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May 27, 2015

Appraiser Shortage Could Hurt Mortgage Lenders

A shortage of residential appraisers could create a situation where, in the next 5-10 years, lenders won’t be able to have their volume of home appraisals sufficiently handled, National Mortgage News reported May 20. The result could be higher appraisal fees and longer closing times. (Log-in required)


May 27, 2015

FHFA Issues New Single-family Lender Requirements

Single-family mortgage seller/servicers that want to continue doing business with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will have to comply with new operational and financial requirements, including a minimum net worth of $2.5 million, the Federal Housing Finance Agency reported May 19.

May 27, 2015

Fannie Mae Downgrades Economic Forecast

Low mortgage rates helped keep homebuyer affordability high during the first quarter, but housing markets likely will see increased volatility for the remainder of the year as market participants try to determine the Federal Reserve's timing on short-term interest rate increases, Freddie Mac reported May 19.


May 27, 2015

Mortgage Rates Little Changed

Average fixed mortgage rates during the past week were little changed amid positive housing news, moving lower by .01 percent following three consecutive weeks of increases, Freddie Mac reported May 21 in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey.

May 27, 2015

Suburbs see Increasing Employment, Metro Areas Still Lag

The U.S. Census Bureau’s County Business Patterns study, which analyzes post-recession employment data, showed that employment is lower in major metro areas than in newer suburbs, which have seen a 25 percent increase in jobs, New Geography reported May 13.


May 27, 2015

Wall Street Cautiously Optimistic on Housing

One of the best home-selling seasons in recent years is underway, according to Wall Street firms, but they noted that such factors as student loan debt and rental trends mean the market has not yet returned to normal, MBA NewsLink reported May 20.

May 27, 2015

Luxury Units Add to Rent Squeeze

An increase in luxury units with rents in the top 20 percent of the market are taking a big bite out of the rental market and leaving middle- and low-income renters with fewer housing options, The Wall Street Journal reported May 20. (Log-in required)


May 27, 2015

‘Remarkable’ Recovery Continues in CRE Markets

The commercial real estate market continues its “remarkable” recovery with prices and deal volume rising and cap rates compressing, according to online marketplace, MBA NewsLink reported May 21.

May 27, 2015

Distribution, Warehouse Facility Expansion Continues

Industrial property construction increased nearly 16 percent compared to the same point last year, with the momentum spilling into Canadian markets as both countries position themselves to take advantage of the next phase of recovery by delivering modern distribution and warehouse facilities, MBA NewsLink reported May 21.

May 27, 2015

AI Officers Speak at Key Industry Events in May

The Appraisal Institute announced May 27 that it attended several high-profile events throughout the month, which helped the organization enhance its role as the valuation profession’s thought leader.

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