight LOS Goes Digital

Black Knight has partnered with Lender Price to offer a completely digital loan application process on its LoanSphere Empower LOS. The platform lets consumers apply for mortgage loans via their mobile device, and it can even verify income, provide property valuations, and deliver real-time interest rates on the spot.

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Housing Still Affordable, Despite Pricing Upticks

Though prices are up and mortgage rates are rising, housing is still pretty affordable—at least by historical standards. According to new data, the beginning of 2017 saw steady credit access, rising borrower FICO scores, and a decline in refinance transactions. The average FICO score of a first-time GSE buyer in January was 739.7.

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Housing Prices Hit Post-Crisis High

According to a new home price index, national housing prices have appreciated to a new post-crisis high as of February. With an index of $268,000 for the month, the U.S. saw its highest home price growth since June 2006. Prices rose 0.8 percent for the month and 5.7 percent over the year.

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