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Figure Lending lands $100M funding facility

By Justin Malonson / January 15, 2021

SoFi co-founder Mike Cagney’s latest digital mortgage operation Figure Lending closed on a $100 million funding facility from JPMorgan Chase this week. The warehouse facility will allow the company, a subsidiary of Figure Technologies, to originate conventional loans as well as jumbo loans, the company said in a statement Wednesday. […]

The Real Word: 5 more trends from the 2021 Swanepoel Trends Report

The Real Word: 5 More Trends From The 2021 Swanepoel Trends Report

By Justin Malonson / January 15, 2021

Byron Lazine and Nicole White are two agents in Connecticut who give us their thoughts on the week’s news every Friday in “The Real Word,” a weekly video column on Inman. Last week, Byron and Nicole tackled the 16th edition of the Swanepoel Trends Report, which boasts a wealth of […]

Smart home tech: Which smart locks are best for security?

Smart Home Tech: Which Smart Locks Are Best For Security?

By Justin Malonson / January 15, 2021

A smart lock can offer homeowners security, convenience and a peace of mind. Here’s how to find the best (and most compatible) smart lock in a sea of options — plus a few tips on keeping your home extra secure. It’s been a year now since we first compared Schlage […]

Need Print And Social Media Marketing Fast? Enter CoVault

Need Print And Social Media Marketing Fast? Enter CoVault

By Justin Malonson / January 15, 2021

An agent from Victoria, British Columbia, has built a new listing and social media marketing solution for the busy agents everywhere — and it’s called CoVault. Have suggestions for products that you’d like to see reviewed by our real estate technology expert? Email Craig Rowe. CoVault is a marketing software […]

Housing market set for New Year ‘correction’

House prices to fall in the first quarter

By Justin Malonson / January 14, 2021

Property prices will fall by 6.2% in the first quarter of 2021, reallymoving has predicted. The decline is expected to accelerate on a monthly basis from -1.2% in January, -2.5% in February, and -2.6% in March. Rob Houghton, chief executive of reallymoving, said: “Considering the wider economic context of the […]

New parliamentary group to promote commercial property

New parliamentary group to promote commercial property

By Justin Malonson / January 14, 2021

Gagan Mohindra is member of parliament for South West Hertfordshire Over the last 20 years the economics and politics of the housing market has been transformed. Housing used to be a battleground between different ideologies. The Labour party thought that it owned council houses and their tenants, and their answer […]

Ipswich Building Society ups LTI limit for high earners

Ipswich Building Society ups LTI limit for high earners

By Justin Malonson / January 14, 2021

Ipswich Building Society has started stress testing applicants at 5.5 times loan-to-income for those earning at least £75,000, up from 4.5. However the society is not limiting its maximum income multiples to professionals, such as doctors, lawyers, accountants, architects and vets. Richard Norrington, chief executive of Ipswich Building Society said: […]

Pandemic chaos means Brexit troubles will hurt less

Mortgage brokers doing ‘visa’ searches in 2020

By Justin Malonson / January 14, 2021

Mortgage advisers most commonly searched for ‘visa’ in 2020, data from Legal & General Mortgage Club found. This was likely as a result of a weaker pound, more interest from Hong Kong buyers, as well as uncertainty facing EU nationals and expats due to Brexit. The ‘maximum age’ of a […]

Fannie, Freddie could exit conservatorship without capital

Trump administration will not end GSE conservatorship

By Justin Malonson / January 14, 2021

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Federal Housing Finance Association issued a joint statement Thursday officially announcing they decided against restructuring the taxpayers’ stake in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In other words, the government-sponsored enterprises will not be exiting conservatorship under the current administration. In a statement […]

NAR: Most Behavior at Capitol Riot Does Not Violate New Ethics Policy

NAR: Most Behavior at Capitol Riot Does Not Violate New Ethics Policy

By Justin Malonson / January 14, 2021

Participating in last week’s insurrection at the Capitol was not a violation of the National Association of Realtors’ new ethics policies unless a Realtor directed hate speech toward a protected class while doing so, according to the third of six monthly training webinars the 1.4 million-member trade group will be hosting […]

Airbnb To Block And Cancel All D.C. Reservations Ahead Of Inauguration

Airbnb To Block And Cancel All D.C. Reservations Ahead Of Inauguration

By Justin Malonson / January 13, 2021

Amid increased risk of riots and violence, Airbnb will block and cancel all reservations in Washington, D.C. during the week of Joe Biden’s inauguration. Amid increased high risk of violence and rioting, Airbnb will block and cancel all reservations in Washington, D.C. during the week of Joe Biden’s inauguration on […]

Alabama and Georgia Realtors pause efforts to stop eviction ban

Alabama And Georgia Realtors Pause Efforts To Stop Eviction Ban

By Justin Malonson / January 13, 2021

Alabama and Georgia Realtors suspend their lawsuit against the Trump administration at least until February after legislation extends moratorium. A federal court has granted a request from the Alabama Association of Realtors and the Georgia Association of Realtors to temporarily suspend their lawsuit against the Trump administration over a nationwide eviction […]

Membership-Based Flexible Leasing Co. Landing Raises $100M

Membership-Based Flexible Leasing Co. Landing Raises $100M

By Justin Malonson / January 13, 2021

Since launching in late 2019, the company has raised $180 million in funding and has expanded to a total of 75 U.S. cities. Membership-based flexible leasing startup Landing announced a $100 million funding round and expansion into additional markets on Tuesday. The funding round included a $45 million Series B […]

UWM will partially refund borrowers for late appraisals

UWM will partially refund borrowers for late appraisals

By Justin Malonson / January 13, 2021

United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM) unveiled a new policy this week, telling brokers that appraisals will be completed within 10 business days or they’ll refund 50% of the appraisal cost back to the customer. The initiative, called “Appraisal Promise,” drops just a week before the wholesale lender’s Wall Street debut on […]

Fed considers regulating AI used by financial institutions

By Justin Malonson / January 13, 2021

The Federal Reserve is looking into the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning, and is considering stepping up its oversight of these technologies used by financial institutions. Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard spoke at the AI Academic Symposium virtual event on Tuesday, hosted by the Board of Governors of […]

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Guaranteed Rate now has a path toward an IPO, whether its CEO wants it or not

By Justin Malonson / January 13, 2021

It took a few years, but Victor Ciardelli has finally captured the one that got away. The founder and CEO of Guaranteed Rate, which originated $73 billion in mortgages last year, has made joint ventures and acquisitions a cornerstone of his growing business. In 2017, Guaranteed Rate struck a deal with […]

Stay above the fray: 3 ways to raise the bar in real estate

Stay Above The Fray: 3 Ways To Raise The Bar In Real Estate

By Justin Malonson / January 13, 2021

We have been called to be a good neighbor to the entire neighborhood. It’s a privilege to help people make their American dream come true. This calling is more important than telling the world which side you are on. Here’s how to be professional amid chaos. To be a good […]

If It's January, It's Agent Appreciation Month At Inman

Pulse: Share A Story About When An Agent Has Helped You

By Justin Malonson / January 13, 2021

If it’s January, it’s Agent Appreciation Month at Inman. Join us all month to celebrate all that agents do, and come together with us virtually at Inman Connect, Jan. 26-28. Craving total access? Take advantage of our Agent Appreciation Sale and save 50% on your Select subscription. Pulse is a […]

New-year optimism reflected in mortgage applications jump

New-year optimism reflected in mortgage applications jump

By Justin Malonson / January 13, 2021

Mortgage applications jumped 16.7% after a 4.2% drop last week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The jump underlines the seasonality behind last week’s decrease in mortgage rates, as well as the expectation of additional fiscal stimulus from the incoming administration, per MBA Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry […]

How to price a listing in a red-hot seller's market

How To Price A Listing In A Red-Hot Seller’s Market

By Justin Malonson / January 13, 2021

When you’re selling your own property in a red-hot seller’s market, and the comps are all over the place, where do you price your listing to obtain the highest possible price?  I’m currently helping my brother buy a new condo here in Austin and sell our family home in California. […]

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