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CoreLogic continues growing, acquires National Tax Search

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For at least the sixth time in the last handful of years, CoreLogic is growing its massive real estate data and technology empire by acquiring a company. In just the last few years, CoreLogic has acquired a la mode, Mercury Network, LandSafe Appraisal Services, FNC and RELS. And now, the company is adding a new acquisition into the fold: National Tax Search.

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U.S. new-home sales surge in August on low mortgage rates

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Sales of new homes jumped 7.1% to an annualized rate of 713,000 in August, according to the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. August’s rate was 18% higher than a year earlier when it was 604,000.

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Zillow Offers expands again, takes over top Texas markets

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As of Monday, Zillow is now buying and selling houses in San Antonio and Austin, Texas. The real estate site’s home selling and buying service is now available in all four of the major Texas markets.  Since launching in Phoenix in 2018, Zillow Offers has quickly made its way across the nation, and offering homeowners an easier selling process than the traditional method, all for a price, of course. 

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Ben Carson defends controversial transgender comments

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In a closed-door meeting last week, Ben Carson, Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary, made controversial remarks that angered many transgender people and LGBTQ rights activists. But Carson sent a note out to staff Friday in an attempt to clarify his remarks.

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Here are the 2020 presidential candidates’ plans for affordable housing

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As the 2020 presidential election heats up, the numerous candidates are tackling the issues at hand, and while it may seem like affordable housing and housing in general have been on the back burner for most candidates so far, that doesn’t mean that they’ve all been silent about housing to this point. Here are the proposed affordable housing fixes from each candidate so far.

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How anchor companies are tackling affordable housing issues in their communities

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Some companies aren’t waiting for policy changes regarding affordable housing. Instead, there is a growing movement within larger companies to support the communities they are based in, specifically pertaining to affordable housing. This was made especially apparent at “Unlocking the Market: Big Ideas for Local Housing Challenges,” an event held by Urban Institute and Fannie Mae this week.

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Zillow partners with homebuilders to marry iBuying and newly built home buying

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Homeowners who want to sell their existing home and buy a newly built home can now do so all in one transaction and wait as long as eight months to move out, thanks to a partnership between Zillow and nearly a dozen homebuilders.

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Compass opens West Coast tech hub 2 blocks from Amazon’s headquarters

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Compass, a real estate brokerage and tech company, opened an office in Seattle that’s two blocks from Amazon’s headquarters and a mile from Zillow’s main offices. New York-based Compass now has three floors of the new building at 503 Westlake Avenue that will eventually house over 100 engineers and 70 operations staff.

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NAHB to Congress: Let’s work together to increase energy efficiency in homes

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As climate talks are heating up, the National Association of Home Builders told Congress on Thursday that it wants to partner with officials at all levels of the government to encourage energy efficient homebuilding, but does not want that to exacerbate the affordability problems that already exist.

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RE/MAX: U.S. housing market experiences largest inventory decline since last year

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In August, America’s home sales slid 1.6%, marking the sixth month of 2019 that produced fewer sales than the previous year. Additionally, buyer demand outpaced homes listed for sale in August, causing the largest inventory decline in 13 months, according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report. RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos said the modest inventory growth that started last fall has been swallowed up by demand as buyers have returned to the market, likely spurred on by attractive interest rates.

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