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Places of Interest—10 Hotspots for Million Dollar Homes

Places of Interest—10 Hotspots for Million Dollar Homes

With housing prices continuing to climb, and the housing shortage steadily creeping forward, more metros are seeing a significant majority of their homes hit the million dollar mark. And while that doesn’t necessarily mean homebuyers get less for more, it does mean that “affordable” housing in certain highly desired areas of the country might come with an extra zero on its price tag. See what metros had the largest share of million dollar homes.

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Home Prices Surge . . . but Why?

Home Prices Surge . . . but Why?

Home prices spiked again, according to the May 2017 Existing Home Sales Index. Total unsold inventory saw a slight uptick compared to April 2017, but is still relatively low, and median home prices are continuing to rise. Seasonally adjusted, there were 5.62 million existing homes for sale, a small increase from April 2017, but how long will this trend sustain itself?

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Cost of Living Rises in Tandem with Home Prices

Cost of Living Rises in Tandem with Home Prices

Cost of living is on the rise across the country, according to a report released on Monday that lists the top 10 cities in the country with the fastest rate of increase in the cost of living over a one year period between 2016 and 2017. The study used two main metrics to rank the cities: the increase in the cost of living index—food, rent, utilities, and transportation costs. It also measures the increase in the amount of income that was needed to “live comfortably,” which is defined by the amount of money a household has to make in a year to account for necessities, savings, and discretionary spending.

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Purdy Selects FotoNotes as Technology Solution

Purdy Selects FotoNotes as Technology Solution

Purdy Enterprise has selected FotoNotes as its technology solution for managing property inspections, maintenance work orders and other field service activities. FotoNotes’ mobile app and cloud platform solution provides companies full visibility and control of HUD FSM inspections, work orders, and field service operations. FotoNotes also provides solutions for a wide variety of other use cases, including estimating, construction, renovations, and turns.

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Portfolio Underwriter is Now Available through Calyx Software

Portfolio Underwriter is Now Available through Calyx Software

Calyx Software announced that Portfolio Underwrite is now available to Point and PointCentral clients. Portfolio Underwriter allows portfolio lenders to customize credit decisioning and safely originate non-agency loans that they intend to put on their balance sheets. It captures a portfolio lender’s program guidelines within its engine and delivers a rules-based underwriting decision in seconds and results of the decision are documented into a findings report.

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FOMC Hikes Interest Rates; Will Mortgage Rates Follow?

FOMC Hikes Interest Rates; Will Mortgage Rates Follow?

The Fed has voted for the second time this year to raise interest rates, a decision that was hinted at back in March by Janet Yellen, FOMC Board of Governors Chair. The FOMC is of the opinion that waiting too long to scale back accommodations could potentially cause a rapid increase in rates, which could disrupt the market and send the economy into another recession. It is currently unclear how the hike in interest rates will affect mortgage rates.

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NTC’s Dave LaRose Contributes to MISMO’s New Business Glossary

NTC’s Dave LaRose Contributes to MISMO’s New Business Glossary

Nationwide Title Clearing announced that Dave LaRose will volunteer to support the Mortgage Bankers Association's Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization as it works to create a mortgage industry Business Glossary. MISMO announced plans to create the glossary earlier this year and called for industry volunteers to support the effort.

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ClosingCorp Introduces SmartEngine

ClosingCorp Introduces SmartEngine

ClosingCorp announced the release of SmartEngine which will help title companies centralize data processing and connect their rate and fee data to any third-party system, including title production systems, websites and ClosingCorp’s SmartFees, and SmartCalc products to reliably exchange information to produce estimates.

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