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HomeServices Inc. Acquires Ebby Halliday Brand

Franklin American

Texas-based Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc., announced that it is being acquired by HomeServices of America Inc. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. "The acquisition will include Ebby’s three real estate brands: Dallas-based Ebby Halliday, REALTORS and Dave ...

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Trelix Adds Closing Services Solution

Trelix, a St. Louis-based provider of licensed fulfillment, quality control, and other due diligence products and services across the loan origination and securitization lifecycle, announced the launch of its closing services solution that helps mortgage lenders efficiently and properly execute ...

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Guaranteed Rate Partners with DocMagic to Cut Closing Time

Digital

DocMagic, Inc., a California-based provider of fully-compliant loan document preparation, regulatory compliance, and comprehensive eMortgage services, announced that retail mortgage lender Guaranteed Rate can now cut closing time by electronically signing mortgage closing documents in advance. Guaranteed Rate has branded the ...

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A Look Ahead at the 2018/2019 Housing Market

With the economy on cruise control and a solid labor market, it would seem like ideal conditions for brisk home sales. The fly in that ointment is that there just aren't enough homes for sale to drive sales totals higher. ...

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Dodd-Frank Reform and Tenant Protections in Foreclosure

foreclosures

On Thursday, President Trump signed Senate Bill 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, into law. The bill, designed evolve and streamline regulations put in place by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, was passed by the House of ...

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Untapped Urban Development Potential

Urban sprawl, by its very nature, means cities are forever expanding outward. Initially, their borders expand, and then eventually, as they bump up against those constraints, the challenge becomes figuring out ways to make the most use of the space ...

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Best Markets for Single-Family Rental Investment

House for rent

With rent prices increasing right alongside home prices in many markets, rental investment can pay serious dividends for those savvy enough to do their homework before they invest. But like the old adage goes, one critical element is “location, location, ...

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The Changing Makeup of Consumer Debt

debt

Mortgage debt makes up a noticeably smaller share of total consumer debt than it did a decade ago, according to the latest Equifax National Consumer Credit Trends Report, covering data for March 2018. According to the Equifax report, mortgage debt ...

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Buying vs. Renting: A Financial Perspective

home prices

In a little under two years, owning a home becomes more financially viable than renting an identical home, according to the latest Zillow Buy-Rent Breakeven Horizon. It takes just under 1 year and 11 months for homeownership to be more ...

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Delinquencies Reverse Course

Mortgage delinquencies defied several trends in April, according to the latest First Look at the month’s mortgage performance data from Black Knight, Inc. April is typically a month that sees an increase in mortgage delinquencies. In fact, historically, delinquencies have ...

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