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Housing Data Could Help Predict Voting Tendencies

A record number of Americans have voted early in November’s presidential election. Due to the heightened interest, researchers at Realtor.com are doing their part to help forecast results. They pose the following questions, “Where do the deeply etched red-state/blue-state splits really come from? And how much can the huge housing differences across the nation tell … The post Housing Data …

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First American Announces ServiceMac Acquisition

Santa Ana California-based First American Financial Corporation, global provider of title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions, and mortgage subservicing company ServiceMac, LLC, announced today the signing of an agreement for First American’s acquisition of ServiceMac. As a part of the transaction, First American has acquired a minority interest in ServiceMac’s … The post First American …

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The Week Ahead: The State of Property Preservation

The National Property Preservation Conference is virtual this year, with keynote speakers representing, Auction.com, HUD, FHFA, and Fannie Mae. Here’s what else is happening in The Week Ahead. The post The Week Ahead: The State of Property Preservation appeared first on DSNews.

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Forbearance Volumes Down From Peak

Forbearances continued to decline, modestly, from May’s pandemic-related peak, according to data from Black Knight’s McDash Flash Forbearance Tracker, which showed forbearance volumes fell by 11,000 from the prior week. “This was the result of larger declines among GSE loans (14,000) and portfolio-held and privately securitized loans (2,000) being offset by an increase of 5,000 … The post Forbearance Volumes …

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A Confluence of Events

Editor’s note: this piece originally appeared in the October edition of DS News. Hidden deep in the news on July 22 was the report that Tropical Storm Gonzalo was forecast to become a hurricane. That same day, it was reported that a tropical depression was slowly gaining strength in the Gulf of Mexico. Although it was too early to predict the eventual impact these storms might have on the U.S., … The post A Confluence …

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DS5: COVID-Prompted Innovations Prove Profitable

In this week’s DS5: Inside the Industry, Xome CEO Mike Rawls discusses how COVID-19 has changed the way his company conducts business. Rawls leads “a high-performing group of 1,800 Xomies (aka Xome team members)” with a focus on technology, finance, and real estate who together help the company design an “end-to-end solution for mortgage servicers, lenders, … The post DS5: COVID-Prompted …

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HUD Grants Fund Housing Counseling and Foreclosure Avoidance Services

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that more than $12.5 million in grant funds will directly support quality housing counseling services. The grants, which were awarded earlier this week, will go to 219 local housing counseling agencies and national and regional organizations as well as state housing finance agencies (SHFAs) who … The post HUD Grants …

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