MRED debuts Google- and Amazon-enabled voice assistant

Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), a major multiple listing service based in the Chicago area, announced Wednesday that it has developed a new voice-activated digital assistant that should help agents stay productive while on the go. The new tool is part of connectMLS, MRED’s technology platform, and can be accessed

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MBA: Mortgage applications fall as refinance market cools

As refinance volume cooled last week, the Mortgage Bankers Association reports mortgage applications dropped by 9.2%. This means on an unadjusted basis, the index retreated 9.2% for the week ending on Nov. 29, 2019. The MBA indicates this week’s results include an adjustment for the Thanksgiving holiday. “U.S. Treasury rates stayed flat

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Boomers likely to gridlock the housing market in 2020

U.S. home sales probably will fall next year as Baby Boomers gridlock the housing market by aging in place, according to a forecast from realtor.com. Sales of existing homes likely will fall 1.8% to 5.23 million while the inventory of available homes reaches historic lows, the forecast said. Home prices

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Mortgage industry maintains compliance under Trump administration

The lending industry is becoming more comfortable with its ability to maintain compliance under President Donald Trump’s administration. Wolters Kluwer, which provides legal and banking professionals with solutions to ensure compliance, conducted its 2019 Regulatory and Risk Management Indicator survey, which showed banks and credit unions saw a 10-piont increase

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MoxiWorks hires Zillow vet to business development team

Real estate technology platform MoxiWorks announced the addition of Bret Calltharp to its business development team. Before joining MoxiWorks, Calltharp was Zillow Group’s Industry Outreach Director, and has 15 years of real estate experience. “My greatest joy over the years has been connecting with incredible broker and agent entrepreneurs and

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