Category Archives: Mortgage Services

Purchase & Refinance Lending Forecast April 2018

As we economists say, “forecasting is difficult, especially the future.”   Fortunately, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the MBA update their quarterly and annual forecasts monthly for residential lending volumes –  both refinance and purchase transactions.  Driving these lending forecasts is  the expectation of future interest rates.  As the following table shows, there is not perfect …Read more

We Want to See You at #MBAAnnual17

Join us at MBA Annual 2017 on October 22 to 25 in Denver to discuss the latest trends and advances in the real estate services industry – including Stewart’s offerings for a fully-digital customer experience and our latest technology integrations.

From Hybrid to E-closing: Moving the Title & Settlement Industry Toward a Paperless Real Estate Closing

The marketplace reality is that consumers expect a digital solution to improve their home buying experience. We must meet our customer needs and problem-solve a solution that allows real estate transactions to close electronically. A hybrid approach to e-Closing would allow the title and settlement industry to begin some form of e-Closings today while working with technology providers, Secretaries of State, county recorders and state legislatures to move the industry toward a full e-Closing in the near future.

CFPB’s ‘Project Catalyst’ Report Highlights FinTech Advances

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a report, “Project Catalyst report: Promoting consumer-friendly innovation” to coincide with the Mortgage Bankers Association Annual Convention & Expo 2016 in Boston. The 27-page report highlights many areas in which the bureau is actively involved with bank and non-bank innovators, ranging from large, established institutions to small startups, to …Read more