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Aug 16, 2017 11:30 PM

GSEs Fail Stress Test, May Require Future Bailout

The Federal Housing Finance Agency reported Aug. 7 that government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac failed stress tests and may need as much as $100 billion in assistance should another financial crisis hit, Bloomberg reported.

 

Lender PHH Fined $74M Over Defective Mortgages

Mortgage lender PHH will pay more than $74 million to resolve claims that it generated defective loans that were purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Aug. 8, Reuters reported. The settlement is the latest between DOJ and lenders over faulty loans issued during the financial crisis.

 
Aug 16, 2017 12:30 PM

Wells Fargo to Pay $108M Over Veteran Refinance Fees

Wells Fargo agreed to pay $108 million to the federal government to settle accusations that it overcharged veterans who refinanced their mortgages, HousingWire reported Aug. 4. The bank was alleged to have collected unauthorized fees, which would have made some loans ineligible for Department of Veterans Affairs guarantees.

 
Aug 09, 2017 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Book Helps Value ‘Green’ Commercial Real Estate

Commercial real estate valuation professionals must master a new set of terminology and concepts to identify and understand “green” property characteristics and to recognize their effects on market demand and value, according to a new book published by the Appraisal Institute.

 
Aug 02, 2017 12:30 AM

FTC Grants Stay of its Complaint Over Louisiana Appraisal Laws

The Federal Trade Commission, which alleged May 31 that Louisiana's laws mandating how appraisal management companies pay appraisers amount to price-fixing, on July 28 granted the Louisiana Real Estate Appraiser Board's request for a stay to allow the state to repeal its laws and implement new policies, HousingWire reported.

 
Aug 02, 2017 12:30 AM

Feds to Raise Interest Rates, Unload Mortgage Bonds

The Federal Reserve is expected to reaffirm its commitment to increasing interest rates this year and begin selling mortgage bonds to gradually unwind its $4.5 trillion balance sheet, MarketWatch reported July 26. Job creation and economic growth has the Fed optimistic, but consumer spending is a concern.

 

Interest Rates Won't Be Set by LIBOR after 2021, FCA Head Says

The scandal-plagued London Interbank Offered Rate, which is used worldwide to set rates for mortgages, loans and other financial agreements, will be replaced by the end of 2021, CNBC reported July 27. The head of the Financial Conduct Authority said LIBOR will be replaced with a more reliable alternative.

 
Jul 26, 2017 12:30 PM

FTC Alleges Louisiana Appraisal Law Restricts Competition

The Federal Trade Commission alleged that Louisiana’s new law mandating how appraisal management companies pay appraisers amounts to price-fixing and rejected the state’s request to withhold enforcement actions so it could repeal the law and implement new policies, HousingWire reported July 25.

 
Jul 26, 2017 12:30 PM

Quicken Loans Fined $11 Million for Appraisal Tampering

A federal court found that Quicken Loans provided appraisers with inflated estimates of property values to secure higher-value loans, The Washington Post reported July 19. More than 2,750 plaintiffs filed a class-action suit claiming their loans were underwater from the start.

 
Jul 26, 2017 12:30 PM

Federal Banking Agencies Propose Raising CRE Appraisal Threshold

The Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on July 19 issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to increase to $400,000 the threshold for commercial real estate transactions requiring an appraisal.

 
Jul 19, 2017 12:30 PM

US Metro Markets Embracing Green Office Space, Study Shows

Nine of the top 10 cities in the annual Green Building Adoption Index have implemented energy benchmarking ordinances, and the number of office buildings with green certifications has risen, Commercial Property Executive reported July 10. The Index was produced by CBRE and Maastricht University in collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council.

 
Jul 19, 2017 12:30 PM

FHFA Proposes Housing Goals for Fannie, Freddie

The Federal Housing Finance Agency on July proposed 2018-20 housing goals for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which create new single-family and multifamily benchmarks for the government-sponsored enterprises. The current goals expire at the end of 2017, and comments on the new ones are due by Sept. 5.

 
Jul 19, 2017 12:30 PM

Single-Tenant Net Lease Cap Rates Increase, Real Estate Firm Reports

Single-tenant net lease cap rates increased across all asset classes in the second quarter, with cap rates for retail and office sectors increasing to 6.23 percent and 7.14 percent, respectively, according to commercial real estate firm, Boulder Group, MBA NewsLink reported July 13.

 
Jul 12, 2017 12:30 PM

Many Financial Regulatory Changes OK without Congress: Treasury

An official with the U.S. Department of the Treasury stated on June 22 that most of the 100-plus regulatory changes it's proposing can be made without congressional approval, MarketWatch reported. The official said Treasury needs to manage regulatory risk in preparation for the next financial crisis.

 
Jul 12, 2017 12:30 PM

VA Will Demolish or Reuse Vacant Properties within 2 Years

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced June 20 that it will demolish or plan the reuse of all its vacant buildings within 24 months. The VA currently holds 430 vacant or mostly vacant buildings with an average age of 60 years old that annually cost taxpayers more than $7 million to maintain.

 
Jul 12, 2017 12:30 PM

Report Shows Firms Slow to Adopt Lease Accounting Standards

Nearly 25 percent of affected companies have not begun implementing new lease accounting standards that were released 18 months ago and that take effect December 2018, according to real estate services firm CBRE and consultant PwC, MBA NewsLink reported July 6. The standards require lessees to reclassify their leases.

 
Jul 12, 2017 08:00 AM

Valuation Professional Receives Unique Honor from Appraisal Institute

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today announced it has – for the first time – bestowed its residential review designation to a previously non-Designated member.

 
Jun 29, 2017 08:00 AM

Evolving Retail Landscape Challenges Appraisers: Valuation Magazine

As retailers quickly evolve to stay competitive with ecommerce, appraisers should understand how these changes can affect the valuation of retail properties, according to an article published in Valuation magazine’s second quarter 2017 issue.

 
Jun 27, 2017 11:15 AM

Cart Paths Can Devalue Golf Course Condos: The Appraisal Journal

Golf course condominiums located near cart paths – especially those close to tee boxes and putting greens – can sell for lower prices than other golf course condos, according to an article published this week in The Appraisal Journal.

 
Jun 21, 2017 11:30 PM

Trump Administration Wants Wall Street Rules Overhauled

The Trump administration wants to ease but not eliminate rules that were imposed on Wall Street by the Dodd-Frank Act, according to a report released June 12 by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Bloomberg reported. Included in the report is a request to reduce the power of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

 
Jun 21, 2017 12:30 PM

Fed Raises Rates, Plans to Reduce Bond Holdings

The Federal Reserve on June 14 increased interest rates for the second time in three months and committed to reducing holdings of bonds and other securities this year, Reuters reported. The Fed's move shows confidence in the U.S. economy and job market.

 

Disney Alleges 'Excessive' Property Tax Assessments

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts filed suit over "excessive" 2016 property tax assessments, alleging that the appraiser's assessment of Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios exceeded the properties' fair market value and incorrectly included the value of some intangible property, the Orlando Sentinel reported June 13.

 
Jun 14, 2017 12:30 PM

Fannie Mae Eases Debt-to-Income Requirement

Fannie Mae announced June 6 that it will ease its debt-to-income requirements, raising the ceiling from 45 percent to 50 percent starting July 29, a move that's expected to make it easier for more individuals — particularly millennials with significant student loan debt — to qualify for a mortgage. ​

 
Jun 14, 2017 12:30 PM

CRE Prices Return to Post-election Slump, Report Shows

Commercial property prices declined 10 basis points in May, marking a return to the market flattening the CRE sector experienced immediately following November's presidential election, according to online commercial real estate broker Ten-X, MBA NewsLink reported June 8.

 
Jun 14, 2017 12:30 PM

Report Shows May CMBS Issuance Up, Delinquencies Down

Commercial mortgage-backed securities issuance increased in May while the delinquency rate dropped, according to analytics firm Trepp and the Kroll Bond Rating Agency, MBA NewsLink reported June 7. May CMBS issuance was $8.1 billion — more than double April's $3.7 billion — bringing its year-to-date total to $24.3 billion.

 
Jun 12, 2017 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Honors 14 National Award Winners

William T. Anglyn, MAI, of Marietta, Georgia; and Donald S. Boucher Sr., SRA, of Orange, Virginia, were honored Saturday with the Appraisal Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Woody R. Fincham, SRA, AI-RRS, of Charlottesville, Virginia, was named the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award during the International Valuation Conference in Ottawa, Ontario.

 
Jun 09, 2017 08:00 AM

Appraisers from around World Gather in Ottawa for International Valuation Conference

More than 600 appraisers from around the world assembled yesterday in the capital city of Canada for one of the largest networking and professional development opportunities within the real estate valuation profession.

 
May 31, 2017 12:30 PM

Fiduciary Rule Excluding Appraisals Takes Effect Soon

Major parts of the U.S. Department of Labor's fiduciary rule will take effect June 9, Investment News reported May 23. While the final rule excludes appraisals and fairness opinions, as requested by the Appraisal Institute, the DOL said it would address those issues later, but did not provide specifics.​

 
May 31, 2017 12:30 PM

AI Expresses Concern about Possible Appraisal Waivers

The Appraisal Institute was one of several organizations that met with officials from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on May 23 to discuss concerns about initiatives under consideration that would waive appraisals in purchase and refinance loan transactions. AI followed up its meeting with a letter to the government-sponsored enterprises reiterating its position against the waiver.

 
May 31, 2017 12:30 PM

Trump Budget Seeks Significant CFPB Funding Cuts

President Trump's proposed budget released May 23 calls for significant cuts to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and shifts appropriations from the Federal Reserve to Congress, HousingWire reported. The budget includes a $145 million cut to the CFPB next year, with cuts rising to more than $700 million by 2021.

 
May 24, 2017 11:30 PM

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 11:30 PM

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 12:30 PM

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 16, 2017 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Improves Tool to Aid Valuation of ‘Green’ Home Features

The nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers today released an updated research tool to assist appraisers and users of appraisal services in understanding market reactions to green and energy efficient homes.

 
May 11, 2017 08:00 AM

Low-cost Landscaping Can Boost Home Values: Appraisal Institute

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today reminded homeowners that inexpensive landscaping improvements can add to home values and help increase salability.

 
May 10, 2017 12:30 PM

Report Shows CRE Valuations on the Rise

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May 10, 2017 12:30 PM

House GOP Calls for Further Delay on Fiduciary Rule

Congressional Republicans are calling for an extended delay of the U.S. Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, which would, among other things, define who is considered a financial adviser, according to a letter submitted to Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta and signed by 124 House Republicans, Investment News reported May 2.

 
May 10, 2017 12:30 PM

Fed Leaves June Rate Hike on the Table

The Federal Reserve on May 3 kept interest rates unchanged and left open the possibility of a June rate hike, USA Today reported. The Fed cited job gains and reduced unemployment as causes for optimism, and said slowing first quarter economic growth is likely transitory.

 
May 03, 2017 12:30 PM

AI Lobbies to Modernize Appraisal Regulatory Process

More than 100 Appraisal Institute professionals will go to Capitol Hill May 4 to urge congressional support for the modernization of the appraisal regulatory process.

 
May 03, 2017 12:30 PM

Tennessee Governor Signs Law Protecting Appraisers

On April 28, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law HB 376 that will establish a new statute of limitations regarding civil lawsuits and disciplinary actions against real estate appraisers.

 
May 03, 2017 12:30 PM

GSEs Should Maintain Funds, Community Bankers Say

The Independent Community Bankers of America on April 25 released a white paper calling for the government-sponsored enterprises to keep their capital reserves instead of the current plan of drawing them to zero in 2018, HousingWire reported. ICBA supports the GSEs maintaining their funds to avoid a potential bailout in the future.

 
Apr 26, 2017 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Supports Bill Enhancing Consumer Protections for PACE Loans

The Appraisal Institute joined more than two dozen other real estate organizations Monday in expressing support for federal legislation that would enhance consumer protection requirements for Property Assessed Clean Energy loans, known as PACE loans.

 
Apr 26, 2017 12:30 AM

Appraisal Institute Supports Legislation to Modify PACE Loans

The Appraisal Institute was among more than two dozen real estate trade organizations April 24 announcing their support of S 838/HR 1958, the Protecting Americans from Credit Entanglements Act of 2017 – legislation that would modify consumer protection requirements for Property Assessed Clean Energy loans, known as PACE loans.

 
Apr 26, 2017 12:30 AM

House Introduces Another Alternative to Dodd-Frank, CFPB

The House Financial Services Committee on April 19 unveiled the updated version of the Financial CHOICE Act, which would replace the Dodd-Frank Act and significantly alter the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, HousingWire reported. A hearing to discuss the Act is scheduled for this week.

 
Apr 26, 2017 12:30 AM

Beige Book Shows Varied Commercial, Residential Activity

Commercial and residential real estate activity was mixed in most districts in March, the Federal Reserve reported April 19 in its newest Beige Book. Office construction was restrained across most markets while apartment construction was strong. On the residential side, districts reported a shortage of both single-family homes and condos.

 
Apr 19, 2017 12:30 PM

CRE Executives Expect Cap Rates to Increase

Sixty-seven percent of commercial real estate executives said they expect cap rates to increase over the next 12 months because of rising interest rates, according to the National Real Estate Investor’s Office CRE Market Study released April 10. Only 16 percent said they expect cap rates to decrease. ​

 
Apr 19, 2017 12:30 PM

Reis Reports Steady Retail Sector Despite Store Closures

Store closures have had little overall effect on retail real estate statistics, with rents increasing slightly across most retail properties, including malls and neighborhood and community shopping centers, according to the Retail Sector Trends report from commercial real estate data firm Reis, MBA NewsLink reported April 13.

 
Apr 19, 2017 12:30 PM

Industrial is becoming the hottest commercial real estate sector thanks to e-commerce trends causing atypical growth in rents and property values, according to analytics firm MSCI, Commercial Property Executive reported April 13. Industrial prope

Industrial is becoming the hottest commercial real estate sector thanks to e-commerce trends causing atypical growth in rents and property values, according to analytics firm MSCI, Commercial Property Executive reported April 13. Industrial property values last year rose 11.7 percent compared to the 7.7 percent CRE average.

 
Apr 18, 2017 08:00 AM

Lower-cost Home Renovations Offer Best Value: Appraisal Institute

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today advocated that homeowners pursue smaller-scale renovation projects in order to maximize their potential return on investment.

 
Apr 12, 2017 11:30 PM

Infrastructure Bill May Include HUD Funding, Agency Reports

The Trump administration will seek to add housing funding to its upcoming infrastructure spending bill, according to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, The Washington Post reported April 3. President Trump reportedly is considering cutting $6 billion from the HUD budget.​

 
Apr 12, 2017 12:30 PM

Trump to CEOs: Dodd-Frank is Target for Major Overhaul

President Trump told a gathering of CEOs at the White House April 4 that the era of "horrible regulations" is coming to an end, specifically citing the Dodd-Frank Act as a target for regulatory reform, HousingWire reported. The president said he sees Dodd-Frank as an impediment to the banking industry.​

 
Apr 12, 2017 12:30 PM

Chase Says Servicing Rule Changes May Add $300B in Mortgages

JPMorgan Chase sees the possibility of generating an additional $300 billion in mortgages annually if the U.S. Department of the Treasury and government agencies established service standards to simplify mortgage origination and servicing, according to Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, HousingWire reported April 4.

 
Apr 06, 2017 08:00 AM

New Appraisal Institute Book Addresses Challenges of Valuing Mobile Homes

The popularity of mobile homes and recreational vehicles will continue to grow as manufacturers offer new design concepts and aging baby boomers look for affordable housing and travel options, according to a new book by the Appraisal Institute.

 
Apr 04, 2017 01:58 PM

Appraiser Independence Critical to Veterans’ Home Loans, Appraisal Institute Tells Congress

The nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers today urged Congress to protect the independence of real estate appraisers in the federal program that provides housing loans to military veterans. The Appraisal Institute testified at a Congressional subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill.

 
Mar 28, 2017 08:00 AM

Fracking Can Help, Harm Real Estate Values: The Appraisal Journal

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, could make land more valuable due to mineral interests, but environmental concerns could negatively affect land values, according to an article published this week in The Appraisal Journal.

 
Mar 22, 2017 12:30 PM

Real Estate Markets Suffer Without Flood Insurance Program: FEMA

The Senate Banking Committee on March 14 held the first of several hearings on reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program. Roy E. Wright, deputy associate administrator for insurance and mitigation for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, testified that failure to reauthorize NFIP could hurt real estate and mortgage markets.

 
Mar 22, 2017 12:30 PM

Fed Implements First of Three Expected Rate Hikes

The Federal Reserve on March 16 raised its benchmark rate, signaling its commitment to three increases per year, National Real Estate Investor reported. The Fed cited an improving job market, moderate economic growth and increasing inflation as reasons for the hike, which isn't expected to significantly disrupt real estate capital markets.

 
Mar 21, 2017 02:12 PM

Appraisal Institute Urges Caution on Appraisal Thresholds

The nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers today cautioned federal regulators over increasing the transaction values requiring an appraisal, also known as the appraisal threshold.​

 
Mar 21, 2017 08:00 AM

Millennials Driving Multifamily Sector Boom: Valuation Magazine

Millennials have postponed home buying and are now in their peak renting years, creating a demand for multifamily properties that has pushed the sector to record-growth levels with no sign of slowing, according to an article published in Valuation magazine’s first quarter 2017 issue.

 
Mar 15, 2017 12:30 PM

Agency Report Delayed, Appraisal Questions Unanswered

Questions concerning appraisals and appraisal threshold levels remain unanswered more than two years after outreach and requests for comments were initiated by federal bank regulatory agencies regarding the final report they're required to submit to Congress that outlines potential regulatory relief for banks, the Appraisal Institute reported March 15.

 
Mar 15, 2017 12:30 AM

White House Financial Reforms Focus on Guidance, Not Rules

The White House's initial efforts at financial regulatory reform will focus on reversing guidance rather than formal rule-making because a significant amount of regulation during the Obama administration was made by guidance, according to the vice president's chief economist, Bloomberg reported March 7.

 
Mar 15, 2017 12:30 AM

Watchdog Says HUD Lacks Oversight for Down Payment Programs

Borrowers and the Federal Housing Administration insurance fund face "unnecessary risk" due to a lack of sufficient oversight into borrower-financed down payment assistance programs for FHA-insured loans, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, HousingWire reported March 8.

 
Mar 14, 2017 08:00 AM

Documentation is Key to Tax Appeals, Appraisal Institute Says

Homeowners considering a property tax appeal can make the process less burdensome by preparing themselves with the proper documentation, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers said today.

 
Mar 08, 2017 12:30 PM

Interest Rates May Have Muted Effect on Cap Rates: Report

Interest rate increases this year are expected to have less of an impact on cap rates than originally anticipated, which could impact foreign investment in U.S. real estate, National Real Estate Investor reported March 1.

 
Mar 08, 2017 12:30 PM

Fannie, Freddie Reportedly Could Require another Bailout

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac continue to lose capital because the U.S. Department of the Treasury takes most of the government-sponsored enterprises' earnings, an action that could necessitate another bailout, Politico reported Feb. 27. The Trump administration's plans for corporate tax reform could cause the GSEs to take large write-downs.

 
Mar 08, 2017 12:30 PM

Treasury Expands Money Laundering Investigation over Home Sales

Title insurance companies in designated geographic areas are now required to identify the person behind shell companies that pay cash for high-end U.S. residential real estate as part of the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's expanded investigation into money laundering, HousingWire reported Feb. 24.

 
Mar 01, 2017 12:30 PM

HUD Issues Fraud Alert for Appraiser Identity Theft

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector General issued a Fraud Alert on Feb. 22 after uncovering a series of appraiser identity theft cases.

 
Mar 01, 2017 12:30 PM

Commercial, Multifamily Originations to Increase, Report Shows

Commercial and multifamily mortgage originations are expected to grow by 3 percent to $515 billion this year, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported Feb. 23. Multifamily should be especially strong, accounting for $219 billion of the expected total.

 
Mar 01, 2017 12:30 PM

NAR Forecast Shows Stable CRE Growth

The commercial real estate sector is expected to remain stable for the remainder of the year, the National Association of Realtors reported Feb. 23 in its quarterly commercial real estate forecast. The national vacancy rates for the office, industrial and retail sectors are expected to decline slightly.

 
Feb 22, 2017 12:30 PM

US Court of Appeals Agrees to Rehear CFPB Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Feb. 16 ruled that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau can defend the constitutionality of its leadership structure, HousingWire reported. A three-judge panel of the court previously ruled the leadership structure was unconstitutional; the entire court will now hear the case.

 
Feb 22, 2017 12:30 PM

Report Shows Strong Apartment Fundamentals

Apartment fundamentals are expected to remain strong this year, with rents rising faster than inflation and units experiencing healthy occupancy rates, according to real estate investment firm Marcus & Millichap, National Real Estate Investor reported Feb. 14.

 
Feb 21, 2017 08:00 AM

Registration Opens for 2017 International Valuation Conference

Registration is now open for the 2017 International Valuation Conference, co-hosted by the Appraisal Institute and the Appraisal Institute of Canada, on June 8-11 in Ottawa, Ontario. It is the first event the two organizations have co-hosted in 13 years.

 
Feb 15, 2017 12:30 PM

Fed Expects to Unwind Trillions in MBS

Federal Reserve officials said the central bank may begin to reduce its mortgage-backed securities holdings, which total $1.75 trillion and were amassed as part of a quantitative easing program during the financial crisis, Bloomberg reported Feb. 5. However, some worry that the drawdown could harm the U.S. housing market.

 
Feb 15, 2017 12:30 PM

Investment in US Real Estate to Increase, KPMG Reports

Real estate executives said they plan to expand investments in the U.S. this year and anticipate continued growth beyond 2017, according to a study from financial advisory firm KPMG, MBA NewsLink reported Feb. 9. Fifty-two percent of executives said improving real estate fundamentals was their firm’s biggest driver of revenue growth.

 
Feb 15, 2017 12:30 PM

US Has 3 Most Dynamic CRE Markets in the World: JLL

Boston; Austin, Texas; and California’s Silicon Valley are among the world’s 10 most dynamic commercial real estate markets, according to a report from real estate services firm JLL, Multi-Housing News reported Feb. 8. The most dynamic CRE market: Bangalore, India.

 
Feb 08, 2017 12:30 PM

Fannie Mae Selling Guide Addresses Appraiser Trainees, Adjustments

The updated Fannie Mae Selling Guide released Jan. 31 clarifies rules for property inspections by appraiser trainees and dollar adjustments for financing or sales concessions. All clarifications and updates are effective immediately.

 
Feb 08, 2017 12:30 PM

State Agency Warns Appraisers of 'Phishing Scheme'

The California Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers on Jan. 31 issued guidance to appraisers across the country who received an email stating that a complaint had been filed against their practice.

 
Feb 08, 2017 12:30 PM

Fannie Mae Unveils Updated Collateral Underwriter

Fannie Mae announced Jan. 31 enhancements to Collateral Underwriter, including updates to property value representations and warranties as well as user interface enhancements. Version 4.1 is scheduled for release the weekend of March 25.

 
Feb 08, 2017 08:00 AM

New Appraisal Institute Book Enhances Understanding of Rural Property Valuation

The American landscape is changing and rural communities are changing as well, yet there is a void in the current literature of rural property appraisal, according to a new book by the Appraisal Institute.​

 
Feb 01, 2017 12:30 PM

Mortgage Market in 'Disarray,' Analysts Say

Mortgage markets are in greater "disarray" now than in 2008, according to analysts from the financial firm Rafferty Capital Markets, Yahoo Finance reported Jan. 25. Concerns focused on a breakdown in mortgage rules and mortgage insurance, and the inability of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to back loan guarantees.​

 
Feb 01, 2017 12:30 PM

Data Center Sector to Expand, JLL Reports

The data center sector is projected to grow very quickly amid "soaring" cloud use by big data companies and increased use of mobile devices, according to real estate services firm JLL, MBA NewsLink reported Jan. 26.

 
Feb 01, 2017 12:30 PM

Hotel Lender Outlook 'Cautious:' Data Firm

Lenders are taking a "cautious" attitude about hotel lending, shifting their views from "confident" due to a belief that asset values have peaked as well as concerns about the overall economic outlook, according to a survey from hotel data firm STR, MBA NewsLink reported Jan. 26.

 
Jan 26, 2017 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute’s New Guidance Outlines Appraisers’ Role in Arbitration

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, published guidance today to help appraisers understand their role when retained in an arbitration. ​

 
Jan 25, 2017 12:30 PM

Beige Book Shows Mixed Results for Residential, Commercial Sectors

Sales and construction of residential real estate were mixed across most Fed districts, except in San Francisco where activity remained strong, the Federal Reserve reported Jan. 18 in its newest Beige Book. Commercial real estate across most districts was stable, but especially strong in Atlanta and Cleveland.

 

Deutsche Bank Finalizes $7.2B RMBS Settlement

Deutsche Bank on Jan. 17 finalized a $7.2 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly making false and misleading statements to investors about mortgage loans it securitized from 2005 to 2007, HousingWire reported. The bank will pay a $3.1 billion civil penalty and provide $4.1 billion in consumer relief.

 
Jan 25, 2017 12:30 PM

Credit Suisse Accepts $5.3B Penalty over Mortgage Practices

Credit Suisse on Jan. 18 accepted a $5.3 billion settlement offer from the U.S. Department of Justice over allegations that it misled investors over residential mortgage-backed securities, Reuters reported. Credit Suisse will pay a $2.48 billion cash penalty and provide $2.8 billion in consumer relief.

 
Jan 18, 2017 12:30 PM

Updated HUD Standards Allow More Noise, Amenities

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development changed its noise standards to reflect the market shift toward urban sensibilities and environments where noise levels generally are higher, MBA NewsLink reported Jan. 12. As a result, developers will be able to add more balconies and other exterior amenities.

 
Jan 18, 2017 12:30 PM

HUD Lowers FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Jan. 9 that mortgage insurance premiums on FHA-backed loans will drop by 25 basis points. The change takes effect Jan. 27.

 
Jan 18, 2017 12:30 PM

Freddie Mac Remains Top Multifamily Lender

Freddie Mac reported Jan. 11 that it is the nation's largest multifamily lender for the second consecutive year, reporting a record $56.8 billion in loan purchase and bond guarantee volume. In 2015, Freddie Mac's volume was $47.3 billion.

 
Jan 11, 2017 12:30 PM

Basel Accord with Valuation Component Delayed

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision announced Jan. 3 that it will delay voting on a new accord, part of which focuses on real estate risk requirements, including valuation. The Basel Accords establish regulatory capital requirements for bank regulatory agencies worldwide. The committee will resume work on the accord in the "near future."

 
Jan 11, 2017 12:30 PM

Retail Rents Decline in Major Cities, Colliers Reports

Asking rents for retail space in major cities are softening across property types as retailers face continued pressure from online shopping, changing consumer tastes and brick-and-mortar competitors, according to commercial real estate services firm Colliers International, National Real Estate Investor reported Jan. 5.

 
Jan 06, 2017 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Outlines 2017 Plans: Valuation Magazine

The Appraisal Institute has the plans and momentum to address opportunities and challenges facing the real estate valuation profession, the organization’s 2017 elected officers said in an article published in Valuation magazine’s Fourth Quarter 2016 issue.

 
Jan 04, 2017 12:30 PM

IRS Says Some Conservation Easements Are Listed Transactions

The IRS on Dec. 23 released Notice 2017-10 that identified certain syndicated conservation easement transactions as listed transactions. Investors who have entered into such transactions since 2010 or who enter into such transactions prospectively must comply with certain disclosure requirements, and appraisers acting as advisors must comply with certain disclosure obligations.

 
Jan 04, 2017 12:30 PM

Deutsch Bank Accepts $7.2B Mortgage Securities Settlement

Deutsch Bank has agreed to a $7.2 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over the bank's pooling and sale of allegedly toxic mortgage securities leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, Reuters reported Dec. 23.

 
Jan 04, 2017 12:30 PM

Analysts Expect Treasury Yields to Increase This Year

Analysts monitoring the bond market believe that 10-year Treasury yields, which influence mortgage rates, could reach 4 percent this year based on the Federal Reserve's call for three rate hikes, MarketWatch reported Dec. 29. Inflationary risk in President-elect Trump's spending plan also could impact those yields.

 
Dec 29, 2016 08:00 AM

Jim Amorin to Become President of Appraisal Institute on Jan. 1

Jim Amorin, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, of Austin, Texas, will begin his one-year term as president of the Appraisal Institute on Jan. 1. The Appraisal Institute is the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers with nearly 20,000 professionals in almost 60 countries.

 
Dec 20, 2016 08:00 AM

Sale Conditions Impact Office Building Prices: The Appraisal Journal

The context and conditions of sale transactions can impact office buildings’ sale prices, according to an article published this week in The Appraisal Journal.

 
Dec 14, 2016 12:30 PM

Trump Adviser Expects "Very Substantial" Regulation Reversal

Blackstone Group Chairman and CEO Steve Schwarzman, speaking Dec. 6 at an investor conference, said he anticipates “very substantial reversal of regulations of all types” for the financial sector under President Trump, Reuters reported. Schwarzman chairs a panel of business leaders who will advise Trump during his presidency.

 
Dec 14, 2016 12:30 PM

S&P 500 Real Estate Sector is Worst Performer in Market

The Standard & Poor’s 500 real estate sector has been the market’s worst performer since it launched in September, down 10 percent with further declines expected if rates go up, CNBC reported Dec. 6. The S&P has increased 2 percent during the same timeframe.

 
Dec 14, 2016 12:30 PM

Hotel Supply at Tipping Point, PwC Reports

The hospitality sector could face its first decline in eight years as hotel supply increases but market growth decreases, according to financial services firm PwC, MBA NewsLink reported Dec. 8.

 
Dec 12, 2016 08:45 AM

New Appraisal Institute Course Teaches Review Process

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today premiered a course to help appraisers work through all seven steps of the appraisal review process and apply them within a simulated, real-to-life assignment.

 

FHFA Raises Conforming Loan Limits for First Time in a Decade

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced Nov. 23 that it will increase the conforming loan limit for mortgages acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for the first time in 10 years. The current limit of $417,000 for single-family homes will go up to $424,100 in 2017.

 
Nov 30, 2016 12:30 PM

Court Blocks New Overtime Rule

A federal judge on Nov. 22 blocked a rule issued by the U.S. Department of Labor that would have made an additional four million salaried employees eligible for overtime pay, Reuters reported. The rule would have taken effect Dec. 1 and doubled to $47,500 the salary a worker could make and still qualify for overtime.

 
Nov 30, 2016 12:30 PM

CFPB Fights Court Ruling Challenging its Constitutionality

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Nov. 18 asked for a rehearing from the full slate of judges at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in response to last month’s three-judge panel ruling that the agency’s structure is unconstitutional, The New York Times reported.​

 
Nov 23, 2016 12:30 PM

Appraiser Regulatory Requirements 'Stuck in the Past,' Luetkemeyer Says

After hearing the Appraisal Institute testify Nov. 16 before the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee about how appraisers are being choked by rules and regulations, Subcommittee Chair Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-MO, said that the regulatory requirements for appraisers remain "stuck in the past" and that the system is "unnecessarily complicated and outdated."

 
Nov 23, 2016 12:30 PM

GAO Says Fed Stress Test Framework is Flawed

The Government Accountability Office reported Nov. 15 that Dodd-Frank Act Stress Tests for Federal Reserve-supervised banking institutions and the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review for bank holding companies lack transparency and have scenario design flaws and problems with model-risk management, ABA Banking Journal reported.

 
Nov 23, 2016 12:30 PM

New IRS Rules Impact Common REIT Transactions: Report

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS issued temporary regulations that changed the rules for leveraged partnership transactions, UPREIT and DownREITS, National Real Estate Investor reported Nov. 14. The regulations are expected to adversely impact tax planning techniques that were allowed by previous regulations.

 
Nov 16, 2016 12:30 PM

Trump Administration Could Gut CFPB, Repeal Dodd-Frank

An incoming Republican president and Republican-controlled House and Senate could have a significant impact on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Dodd-Frank Act, HousingWire reported Nov. 9. CFPB could see a change in structure or be completely eliminated, while the Dodd-Frank Act could be repealed.

 
Nov 16, 2016 12:30 PM

Congress Hears Appraisal Institute Ideas to Modernize Regulation

The Appraisal Institute told a Congressional hearing Nov. 16 there is a “better, less-complicated approach” that would modernize the U.S. appraisal regulatory structure by improving quality, reducing costs and addressing fundamental concerns that drive appraisers from the profession. AI suggested that Congress realign the appraisal regulatory structure with those of other industries in the real estate and mortgage sectors.

 
Nov 16, 2016 12:30 PM

Dallas Leads Portland, Denver as Hottest Investor Markets: Report

Dallas was ranked the hottest real estate market for the second consecutive year, standing out as a market with strong price appreciation and one where investors see high rents relative to property values, according to real estate investment network BiggerPockets, Forbes reported Nov. 7. Portland, Oregon, and Denver also ranked highly.

 
Nov 16, 2016 09:18 AM

Congress Hears Appraisal Institute’s Ideas to Modernize Regulation

The Appraisal Institute today told a Congressional hearing there is a “better, less-complicated approach” that would modernize the U.S. appraisal regulatory structure by improving quality, reducing costs and addressing fundamental concerns that drive appraisers from the profession.

 
Nov 09, 2016 12:30 PM

Wells Fargo Agrees to $50M Settlement over Appraisals

Wells Fargo agreed to pay $50 million to settle allegations that it overcharged hundreds of thousands of homeowners for appraisals ordered after they defaulted on mortgages, Reuters reported Oct. 31. The proposed settlement requires court approval and would resolve claims that the bank charged considerably more than it paid for appraisals.

 
Nov 09, 2016 12:30 PM

Fed Leaves Fund Rates Unchanged

The Federal Reserve on Nov. 2 announced that it will leave the federal funds rate unchanged, a move that was widely expected due to the election and because the Fed seeks maximum employment and price stability, Business Insider reported.

 
Nov 09, 2016 12:30 PM

Shadow Banks Overtaking Mortgage Market, Report Shows

Shadow banks will soon overtake traditional lenders in the mortgage market, according to a report from data firm SNL Financial, CNBC reported Oct. 29. Non-bank lenders generated 48 percent of mortgages in 2015, and that figure is expected to be higher this year.

 
Nov 02, 2016 12:30 PM

Appraisal Institute "Concerned" about Freddie Mac Policy Changes

Citing similarities to previous policies that “turned out to be disastrous for the entire economy,” the Appraisal Institute on Oct. 31 expressed “serious concerns” with changes to Freddie Mac’s Loan Advisor Suite. Under its new policy announced Oct. 24, Freddie Mac will waive appraisals in lieu of an “appraisal alternative” in a host of situations, including first-purchase loans.

 
Nov 02, 2016 12:30 PM

Global Volatility to Positively Impact US CRE Market: Report

Uncertainty around the world is expected to positively and negatively affect the U.S. economy, but the commercial real estate market stands to grow in the near and medium term, National Real Estate Investor reported Oct. 25. Foreign investors are expected to seek safe haven in U.S. real estate investments.​

 
Nov 02, 2016 12:30 PM

Investors to Lose Billions on Mall Decline: Ratings Agency

After investors funded a major expansion of shopping malls a decade ago, a significant shift to online shopping has devastated those commercial properties, Reuters reported Oct. 21. Ratings agency Morningstar Credit Ratings said nearly $128 billion in loans, more than one-quarter of which financed malls, are set to refinance by the end of 2017.

 
Nov 01, 2016 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Concerned with Freddie Mac Policy Changes

Citing similarities to previous policies that “turned out to be disastrous for the entire economy,” the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers today expressed “serious concerns” with changes to Freddie Mac’s Loan Advisor Suite.

 
Oct 26, 2016 02:53 PM

Real Estate Rebounds after Turbulent Start to Year: JLL

After an uneven start to the year, global real estate markets grew 6 percent between the second and third quarters, recording $163 billion in investment activity, according to real estate services firm JLL, MBA NewsLink reported Oct. 20. Year-to-date global real estate investment is $454 billion.

 
Oct 26, 2016 02:52 PM

Banks Increase Multifamily Lending

Banks are increasing their lending for apartment properties, which are viewed as stable, cash-producing investments, according to capital services provider HFF, National Real Estate Investor reported Oct. 18. During the first half of the year, banks have funded 38 percent of all permanent apartment loans.​

 
Oct 26, 2016 02:48 PM

Residential, Commercial Activity Grows: Fed Beige Book

Real estate activity increased in most Fed districts for both the residential and commercial markets, the Federal Reserve reported Oct. 19 in its newest Beige Book. Home prices continued to rise at a modest pace across much of the country. Multifamily activity was mostly positive. Commercial leasing activity was up.

 
Oct 26, 2016 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute, European Group Sign Mutual Recognition Agreement

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today announced it has entered into a landmark agreement with The European Group of Valuers’ Associations, known as TEGoVA, to mutually recognize the professional excellence of each other’s standards, ethics and qualifications.

 
Oct 19, 2016 12:30 PM

Fed Cites 'New Housing Crisis' in US

Residential spending in the third quarter remained weak due to a "new housing crisis" caused by a scarcity of building lots and a lack of skilled labor, according to the Federal Open Market Committee's September meeting notes released Oct. 12, Business Insider reported. The notes further revealed that property supply is not meeting demand.

 
Oct 19, 2016 12:30 PM

FHFA Could Raise Lending Caps Again

The Federal Housing Finance Agency has increased its market rate lending caps at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac twice this year and might do so again before the end of the year, National Real Estate Investor reported Oct. 12. The increases were prompted by strong multifamily lending and slumping commercial mortgage-back securities.

 
Oct 19, 2016 12:30 PM

CFPB Releases Updated TRID Compliance Guide

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Oct. 12 issued a revised small entity compliance guide to the TILA-RESPA integrated disclosures, ABA Banking Journal reported. Updates relate to records retention, construction loans, disclosures of seller-paid costs and form completion, among others. CFPB also updated its Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure forms.

 
Oct 18, 2016 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Book Shares Methods for Valuing Golf Courses

More appraisers are valuing golf course properties and are bringing sophisticated new methodology to the market and appraisal practice, according to a new book by the Appraisal Institute.

 
Oct 12, 2016 12:30 PM

FHA Updates Single Family Handbook Appraisal Requirements

The Federal Housing Administration on Sept. 30 updated its Single Family Housing Policy Handbook to clarify that appraisers must indicate that certain appliances contributing to the market value of the property are physically present. FHA previously required appraisers to physically observe and operate appliances on the property.

 
Oct 12, 2016 12:30 PM

CFPB Unconstitutional but Still Operational, Court Rules

A federal appeals court on Oct. 11 ruled that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's structure was unconstitutional because too much power is assigned to its sole director, Reuters reported. The court said the bureau could continue to operate under the president's supervision.

 
Oct 12, 2016 12:30 PM

Court Orders Government to Release Docs to GSE Investors

The Court of Federal Claims in Washington on Oct. 3 ordered the U.S. government to release documents to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac investors who sued the government over its decision to seize profits from the government-sponsored enterprises, The New York Times reported. Investors claimed the government's action constituted illegally taking private property.

 
Sep 28, 2016 12:30 PM

Deutsche Bank Challenges $14 Billion MBS Fine

Deutsche Bank is fighting the U.S. Department of Justice over a $14 billion fine to settle claims that it sold soured mortgage-backed securities, Reuters reported Sept. 16. Deutsche had expected a smaller fine; if the larger figure holds, it would be one of the largest paid to U.S. authorities in years.

 
Sep 28, 2016 12:30 PM

Freddie Mac Launches Loan Program for Underserved Communities

Freddie Mac, in partnership with New American Funding and Alterra Home Loans, launched a pilot loan program Sept. 19 called Your Path, which considers a wider range of factors than traditional underwriting methods in order to provide homeownership opportunities for underserved communities, National Mortgage Professional Magazine reported.

 
Sep 28, 2016 12:30 PM

Large Cities Recovering Faster than Smaller Ones: Report

Most larger metro areas have fully recovered from the recession, but many smaller metros are still struggling, according to Bureau of Economic Analysis statistics reported Sept. 20 by CNBC. San Jose, California, is experiencing the fastest growth while smaller cities like Bloomington, Illinois, and Houma, Louisiana, are getting left behind.

 
Sep 27, 2016 08:00 AM

Transmission Lines Increase and Decrease Property Values: The Appraisal Journal

Property values are affected in both positive and negative ways by their proximity to transmission lines, according to an article published this week in The Appraisal Journal.

 

Banking Group Challenges Legality of Stress Tests

Key components of the Federal Reserve's annual stress tests for big banks likely are illegal because they fail to comply with the Administrative Procedure Act of 1946, according to a white paper released Sept. 15 by the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, a nonprofit comprised of banking executives.

 
Sep 21, 2016 12:30 PM

Real Estate Coalition Questions APB's Green Guidance

An industry coalition led by the Real Estate Roundtable submitted on Sept. 6 a comment letter to the Appraisal Practices Board stating their concerns about its first draft of the "voluntary" guideline "Valuation of Green and High Performance Property: Commercial, Multifamily and Institutional Properties."​

 
Sep 21, 2016 12:30 PM

Wells Fargo Top Mid-year Multifamily, Commercial Mortgage Servicer

Wells Fargo took the top spot on the Mortgage Bankers Association's mid-year list of high-volume multifamily and commercial mortgage servicers, the organization announced Sept. 1. The bank reported $502.2 billion in master and primary servicing. Rounding out the top five servicers are PNC, Berkadia Commercial Mortgage, KeyBank and CBRE.

 
Sep 20, 2016 08:00 AM

Increased Spending on US Ports Expands Opportunities for Appraisers: Valuation Magazine

An increase in spending on U.S. ports to upgrade infrastructure and expand facilities has opened up numerous opportunities for valuation professionals, according to an article published in Valuation magazine’s third quarter 2016 issue.

 
Sep 14, 2016 12:30 PM

Treasury Releases Final Rule on Definition of REIT Real Property

The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Aug. 31 issued final regulations that define real property for the purpose of the REIT provision for the Internal Revenue Service. Real property is defined as land, structural components and inherently permanent structures that serve a passive function.

 
Sep 14, 2016 12:30 PM

Congressman Seeks FBI Data on Financial Crises Investigations

Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., sent a letter Sept. 6 to Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey asking the agency to release details of its financial crisis investigations, HousingWire reported. Pascrell seeks answers as to why financial firms were fined billions of dollars but executives weren't held accountable.

 
Sep 14, 2016 12:30 PM

Residential, Commercial Activity Grows: Fed Beige Book

Residential real estate activity in August expanded in most Fed districts while construction was mostly moderate, the Federal Reserve reported Sept. 7 in its newest Beige Book. Commercial construction and sales grew slightly, and most districts reported expanded activity.

 
Sep 07, 2016 12:30 PM

Boston Fed: Low Interest Rates Could Harm CRE Market

Eight years of low interest rates resulted in a rapid increase in commercial real estate prices that could quickly decrease if economic conditions change, according to Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren, The Street reported Aug. 31. Rosengren recommends raising interest rates to keep the commercial real estate market from overheating.

 
Sep 07, 2016 12:30 PM

Freddie Mac: Housing Market Remains Stable

The housing market is largely unchanged from the previous month and is on the outer range of the benchmark for historic housing activity, Freddie Mac reported Aug. 31 in its Multi-Indicator Market Index. Thirty-eight states plus the District of Columbia have MiMi values within range of their benchmark averages.

 
Sep 07, 2016 12:30 PM

States Still Struggle with Bubble-era Loans: Report

Ten years after the housing bubble burst, nine states and the District of Columbia still have a foreclosure backlog of loans originated between 2004 and 2008, according to analytics firm ATTOM Data Solutions, Forbes reported Aug. 26. Topping the list is the District of Columbia, where 76 percent of loans originated during that four-year period are in foreclosure.

 
Aug 31, 2016 12:30 PM

FHFA Extends HARP into 2017, Launches New Refi Program

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced Aug. 25 that its Home Affordable Refinance Program will be extended to Sept. 30, 2017, and that a new refinance product aimed at borrowers with high loan-to-value ratios will be available next year through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

 
Aug 31, 2016 12:30 PM

Appeals Court Declines to Reconsider Bank of America Ruling

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Aug. 22 rejected a request to reconsider its ruling that overturned a $1.27 billion penalty against Bank of America for mortgage fraud, Reuters reported. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara had hoped the government could pursue a new trial.

 
Aug 17, 2016 12:30 PM

Fannie, Freddie May Require Billions in Crisis Bailout

The Federal Housing Finance Agency on Aug. 8 released stress test results for government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that showed the GSEs could need as much as $125.8 billion in bailout money during a severe economic downturn, Bloomberg reported. FHFA said the minimum bailout figure would be $49.2 billion.

 
Aug 17, 2016 12:30 PM

Six CRE Trends for Rest of 2016 Identified

Global economic and political uncertainties, the ever-changing retail sector and volatile energy markets are three of the key trends that will play significant roles in commercial real estate for the upcoming year, the Urban Land Institute reported Aug. 10. Other expected trends include steady interest rates and limited supply growth.

 
Aug 17, 2016 12:30 PM

Community Banks Remain Strong: White House Report

The White House Council of Economic Advisers on Aug. 10 released a report that showed community banks remained strong across a variety of measures - including lending growth and geographic reach - since the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010. The report noted, however, that branch consolidation is problematic.

 
Aug 17, 2016 09:10 AM

Appraisal Institute Joins 10 Associations Opposing Changes to PACE Loans

Citing “a host of serious consumer protection concerns,” the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers joined 10 trade associations Tuesday to oppose recent changes to the federal government’s Property Assessed Clean Energy loans, known as PACE loans.

 
Aug 10, 2016 12:30 PM

CFPB Publishes 900-page Mortgage Lending Final Rule

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Aug. 4 finalized mortgage servicing regulations to ensure borrowers are treated fairly, HousingWire reported. Included in the 900-page final rule are mandates that certain borrowers receive foreclosure protections more than once during the life of the loan and that foreclosure protections cover those inheriting property.

 
Aug 09, 2016 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Education Trust Honors 4 National Award Winners

Bradley R. Carter, MAI, of Atlanta, received the George L. Schmutz Award; Stephen D. Roach, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, of San Diego, received the James H. Pritchett Award; Charles G. Dannis, MAI, SRA, of Dallas, received the Dr. William N. Kinnard Jr. Academic Award; and Byron E. Miller, SRA, AI-RRS, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, received the Y.T. and Louise Lee Lum Award from the Appraisal Institute Education Trust during the Appraisal Institute Annual Conference July 27 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 
Jul 29, 2016 08:00 AM

Stephen Wagner Elected 2017 Appraisal Institute Vice President

Stephen S. Wagner, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, of West Lafayette, Indiana, was elected 2017 vice president of the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers Thursday by its Board of Directors in Charlotte, North Carolina. Wagner’s one-year term at the Appraisal Institute will begin Jan. 1, followed by one year each as president-elect, president and immediate past president.

 
Jul 28, 2016 12:00 PM

Appraisal Institute Honors 7 National Award Winners

Terry R. Dunkin, MAI, SRA, of Sparks, Maryland; M. Ralph Griffin, MAI, AI-GRS, of Spartanburg, South Carolina; and W. Calvin Reynolds, MAI, SRPA, SREA, SRA, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Sandra K. Adomatis, SRA, of Punta Gorda, Florida, was named the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award during the Appraisal Institute Annual Conference Wednesday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 
Jul 27, 2016 02:42 PM

Court Revives Freddie Mac Subprime Suit

A federal appeals court on July 20 revived a lawsuit filed by the Ohio attorney general that accuses Freddie Mac of defrauding the state’s $87.3 billion pension fund by failing to disclose risk to subprime mortgages, Reuters reported. A lower court had ruled that disclosure shortfalls didn’t prove monetary loss.

 
Jul 27, 2016 02:39 PM

‘Down-and-Out’ Neighborhoods Make a Rebound

Many so called “rough-and-tumble” neighborhoods have bounced back in recent years, as tight inventory and new construction has helped convince homebuyers to consider such neighborhoods, analytics firm RealtyTrac reported July 20 in its best of the “bad” neighborhoods report.

 
Jul 27, 2016 02:32 PM

White House Unveils Clean Energy Initiative

The White House on July 19 announced the Clean Energy Savings for All Initiative, a joint effort from the Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of Energy, Agriculture, Veteran’s Affairs, Housing and Urban Development and Health and Human Services to increase access to solar energy, promote energy efficiency and ensure homeowner access to solar options.

 
Jul 05, 2016 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Book Offers Guidance for Valuing ‘Damaged’ Properties

Real estate appraisers who analyze detrimental conditions should properly select and apply available tools, use relevant market data to support opinions and conclusions, and avoid unproven or suspect methodologies, according to a new book by the Appraisal Institute.

 
Jun 28, 2016 08:00 AM

Excess Rent Should Be Included in Property Valuation: The Appraisal Journal

Rent that is higher than the market rent for a property, known as excess rent, amounts to an intangible asset and should be specifically identified by real estate appraisers, according to an article published this week in The Appraisal Journal.

 
Jun 21, 2016 09:00 AM

US Government Outsources Nearly All Real Estate Appraisals: Valuation Magazine

Real estate appraisers seeking exciting and challenging assignments can look toward the U.S. government — the nation’s largest land owner — for valuation opportunities, according to an article published in Valuation magazine’s second quarter 2016 issue.

 
Jun 13, 2016 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute, Appraisal Institute of Canada Announce Joint Annual Conference in 2017

The largest professional associations of real estate appraisers in the United States and Canada announced today that the two groups for the first time since 2004 will jointly host an annual conference in Ottawa, Ontario, in 2017.

 
May 20, 2016 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Unveils 2016-19 Strategic Plan

The nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers today announced a three-year strategic plan to address challenges and opportunities facing the organization and the real estate valuation profession.

 
May 04, 2016 11:31 AM

Appraisal Institute Joins Groups Calling on Congress to Address Appraisal Regulation

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, on Monday joined the American Bankers Association, the National Association of Home Builders, the National Association of Realtors and The Appraisal Foundation in calling on Congress to hold a hearing this year on the future of appraisal regulation.

 
May 03, 2016 08:00 AM

Landscaping a Major Contributor to Property Values, Appraisal Institute Says

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today reminded homeowners that attractive landscaping can make a major contribution to a home’s value and can influence an owner’s ability to sell the property.

 
Apr 19, 2016 08:00 AM

Type of Home Renovation Key to Value: Appraisal Institute

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today encouraged homeowners to carefully choose renovation projects in order to maximize their return on investment.

 
Mar 29, 2016 08:00 AM

Solar Energy Systems Can Increase Home Values: The Appraisal Journal

Homes with host-owned solar photovoltaic systems are sold at a premium compared to homes without PV systems, according to a study reported in an article published this week in The Appraisal Journal.

 
Mar 16, 2016 08:00 AM

Experts Divided on Commercial Real Estate Market: Valuation Magazine

Valuation professionals and other experts disagree as to whether 2016 will be another banner year for commercial real estate, or if the market bubble is about to burst, according to an article published this week in Valuation magazine.

 
Mar 08, 2016 08:00 AM

Updated Appraisal Institute Book Addresses Evolving Scope of Work Concept

“Scope of Work,” second edition, published this week by the Appraisal Institute, assists appraisers in objectively and impartially performing an evolving variety of services.

 
Feb 23, 2016 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Heads to Charlotte for 2016 Annual Conference

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, announced today that its 2016 Annual Conference will take place July 25-27 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Registration opens March 2.

 
Feb 04, 2016 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute, RESNET Agree to Coordinate Energy Efficiency Efforts

The nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers and a U.S. standards-setting body for energy efficiency rating and certification systems have agreed to work together to promote education, research and data standards.

 
Jan 29, 2016 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute 2015 Media Coverage Seen Nearly 2 Billion Times

Media stories including the Appraisal Institute and its professionals in 2015 were potentially read, seen or heard nearly 2 billion times, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers announced today.

 
Jan 07, 2016 08:00 AM

New Appraisal Institute Book Says Architectural Elements Can Impact Home Values

Construction elements give residential architectural styles their unique quality, but also may affect a home’s value according to a new book from the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers.

 
Aug 26, 2015 12:30 PM

AMCs, Lenders, Real Estate Firms among Fastest-growing Companies

The 2015 Inc. 5000 list released Aug. 12 ranked America's fastest growing private companies in America, and several appraisal management companies, mortgage lenders and real estate businesses made the cut, including Coester VMS (ranked 1,868) and Accurate Group (ranked 2,513).

 
 
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