Mortgage Tech Rundown: HomeLight, Asurity, and Homebot

HomeLight | September 13, 2019

Mortgage Tech Rundown: HomeLight, Asurity, and Homebot
HomeLight has partnered with residential sale-leaseback company EasyKnock to bring American homeowners more options when leveraging their home equity. The company explained in a press release that its agent matching technology will now be available to EasyKnock homeowners. Additionally, through the partnership, EasyKnock will offer HomeLight’s customers access to its Sell and Stay program, as well as its MoveAbility program.

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