Industry & Technology news compliments of Marianne Mathieu
Title Insurance Industry & Technology News 5/17/17
Compliments of Marianne Mathieu
Industry News
GSE Reform: Creating a Sustainable, More Vibrant, Secondary Mortgage Market
MBA Insights - The following excerpts come from  GSE Reform: Creating a Sustainable, More Vibrant, Secondary Mortgage Market, produced by the MBA Task Force for a Future Secondary Mortgage Market, consisting of individuals from MBA member companies who represent a broad cross-section of the residential and multifamily real estate finance industries, including entities of varying sizes and business models.

Kushner family’s Beijing gaffe exposes EB-5’s fault lines
The Real Deal - Jared Kushner’s role in the White House has made his family’s EB-5 project in Jersey City notorious worldwide. But EB-5 insiders say any shady behavior by Kushner Companies is par for the course in a program that is opaque by design.
Political groundwork begins for construction loan revival
REL-SCI - Construction lending could make a comeback if bankers persuade Congress to reform capital and other complicated rules on so-called high volatility CRE loans. But will regulators go for it?
When Housing Assistance Fails
CityLab (From the Atlantic) - An NPR and PBS investigation puts two housing assistance programs under the microscope—and finds fraud, discrimination, and wasted taxpayer dollars.
Are you a housing market pessimist?
The New York Times - Real Estate’s New Normal: Homeowners Staying Put.
OR a housing market optimist?
The M Report - Move-up Buyer Confidence on the Rise.
Technology News
North Carolina officially completes first-ever eClosing
HousingWire - North Carolina passed a major milestone in the housing finance industry this month, performing its first ever eClosing.
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Is Commercial Real Estate Prepared for a Cyberattack?
Commercial Observer - Many people don’t think of commercial real estate when they think about cyberattacks. But they should. A cyberattack can come from almost anywhere, including internet-based building management systems, third-party vendors, SaaS applications and employee’s use of personal devices to access company applications and data.
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How will regulation impact the development of blockchain technology?
Finextra - Jessi Baker, the Founder and CEO of Provenance, recently said: “At its heart, a blockchain is a system that allows people who don’t trust each other, to trust each other.”
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And did you know?
What You Need to Know About Emoji Law (Yes, That's a Thing)
The National Law Journal - "Prepare for the coming emoji onslaught," warns Santa Clara University law professor Eric Goldman, who sees ramifications for contract law, criminal evidence and IP disputes.
Amazing City Maps That Look Like They're Made of Wood
CityLab (From The Atlantic) - A San Francisco mapmaker’s work appears so real you can smell the varnish.
Can You Blend in Anywhere? Or Are You Always the Same  You?
Science of Us ( - There are those people — you know who you are — who always know just what to say, and how to behave, and what to wear, no matter where they are or whom they’re with. You could invite them to a black-tie wedding or trivia night at a dive bar, and either way, they’ll figure out how to fit right in.
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Marianne Mathieu, NTP
Vice President/National Agency Accounts
Fidelity National Title Group