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May 24, 2017

Dodd-Frank Overhaul Is Unlikely, McConnell Says

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Bloomberg News May 16 that Congress is unlikely to make major changes to the Dodd-Frank Act due to lack of support from Democrats. McConnell specifically cited the need to help community banks because he believes they are unduly harmed by the legislation.

 
May 24, 2017

Freddie Mac Reports Strong Multifamily Fundamentals

Multifamily fundamentals remain strong, showing an annual increase in eight of the 14 major metropolitan markets that Freddie Mac tracks in its Multifamily Apartment Investment Market Index, which was updated May 16. Markets with the biggest index gains were Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; and Houston.

 

May 24, 2017

More Banks Restrict CRE Lending, Fed Reports

Banks have tightened most credit policies on commercial real estate loans over the past year, the Federal Reserve reported May 12 in its Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices, MBA NewsLink reported. Reasons cited for the tightening include uncertainty over CRE property prices, cap rates and vacancy rates.

 
May 24, 2017

Retail Forecast Mostly Gloomy with Some Bright Spots

The retail real estate sector likely will remain stagnant and have difficulty attracting investors, according to online commercial real estate broker Ten-X, MBA NewsLink reported May 18. However, healthy retail markets can be found, particularly in Florida, where investors are encouraged by strong fundamentals in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa.

 

May 24, 2017

Cap Rates Slightly Higher This Year, Advisors Report

Cap rates have increased slightly through April, and are at a 400-bps spread to the 10-year Treasury, financial advisory firm Lazard Asset Management reported May 12. While the spread is still 220 bps wider than at the last peak in 2007, it is in line with the market’s average since 2005.

 
May 24, 2017

Mortgage Rates Remain Relatively Unchanged

Average fixed mortgage rates remained relatively unchanged for the fifth consecutive week, although a decline in Treasury yields may yet push rates lower, Freddie Mac reported May 18 in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey.

 

May 24, 2017

Housing Bubble Brewing Outside US: Goldman Sachs

While U.S. home prices have returned to pre-crisis levels, they remain relatively low compared to other developed nations, according to a May 16 report from Goldman Sachs, HousingWire reported. Home values for nations in the Group of 10, with which the U.S. consults on monetary matters, reportedly are reaching unhealthy levels.

 
May 24, 2017

New Single-family Homes Continue to Downsize: NAHB

The average home size continues to shrink, with single-family homes built during the first quarter averaging 2,628 square feet, a 1.25 percent drop in size from the fourth quarter 2016, the National Association of Home Builders reported May 17.

 

May 24, 2017

Home Sales at Highest Point in a Decade, NAR Reports

Home sales during the first quarter were the highest in a decade, which put pressure on already tight housing inventory and further accelerated price growth, the National Association of Realtors reported May 15. Home prices have increased for three consecutive quarters, with the median existing single-family home price now $232,100.

 
May 24, 2017

Northwest is Nation’s ‘Hottest’ Real Estate Market: Report

The Pacific Northwest stands out as the nation’s hottest residential real estate market, with the Seattle and Portland, Oregon, markets outperforming the country’s other major metros areas, according to real estate analytics firm Clear Capital, MBA NewsLink reported May 17.

 
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