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Mortgage Interest Rate Sensitivity Triggers 25% Spike in May Rate-and-Term Refinance Activity | National News

PLANO, Texas, June 13, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Optimal Blue today released its May 2024 Market Advantage mortgage data report, which revealed a 25.6% month-over-month (MoM) spike in rate-and-term mortgage refinances. The spike was a response to a modest drop in the Optimal Blue Mortgage Market Indices (OBMMI) 30-year conforming rate, which ended the month at 7.02%.

Optimal Blue Names Joe Tyrrell Chief Executive Officer | National News

PLANO, Texas, June 10, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Optimal Blue today announced the appointment of Joe Tyrrell as CEO. Tyrrell succeeds interim CEO Scott Smith of Optimal Blue's parent company, Constellation Software Inc. Tyrrell brings over 25 years of experience in the mortgage, finance, and technology industries to Optimal Blue.

ProNotary Enhances Business Efficiency with Advanced Remote Online Notarization Solutions | National News

DALLAS, Texas, June 4, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- ProNotary, a pioneering force in the remote online notarization industry, is proud to announce its continued commitment to transforming the landscape of notary services through cutting-edge remote online notarization (RON) solutions. Founded in 2018, ProNotary has been at the forefront of innovation, providing businesses with a comprehensive suite of notarization software designed to meet the evolving needs of the digital age.

Click n’ Close to Receive Top Lender Award at USDA’s Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program Ceremony | National News

ADDISON, Texas, June 4, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Click n' Close, a multi-state mortgage lender, today announced that it will be honored with a top lender award at the United States Department of Agriculture's Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program ceremony. This recognition underscores Click n' Close's commitment to fostering homeownership and supporting community development through innovative loan programs.

Optimal Blue Announces ‘Optimize Your Advantage’ to Showcase How Its Capital Markets Platform Puts Lenders in Control of Their Margins |...

PLANO, Texas, May 16, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Optimal Blue announced the launch of its Optimize Your Advantage campaign in advance of the MBA Secondary and Capital Markets Conference. This comprehensive brand initiative highlights the value and innovation the company delivers to clients. Through Optimal Blue's position as the housing industry's only end-to-end capital markets platform, lenders and other market participants have greater control of their profit margins, giving them distinct advantages, regardless of market conditions.

Mortgage Purchase Lock Counts See First YoY Gain Since Fed Rate Hikes Began Two Years Ago | National News

PLANO, Texas, May 13, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Optimal Blue today released its April 2024 Originations Market Monitor report, which reveals the first year-over-year increase in purchase mortgage lock counts since the Federal Reserve initiated rate hikes in March 2022.

Stack Sports launches Stack Rewards to Save Youth Sports Families $100M | National News

DALLAS, Texas, May 6, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Stack Sports, the leading provider of youth sports software has launched a new rewards program delivering significant savings to youth sports families in the United States and North America. With Stack Rewards, families can earn cashback on everyday shopping and access special offers and deals to help pay for sports, resulting in projected savings of $100 million annually.

Elevated Roofing Launches Emergency Response Team for Hail Damage in the Dallas Area | National News

DALLAS, Texas, April 30, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Elevated Roofing is pleased to announce its emergency response team equipped to handle the urgent needs of homeowners in the aftermath of hail storms across the Dallas area. Elevated Roofing promises to deliver 24/7 emergency roof tarping and repair services, mitigating further damage to properties affected by severe weather.

Stack Sports Surges Forward: Doubles in Size and Reaches 50 Million Users Globally in 2023 | National News

DALLAS, Texas, April 30, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Stack Sports, the largest provider of sports management solutions, camps, recruiting, and elite player development software, proudly reflects on a year of unprecedented growth and success in 2023. Building upon its commitment to grow participation and transform the sports experience, Stack Sports has doubled in size over the past three years, now serving over 50 million users worldwide.

Florida’s Leading Podiatric Group Takes A Giant Leap Into Texas | National News

SPRING, Texas, April 26, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Houston, we don't have a foot care problem - now that Modern Foot & Ankle has moved into the Lone Star State. The podiatric group originated in Florida and has a strong presence in Tampa, Orlando, and Palm Beach. But with its recent acquisition of a clinic in Spring, Texas, Modern Foot & Ankle enters a watershed moment.

Optimal Blue Director of Data Solutions Brennan O’Connell Named a 2024 HousingWire Rising Star | National News

PLANO, Texas, April 24, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Optimal Blue today announced that Brennan O'Connell, director of data solutions, has been honored with the 2024 HousingWire Rising Stars award. The award program celebrates emerging leaders in real estate and mortgage who have demonstrated rapid career growth and an ability to lead, achieving remarkable milestones before the age of 40.

NAHL Announces Partnership with CaptainU | National News

DALLAS, Texas, April 18, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The North American Hockey League (NAHL) is pleased to announce a new partnership with CaptainU from Stack Sports, the leading online, collegiate sports recruiting platform, helping high school athletes fulfill their dreams of playing sports in college, as an official recruiting partner of the NAHL Combines and NAHL Prospects Challenge.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute announces two finalists of the 2024 South Central Regional Debate Series | National News

DALLAS, Texas, April 17, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Today, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute is proud to announce the two finalists of the Great Communicator Debate Series South Central Regional Competition held in Dallas, TX on the campus of Southern Methodist University, home of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Click n’ Close Expands DPA Mortgage Product Suite to Include Option for Shared Appreciation | National News

ADDISON, Texas, April 16, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Click n' Close, a multi-state mortgage lender serving consumers and mortgage originators through its wholesale and correspondent channels, announced it has expanded its suite of down payment assistance (DPA) loan products to include a shared appreciation option to help address the affordability challenges facing homebuyers.

Optimal Blue Announces Promotion of Rick Allen to Chief Operating Officer | National News

PLANO, Texas, April 9, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Optimal Blue today announced that it has elevated Rick Allen to chief operating officer (COO). Most recently serving as Optimal Blue's chief administrative officer, Allen brings more than 35 years of experience in the housing industry to his senior leadership role. Throughout his tenure at Optimal Blue, Allen has played an integral role in the enhancement and delivery of products to add exceptional value to the company's clients.

Average Homebuyer Credit Score Hits the Highest Mark in Years | National News

PLANO, Texas, April 8, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Today, Optimal Blue released its March 2024 Originations Market Monitor report, which reveals the average homebuyer credit score has reached 737 - an all-time high since the company began tracking this data in January 2018. Despite the potential buyer pool being somewhat limited to borrowers with higher credit, rate lock volume showed steady month-over-month growth of 17% in March as the spring buying season got underway.

United for Human Rights: A Vibrant Addition to the Spirit and Dynamic of SXSW EDU Conference and Festival | National News

AUSTIN, Texas, and LOS ANGELES, Calif., April 4, 2024, (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- SXSW EDU is an educator conference in Austin, Texas, "designed for the brightest minds in education to change the future of teaching and learning." United for Human Rights set up a booth at the conference, where human rights was a recurring topic in presentations, conferences and workshops. Educators, entrepreneurs, and members of civil society from across the U.S. around the globe visited the booth to learn about the program.

Leap Hockey Partners with Skyhawks & Stack Sports to Accelerate Youth Field Hockey Development | National News

AUSTIN, Texas, April 4, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Leap Hockey, a pioneering online platform dedicated to advancing youth field hockey skills, is thrilled to announce its strategic partnership with Skyhawks & Stack Sports, a leading provider of sports camps and youth programming across the USA. This collaboration marks a significant step forward in empowering young players to excel in the sport of field hockey.

Stack Sports Renews Partnership with USA Lacrosse | National News

PLANO, Texas, March 25, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Stack Sports, the leading provider of sports technology solutions, proudly announces the renewal of its partnership with USA Lacrosse, the governing body for the sport in the United States and a Recognized Sports Organization by the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, for an additional two years. As part of this continued collaboration, Sports Connect will serve as an Official League Registration Partner of USA Lacrosse.

SmartBuy DPA Now Available to The Mortgage Collaborative’s Lender Members | National News

ADDISON, Texas, March 21, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Click n' Close, a multi-state mortgage lender, today announced its Preferred Partner status with The Mortgage Collaborative (TMC), a leader in mortgage cooperatives dedicated to providing its members with cutting-edge technology and expert mortgage banking resources.

Using Human Rights Education to Create a Culture of Peace | National News

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, and LOS ANGELES, Calif., March 16, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Born in Iraq in 1974, Haetham Abdul-Razaq was 6 when war broke out between his country and Iran. "One common and fundamental principle is crucial to the well-being and prosperity of people, as well as the protection of their dignity, differences and ability," Abdul-Razaq said in an interview with United for Human Rights.

Mortgage Industry Veteran Sara Holtz Joins Optimal Blue as Chief Marketing Officer | National News

PLANO, Texas, March 15, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Optimal Blue announced today that it has appointed Sara Holtz as chief marketing officer. As a seasoned marketing and communications leader, Holtz brings more than 20 years of career experience, including a decade of driving change in the mortgage industry. As chief marketing officer, Holtz will drive unified marketing and communications strategies to advance Optimal Blue's business priorities and further extend the company's influence.

Click n’ Close Announces One-Time Close Program to Address Home Buyer Challenges in Rural America | National News

ADDISON, Texas, March 14, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Click n' Close, a multi-state mortgage lender serving consumers and mortgage originators through its wholesale and correspondent channels, announced its latest mortgage product, One-Time Close (OTC) loan programs for government-insured mortgage products. This product is designed to aid homebuyers in rural America with down payment assistance, with availability in select markets.

GOALS Council Welcomes Soccer Resilience to a Live Roundtable Discussing Youth Sports and Mental Health | National News

PLANO, Texas, March 13, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The GOALS Council, a strategic advisory body formed by Stack Sports and influential youth soccer leaders in 2021, will host their second virtual roundtable tailored for youth sports enthusiasts on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, featuring a distinguished panel of industry leaders discussing pressing topics identified by the GOALS Council.

Major League Rugby (MLR) and Imagine Rugby announce partnership with Stack Sports’ Skyhawks | National News

PLANO, Texas, March 13, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Skyhawks powered by Stack Sports has signed a two-year agreement with Imagine Rugby and Major League Rugby (MLR) to be their Official Youth Flag Rugby Partner. This will provide access to the Skyhawks' extensive network with programming slated to launch this summer.

NotaryCam Achieves Record RON Growth in 2023 | National News

HOUSTON, Texas, March 12, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- NotaryCam®, a Stewart-owned company and leading remote online notarization (RON) provider for real estate and legal transactions, announced significant growth in 2023, expanding its independent notary platform customer base by 46% and the number of loss mitigation-related RON transactions by 115%. The company also increased its medical credentialling remote notarizations by 45%, executing transactions in 160 out of 192 countries worldwide.

Spring Buying Season Kicks Off With an Uptick in Purchase Applications Despite Climbing Interest Rates | National News

PLANO, Texas, March 11, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Today, Optimal Blue released its February 2024 Originations Market Monitor report, which reveals that the spring homebuying season has kicked off with a jump in monthly purchase mortgage locks. The seasonal spike in purchase locks propelled a net increase in origination activity, even as higher interest rates led to steep declines in mortgage refinances.
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Lending execs share top concerns, priorities in The Mortgage Collaborative’s 2024 Pulse of the Network survey findings | National News

AUSTIN, Texas, March 7, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The Mortgage Collaborative (TMC), the nation's largest independent cooperative network serving the mortgage industry, announced the completion of its "Pulse of the Network" survey for 2024. The full report features lenders' top five critical issues for the year, top 10 goals and anticipated strategies for success.

Optimal Blue’s Mike Schommer Honored as a 2024 HousingWire Finance Leader | National News

PLANO, Texas, March 1, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Today, Optimal Blue announced its vice president of finance, Mike Schommer, has been honored as a 2024 HousingWire Finance Leader. The award program celebrates senior finance executives who have exhibited exceptional leadership in corporate finance, capital markets, and accounting within the mortgage and real estate sectors.

Sports Parenting Email Newsletter Surpasses 3.5M Subscribers, Now the most read Newsletter in Youth Sports | National News

PLANO, Texas, Feb. 28, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Six months ago iSport360 partnered with Stack Sports to launch a free weekly newsletter which has now become the largest sports parenting newsletter in youth sports today. With 3.5 million sports parent readers, many of whom are also coaches and sports organizers, the newsletter focuses on helping families play more and worry less. The curated newsletter includes stories about understanding the sports parent psyche, helping coaches and parents work together, nurturing empowered young athletes, nutrition and hydration for a healthy athlete, supporting players' physical and mental health, and so much more.

Click n’ Close Welcomes Polly Cracchiolo as Wholesale Loan Division Expands | National News

ADDISON, Texas, Feb. 26, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Click n' Close, a multi-state mortgage lender serving consumers and mortgage originators through its wholesale and correspondent channels, today announced Polly Cracchiolo has joined the organization's third-party originator (TPO) sales team as an account executive. In this new role, Cracchiolo will be under Ken Weislak's leadership, the National TPO Business Development Manager at Click n' Close.

Autocraft Bodywerks Continues Expansion with Groundbreaking at Fourth Location in Spicewood! | National News

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 13, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Autocraft Bodywerks, now celebrating 40 years of excellence in automotive collision repair, located at 5411 Wasson Rd, Austin, Texas, has broken ground on a fourth, full-service location in Spicewood, Autocraft Principal Chris Raeder announced today. Located on 2.4 acres, the 23,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility is scheduled to open in September of 2024, and will offer estimates, bodywork and painting for cars, trucks, and SUVs of all makes and models.

Optimal Blue Originations Market Monitor: Lock Volume Rises 36% Month Over Month in January, Falling Rates and Slowing Decline in Purchase...

PLANO, Texas, Feb. 12, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Today, Optimal Blue announced the release of its Originations Market Monitor report, looking at mortgage origination data through January month-end. Leveraging daily rate lock data from the Optimal Blue PPE - the industry's most widely used product, pricing, and eligibility engine - the Originations Market Monitor provides a comprehensive and timely view into origination activity.
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NotaryCam makes its 6th appearance on HousingWire’s annual Tech100 list of innovative technology | National News

HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 7, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- NotaryCam®, a Stewart-owned company and a pioneering provider of remote online notarization and identity verification/authentication technology for real estate and legal transactions, today announced its inclusion in the prestigious Tech100 awards program by HousingWire, a leading industry publication.

Optimal Blue Clinches 2024 HousingWire Tech100 Mortgage Award | National News

PLANO, Texas, Feb. 2, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Today, Optimal Blue announced its selection by HousingWire as a Tech100 Mortgage award winner. Now in its 12th year, HousingWire's Tech100 award program spotlights the most innovative and impactful tech organizations in housing.

Stack Sports and Expedia Group Score a Winning Partnership, Bringing Big Savings to Sports Families’ Travel Expenses | National News

PLANO, Texas, Feb. 1, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- A game-changing collaboration has emerged between Stack Sports, a leading sports technology provider, and Expedia Group, the world's leading traveler technology platform. Together, they're set to redefine the way sports families plan their travel, offering substantial savings to make supporting athletes at various events more accessible and affordable.

BioAustinCTX Adds Cindy WalkerPeach and Ryan Hawkins to the Board of Directors | National News

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 1, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- BioAustinCTX, Central Texas' Life Science industry organization, announced today the appointment of Cindy WalkerPeach, PhD and Ryan Hawkins to its Board of Directors. BioAustinCTX is a nonprofit organization based in Austin, Texas focused on advancing the life science industry in the Central Texas Region.

Unlocking the Future: VOC AI Revolutionizes Customer Experience and Empowers Businesses at CCW Austin 2024 | National News

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 29, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Silicon Valley-based AI trailblazer, VOC AI, unleashed a wave of innovation at CCW (Customer Contact Week) Austin 2024, January 23 to 25. Renowned for its transformative solutions in the Voice of Customer (VOC) domain, VOC AI is gearing up to redefine customer experiences and empower businesses with cutting-edge AI applications.

Click n’ Close Welcomes Sean Drake as it Expands Wholesale Loan Division | National News

ADDISON, Texas, Jan. 25, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Click n' Close, a multi-state mortgage lender serving consumers and mortgage originators through its wholesale and correspondent channels, today announced Sean Drake has joined the organization's third-party originator (TPO) sales team as an account executive.

USA Field Hockey Announces Strategic Partnership with Skyhawks Powered by Stack Sports to Expand Youth Field Hockey Participation Nationwide | National...

PLANO, Texas, Jan. 17, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- USA Field Hockey, the national governing body for the sport of field hockey in the United States, is excited to announce a landmark partnership with Skyhawks powered by Stack Sports. This strategic collaboration aims to introduce field hockey to young athletes across the country and foster the growth of the sport at the grassroots level.

Optimal Blue PPE Now Available in Native Mobile App for Android and iOS, Gives Loan Officers ‘Pricing in Their Pocket’ With...

PLANO, Texas, Jan. 16, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Today, Optimal Blue announced releases related to its publicly listed, native mobile app for the Optimal Blue PPE - the industry's most widely used product, pricing, and eligibility engine. The releases consist of a new mobile app for Android, as well as enhancements to the company's mobile offering for iOS.

Optimal Blue Originations Market Monitor: December Brought Significant Growth in Rate/Term Refinance Volume as Falling Rates Created Favorable Tailwinds | National...

PLANO, Texas, Jan. 15, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Today, Optimal Blue announced the release of its Originations Market Monitor report, looking at mortgage origination data through December month-end. Leveraging daily rate lock data from the Optimal Blue PPE - the industry's most widely used product, pricing, and eligibility engine - the Originations Market Monitor provides a comprehensive and timely view into origination activity.

GOALS Council Welcomes Influential Trio to Drive Access and Inclusivity in Youth Soccer | National News

PLANO, Texas, Jan. 10, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The GOALS Council, a strategic advisory body formed by Stack Sports and influential youth soccer leaders in 2021, has announced the appointment of three new members: Martin Fox, Program Manager for the Aspen Institute's Sports & Society Program, Chris Solomons, National Director, Community Engagement and Business Development at AYSO, and Dr. Jené Baclawski, Senior Coach Educator at U.S. Soccer.

Leading Technology GamePlan, powered by Stack Sports, Empowers Texas Rangers to Their First World Series Championship | National News

PLANO, Texas, Dec 6, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The Texas Rangers, an iconic Major League Baseball team based in Arlington, TX, have secured their first World Series Championship. Behind the scenes, the Texas Rangers employed GamePlan, a cutting-edge mobile game preparation tool, to navigate their journey to clinch the championship.

Lawyers Title and Simply Adorable Jewelry & Gifts hosts a Holiday Shop-A-Palooza Event in Amarillo, Texas, to Benefit the Chris Paddock...

AMARILLO, Texas, Nov. 16, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Lawyers Title is excited to announce its collaboration with Simply Adorable and other esteemed vendors to organize the much-anticipated Holiday Shop-A-Palooza event. The event, which aims to support the Chris Paddock family, will take place at the Amarillo Country Club on November 30, 2023, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Stack Sports Announces Exclusive Registration Partnership with Iowa Soccer | National News

DALLAS, Texas, Nov. 14, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Stack Sports, a leading global provider of sports technology, is thrilled to announce its new exclusive partnership with Iowa Soccer. The partnership, spanning three years, will see Sports Connect, Stack Sports' innovative platform, serving as the official online registration provider of Iowa Soccer, reinforcing Stack Sports' commitment to empowering youth sports organizations with state-of-the-art technology solutions.

Mortgage Machine Appoints Crystal Stanton to manage Customer Success and Onboarding | National News

ADDISON, Texas, Nov. 9, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Mortgage Machine Services, an industry leader in digital origination technology to residential mortgage lenders, today announced its appointment of Crystal Stanton to manage customer success and onboarding. Crystal brings more than 20 years of customer success experience to her role, with over a decade dedicated to the mortgage industry.

Stack Sports Partners with iSport360 to Deliver Innovative Youth Sports Newsletter | National News

DALLAS, Texas, Oct. 26, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- In an exciting new partnership aimed at amplifying the engagement of sports families, Stack Sports has partnered with iSport360. The collaboration is set to launch an engaging and always-positive youth sports newsletter, catering specifically to families within the expansive Stack Sports ecosystem.

Click n’ Close Appoints Kara Lamphere as COO to Accelerate Growth of Business Lines | National News

ADDISON, Texas, Oct. 23, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Click n' Close, a multi-state mortgage lender serving consumers and mortgage originators through its wholesale and correspondent channels, today announced Kara Lamphere has joined the organization as Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Mortgage Machine Services Director of Sales, Dan McGrew, Speaking at the North Carolina eMortgage Closing Conference | National News

ADDISON, Texas, Oct. 20, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Mortgage Machine Services, an industry leader in digital origination technology to residential mortgage lenders, today announced Dan McGrew, its Director of Sales will be speaking at the North Carolina eMortgage Closing Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 24 beginning at 2 p.m.

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