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Sep 23, 2015 12:30 PM

Fed Keeps Benchmark Interest Rate Unchanged

The Federal Reserve decided Sept. 17 to keep its benchmark interest rate unchanged due to global economic weakness and financial market uncertainty, USA Today reported. During the run-up to the meeting, economists had heated debates about whether the central bank would raise the rate, which has been near zero since 2008.

Sep 23, 2015 12:30 PM

IRS Issues Guidance on REITs

The Internal Revenue Service, worried that companies increasingly are creating real estate investment trusts to avoid taxes, announced Sept. 15 that it would stop pre-approving deals and issued new guidance stating that REITs must have a legitimate business purpose, reported.

Sep 23, 2015 12:30 PM

CFPB Rule Increases Credit Access in Rural and Underserved Areas

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Sept. 21 announced a new rule that will increase the number of financial institutions able to provide mortgages in rural and underserved areas, and gives lenders time to adjust their business practices to comply with the rules, which take effect Jan. 1.

Sep 16, 2015 12:30 PM

Freddie Changes Mortgage Modification Rules

Freddie Mac announced Sept. 9 that it's changing its guidelines for standard and streamlined modifications so more borrowers can qualify, HousingWire reported. Freddie also said it was changing eligibility rules for MyCity modification programs, which are designed to help stabilize communities hit hard by the housing crisis

Sep 16, 2015 12:30 PM

Gap Expands Between Homeowner, Appraiser Opinions

The gap between homeowner and appraiser opinions of property values increased for the seventh consecutive month, mortgage lender Quicken Loans reported Sept. 8 in its Home Price Perception Index. The discrepancy was attributed to homeowners assuming home values have been steadily increasing.

Sep 16, 2015 12:30 PM

Fannie, Freddie add UCDP Appraisal-sharing Functionality

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced Sept. 8 that they will implement new appraisal-sharing functionality within the Uniform Collateral Data Portal during the first quarter of 2016. The feature will allow correspondent lenders to share appraisal information within the UCDP with their aggregators.

Sep 09, 2015 04:14 PM

Credit Suisse Ordered to Pay $287.5M over Flawed Appraisal

A Texas court found that Credit Suisse used a flawed appraisal to "dupe" private equity firm Highland Capital Management into refinancing a Las Vegas-area development that ultimately went bankrupt, Bloomberg reported Sept. 4. Credit Suisse was ordered to pay Highland Capital Management $287.5 million for losses it suffered.

Sep 09, 2015 04:13 PM

HUD Proposes Rule Changes for FHA Loans

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Sept. 1 unveiled proposed changes to its rules for lenders that remit loans to the Federal Housing Administration, HousingWire reported. The new proposal revises rules first proposed in July that reportedly irked key members of the Senate Banking and House Financial Services committees.

Sep 09, 2015 12:30 PM

Fitch: Mortgage Origination, Appraisal Changes Combat Fraud

Ratings agency Fitch Ratings said that post-recession modifications made to residential mortgage origination practices, including reduced communication between originators and appraisers during the loan production process, have helped to lower the risk of fraud and misrepresentation, MBA NewsLink reported Sept. 2.

Sep 02, 2015 12:30 PM

Austin Sues Texas over Unfair Appraisal System

A lawsuit filed Aug. 24 against the state of Texas by the city of Austin alleges the state’s property appraisal system unfairly enforces an imbalance in the tax burdens between residential and commercial property owners, and that the appraised values of commercial property don’t match market prices, the Texas Tribune reported.

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