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September 2016

FEMA Proposes New Rules for Construction in Flood Zones

The Federal Emergency Management Agency proposed regulations Aug. 22 that would require developers and homeowners using federal funds for construction projects in flood zones to build on higher ground - in some cases as much as two feet higher than 100-year floodplains.

 

September 2016

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.

 
September 2016

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.

 

September 2016

ASB Releases Second Exposure Draft on 2018-19 USPAP

The Appraisal Standards Board of The Appraisal Foundation on Aug. 16 released its second exposure draft on proposed changes for the 2018-19 edition of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. Changes in this version primarily address draft reports and preliminary communication of an appraiser’s assignment results. Comments are due Oct. 21.

 
September 2016

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.

 

September 2016

Banks Implement Tighter Mortgage Guidelines

Credit requirements for construction, multifamily and land development loans remained tight in the second quarter, according to the Wells Fargo Securities Commercial Real Estate Chartbook, MBA NewsLink reported Aug. 17. The pace of multifamily and construction lending is slowing, and lenders are noting "pockets of risk."

 
September 2016

Florida Leads in Home Price Appreciation

Investors looking for residential real estate should set their sights on Florida, where the rate of home price appreciation after one year in Jacksonville, Tampa and Orlando, is among the highest in the nation, Realtor.com reported July 25. Other top spots: Las Vegas and Phoenix.

 

September 2016

More People, Including Millennials, Moving to Suburbs

Suburban areas continue to hold a strong place in the real estate market, including among millennial homebuyers, who are moving to the suburbs at a higher rate than those moving into cities, according to commercial real estate firm CBRE, MBA NewsLink reported Aug. 11.

 
September 2016

'McMansions’ Don’t Hold Value: Report

So-called "McMansions," which are tract-built luxury homes, do not hold their value as well as other types of residential properties, Bloomberg reported Aug. 23. The premiums buyers can expect to pay for such properties fell in some areas by as much as 84 percent between 2012-16.

 

September 2016

Miami Tops List of Apartment Sub-markets

Apartments in Miami sold at higher prices compared to local incomes than apartments in any other market in the country, according to research firm Real Capital Analytics, National Real Estate Investor reported Aug. 2. New York City's Upper East Side and San Francisco's business district rounded out the top three.

 
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