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Valuations: New tech, new approaches
7/31/2019 11:01 PM
Sweeping changes periodically realign the mortgage industry in part or as a whole. They may come after a seismic economic shift, a spate of new regulatory requirements resulting from a financial crisis, or, on the positive side, a groundbreaking technological innovation...Read More
 
Expert: Tech firms are slow to develop appraisal technology
7/18/2019 10:40 AM
Technology providers are slow to enter and develop new tech for the home valuations space, leaving appraisers lacking when it comes to new technology options...Read More
 
Expert: AVMs will soon represent 70% of valuations
7/8/2019 2:50 PM
Automated valuation models often come under special scrutiny as mortgage experts seek to increase technology in the industry while warding off the possibility of another housing crisis, but one expert explained why AVMs could work in today’s mortgage lending environment...Read More
 
Zillow is watching: New algorithm uses photos of your home to check quality and curb appeal
6/27/2019 1:19 PM
You know that dead shrub in the front yard that needs replacing, or that white picket fence that’s flaking paint? Better take care of that if you don’t want your home’s Zestimate to decline. Zillow announced on Thursday it has a new algorithm that uses photos to help decide the appeal and worth of your home. In some cases, Zillow even knows what th...Read More
 
Real estate appraiser wins invasion of privacy lawsuit against CoesterVMS
6/25/2019 2:04 PM
It’s been a rough couple of months for Brian Coester, and it doesn’t seem like things are turning around just yet. The owner of the now defunct CoesterVMS, once one of the largest AMCs in the country, just lost a legal battle with an appraiser who sued Coester for hacking into his email, and now Coester will likely be forced to cough up damages...Read More
 
FHFA: American home price growth crawls forward in April
6/25/2019 9:21 AM
Home prices crawled forward in April, rising only 0.4% from the previous month but up 5.2% from 2018, according to the latest monthly House Price Index from the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The report explains that across the nine census divisions, the Mountain Division once again experienced the strongest appreciation growth...Read More
 
Class Valuation hires Fannie Mae"s Tim Staudenmaier
6/20/2019 1:34 PM
Collateral valuation and appraisal management company Class Valuation has hired Tim Staudenmaier as its new director of Digital Strategy. Staudenmaier will focus on technology and processes that support the modernization of valuation and collateral risk assessment...Read More
 
The HGTV effect: 60% of home shoppers are willing to renovate
4/15/2019 8:16 AM
About 60% of people looking to buy a home are willing to consider a property that needs renovating as rising prices make it harder to afford a turnkey listing, according to Realtor.com. Most of them were inspired to take on the projects by watching TV home renovation shows on networks like HGTV, according to the report...Read More
 
Class Valuation snatches up another AMC
4/5/2019 10:18 AM
Class Valuation, a real estate collateral valuation and appraisal management company, has acquired Janus Valuation & Compliance. The deal is the second AMC acquisition the Michigan-based 2019 Tech100 winner has made in the last six months and one of several big steps Class Valuation has taken since it was acquired by Narrow Gauge Capital in March 2...Read More
 
Automated valuations models: A modern assembly line
3/31/2019 11:01 PM
In today’s housing industry, logistical efficiency and attractive price points sit at the top of priority lists for both homebuyers and sellers...Read More




Small Business Stories from New York Times:
 
Want Kids to Learn the Joy of Reading? Barbershops and Laundromats Can Help
7/2/2019 4:00 AM
A movement supported by nonprofit groups and libraries is creating literary spaces in places where children find themselves with time on their hands...Read More
 
Is Cold Brew Better Than Iced Coffee?
7/4/2019 9:31 AM
If by “better” you mean wildly popular and unpredictably caffeinated, then yes...Read More
 
Instagram Therapists Are the New Instagram Poets
7/3/2019 11:15 PM
Mental health professionals are speaking to the “therapy generation” online, at no cost. And it’s bringing in business...Read More
 
Get More From Your Letters With Custom Stationery for Print or Pixels
6/12/2019 10:56 PM
Even in today’s digital world, notes sent under a formal letterhead can help get the right message across. Here’s how to make your own powerful design with just a few keystrokes...Read More
 
Those Silly Chairs You Keep Seeing in the Park? They’re Lamzacs
6/10/2019 11:49 AM
All of a sudden, inflatable furniture is everywhere again...Read More
 
As Comic Book Industry Grows, Smaller Publishers Learn to Adapt
5/12/2019 10:23 PM
A merger of two independents, Lion Forge and Oni Press, is the latest example of new strategies that are shaping the business...Read More
 
Keeping Rhythm, and Hanging It in a Gallery
4/16/2019 12:27 PM
Drummers from bands like Guns N’ Roses and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are using new technology to turn their performances into visual art. All it takes is a few open-shutter cameras, some colorful lights and a killer beat...Read More
 
The Great American Cardboard Comeback
3/23/2019 4:19 AM
“No one is shocked when a paper mill closes anymore. The shocking thing is when one reopens....Read More
 
An Economist’s Argument for Preserving Communities
2/27/2019 4:00 AM
Raghuram Rajan’s “The Third Pillar” contends that economic growth is not enough to ensure a nation’s health...Read More
 
This Legislation Could Force Stores to Take Your Cash
2/21/2019 7:49 PM
The bills come amid a trend toward “cash-free” stores, which supporters say are more convenient. Critics counter that they discriminate against the poor...Read More



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