Industry Briefs July 29, 2021

NotaryCam, Newport Beach, Calif., partnered with RUTH RUHL P.C., a Texas-based law firm, to add security and automation to the firm’s loss mitigation services through remote online notarization.

2nd Quarter ‘Zombie’ Foreclosures Up 21%

ATTOM Data Solutions, Irvine, Calif., released its second-quarter Vacant Property and Zombie Foreclosure Report, showing 1.4 million residential properties in the United States were vacant in the second quarter quarter, representing 1.4 percent of all homes.

Home Equity ‘Pandemic-Resistant’

It’s a great time to be a homeowner: ATTOM Data Solutions, Irvine, Calif., said home equity rose sharply in the first quarter, with equity-rich properties in the U.S. outnumbering seriously underwater homes by a 7-1 margin.

1Q Home Seller Profits Dip, But Remain Higher than Year Ago

ATTOM Data Solutions, Irvine, Calif., said profits for home sellers nationwide fell slightly in the first quarter but improved year over year—another sign of how the housing market is fending off economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Housing Market Roundup: Apr. 15, 2021

Beware the Ides of April—unless it’s news you seek. Because we have plenty of housing market reports below to slake your thirst.

Despite Price Spikes, Homeownership Remains Affordable

Two reports—from ATTOM Data Solutions, Irvine, Calif., and First American Financial Corp., Santa Ana, Calif.—say despite sharp spikes in home prices, homeownership remains affordable for most workers, which continues to drive housing demand.