Denver pilots new granny flat program aimed at solving city housing shortages



Authorities in Denver are initiating a new program in the city that aims to solve housing shortage problems while providing a new income stream for low-earning homeowners.

Airbnb offers an olive branch to the multifamily industry



The disruptive hospitality service company Airbnb, which focuses on short term rentals, says its working with the multifamily housing industry to ensure the long-term future

Freddie Mac launches re-employment program for struggling or aspiring homeowners



Freddie Mac is launching a new program to help job seekers in rural areas find employment, in partnership with the job-hunting company NextJob.

Zillow introduced changes to its Premier Agent leads program



Zillow is introducing changes to its Premier Agent program that it first announced in April which it said should be beneficial to consumers. However, agents themselves are still uncertain if that’s the case.

Propy begins pilot program to track real estate deals in Vermont on the blockchain



Palo Alto-based blockchain startup Propy Inc. is launching a pilot program in South Burlington, Vermont that will see its technology applied to keeping real estate records on a distributed ledger.

HUD plans tougher limits on reverse mortgages



Reverse mortgages could be about to lose their sheen after the Department of Housing and Urban Development said it will increase premiums and tighten loan limits

Freddie Mac wants to automate the appraisal process, for some



Mortgage servicer Freddie Mac is hoping to automate home appraisals in an effort to speed up the closing process and reduce fees for home buyers.

NAR’s real estate tech accelerator announces this year’s intake



The National Association of Realtors has announced its chosen seven new technology startups for its 2017 REach tech accelerator program. The aim of the program is to provide promising real estate tech startups with guidance, mentorship and funding

Freddie Mac pilots new lending program for first-time buyers



Freddie Mac has launched a new pilot lending program with two non-bank lenders that eases the income and documentation requirements that come with a standard mortgage application.

The FHFA says HARP will be extended by one more year



The Home Affordable Refinance Program, better known simply as “HARP” is to be extended into next year, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced yesterday.

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