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Oct 09, 2019

Residential Appraisal Threshold Increase Becomes Official

The Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on Sept. 27 announced the official adoption of a final rule that increases the threshold for residential real estate transactions requiring an appraisal from $250,000 to $400,000. Transactions exempt from the appraisal requirement must instead obtain an evaluation.

 

Oct 09, 2019

FHFA, Treasury to Allow Fannie, Freddie to Retain Capital

The Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Treasury Department announced Sept. 30 that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be allowed to retain up to $45 billion in capital as they prepare to exit conservatorship, HousingWire reported. The Trump administration previously indicated that it opposed a profit sweep of the government-sponsored enterprises.

 
Oct 09, 2019

CRE Performs Inconsistently, But Should Thrive Through Year-end, Report Shows

A review of mid-year commercial real estate showed spreads and divergence in property sectors, but performance for the rest of the year should thrive, according to the U.S. Real Estate Summary report released Oct. 1 by UBS Asset Management, Commercial Property Executive reported. The report showed minimal movement in cap rates and a drop in 10-year Treasury rates.

 
Oct 09, 2019

Hospitality Sector Feeling Pressure but Generally Regarded as Healthy: Research

The outlook for the hospitality sector generally is positive, but home-sharing ventures like Airbnb and VRBO are applying particularly strong pressure to the extended stay and all-suite property sectors, according to a hospitality report conducted by National Real Estate Investor and released Oct. 2. Increasing operating expenses also is a notable challenge.

 

Oct 09, 2019

Co-living, Sustainability Top Real Estate Trends: Forecast

Co-living arrangements among both younger and older generations and a growing commitment to environmental issues are among the trends expected to shape real estate during the next two years, according to the Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2020 report from the Urban Land Institute and consultant PwC, Forbes reported Oct. 3.

 
Oct 09, 2019

Multifamily Lending in the US Reached a Record $339 Billion Last Year: MBA Report

The U.S. multifamily lending market for properties with five or more units jumped 19% last year to a record $339.2 billion, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s annual sector report, World Property Journal reported Sept. 30. Wells Fargo, CBRE and Chase were the top multifamily lenders by dollar volume.

 
Oct 09, 2019

Northeast Has Nation’s Most Expensive Residential Rental Markets, Data Reveals

New York City is the most expensive U.S. city in which to rent an apartment, with units in the 10282 ZIP code averaging $6,211 per month, according to a report on the country’s most expensive rental markets from analytics firm Yardi Matrix, HousingWire reported Sept. 27. Regionally, the Northeast has the largest concentration of expensive ZIP codes.

 

Oct 09, 2019

Home Price Gains, Low Rates for Next 12 Months: CoreLogic

CoreLogic Chief Economist Frank Nothaft said the pace of home price gains should quicken during the next 12 months, and he expects home prices to increase 5.8% through August 2020 due to continued low mortgage rates, HousingWire reported Oct. 2. Nothaft said he expects interest rates to stay under 4% through the end of the year.

 
Oct 09, 2019

Taxpayers at Risk for Property Impacted by Climate Change, Research Discovers

Banks and other lenders are selling a larger number of loans for properties in vulnerable coastal locations to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which puts taxpayers at greater risk because it’s their dollars that are being used to guarantee the loans, according to a National Bureau of Economic Research paper released Oct. 2, CBS News reported.

 
Oct 09, 2019

Housing Expected to Stay Strong Despite Economic Volatility, Freddie Mac Reports

The nation’s trade war is projected to weaken future economic growth, but the housing sector likely will remain strong well into the fall, Freddie Mac reported Sept. 30 in its September Mortgage Forecast. Home prices are projected to increase 3.4% this year, while home sales are projected to increase 0.3% to 5.98 million.

 
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