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LenderClose has hired a vice president of marketing. Read on for more details.

In a sign of what may be to come, the real estate brokerage Redfin has halted iBuyer activity and canceled open houses across the country, as have numerous other Realtors in an effort to promote social distancing suggested by public health officials.

WFG National Title Insurance Co. has appointed an industry veteran as president of its Arizona division. Read on to learn who was selected for this position.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has directed the Federal Housing Administration to suspend foreclosures and evictions on for the next 60 days. Read on for more details.

In 1957, Howard W. Hanna Jr. started Howard Hanna Real Estate Services with a single office in Pittsburgh using a modest dividend check.

Today, the business is the third-largest real estate company in the United States. President Duffy Hanna spoke to RESPA News about the company’s experience with affiliated businesses and RESPA compliance lessons they’ve gained in these affiliations over the years. Read on for Part III of our series on affiliated companies.

The House Financial Services Committee has released plans for a fiscal stimulus package in response to the coronavirus. 

The package calls for banning all evictions, foreclosures, and repossessions –including manufactured homes, RVs, and cars – for the duration of the public health crisis.

Read on to see what Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) says about how servicers and financial institutions could be affected if the plan is adopted.

Nearly half of real estate agents report that homebuyer interest has changed because of the coronavirus outbreak, according to a new survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

NAR’s Economic Pulse Flash Survey asked members questions about how the coronavirus outbreak, including the significant declines in stock market values and mortgage interest rates, has impacted home buyer and seller interest and behavior.

Read on for survey results.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a lawsuit alleging a North Dakota company failed to design and construct multifamily residential properties to be accessible for people with disabilities.

The lawsuit states that significant physical accessibility barriers exist at 116 units constructed over a 15-year period, including excessive slopes to entrances and inadequate interior space to maneuver a wheelchair and inaccessible parking.

 Read on for details from the DOJ’s lawsuit.

Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) have introduced S. 3533, the “Securing and Enabling Commerce Using Remote and Electronic (SECURE) Notarization Act of 2020.” This bipartisan legislation permits immediate nationwide use of Remote Online Notarizations. Read on for more details.

The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions issued emergency guidance on remote notarization, allowing for the use of remote notarization until further notice. Read on for more details.

In this uncertain time, it is important to ensure the safety of all employees, clients and consumers while still conducting closings. Read on for more on some of the safe closing practices your company can implement.

A bill to establish that the provision authorizing a mortgagor or grantor to refinance the indebtedness secured by a first mortgage or deed of trust without obtaining permission from the holder of a junior lien does not apply to government junior liens awaits the Maryland governor’s signature. Read on for more details.

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As self-isolation pushes more buyers and sellers online, agents may find increased competition – and when competing virtually, video has become a must-have feature.

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In a call with industry analysts, Lennar’s chairman said they’re working on virtual ways to connect with buyers, and construction has been halted in only a few cities.

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To “maintain the integrity and future of RealSure, we made the difficult decision to suspend all cash offers at this time,” Realogy said in a statement.

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FHFA announced help for multifamily owners with loans held by Fannie and Freddie, providing they agree not to evict renters with income problems created by the pandemic.

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