Should you be investing in cryptocurrency?

Initial coin offerings are the latest red-hot investment trend, seeking to disrupt the traditional means of raising venture capital for startup businesses and firms. The market itself has witnessed an incredible expansion in the last year, but as the cryptocurrency market explodes and new coins flood the market, is the Securities and Exchange Commission looking…

CoreLogic: Home prices increase for seventh consecutive month | 2018-04-03

Home prices continue to surge, rising for their seventh consecutive month in February, according to the latest Home Price Index from CoreLogic, a property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider. Home prices increased 6.7% across the U.S. from February 2017 to February 2018, and increased 1% from the month before, according to the report. And…

2018 HW Tech100 Winner: Black Knight | 2018-04-02

Lending, Servicing, Investments, Real Estate Black Knight’s Enterprise Business Intelligence platform is comprised of two Black Knight solutions: LoanSphere Data Hub and LoanSphere Motivity. LoanSphere Data Hub is a centralized framework that gathers, aggregates and links Black Knight application with public records data. LoanSphere Motivity is an enterprise business intelligence solution that makes data easier…

2018 HW Tech100 Winner: Fannie Mae | 2018-04-02

Lending, Servicing, Real Estate, Investments Fannie Mae’s Desktop Underwriter validation service leverages digital data from vetted third-party vendors to validate borrowers’ income, assets, and employment. The report cuts the time from loan application to final approval from 50 days to as little as 25. While the numbers vary, the company reports seeing a 10% average…

Starwood Capital Group expands asset management team | 2018-04-02

Global private investment firm Starwood Capital Group announced this week it has made two senior additions to the firm's asset management team.  In January, Alex Waterbury joined Starwood as managing director, head of development, and in June, Andrea Pierce will be joining the firm to serve as the managing director, head of office asset management. Starwood Capital explained…

2018 HW Tech100 Winner: Clear Capital | 2018-04-02

Lending, Servicing, Real Estate, Investments Clear Capital’s newest offering, ClearCollateral, provides an analytics-driven workflow, configurable provider allocation and powerful valuation review tools built on SaaS technology. ClearCollateral’s order management tools allow users to rebalance provider order allocations at any time. Users are able to connect with valuation providers, select products to order and even configure…

HomeUnion launches crowdfunding platform for single-family rentals | 2018-04-02

HomeUnion, an online residential real estate investment firm, is increasing its presence in the single-family rental market. Back in 2015, HomeUnion began lending to single-family rental investors. Now, HomeUnion is launching a new program that will make the company itself an investor in single-family rentals, but the company isn’t using its own money. Rather, HomeUnion…

2018 HW Tech100 Winner: Clarocity | 2018-04-02

Lending, Servicing, Investments Clarocity provides real estate valuation solutions and platform technologies. The company serves the GSEs, as well as lenders and mortgage-backed securities investors with data-driven valuation products. Clarocity utilizes a design-driven approach that is focused on usability and efficiency. The company’s automated order management platform can be configured for vendor communications and workflow,…

April Kudos: Celebrating milestones, launches and awards in the mortgage industry | 2018-04-02

GIVING BACK Aiming to help low-income families move up the economic ladder, the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families is giving $3 million to Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit that designs and builds affordable housing. The grant is designed to create “innovative, integrated approaches” in areas like job training and healthcare that can…