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Stewart Information Services Corp. has acquired Signature Closers, LLC, the company announced. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Read on to learn more about the acquisition.

The real estate technology company Compass has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a leading title insurance and settlement services company serving the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, the company announced. In 2020, Compass acquired title and escrow-software startup Modus.

Fidelity National Financial, Inc.’s fourth-quarter title revenue increased by more than 30 percent, according to the company’s latest earnings statement. CEO Randy Quirk said the company is very pleased with its strong financial results and made significant headway in technology investments in its title business.

NexTitle has added a vice president of revenue operations and sales. Read on for more details.

A bill that would establish an Office of Fair Lending Testing within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to review mortgage loan applications for compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) is gaining new traction

The Fair Lending for All Act would provide strong criminal penalties for violating ECOA. National Fair Housing Alliance President and CEO Lisa Rice recently spoke in support of the bill before the House Financial Services Committee. Read on for details.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced it expects to propose a rule to delay the General Qualified Mortgage (QM) Final Rule’s July 1, 2021 mandatory compliance date.

On Dec. 10, the CFPB issued two final rules to help support a smooth and orderly transition away from the government-sponsored enterprise patch and maintain access to responsible, affordable mortgage credit.

Read on for details from acting CFPB Director Dave Uejio.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced extensions of several measures to align COVID-19 mortgage-relief policies across the federal government.

“Borrowers and the housing finance market alike can benefit during the pandemic from the consistent treatment of mortgages regardless of who owns or backs them,” FHFA Director Mark Calabria said.

Read on for details from FHFA.

A Georgia borrower sued her servicer for allegedly foreclosing on her home before considering her timely and complete loss mitigation application and then failing to consider her appeal.

The servicer argued the application was incomplete.

Read on for highlights of the magistrate judge’s recommendation to dismiss in part and grant in part the servicer’s motion to dismiss the RESPA claims.

The Maryland Insurance Administration issued a bulletin advising title insurers they are required to include law firms in their producer register. Read on for more details.

The Arizona Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions issued a cease-and-desist order against Clearview Abstract LLC after receiving evidence the company violated laws concerning the conduct of a licensed escrow agent. Read on for more details.

The Rhode Island General Assembly is considering a bill that would mandate only Rhode Island attorneys could act as title agents and determine insurability and marketability. In addition, it would limit discount title insurance premiums and restrict sharing premiums. Read on for more details.

The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services issued a cease-and-desist order against a title company and two employees for alleged unlicensed and fraudulent insurance practices. Read on for more details.

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Fed Chair Powell said Thursday that they had no plans to hike interest rates amid signs of an economic recovery. He expects inflation to accelerate but not cause a problem.

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Even top experts fumble on mortgage rate predictions because their rise and fall is based largely on investors’ attitudes, which can turn on a dime. Currently, investors fear possible inflation – the enemy of Treasury bonds. And as bond investment falls, mortgage rates (often) go up.

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A job can help homeowners in forbearance and allow renters to repay rent. In Jan., the U.S. added only 166K jobs, and Feb.’s robust 379K jobs exceeded expectations.

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Cash carries weight during bidding wars, so Opendoor says it will back a mortgage-approved seller’s offer with cash to help give them an edge in a bidding competition.

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