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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.

 
 
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