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Jan 20, 2016 12:30 PM

Beige Book: Residential, Commercial Activity Improving

Activity has improved in both the residential and commercial real estate sectors, including increased housing and commercial rental rates in most Fed districts, the Federal Reserve reported Jan. 13 in its latest Beige Book. Residential and commercial construction was described as modest to moderate in most Fed districts.

Jan 20, 2016 12:30 PM

Global Urbanization among Top 6 CRE Trends

The increased growth of urban centers is cited as this year's top commercial real estate trend as people seek enhanced access to jobs, services and amenities, National Real Estate Investor reported Jan. 14. Other CRE trends: higher interest rates, continued stress on the retail sector and lower energy prices.

Jan 06, 2016 12:30 PM

GAO: Dodd-Frank Costing Community Banks, Credit Unions

The Government Accountability Office on Dec. 30 released its annual report in which it said that the Dodd-Frank Act has been a burden on community banks and credit unions but noted that regulators are struggling to quantify exact costs.

Feb 11, 2015 12:30 PM

Farm and Ranch Land Values Stabilize in 2014

Farm and ranch land values stabilized in 2014 after years of double-digit increases, according to a Feb. 5 report from Farmers National Company, a firm that specializes in farm and ranch land real estate. The biggest drivers for land values remains location and quality.

Feb 04, 2015 12:30 PM

CFPB Proposes Expanded Rural Financing

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Jan. 29 proposed several changes to its mortgage rules to expand lending in rural and other underserved areas. If finalized, the proposal would increase the number of financial institutions allowed to offer loans in those areas.

Feb 04, 2015 12:30 PM

Appraisals Blamed for Slow Closings on Auctioned Homes

A home auction program launched last May in Detroit met its goal of auctioning nearly 400 abandoned homes, but only one-third of the sales actually closed — a snag that’s being partly blamed on appraisals and the comparisons being used, The Detroit News reported Jan. 23.

Feb 04, 2015 12:30 PM

Court Rules Fannie, Freddie Lawsuits Can Proceed

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims on Jan. 28 rejected a bid by the federal government to delay a series of lawsuits filed by investors challenging the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s decision to take profits from now-profitable Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Bloomberg reported.

Jan 28, 2015 12:30 PM

Housing Gets Little Attention at State of the Union

During his Jan. 20 State of the Union address, President Obama only briefly mentioned housing and mortgage issues and only when talking about the Federal Housing Administration’s decision to reduce mortgage insurance premiums, MarketWatch reported. Experts say that failure to address the still “broken” housing finance system was a mistake.

Jan 28, 2015 12:30 PM

S&P to Pay $77M for Alleged CMBS Misrepresentation

Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s settled with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for $77 million over claims it misled investors on some commercial mortgage-backed securities it rated, Reuters reported Jan. 21. S&P also will be banned from rating any CMBS for one year.

Jan 28, 2015 12:30 PM

Fannie Mae Program Addresses Hiring of Qualified Appraisers

Fannie Mae’s Collateral Underwriter, an automated quality assurance program that checks for aberrations in appraisal report data and analysis, was made available to mortgage lenders Jan. 26, underscoring the importance of hiring qualified appraisal review staff who can navigate CU messages, alerts and other issues, the Appraisal Institute reported.

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