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May 04, 2016 12:30 PM

Mortgage Rates Inch Up

Higher treasury yields helped push up average fixed mortgage rates during the past week, but they still remain low as the spring homebuying season begins, Freddie Mac reported April 28 in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey.

 
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 27, 2016 12:30 PM

GE Capital Close To Exiting Banking System

GE Capital reportedly is days away from exiting the U.S. banking system now that it completed the sale of its online deposit platform to Goldman Sachs, HousingWire reported April 18. The sale allows GE Capital to ends its Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation insurance and "extinguish" its final bank charter.

 
Apr 27, 2016 12:30 PM

Report: CFPB Ability-to-pay Rule Goes Unused

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Ability-to-Pay rule, which provides borrowers with increased protections against harmful lending practices, hasn't seen any borrower claims since its January 2014 launch, according to a report from ratings agency Fitch Ratings, MBA NewsLink reported April 20.​

 
Apr 27, 2016 12:30 PM

Treasury Allocates Additional $1B to Aid Struggling Homeowners

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced April 20 that it would allocate $1 billion to help struggling homeowners in 13 states, HousingWire reported. An initial $1 billion previously was allocated to 18 states as part of Treasury's Hardest Hit Fund, which was created in 2010 to help stabilize neighborhoods​

 
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.

 
Apr 13, 2016 12:30 PM

DOL Fiduciary Rule: Short-term Victory, Long-term Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Labor on April 6 released its final rule on "Conflicts of Interest" regarding advisors to retirement savings accounts. The Appraisal Institute views the rule as a victory for its professionals because all appraisal provisions were removed.

 
Apr 13, 2016 12:30 PM

Wells Fargo Reaches Largest Settlement in FHA History

Wells Fargo and the U.S. Department of Justice on April 8 reached a $1.2 billion settlement over claims the bank made about certain residential home mortgage loans being eligible for Federal Housing Administration insurance when they actually were ineligible, HousingWire reported.

 
Apr 06, 2016 12:30 PM

Lenders 'Pouring Money' into Affordable Housing

Banks are becoming "incredibly aggressive" when loaning money to affordable housing developers, and both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have greatly stepped up efforts in this sector, National Real Estate Investor reported March 30.

 
Apr 06, 2016 12:30 PM

Credit Suisse to Pay $29M over 'Toxic' MBS

Credit Suisse Group will pay more than $29 million to settle claims by U.S. regulators that it sold credit unions toxic mortgage-backed securities that eventually failed, Reuters reported March 24. The deal resolves one of several lawsuits against banks by the National Credit Union Administration over MBS sales.

 
Apr 06, 2016 12:30 PM

Court Rejects Banks' Efforts to Dismiss Rate-rigging Suit

A federal judge in Manhattan on March 28 squashed an attempt by 14 of the world's largest banks to dismiss a lawsuit that accused them of rigging an interest rate benchmark used in the $553 trillion derivatives market, Reuters reported.

 
Mar 30, 2016 12:30 PM

Idaho Enacts Comprehensive AMC Law

Idaho became the 39th state to enact a comprehensive appraisal management company registration and oversight law when Gov. Butch Otter signed SB 1318 on March 23. The law takes effect July 1, 2017.

 
Mar 30, 2016 12:30 PM

FHFA: Principal Reduction Is Most Challenging Issue

Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt speaking March 21 in Washington said that principal reduction has been the most challenging issue he’s faced during his tenure and that the option could be “off the table entirely,” HousingWire reported.

 
Mar 30, 2016 12:30 PM

Indiana Governor Signs Evaluation Bill into Law

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed SB 300 into law March 21. The bill, which takes effect July 1, deals with who can perform evaluations for financial institutions. View a copy of SB 300.

 
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 23, 2016 12:30 PM

CFPB: Complaints against Lenders Increase, Credit Unions Thrive

Appearing before the House Financial Services Committee March 16, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray stated that complaints against lenders and servicers are increasing and that credit unions are gaining market share, especially in mortgages, at the expense of the big banks - a statement that credit unions refute.

 
Mar 23, 2016 12:30 PM

Report: TRID Slashes Mortgage Profits

The net gain on mortgages originated by lenders dropped 60 percent during the fourth quarter due to implementation of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures Rule, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Mortgage Bankers Performance Report, HousingWire reported March 17.

 
Mar 23, 2016 12:30 PM

FHA Unveils Certification Revisions to Ease Bank Fears

The Federal Housing Administration on March 16 released final revisions to its certification requirements hoping to appease lenders that have stopped making FHA loans or have implemented harsher credit standards, Scotsman Guide reported. Lenders previously expressed concerns that FHA certifications exposed them to buyback demands when loans defaulted.

 
Mar 16, 2016 12:30 PM

CFPB: Mortgage Credit Remains Too Tight

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray stated in a March 9 speech in Washington that mortgage lending practices have noticeably improved in the years since the financial crisis, but that mortgage credit continues to be too tight, DS News reported.

 
Mar 16, 2016 12:30 PM

Gap Widens Between Appraiser, Homeowner Value Opinions

The difference between appraiser and homeowner opinions of home value increased during the past month - just as the two sides appeared to be closing the gap, Quicken Loans reported March 8 in its Home Price Perception Index. Appraised values were almost 2 percent lower than homeowner expectations.

 
Mar 16, 2016 12:30 PM

Mortgage Rates Look Favorable for Spring Home Buying

Average fixed mortgage rates moved higher last week for the second consecutive week, as a solid February employment report boosted Treasury yields, making mortgage rates attractive for the upcoming spring home-buying season, Freddie Mac reported March 10 in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey.

 
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 09, 2016 11:30 PM

FDIC to Banks: Use Valuations to Assess Foreclosures

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on March 2 issued a letter on foreclosure policies and procedures to financial institutions reminding them to obtain the best practicable information on the market value of real estate subject to foreclosure and to use current valuation information to assess the viability of foreclosure proceedings.

 
Mar 09, 2016 12:30 PM

Kansas Supreme Court Rejects Law on Tax Valuation Increases

The Kansas Supreme Court on Feb. 25 struck down a state law that imposed a two-year moratorium on increases in tax valuation for citizens who requested and won a valuation appeal, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. The court ruled that the law violated the guarantee of "uniform and equal" property valuation and taxation.

 
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.

 
Mar 02, 2016 12:30 PM

FHFA: Lack of Capital Biggest Risk to Fannie, Freddie

Lack of capital is the biggest risk facing government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the one with the potential to further escalate, Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt stated in a Feb. 18 speech at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, HousingWire reported.

 
Mar 02, 2016 12:30 PM

4 Legislative Issues Making CRE Market Vulnerable

Commercial real estate broker Sperry Van Ness noted in its report on pending federal, state and municipal legislation, that four specific legislative items have the potential to adversely affect commercial real estate, Bisnow reported Feb. 22.

 
Mar 02, 2016 12:30 PM

Green Construction Continues to Grow

Builders are going even greener, with more than one third of them saying that green buildings will account for more than 60 percent of their projects by 2018, according to the World Green Building Trends report from the U.S. Green Building Council and Dodge Data and Analytics, Eco Building Pulse reported Feb. 22.

 
Feb 24, 2016 12:30 PM

Fed Regulator: Break up Big Banks

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari, who formerly managed Treasury's Troubled Asset Relief Program, said in a Feb. 16 speech in Washington that the biggest banks are still too big to fail and pose a significant risk to the economy, Bloomberg reported. Kashkari said he is researching ways to strengthen banking laws.

 
Feb 24, 2016 12:30 PM

Report: TILA-RESPA Slows Down Mortgage Process

The average closing time for a residential mortgage increased to 50 days, a 10-day increase from one year ago, and the change is attributed to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's TILA-RESPA disclosure rules, according to a report from Ellie Mae, HousingWire reported Feb. 17.

 
Feb 24, 2016 12:30 PM

CFPB Seeks Comments on Rural Designation Proposal

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Feb. 18 opened for comment procedures that would allow businesses to appeal the agency's designation of a rural or underserved area. The Dodd-Frank Act gave the CFPB discretionary authority to exempt certain loans from the qualified mortgage rule for banks serving rural or underserved areas.

 
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 17, 2016 12:30 PM

Morgan Stanley Settles 'Deceptive' Mortgage Practices for $3.2B

Morgan Stanley settled for $3.2 billion lawsuits filed by multiple states over allegedly deceptive mortgage practices leading up to the financial crisis, HousingWire reported Feb. 11. The settlement will be dispersed as both consumer relief and as payments to state governments.

 
Feb 17, 2016 12:30 PM

Homeowner, Appraiser Value Opinions Nearing Common Ground

The gap between homeowner and appraiser opinions of real estate value continues to narrow, with appraised values in January only 1.75 percent lower than homeowner expectations, Quicken Loans reported Feb. 9 in its Home Price Perception Index.

 
Feb 17, 2016 12:30 PM

Yellen: Fed not on 'Pre-set' Path to 'Normal' Policy

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told Congress Feb. 11 that the central bank was not on a "pre-set" path to "normal" policy due to worsening global stock market conditions, Reuters reported. Yellen said that she anticipates a gradual rise in rates this year.

 
Feb 10, 2016 12:30 PM

House Committee Passes Bill on Controversial Fiduciary Rule

The House Education and the Workforce Committee approved on Feb. 2 HR 4293, legislation that provides an alternative to the U.S. Department of Labor's controversial proposed rule to amend the definition of fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

 
Feb 10, 2016 12:30 PM

Flint Water Crisis Impacting Mortgage Lending

The contaminated water crisis in Flint, Michigan, could prevent buyers from securing home loans in the area due to minimum lender requirements of livability, HousingWire reported Feb. 4.

 
Feb 10, 2016 12:30 PM

Fed Testing Banks on Negative Interest Rates

The Federal Reserve's 2016 stress tests will examine how well big banks handle extended periods of time with negative interest rates on the three-month Treasury bill, Bloomberg reported Feb. 2. The Fed's action is a response to below-zero rates already in place in other countries.

 
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.

 
Feb 03, 2016 12:30 PM

Fannie, Freddie Finalize Rep and Warranty Policies

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced Feb. 2 that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are implementing an independent dispute resolution process for loans that trigger a repurchase request due to perceived violations of their representation and warranty framework, HousingWire reported.

 
Feb 03, 2016 12:30 PM

Report: Real Estate Accounts for More than Half of World's Assets

The value of all developed real estate in the world reached $217 trillion last year, accounting for 60 percent of all mainstream assets around the world and amounting to 2.7 times the world's GDP, according to a report from real estate adviser Savills, MarketWatch reported Jan. 25.

 
Feb 03, 2016 12:30 PM

Mortgage Rates Drop Yet Again

Average fixed mortgage rates fell for the fourth consecutive week as the Fed held interest rates steady, Freddie Mac reported Jan. 28 in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey.

 
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 27, 2016 12:30 PM

Fannie Mae: Housing Affordability to Decrease this Year

Housing affordability is expected to decrease this year, especially on the low-end of the market where price gains are expected to outpace household income growth, which negatively affects affordability, Fannie Mae's Economic & Strategic Research Group reported Jan. 14.

 
Jan 27, 2016 12:30 PM

Virginia Settles $63 Million Suit with 11 Banks for RMBS Fraud

The Commonwealth of Virginia announced Jan. 22 that it reached a $63 million settlement with 11 banks over allegations that they defrauded the state's retirement system by allegedly misrepresenting the quality of residential mortgage-backed securities, HousingWire reported.

 
Jan 27, 2016 12:30 PM

FDIC: Closely held Community Banks Outperform Peers

Closely held community banks have significantly outperformed widely held banks relative to financial performance and operational efficiency, according to research from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, ABA Banking Journal reported Jan. 19. The survey further showed that closely held institutions were likely to be older and more rural.

 
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 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

Report: Gap Shrinks Between Appraiser, Homeowner Value Opinions

The difference between appraiser and homeowner opinions of real estate value is declining, but December marked the 11th consecutive month in which homeowner estimates were higher than those of appraisers, Quicken Loans reported Jan. 13 in its Home Price Perception Index.

 
Jan 13, 2016 12:30 PM

Report: Sell Non-performing Loans to Private Investors

Selling non-performing loans to private investors is a good thing because investors can do more to help borrowers than can the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - although such sales are facing increased criticism, according to a report released Jan. 6 by the Urban Institute.

 
Jan 13, 2016 12:30 PM

Manhattan Land worth More than $1 Trillion

The value of all the land in Manhattan is about $1.4 trillion, according to data released by economists Jason Barr, Fred Smith and Sayali Kulkarni and reported by Vox Media Jan. 6. Land prices in Manhattan have increased 15.8 percent annually since 1993.

 
Jan 13, 2016 12:30 PM

Phoenix is Top City for 'Smart' Homes

Builders in Phoenix lead the smart-home charge, making it the top market for wired houses, Realtor.com reported Jan. 4. Other top markets for tech-heavy homes include Dallas, New York, Miami and Los Angeles. Noticeably absent: cities in and around the tech hub of Silicon Valley.

 
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.

 
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.

 
Jan 06, 2016 12:30 PM

Initial TRID Enforcement Actions Corrective, Not Punitive

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said it viewed the first months of implementation of its RESPA/TILA Integrated Disclosure rule as "corrective and diagnostic, rather than punitive," noting concern that investors may be rejecting TRID loans for minor errors, MBA NewsLink reported Jan. 4.

 
Jan 06, 2016 12:30 PM

Court Dismisses Quicken Loans Lawsuit against DOJ

A federal judge on Dec. 31 dismissed a lawsuit that Quicken Loans filed against the U.S. Department of Justice that alleged the company was being forced to make false admissions about and pay a big settlement over its mortgage lending and underwriting practices, Reuters reported.

 
Dec 31, 2015 11:55 AM

Raising Appraisal Limits Could Hurt Consumers, Bank Appraisers Say

More than 80 percent of bank appraisers think reducing the number of loans requiring an appraisal could increase risk to borrowers, according to a survey of its professionals released today by the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers.

 
Dec 30, 2015 08:00 AM

Scott Robinson to Become President of Appraisal Institute on Jan. 1

Scott Robinson, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, of Salisbury, North Carolina, 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 16, 2015 12:30 PM

Report: Gap between Appraiser, Homeowner Opinions Continues to Decline

The difference between appraiser and homeowner opinions of home value shrank for the third consecutive month, but the November Home Price Perception Index released Dec. 8 by Quicken Loans is the 10th consecutive index in which homeowners' expectations of value exceeded appraisers' opinions of value.​

 
Dec 16, 2015 12:30 PM

Report: Most New Mortgage Loans Have TRID Violations

A review of new mortgage loans revealed that more than 90 percent showed compliance violations with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures rule, according to a Dec. 10 report from Moody's Investors Service, HousingWire reported.

 
Dec 16, 2015 12:30 PM

FHA to Increase Some Loan Limits in 2016

The Federal Housing Administration announced Dec. 9 that it will raise loan limits in 188 counties in 2016, HousingWire reported. However, loan limits in "high-cost" areas will remain at the national ceiling of $625,500 and limits for "low-cost" areas will stay at $271,050.

 
Dec 16, 2015 08:00 AM

Appraisers Should Be Cautious of MLS Price Discrepancies: The Appraisal Journal

Prices reported in multiple listing services may differ significantly from prices reported on HUD-1 settlement statements and these discrepancies are likely to be larger during a market bust, according to an article published this week in The Appraisal Journal.

 
Dec 09, 2015 12:30 PM

Fed Restricts 'Too Big To Fail' Bailouts

The Federal Reserve Board of Governors on Nov. 30 approved a final rule restricting its emergency lending program from bailing out troubled financial institutions, HousingWire reported. The Fed will cease financial support to specific companies, and will only consider emergency lending for "broad-based" issues impacting larger market concerns.

 
Dec 09, 2015 12:30 PM

Quicken Loans May Ditch FHA Loan Program

Quicken Loans is considering leaving the Federal Housing Administration's first-time homebuyer program after voicing concerns about the FHA's methods for resolving unpaid loan obligations, Reuters reported Dec. 2. Quicken joins JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo in voicing frustration with the program.

 
Dec 09, 2015 12:30 PM

HUD Warns of Fraudulent, Inflated Reverse Mortgage Appraisals

The Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Nov. 30 warned of fraudulent appraisals being used to boost loan amounts for the refinancing of HUD's Home Equity Conversion Mortgages, HousingWire reported. Some appraised values were inflated by 60 to 100 percent more than actual market values.

 
Dec 02, 2015 12:30 PM

FHFA: Few Changes to 2016 Conforming Loan Limits

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced Nov. 25 that conforming loan limits will remain at $417,000 for loans acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in most of the U.S. in 2016, HousingWire reported. The limit will rise in 39 “high-cost” counties, including some in California, Massachusetts, Colorado and Washington.

 
Dec 02, 2015 12:30 PM

Survey: Lending Not Delayed by TRID

Concerns about lending delays caused by the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures Rule that took effect in October appear unfounded, according to a Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance HousingPulse Tracking Survey, HousingWire reported Nov. 23. The total average closing time for most loan types remained relatively unchanged between September and October.

 
Dec 02, 2015 12:30 PM

Google Launches Mortgage Comparison Tool

Google is rolling out a mortgage comparison tool through its Compare service, a move that will give homebuyers another way in which to shop for a mortgage, HousingWire reported Nov. 23. The comparison tool currently is available only in California, with more states to follow.

 
Nov 25, 2015 12:30 PM

Rising Valuations Means Uncertain Commercial Market

Some investment managers reported worrisome signs in commercial mortgage-backed securities due to loosening underwriting standards, and while they noted the market appears "frothy" as a result of high commercial valuations, they aren't yet forecasting a bubble, Bloomberg Business reported Nov. 18.

 
Nov 25, 2015 12:30 PM

Errors Abound in CFPB Complaint Portal

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's consumer complaint database allegedly is riddled with errors and distrusted by some of its own employees, according to internal documents and interviews with current and former agency officials, National Mortgage News reported Nov. 18.

 
Nov 25, 2015 12:30 PM

Mortgage Firm Settles Multistate Suit over Appraisal Fees

Prospect Mortgage settled with the Multi-State Mortgage Committee on behalf of 50 state mortgage regulators after investigators uncovered a pattern of improperly disclosed and unsupported fees paid to the company's affiliate, C2C Appraisal Services, HousingWire reported Nov. 19. Prospect will pay more than $10 million in fines and restitution.

 
Nov 24, 2015 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute, Building Codes Assistance Project Offer ‘Green’ Appraisal Guidance

The Appraisal Institute and the Building Codes Assistance Project today released guidance for homebuilders, buyers and lenders related to valuation of green and energy-efficient homes.

 
Nov 18, 2015 12:30 PM

Study: Solar Energy Systems Boost Home Values

Homes with host-owned solar photovoltaic energy systems sell for a premium compared to homes without PV systems, according to a study authored by Appraisal Institute member Sandra K. Adomatis, SRA, and released Nov. 12 by the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

 
Nov 18, 2015 12:30 PM

Report: Gap Narrows between Appraiser, Homeowner Value Opinions

The discrepancy between appraiser and homeowner opinions of home values is shrinking, but October still was the ninth consecutive month in which homeowner estimates exceeded those of appraisers, Quicken Loans reported Nov. 10 in its Home Price Perception Index.

 
Nov 18, 2015 12:30 PM

Mortgage Rates Rise for Second Consecutive Week

Averaged fixed mortgage rates rose for the second consecutive week, amid continued expectations of a rate increase by the Federal Reserve and a stronger than expected October jobs report, Freddie Mac reported in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey on Nov. 12.

 
Nov 18, 2015 08:00 AM

New Appraisal Institute Seminar Offers FHA Guidance

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today launched a seminar to help appraisers develop a better understanding of the Federal Housing Administration’s new “FHA Handbook 4000.1.”

 
Nov 12, 2015 11:33 AM

Solar Energy Systems Boost Home Values, Says Appraisal Institute Member-Led Study

An Appraisal Institute member specializing in valuation of green homes has produced a study released today by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory that found homes with host-owned solar photovoltaic energy systems are sold at a premium compared to homes without PV systems.​

 
Nov 11, 2015 12:30 PM

Yellen: December Rate Hike a 'Live Possibility'

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's remarks to the House Financial Services Committee on Nov. 4 formally allowed the possibility of a rate hike when the Federal Open Markets Committee meets in December, HousingWire reported. The Fed has not raised interest rates since June 2006.

 
Nov 11, 2015 12:30 PM

Fed Sees Possible Commercial Real Estate Bubble

Eric Rosengren, president of the Boston Fed, expressed concern about the rapid rise in commercial real estate prices, noting in a Nov. 9 speech in Rhode Island, that investors are compensating for low rates by taking on too much risk in order to improve returns, MarketWatch reported.

 
Nov 11, 2015 12:30 PM

Despite Freddie Mac Quarterly Loss, No Aid Necessary

Freddie Mac's third-quarter loss was its first since 2011, but despite the shortfall, additional aid from the U.S. Department of the Treasury won't be needed, Bloomberg reported Nov. 3. Freddie has operated under federal conservatorship since 2008 and received $71.3 billion in aid; it regained profitability in 2012 and returned $96.5 billion to Treasury.

 
Nov 04, 2015 12:30 PM

Living Area is Most Common Appraisal Report Adjustment

The living area is the most frequently adjusted home feature in appraisal reports, with 96.4 percent of appraisal reports warranting an adjustment, analytics firm CoreLogic reported Oct. 28. The report noted that adjustments to quality rating and overall condition of a home have the largest financial impact.

 
Nov 04, 2015 12:30 PM

CFPB Releases 2016 List of Rural, Underserved Counties

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Oct. 29 released its updated list of the nation's rural and underserved counties, HousingWire reported. In September, the agency finalized changes to its mortgage rules to increase the number of financial institutions able to provide mortgages in rural and underserved areas.

 
Nov 04, 2015 12:30 PM

FHA Revising Condo Rules

The Federal Housing Administration is in the process of revising its condo rules, but the agency doesn't have a timeframe for completion, according to comments from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro at an Oct. 27 housing event in Washington, National Mortgage News reported.

 
Nov 03, 2015 08:00 AM

Time to Winterize is Now, Appraisal Institute Tells Homeowners

The nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers today encouraged consumers to winterize their homes now for cold weather ahead to increase comfort, save money and possibly increase value.

 
Oct 29, 2015 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Dictionary Updated to Enhance Appraisers’ Knowledge

“The Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal,” sixth edition, published this week by the Appraisal Institute, includes more than 5,000 entries, 1,250 revised definitions and 450 new terms and has been updated for consistency with current professional standards documents and with Appraisal Institute materials.​

 
Oct 28, 2015 04:07 PM

FHFA Considering Appraisal Representations, Warranties

Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Melvin Watt, speaking at the Mortgage Bankers Association Annual Convention and Expo in San Diego Oct. 19, said his agency is conducting pilot programs that would consider representations and warranties for appraisals submitted to the government-sponsored enterprises.​

 
Oct 28, 2015 12:30 PM

Report: Green DC Homes Sell for More Green

Washington homebuyers are willing to pay nearly 3.5 percent more for high-performance homes, according to a report authored by Sandra K. Adomatis, SRA, and released Oct. 22 by the Institute for Market Transformation and the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment.

 
Oct 28, 2015 12:30 PM

FHA Abandons Insurance Claims Deadline

The Federal Housing Administration reportedly will abandon its plan to establish a deadline for lenders and servicers to file FHA insurance claims, citing mortgage industry concerns, HousingWire reported Oct. 19. In July, the FHA had proposed a three-month claims deadline.

 
Oct 27, 2015 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Bestows First Review Designation to Non-Designated Member

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

 
Oct 21, 2015 12:30 PM

White House Rejects Idea to Recapitalize, Release GSEs

The White House on Oct. 19 said that it has no plans to support the recapitalization of government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac or release them from conservatorship, HousingWire reported. Officials said the only acceptable path is comprehensive housing policy reform.

 
Oct 21, 2015 12:30 PM

Report: Appraisers, Homeowners Still Differ on Value Opinions

The disparity between homeowner and appraiser opinions of home values increased for the eighth consecutive month, mortgage lender Quicken Loans reported Oct. 13 in its Home Price Perception Index. However, September marked the first month the gap has narrowed since February.

 
Oct 21, 2015 12:30 AM

Beige Book: Residential, Commercial Activity Improves

Residential real estate activity has been positive in most Fed districts, with many reporting that moderately priced homes have outperformed those at the high-end of the market, the Federal Reserve reported Oct. 14 in its newest Beige Book. Commercial and multifamily activity also has improved in all 12 Fed districts.

 
Oct 20, 2015 11:30 AM

Appraisal Institute Joins in Producing ‘Green’ Valuation Guide for Lenders

The Appraisal Institute, the Institute for Market Transformation and the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment today released a guide intended to help lenders understand the valuation of high-performance buildings.

 
Oct 14, 2015 12:30 PM

Maryland Reduces Appraiser Licensing Fees

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced on Oct. 6 plans to reduce or eliminate more than 100 state fees, including professional licenses for appraisers and real estate brokers, the Baltimore Sun reported.​

 
Oct 14, 2015 12:30 PM

CFPB Issues Guidance on Marketing Service Agreements

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Oct. 8 provided additional guidance to the mortgage industry concerning marketing service agreements, offering an overview of the federal prohibition on mortgage kickbacks and referral fees and the risks lenders face by entering into these agreements.

 
Oct 14, 2015 12:30 PM

Fannie, Freddie Unveil New Mortgage Buyback Rules

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced on Oct. 7 their plan to implement new repurchase procedures that would provide lenders with more clarity and transparency and encourage them to increase access to credit for qualified borrowers, HousingWire reported. The new rules takes effect Jan. 1.

 
Oct 14, 2015 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute, Land Trust Alliance Agree to Promote Appraisals for Conservation Easements

The Appraisal Institute and the Land Trust Alliance today announced they will enhance cooperative efforts to promote the quality of appraisals prepared for conservation easements.

 
Oct 07, 2015 12:30 PM

Big Banks Accused of Violating Foreclosure Settlement

The nation's biggest lenders are being accused by some housing counselors and government prosecutors of continuing to violate terms of the 2012 settlement in which five of the nation's largest banks agreed to pay $25 billion to resolve accusations of deceptive foreclosure practices, Politico reported Sept. 28.

 
Oct 07, 2015 12:30 PM

Ginnie Mae Increases Lender Reporting Requirements

Ginnie Mae will increase oversight of non-bank issuers by adding more reporting requirements and conducting deeper analysis of their capital and liquidity positions, National Mortgage News reported Sept. 29.

 
Oct 07, 2015 12:30 PM

Single-family Homes Can Ease Affordable Rental Shortage

As many as 13 million families will become renters over the next 20 years, according to the Urban Institute, which reported Sept. 28 that single-family homes could be used to help solve the shortage of affordable rental housing if government programs didn't routinely exclude them.

 
Sep 30, 2015 12:30 PM

Cordray Signals 'Hold-Harmless' Period for TRID Compliance

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray delivered his semi-annual report to the House Financial Services Committee Sept. 29, signaling that financial regulators are working on guidance for a "hold-harmless" period to facilitate compliance with TILA-RESPA integrated disclosures that take effect Oct. 3, the ABA Banking Journal reported.

 
Sep 30, 2015 12:30 PM

Fed: Dodd-Frank Not Hurting Mortgage Access

Qualified mortgage rules that took effect January 2014 and were mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act have had little effect on consumers' ability to get a mortgage, according to a Federal Reserve review of mortgage disclosure data, MarketWatch reported Sept. 22.

 
Sep 30, 2015 12:30 PM

Freddie Offers Rebate to Multifamily Borrowers with Energy Star Score

Freddie Mac announced on Sept. 15 a new program to help increase the energy efficiency of multifamily properties by offering a rebate on new mortgages for borrowers who voluntarily submit an Energy Star Score with their loan documents.

 
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, GlobeSt.com 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 22, 2015 08:00 AM

Valuing Automobile Dealerships Brings Challenges: The Appraisal Journal

Appraisers tasked with valuing automobile dealerships are met with unique challenges for generating an opinion of value on this specialized property type, according to an article published this week in The Appraisal Journal.

 
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.

 
Sep 02, 2015 12:30 PM

BofA Settles Appraiser Overtime Lawsuit

Bank of America’s appraisal subsidiary, LandSafe Appraisal Services, agreed to pay $36 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the misclassification of 365 current and former appraisers as exempt from overtime when they actually were eligible, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Aug. 27. The employees will each receive $60,000 to $65,000.

 
Sep 02, 2015 12:30 PM

Fannie: Economic Growth Slows in Second Quarter

Economic growth was slower than expected in the second quarter, as a strong dollar, reduced oil prices and a drop in nonresidential investment stymied growth, Fannie Mae's Economic & Strategic Research Group reported Aug. 24. The group sees some improvement in the housing sector, with lean inventories and home sales trending up.

 
Aug 26, 2015 04:16 PM

Report: Too Late for FHFA to Offer Principal Reduction

The Federal Housing Finance Agency is reconsidering its ban on principal reductions for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans, but the move now would have little impact because the housing market has recovered enough to eliminate most negative equity, according to an Aug. 18 report from think tank Urban Institute.​

 
Aug 26, 2015 04:16 PM

FHFA Sets Low-income Housing Goals for Fannie, Freddie

The Federal Housing Finance Agency on Aug. 19 set new two-year goals for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to increase the number of mortgages issued to low-income consumers and to landlords who rent to those individuals, The New York Times reported.

 
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).

 
Aug 19, 2015 12:30 PM

Mandatory Registration Begins for FHA Appraisal Portal

The mandatory registration period for the Federal Housing Administration's Electronic Appraisal Delivery portal began Aug. 17, and all FHA-approved mortgagees must register for and participate in a 60-day onboarding phase to familiarize themselves with the portal, HousingWire reported. Onboarding begins Oct. 15 and all users must be registered by June 26, 2016.

 
Aug 19, 2015 12:30 PM

Gap Widens between Homeowner, Appraiser Opinions

The gap between homeowner and appraiser opinions of home values has nearly doubled since May, mortgage lender Quicken Loans reported Aug. 11 in its Home Price Perception Index. The discrepancy was attributed to homeowners seeing national headlines about increased home values.

 
Aug 19, 2015 12:30 PM

Bank of America Sells Appraisal Business

Bank of America announced Aug. 8 that it's selling its real estate appraisal business to analytics firm CoreLogic for an undisclosed sum, the Charlotte Observer reported. The bank acquired the business in 2008 through its acuisition of mortgage company Countrywide Financial Corp.

 
Aug 12, 2015 12:30 PM

NC Passes Recordkeeping and Background Check Legislation

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on Aug. 5 signed into law HB 651, legislation that eliminates the discovery rule for civil action related to real estate appraisals and establishes a five-year statute of limitations that brings the state in line with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.​

 
Aug 12, 2015 12:30 PM

New Collateral Underwriter Releases in September

Fannie Mae announced Aug. 4 that it will release Collateral Underwriter 3.0 on Sept. 26. The updated version will provide access to appraisal data, risk score, flags and messages in the CU Web application within 10 minutes of submitting an appraisal through the Uniform Collateral Data Portal (Forms 1004/1073 only).

 
Aug 12, 2015 12:30 PM

Fed Repo System Could Impact Millions of Mortgages

The Federal Reserve reportedly will expand its use of overnight reverse repo agreements to help drain the $4.5 trillion it has on its balance sheet from years of quantitative easing, and doing so while raising interest rates could significantly affect the mortgage-backed securities market, Bloomberg reported Aug. 5.

 
Aug 05, 2015 12:30 PM

Mortgage Rates Drop as Foreign Markets Disappoint

Average fixed mortgage rates dropped during the past week as foreign markets - particularly China - reported disappointing economic performance, Freddie Mac reported July 30 in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey.

 
Aug 05, 2015 12:30 PM

House Committee Says Dodd-Frank Hurting Recovery

The House Financial Services Committee held a hearing July 28 to review the nation's economic prosperity in the five years since Dodd-Frank was enacted, with committee Republicans saying the law's regulatory burdens have done more harm than good, HousingWire reported.

 
Aug 05, 2015 12:30 PM

CFPB Asks Mortgage Industry to Stop Using MSAs

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reportedly is concerned about the business model behind marketing services agreements and wants mortgage lenders to stop using them, HousingWire reported July 30. The CFPB recently has fined lenders for alleged kickbacks and other MSA-related violations.

 
Jul 31, 2015 08:00 AM

Jim Murrett Elected 2016 Appraisal Institute Vice President

James L. Murrett, MAI, SRA, of Hamburg, New York, was elected 2016 vice president of the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers Thursday by its Board of Directors in Dallas. Murrett’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 30, 2015 10:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Honors 8 National Award Winners

John P. Fredrickson, MAI, SRA, of Walla Walla, Washington; Jerome Haims, MAI, SRA, of New York; and Richard A. Stephens, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, of Little Rock, Arkansas, were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Michael V. Tankersley, MAI, SRA, AI-RRS, of Lewisburg, Tennessee, was named the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award during the Appraisal Institute Annual Meeting Wednesday in Dallas.

 
Jul 29, 2015 12:30 PM

Court Orders Release of Fannie, Freddie Conservatorship Docs

A Federal Claims Court on July 21 granted a motion requiring the U.S. Department of the Treasury to release all discovery document materials related to the decision to put Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into conservatorship, HousingWire reported.

 
Jul 29, 2015 12:30 PM

Mortgage Rates Reverse Course

Mixed economic and lending reports caused average fixed mortgage rates to drop during the past week, Freddie Mac reported July 23 in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey.

 
Jul 29, 2015 12:30 PM

Fed Directs 8 Largest US Banks to Hold Extra Capital

Federal regulators are directing the eight largest U.S. banks to maintain capital at levels beyond industry requirements to protect against unexpected losses and to reduce the possibility of future taxpayer bailouts, the Chicago Tribune reported July 20. The banks will have to jointly possess $200 billion in additional capital.

 
Jul 22, 2015 12:30 PM

Georgia Proposes AMC Fee Rule, Releases Fee Study

The Georgia Real Estate Appraisers Board on July 17 proposed a rule requiring appraisal management companies to pay appraisers customary and reasonable fees for appraisal services performed for single- to four-family residential dwellings. The Board also released the results of an appraisal fee study.

 
Jul 22, 2015 12:30 PM

Appraiser, Homeowner Opinions Growing Further Apart

June was the fifth consecutive month when homeowner and appraiser opinions on home values grew further apart, Quicken Loans reported July 14 in its Home Price Perception Index. The disparity is attributed to the normalization of home prices across the country.

 
Jul 22, 2015 12:30 PM

Beige Book: Residential, Commercial Markets Improving

The Federal Reserve Beige Book released July 15 showed positive activity in both residential and commercial real estate markets, including increases in home sales, home-price appreciation and declining inventory in most districts. Several districts reported modest-to-moderate increases in commercial real estate activity.

 
Jul 15, 2015 01:08 PM

Industry Groups Join Fannie, Freddie to Create Advisory Group

Multiple trade associations joined Fannie, Freddie and Common Securitization Solutions, the company formed by the government-sponsored enterprises to help design and implement a single security, to create an industry advisory group to provide feedback on single-security development, HousingWire reported July 8.

 
Jul 15, 2015 12:30 PM

Study Shows Housing Value in Every US County

New York City's five counties account for less than 1 percent of the nation's total land area but constitute 5 percent of its housing value, analytics firm Metrocosm reported July 7 in a series of cartograms that track housing values by U.S. county.

 
Jul 15, 2015 12:30 PM

White House Introduces Tougher Housing Segregation Rules

The White House on July 8 announced new rules that will require cities and localities to account for how they use federal housing money to reduce racial disparities or face possible penalties, The New York Times reported. The rules seek to enforce the civil rights-era fair housing law that prohibits overt residential discrimination.

 
Jul 08, 2015 12:30 PM

CalPERS Pension to Sell $3 Billion in Real Estate Holdings

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the nation’s largest pension, intends to sell up to $3 billion of its real estate portfolio as part of a broader cost-cutting plan, Bloomberg reported June 30. The $303 billion fund could sell up to12 percent of its $25.5 billion commercial real estate holdings.

 
Jul 08, 2015 12:30 PM

Small Lender Loan Purchases Rise as G-fees Drop

The percentage of loans that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac purchased from small lenders grew significantly in 2014 as the guarantee fees they charge small lenders decreased, the Federal Housing Finance Agency reported June 30. The government-sponsored enterprises charge lenders G-fees as compensation for guaranteeing timely payment of principal and interest.

 
Jul 08, 2015 12:30 PM

Coalition Challenges Corporate Sustainability Standards

A coalition of real estate stakeholders sent a letter June 30 to the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board challenging its attempt to create corporate reporting standards for property companies’ sustainability efforts. The letter noted that the proposed standards seem inconsistent with current economic and market trends driving sustainability programs.

 
Jul 01, 2015 12:30 PM

Report: Risk of Valuation Fraud Up, Mortgage Fraud Down

The overall risk of mortgage fraud, which includes valuation, identity, occupancy and employment/income fraud, dropped 4 percent between 2013 and 2014, but the specific risk of valuation fraud increased 17 percent during the same reporting period, analytics firm Interthinx reported June 25 in its Mortgage Fraud Risk Report.

 
Jul 01, 2015 12:30 PM

Fair Housing Act Claims can Include Disparate Impact

The U.S. Supreme Court announced June 25 its decision that the legal doctrine of disparate impact is recognizable under the Fair Housing Act, HousingWire reported. Disparate impact refers to policies, practices or rules that appear to be neutral but have a discriminatory effect.

 
Jul 01, 2015 12:30 PM

Fannie Mae Drops Desktop Underwriter Fee

Fannie Mae announced June 23 that it eliminated the fee for its Desktop Underwriter mortgage underwriting system and Desktop Originator tool, HousingWire reported. The government-sponsored enterprise also indicated it would soon unveil a new loan delivery system.

 
Jun 30, 2015 08:00 AM

New Appraisal Institute Book Cites Unique Demands for Valuing Auto Dealerships

Auto dealerships are unique property types whose characteristics can make valuation fun but challenging, according to a new book from the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers. ​

 
Jun 24, 2015 12:30 PM

OCC Penalizes 6 Banks for Mortgage Servicing Failures

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said six big banks failed to comply with Independent Foreclosure Review requirements, and as a result, the OCC severely restricted their mortgage servicing operations, HousingWire reported June 17.

 
Jun 24, 2015 12:30 PM

CFPB Delays TILA-RESPA Mortgage Rules

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on June 24 proposed delaying until Oct. 3 the effective date of the Know Before You Owe mortgage disclosure rule, which consists of two new loan disclosure forms that consolidate existing TILA-RESPA forms.

 
Jun 24, 2015 12:30 PM

Fed on Track for September Rate Hike

The Federal Reserve on June 17 signaled that it's on track to raise historically low interest rates this September, although more gradually than initially anticipated, USA Today reported. The increase would be the first for the benchmark rate since 2006.

 
Jun 23, 2015 08:00 AM

Valuing Excess Land Creates Challenges for Appraisers: The Appraisal Journal

Appraisers tasked with valuing excess land are often met with unique challenges for developing opinions of the value for the unneeded tract, according to an article published this week in The Appraisal Journal.

 
Jun 17, 2015 12:30 PM

Survey: Most Americans Believe Housing Crisis Not Over

Many Americans believe the nation's housing crisis continues, according to a housing attitudes survey released June 8 by the nonprofit MacArthur Foundation. Forty-one percent of respondents said they think the U.S. is in the middle of the crisis while 20 percent said they felt the worst has yet to come.

 
Jun 17, 2015 12:30 PM

Survey: Dodd-Frank, CFPB Hurt Housing Market

Nearly 80 percent of lenders responding to an American Bankers Association survey released June 9 said they think Dodd-Frank has significantly damaged the mortgage banking industry and felt that new lending rules from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will hurt the housing market.

 
Jun 17, 2015 12:30 PM

Report: US Growth Heads West

Southwestern states accounted for most of the country's grown in 2014, with gross domestic product increasing by 4.3 percent, according to a Bureau of Economic Analysis report released June 10. The Rocky Mountain region grew 3.9 percent while the Far West region grew 2.7 percent. See a state-by state analysis.

 
Jun 10, 2015 12:30 PM

CFPB Institutes Grace Period on TRID Enforcement

The TILA-RESPA Regulated Disclosure requirements will still be implemented Aug. 1, but the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced an open-ended grace period during which it would delay enforcement so mortgage lenders can get up to speed, HousingWire reported June 3.

 
Jun 10, 2015 12:30 PM

Supreme Court Upholds Second Mortgages in Bankruptcies

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 1 that a debtor in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceeding cannot cancel a second mortgage lien when the home used as collateral is underwater on its first mortgage lien, HousingWire reported.

 
Jun 10, 2015 12:30 PM

Texas Governor Signs Updates to Appraiser Law

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on June 9 signed into law Senate Bill 1007, legislation that contains many revisions and additions to the state's current appraiser licensing and certification law, the Appraisal Institute reported. The provisions in the bill will take effect Jan. 1, 2016.

 
Jun 03, 2015 12:30 PM

Freddie Mac Drops Loan Prospector Fee

Effective June 1, Freddie Mac stopped charging lenders $20 to use Loan Prospector, its automated underwriting service and risk-assessment tool that gives lenders access to Freddie’s credit and pricing terms, HousingWire reported May 27.

 
Jun 03, 2015 12:30 PM

Fed says Weak Global Economy Could Slow Rate Hikes

Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer noted in a May 26 speech at Tel Aviv University that policy makers will consider international growth as they start to increase interest rates, and that borrowing costs could increase slowly if the global economy falters, Bloomberg reported.

 
Jun 03, 2015 12:30 PM

Housing Market Continues to Stabilize

The U.S. housing market continues to stabilize, with the most improved metro markets seeing strong demand for home sales during the spring homebuying season, according to Freddie Mac’s Multi-Indicator Market Index released May 27. Overall, the index shows 80 percent of the country’ top housing markets are improving.

 
Jun 02, 2015 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Aids U.S. Department of Energy on Home Energy Efficiency

The Appraisal Institute today announced it has joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s new Better Buildings Accelerator, which will convene leaders to focus on key solutions to expanding energy efficiency in the residential sector.

 
May 27, 2015 12:30 PM

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 12:30 PM

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 12:30 PM

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 20, 2015 12:30 PM

Illinois Appraisals Halted

Appraisals in the state of Illinois came to an abrupt halt last week after the state’s Department of Financial and Professional Regulation revoked the licenses of 70 appraisal management companies over non-compliance with Illinois bonding regulations, HousingWire reported May 14.

 
May 20, 2015 12:30 PM

Report: Gap Grows Between Homeowner, Appraiser Opinions

For the third consecutive month, homeowner opinions of home values are higher than the value assessed by professional appraisers, according to the Home Price Perception Index released May 13 by mortgage lender Quicken Loans, HousingWire reported May 13.

 
May 20, 2015 12:30 PM

Nomura, RBS Settle with FHFA over ‘Enormous Deception’

Financial holding company Nomura Holdings and the Royal Bank of Scotland will pay $806 million in damages to the Federal Housing Finance Agency for exhibiting “enormous deception” in the sale of allegedly flawed mortgage-backed securities to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Bloomberg reported May 15.

 
May 19, 2015 08:00 AM

Landscaping Can Drive Property Values, Appraisal Institute Says

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today encouraged homeowners to maintain their landscaping in order to potentially enhance their property’s value.

 
May 13, 2015 12:30 PM

Report: Mortgage Fraud Up, Valuation Fraud Down

The Mortgage Fraud Risk Report released May 5 by risk management firm Interthinx showed that mortgage fraud during the fourth quarter 2014 was up slightly from the previous quarter while valuation fraud saw a slight 2 percent drop during the same reporting period.

 
May 13, 2015 12:30 PM

FHA Delays Revised Single-family Handbook

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced April 30 that stakeholder concerns have delayed by three months implementation of the revised Single Family Housing Policy Handbook. Policies in the handbook now will take effect Sept. 14.

 
May 13, 2015 12:30 PM

Survey: Consumers Positive, Cautious on Housing

Consumers want to purchase homes, but rising house prices have convinced them now isn't a good time to buy, according to the April 2015 National Housing Survey released May 7 by Fannie Mae. Overall, the survey showed improved housing sentiment, but not enough to trigger any breakout housing market activity.​

 
May 06, 2015 12:30 PM

Final Rule Released on Minimum Requirements for AMCs

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the National Credit Union Administration, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Housing Finance Agency issued a final rule April 30 that implements minimum requirements for state registration and supervision of appraisal management companies.​

 
May 06, 2015 12:30 PM

Expanded Fiduciary Rule Addresses Appraisals, Seeks Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor is seeking comment by July 6 on its proposed rule to change who is considered a fiduciary of a qualified plan, IRA or health savings account. A more expansive proposal was released in 2010, but it faced significant pushback and was quickly withdrawn.

 
May 06, 2015 12:30 PM

SBA Issues Revised Appraisal Policies

The U.S. Small Business Administration on May 1 issued revised appraisal policies for change-in-ownership transactions involving special-purpose properties. The SBA removed requirements for business valuation credentials and repositioned such scenarios as real property-centric valuation scenarios.

 
May 05, 2015 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Shares Property Tax Appeal Tips

Homeowners who are considering property tax appeals should be prepared with all the relevant information and be mindful of local rules, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers said today.

 
Apr 23, 2015 08:00 AM

New Appraisal Institute Book Addresses Evolving Role of Appraisal Review

Reviewing appraisals has become increasingly important in recent years with many appraisal reports being more closely scrutinized, according to a new book from the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers.

 
Apr 14, 2015 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Expands ‘Green’ Education Offerings

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today announced it has extended its partnership with Build It Green, a California-based “green” building organization, enabling more valuation professionals to take relevant education courses.

 
Mar 31, 2015 08:00 AM

Lack of Data Complicates Valuation of Green Homes: The Appraisal Journal

Valuation professionals, real estate agents and homebuyers face challenges in the process of valuing, selling and purchasing green and energy-efficient homes due to a lack of comparable properties and a lack of data, according to an article published this week in The Appraisal Journal.

 
Mar 24, 2015 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Heads to Dallas for 2015 Annual Meeting

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, announced today that its 2015 Annual Meeting will take place July 27-29 in Dallas. Registration is now open.

 
Mar 10, 2015 08:00 AM

Minor Home Improvements Offer Best Return, Appraisal Institute Says

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today advised homeowners to choose upgrades instead of major remodeling projects to see the greatest potential return on investment.

 
Feb 11, 2015 08:00 AM

New Appraisal Institute Form Helps Analyze ‘Green’ Commercial Real Estate Features

The nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers today released a form intended to help analyze values of commercial buildings’ energy-efficient features. It is the first of its kind intended for appraisers’ use.

 
Jan 26, 2015 08:00 AM

New Fannie Mae Program Shows Importance of Hiring Qualified Real Estate Appraisers

A new Fannie Mae program available to mortgage lenders today shows the importance of hiring qualified appraisers, according to the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers.

 
Jan 14, 2015 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Members Contribute to Landmark Solar Valuation Study

Two members of the Appraisal Institute contributed to a landmark study released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory that found that home buyers consistently have been willing to pay more for homes with host-owned solar photovoltaic energy systems.

 
 
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