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Aug 15, 2018 12:30 PM

North Dakota Seeks Appraisal Waivers for Some Residential Loans: Report

Officials in North Dakota are seeking a temporary appraisal waiver for residential loans up to $500,000, citing a shortage of qualified appraisers, Mortgage Daily reported Aug. 6. The joint request came from Gov. Doug Burgum, the Department of Financial Institutions and the North Dakota Bankers Association. ​

 
Aug 15, 2018 12:30 PM

Fannie Mae No Longer Requires Form 1004MC in Updated Selling Guide

Appraisers are no longer required to use form 1004MC, effective immediately, Fannie Mae announced Aug. 7 when releasing its updated Selling Guide. The change was anticipated and is expected to simplify reporting for appraisers and review for lenders. Appraisers still are responsible for analyzing and accurately reporting market conditions.

 
Aug 15, 2018 12:30 PM

Report Shows Possible Multifamily Downturn, Reveals Market Opportunities

While the multifamily market currently is strong, a downturn is expected over the next three years, making this a good time for both investors and sellers — depending on the city, according to online marketplace Ten-X, HousingWire reported Aug. 6. Houston is the top city for investors, while Miami is the top city for sellers.

 
Aug 08, 2018 12:30 PM

President Signs Bill Authorizing 4-month Flood Insurance Extension

President Trump on July 31 signed legislation that extends the National Flood Insurance Program by four months — until Nov. 30, the White House reported. The extension gives lawmakers a small window to craft a longer-term extension for the program, which is underfunded by about $20 billion.

 
Aug 08, 2018 12:30 PM

Fed Maintains Interest Rates Amid Strong Growth, Increased Spending

The Federal Reserve on Aug. 1 said that interest rates would remain unchanged due to strong growth — although a September hike is anticipated, Bloomberg reported. The Fed noted that unemployment is low, and household and business spending is on the rise.

 
Aug 08, 2018 12:30 PM

FHFA Extends Comment Period for Proposed GSE Capital Requirements Rule

The Federal Housing Finance Agency extended for an additional 60 days the public comment period for its proposed rule on capital requirements for the government-sponsored enterprises, MBA NewsLink reported Aug. 1. The FHFA cited numerous requests for more time from multiple stakeholders as reasons for the extension to Nov. 16.

 
Aug 03, 2018 09:22 AM

Rodman Schley Elected 2019 Appraisal Institute Vice President

Rodman Schley, MAI, SRA, of Denver, was elected 2019 vice president of the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers Thursday by its Board of Directors in Nashville, Tennessee.

 
Aug 01, 2018 12:30 PM

Construction Costs, Zoning May Slow Office Sector: Cushman & Wakefield

The office sector could slow next year as construction costs and zoning issues increase and concerns grow over the end of the current real estate cycle, according to real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield, National Real Estate Investor reported July 24.

 
Aug 01, 2018 12:30 PM

Fannie Mae Drops Form 1004MC, the GSE Reveals at AI Annual Conference

Fannie Mae is discontinuing the use of Form 1004MC (Market Conditions), the government-sponsored enterprise announced July 30 at the Appraisal Institute Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The GSE is expected to officially announce the change when it releases its updated Selling Guide in the coming weeks.

 
Aug 01, 2018 12:30 PM

IRS Final Rules Define Qualified Appraisers, Standards Flexibility

The IRS on July 30 finalized rules for substantiating and reporting cash and noncash charitable deductions, stating that any tax deduction of more than $500,000 requires a qualified appraisal conducted in accordance with generally accepted appraisal standards. The rules take immediate effect.

 
Aug 01, 2018 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Honors 13 National Award Winners

Craig M. Harrington, SRA, AI-RRS, of Prior Lake, Minnesota; and Leslie P. Sellers, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, of Clinton, Tennessee, were honored Tuesday with the Appraisal Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Timothy P. Runde, MAI, of San Francisco, was named the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award during the Appraisal Institute Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

 
Jul 30, 2018 11:16 AM

Appraisal Institute Opens Valuation Profession’s Premier Event

More than 550 real estate professionals from around the world today attended the opening session of the valuation profession’s most important annual event, hosted by the Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers.

 
Jul 25, 2018 12:30 PM

Appraisal Institute Opposes Risk Management Reductions for SBA Loans

The Appraisal Institute on July 20 announced its opposition to proposed federal legislation that would reduce the requirements for appraisals in major Small Business Administration loan programs. AI told Congress that it specifically objects to provisions that would increase the real estate appraisal thresholds for SBA loan programs.

 
Jul 25, 2018 12:30 PM

Housing Industry Loses Status as Economic Driver, Fed Chair Testifies

The housing industry isn’t the economic driver it once was and doesn’t have much pull in monetary policy decision making, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell told the House Financial Service Committee July 17 as he delivered the semi-annual monetary policy report, HousingWire reported.

 
Jul 25, 2018 12:30 PM

Fed Beige Book Reveals Mixed Results in Residential, Commercial Sectors

Some Fed districts reported moderate improvements in the residential real estate sector, but their reports on commercial activity revealed largely stagnant conditions, the Federal Reserve reported July 18 in its newest Beige Book.

 
Jul 20, 2018 10:44 AM

Appraisal Institute Opposes Effort to Reduce Risk Management for SBA Loans

The nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers today announced its opposition to proposed federal legislation that would reduce the requirements for appraisals in major Small Business Administration loan programs.

 
Jul 18, 2018 12:30 PM

Appeals Court Finds FHFA Violates Constitution's Separation of Powers

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled July 16 that the Federal Housing Finance Agency's leadership structure is unconstitutional, HousingWire reported. The court found that the FHFA is too "isolated," and ruled that its director's possible removal only for cause violates the U.S. Constitution's separation of powers.

 
Jul 18, 2018 12:30 PM

FHA Easing Use of False Claims Act, Wants Banks to Re-enter Market

The Trump administration on July 10 said the Federal Housing Administration will scale back its use of the False Claims Act so that banks that previously shied away from offering FHA loans due to concerns about violations and settlements are more certain about offering those types of loans, HousingWire reported.

 
Jul 18, 2018 12:30 PM

Illinois Changes AMC Law, Allows Multistate Appraiser Licensing System

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on July 13 signed Public Act 100-0604 (enacted as SB 2617), legislation that amends Appraisal Management Company Registration Act requirements for AMC registration and oversight. It also authorizes the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to participate in a multistate appraiser licensing and renewal system.

 
Jul 13, 2018 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Joins 29 Groups to Promote Real Estate Careers

The Appraisal Institute joined 29 real estate industry organizations, representing more than 10 million jobs, today in announcing a ground-breaking collaboration to highlight the diverse career paths within the real estate sector.

 
Jul 12, 2018 08:00 AM

Appraisers Play Distinct Roles in Arbitration: The Appraisal Journal

Alternative dispute resolution – including negotiation, mediation and arbitration – is a growing area in need of skilled real estate valuation professionals, according to a study published this week in The Appraisal Journal.

 
Jul 11, 2018 12:30 PM

Freddie Mac Now Allows ACE Eligibility for Condo Unit Purchases, Refis

Freddie Mac announced June 28 that consumers who purchase a condo or refinance an existing condo mortgage might be eligible for its automated collateral evaluation appraisal waiver. The ACE program, which launched in 2017 for single-family homes, gives eligible borrowers the opportunity to forgo a traditional appraisal.

 
Jul 11, 2018 12:30 PM

Pennsylvania Passes New Law Allowing Limited Broker Price Opinions

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on June 29 signed HB 863, legislation that allows the state’s real estate brokers, associate brokers and salespeople to provide broker price opinions. The law takes effect Aug. 28 and places significant restrictions on those allowed to perform BPOs and limits the situations under which they may be performed.

 
Jul 11, 2018 12:30 PM

Mortgage Fraud Risk, Loan Application Defects Both Drop, Report Shows

Fraud and misrepresentation in mortgage loan applications dropped 2.4 percent between April and May, and was down 3.6 percent from the same point last year, according to the Loan Application Defect Index released July 2 by settlement services firm First American Financial Corp., MBA NewsLink reported.​

 
Jul 05, 2018 08:00 AM

Appraisers Face Unique Challenges in Hawaii: Valuation Magazine

Hawaii’s climate and landscape are keeping the state’s property values high and are contributing to its developmental and economic growth, according to an article in Valuation magazine’s second quarter 2018 issue.

 
Jun 27, 2018 12:30 PM

Court Finds Tax Appeal Attorneys Not Engaged in Appraisal Practice

The Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (Chancery Division) on June 20 ruled that attorneys who referenced comparable property valuations and market values based on an income approach as part of tax appeal proceedings were simply engaged in the traditional practice of law and not in appraisal practice.

 
Jun 27, 2018 12:30 PM

Banks Aggressively Seeking New Customers for CRE Loans, CBRE Reports

It's getting easier to secure construction loans for commercial real estate as banks are starting to compete for new customers, according to commercial real estate firm CBRE, National Real Estate Investor reported June 19. However, loan amounts are relatively small compared to total development project costs.

 
Jun 27, 2018 12:30 AM

Seattle Top Metro for Commercial Real Estate Investment, Report Shows

Seattle is the top metro for commercial real estate investment while New York is the worst, according to the Metro Investment Rankings Index from real estate advisory firm Situs, MBA NewsLink reported June 21. The index surveyed investors about the price/value of CRE assets for different markets and property types.

 
Jun 20, 2018 12:30 PM

Fed Sees Strong Economy and Raises Rates, Drops Crisis-era Policies

The Federal Reserve on June 13 increased interest rates a quarter of a percentage point, indicating it would tolerate inflation above 2 percent and was dropping crisis-era guidance, Reuters reported. Low unemployment and inflation were key factors in the decision.

 
Jun 20, 2018 12:30 PM

Ohio Enacts Law Establishing AMC Oversight and Certification

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on June 14 signed Substitute House Bill 213, legislation that establishes the state's appraisal management company licensing and oversight program and makes minor changes to the state's existing appraiser licensing and certification law.

 
Jun 20, 2018 12:30 PM

Treasury, IRS Select Final 'Opportunity Zones' for Tax Incentive Program

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS announced June 13 that they have selected Opportunity Zones in all 50 states and the District of Columbia; the Opportunity Zones program provides federal tax incentives to spur investment in distressed communities. Nearly 35 million people live in the selected zones.

 
Jun 19, 2018 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Releases Guide to Residential Green Addendum

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today released a guide to complete and use the organization’s “Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum.”​

 
Jun 13, 2018 12:30 PM

Half of US Housing Markets are 'Overvalued,' CoreLogic Reports

More than half the nation's largest housing markets were overvalued in April, meaning home prices have topped long-term, sustainable levels, according to analytics firm CoreLogic, CNBC reported June 5.

 
Jun 13, 2018 12:30 PM

FHFA Report to Congress Reveals Significantly Lower GSE Income

The Federal Housing Finance Agency on May 23 released its 2017 Report to Congress, revealing net income drops for the government-sponsored enterprises, mainly due to one-time tax provision expenses. Freddie Mac annual net income was down 28.2 percent for the year while Fannie Mae was down 79.6 percent.

 
Jun 13, 2018 12:30 PM

CFPB Scraps 3 Advisory Boards

Mick Mulvaney, acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, on June 6 eliminated three CFPB advisory boards, HousingWire reported. Mulvaney disbanded the Consumer Advisory Board, the Community Bank Advisory Council and the Credit Union Advisory Council, as part of an overall agency restructuring.

 
Jun 11, 2018 12:00 PM

New Appraisal Institute Book Examines Changes in Real Estate Market

When market volatility creates problems, real estate appraisers must develop a deeper understanding of the valuation process and a greater ability to handle a wide variety of assignments, according to a new book published by the Appraisal Institute.

 
Jun 06, 2018 12:30 PM

Fed Regulators Propose Rewrite of 'Volcker Rule' Bank Trading Limits

Federal regulators on May 29 unveiled plans to rewrite the Volcker Rule in order to simplify parts of the Dodd-Frank Act that ban banks from trading on their own account, Reuters reported. The proposal would ease compliance burdens and clarify which trades qualify for safe harbors.

 
Jun 06, 2018 12:30 PM

Secondary Markets Becoming Tops for Office Deals, JLL Reports

Secondary markets accounted for 50 percent of all U.S. office transactions last year, due to slowing demand for and oversupply of products in core markets, according to the Investment Outlook report from real estate services firm JLL, National Real Estate Investor reported May 30.

 
Jun 06, 2018 12:30 PM

Albuquerque, New Mexico, Most Affordable Office Market: CBRE

Albuquerque, New Mexico, has the nation's most affordable office lease rates at $15.59 per square foot, according to real estate services firm CBRE, Bizjournal reported May 25. Louisville, Kentucky, and Cleveland rounded out the top three.

 
May 30, 2018 12:30 PM

Experts Cite Monetary Policy as 'Likeliest Cause' for Recession by 2020

The country's next recession is expected to occur between 2019 and 2021, according to a survey of more than 100 real estate experts, analytics firm Pulsenomics reported May 22. The experts cited monetary policy as the "likeliest cause" for the downturn.

 
May 30, 2018 12:30 PM

Senators Say GSE Reform Halted - for Now

Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Mark Warner, D-Va., told the Senate Banking Committee May 23 that legislative efforts to end government control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are dead for now, Bloomberg reported. Corker's and Warner's attempt to write a bill to preserve the government-sponsored enterprises' operations failed to garner enough support.

 
May 30, 2018 12:30 PM

Dodd-Frank Rollback Signed into Law

President Trump on May 24 signed into law S. 2155, legislation that rolls back parts of the Dodd-Frank Act and that includes appraisal revisions, HousingWire reported. The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act is intended to bring regulatory relief to the nation's small and mid-sized banks.

 
May 23, 2018 12:30 PM

House Passes Dodd-Frank Reform Bill Complete with Appraisal Revisions

The U.S. House of Representatives on May 22 passed bi-partisan legislation that would roll back many post-financial-crisis banking rules found in the Dodd-Frank Act. The White House said President Trump will sign the bill before Memorial Day.

 
May 23, 2018 12:30 PM

Economic Growth Poised to Continue this Year, Drop Next Year: Fannie Mae

Economic growth is expected to remain at 2.7 percent through the end of the year, but then take a downward turn next year as the fiscal stimulus from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 starts to fade, Fannie Mae reported May 17 in its newest Economic and Housing Outlook.

 
May 23, 2018 12:30 PM

FHA Extends by 3 Months Foreclosure Moratorium for Hurricane Victims

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Housing Administration on May 16 extended by 90 days the foreclosure moratorium for victims of Hurricane Maria, HousingWire reported. The FHA previously requested a 60-day foreclosure suspension on top of its original 180-day freeze.​

 
May 16, 2018 12:30 PM

California Court Opinion Helps Appraisers with Intended User Lawsuits

The California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, certified for publication May 7 its decision in Tindell v. Murphy, which supports appraisers in lawsuits filed by parties who are not intended users of an appraisal. The Appraisal Institute’s Northern California Chapter lobbied for publication so the opinion can be cited in future cases.

 
May 16, 2018 12:30 PM

Freddie Mac Helps Non-bank Mortgage Companies

Freddie Mac has started extending credit to non-bank mortgage companies to ensure they have access to cash if their home loans default, Bloomberg reported May 7. The new lines of credit have not been publicly announced. Critics worry the move could lead to unfair market advantages for preferred lenders.​

 
May 16, 2018 12:30 PM

Report Shows Tech-reliant Cities Thrive Despite National Rent Declines

The gap has widened between office rents in tech-dominated markets like Seattle and Boston and those in markets with more traditional tenants, according to the Effective Rent Index released May 8 by real estate services firm Savills Studley, MBA NewsLink reported. To compete, landlords are offering record concessions in some markets.

 
May 15, 2018 08:00 AM

Landscaping Can Significantly Impact Home Values, Appraisal Institute Says

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today encouraged homeowners to pay close attention to their property’s landscaping as it could have a major impact on value.

 
May 09, 2018 12:30 PM

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Reform Likely Not Happening this Year: Mnuchin

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac won't see reforms this year due to lack of congressional interest, said Steven Mnuchin, secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, during an April 30 television interview, HousingWire reported. Mnuchin said the Federal Housing Finance Agency needs to be chaired by someone who prioritizes reform.

 

New Tax Plan Expected to Boost Multifamily Investment: CBRE

Recently enacted tax reform is expected to boost investor interest in multifamily properties because many of the new policies significantly increase the benefits of renting over buying, according to a May 3 report from real estate services firm CBRE, World Property Journal reported.

 
May 02, 2018 12:30 PM

Treasury Department Touts Deregulation Achievements in New Report

The U.S. Department of the Treasury on April 24 reported that its plan to decrease regulatory burdens resulted in the modification or elimination of 100 financial regulations since the last report was released in 2016, HousingWire reported. Treasury noted that only two regulations were categorized as significant.

 
May 02, 2018 12:30 AM

CoStar Cracks down on Freeloaders

Data firm CoStar announced plans April 23 to target so-called “freeloaders,” users accessing its database without paying, The Real Deal reported. The firm said it suspects as many as 30,000 individuals are illegally using its commercial real estate database.

 
Apr 26, 2018 08:00 AM

Co-working Spaces Changing Office Real Estate: Valuation Magazine

Co-working spaces are significantly impacting the U.S. office real estate market, but it’s unclear if the explosive growth they’ve experienced since the Great Recession signals a market disruption or a passing trend, according to an article in Valuation magazine’s first quarter 2018 issue.

 
Apr 25, 2018 12:30 PM

The Appraisal Subcommittee Denies Bank Request for Appraisal Waiver

The Appraisal Subcommittee unanimously rejected a temporary waiver request from TriStar Bank of Dickson, Tennessee, during a special meeting April 23 in Washington. The Appraisal Institute led industry efforts opposing the bank’s request for a waiver of certification requirements, which would have allowed appraisals to be completed by non-certified appraisers.

 
Apr 25, 2018 12:30 PM

Fed Cites Appraisal Threshold Success in Banking Efficiency Testimony

Randal Quarles, the Federal Reserve’s vice chairman of supervision, testified April 17 before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs about regulatory changes that increase banking efficiencies, citing the recent increase in the appraisal threshold for commercial real estate loans, which he said posed no threat to safety and soundness.

 
Apr 25, 2018 12:30 PM

Wells Fargo Pays $1B to Settle Mortgage Fee and Other Abuse Claims

Wells Fargo on April 17 agreed to pay a $1 billion fine to settle allegations from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that it routinely charged homebuyers excessive “rate-lock” fees, Reuters reported. The bank, which also was accused of force-placed auto insurance, agreed to settle without admitting or denying wrongdoing.

 
Apr 13, 2018 08:00 AM

Home Values Rebound from Oil Spills: The Appraisal Journal

Home values in Golden Beach, Maryland, near an April 2000 oil spill dropped in the short term, but rebounded after two years, according to a study published this week in The Appraisal Journal.

 
Apr 11, 2018 12:30 PM

Fannie Mae Permits Lenders to Contribute to Borrower Closing Costs

Fannie Mae announced April 3 that it will allow lenders to contribute to borrowers' closing costs if the funds are a gift and not part of the down payment. There is no limit on the amount a lender can give to a borrower, provided it does not exceed the total closing cost amount.

 
Apr 03, 2018 10:55 AM

New Appraisal Institute Book Examines Appraisers’ Role in Arbitration

Valuation professionals can serve as arbitrators, expert witnesses or consultants during the arbitration process and can provide valuable input from the preliminary hearing to final award, according to a new book published by the Appraisal Institute.

 
Mar 28, 2018 12:30 PM

FHFA Working Paper Compares AMC, Non-AMC Appraisals

A new working paper produced by the Federal Housing Finance Agency explores how appraisals contracted through appraisal management companies compare to those contracted directly by lenders, DSNews reported March 26. The paper suggests that the appraisals are statistically very similar to each other.​

 
Mar 28, 2018 12:30 PM

CRE Prices, Deals Already Altered by Steel, Aluminum Tariffs: Reports

While President Trump’s tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum have yet to take effect, reports show they already are influencing deal negotiations, bottom lines and construction pricing for commercial real estate, National Real Estate Investor reported March 20.

 
Mar 28, 2018 12:30 AM

Federal Agencies Approve Rule Doubling Appraisal Threshold for CRE

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on March 20 approved a final rule that will double the appraisal threshold for commercial real estate transactions. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System are expected to adopt the rule soon.

 
Mar 26, 2018 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Opens Registration for 2018 Annual Conference

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today announced that registration is open for its 2018 Annual Conference, July 30-Aug. 1, in Nashville, Tennessee.

 
Mar 23, 2018 11:16 AM

North Carolina Supreme Court Allows Brokers’ Fair Market Value Testimony

The North Carolina Supreme Court in an opinion filed March 2 held that real estate brokers may legally testify regarding the fair market value of real property in condemnation cases. The case involved the state's condemnation of approximately two acres of commercial property for a highway construction project.

 
Mar 23, 2018 11:14 AM

AI Backs Revisions as Senate OKs Banking Reform Bill

The Appraisal Institute led nearly three dozen valuation organizations in supporting revisions to a bipartisan Senate bill that passed March 14. The measure, which now goes to the House, rolled back many post-financial-crisis banking rules found in the Dodd-Frank Act.

 
Mar 23, 2018 11:12 AM

Appraisal Institute Partners with RESNET to Create Appraisal Portal

The Appraisal Institute on March 13 announced its partnership with the Residential Energy Services Network to launch an appraiser portal that allows AI professionals to access data for properties with Home Energy Rating System Index scores.

 
Mar 20, 2018 08:00 AM

Outdoor Home Improvements Provide Greatest Value: Appraisal Institute

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today encouraged homeowners to prioritize outdoor renovation projects when seeking to increase their potential return on investment.

 
Mar 13, 2018 11:46 AM

Appraisal Institute Leads 34 Groups in Advancing Changes to Bank Regulation Bill

The nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers today led nearly three dozen valuation organizations in applauding revisions to a bipartisan Senate bill that would roll back many post-financial-crisis banking rules found in the Dodd-Frank Act.

 
Mar 07, 2018 12:30 PM

FHA Expands Foreclosure Relief Options

The Federal Housing Administration on Feb. 26 told mortgage servicers to expand options for eligible disaster victims impacted by recent natural disasters in California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The FHA unveiled a "Disaster Standalone Partial Claim" option to help struggling borrowers.

 
Mar 07, 2018 12:30 PM

Fed Chair Testimony Reveals Support of Gradual Rate Hikes

During testimony before the House Financial Services Committee Feb. 27, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell reiterated his commitment to stay the course on gradual rate hikes, Reuters reported. Powell noted how strong the economy has become, leading to speculation of a possible fourth rate increase this year.

 
Mar 07, 2018 12:30 PM

Report Shows Distress in CRE Market

Commercial real estate is in the late stable stage and showing signs of moderate distress, according to the State of the Real Estate Market report released March 1 by real estate advisory firm RCLCO, MBA NewsLink reported. However, the report noted there’s no impending downturn in real estate performance.​

 
Feb 28, 2018 08:00 AM

Appraisers Key to Property Tax Appeals, Appraisal Institute Says

Highly qualified appraisers are able to assist homeowners with appeals of property taxes, which can be a homeowner’s largest annual expense, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers said today.

 
Feb 21, 2018 12:30 PM

Office Vacancies Hit 10-year Low: Transwestern

Office vacancies in major U.S. metro areas reached a 10-year low in December, according to commercial real estate firm Transwestern, GlobeSt.com reported Feb. 12. The nationwide vacancy rate was 11.5 percent. The Dallas/Fort Worth area had the highest quarterly and annual net absorption rates.

 
Feb 21, 2018 12:30 PM

CRE and Multifamily Originations Are Expected to Decline: Report Shows

Commercial and multifamily originations this year are expected to total around $549 billion, a 3 percent drop from last year, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported Feb. 15. Factors contributing to the decline include rising interest rates and pressure on capitalization rates.

 
Feb 21, 2018 12:30 AM

Fannie Mae Says Tax Cuts Hurt, $3 Billion in Treasury Assistance Needed

Fannie Mae will need $3.7 billion from the U.S. Treasury to prevent its net worth from becoming negative in March, Bloomberg reported Feb. 14. The government-sponsored enterprise hasn’t required taxpayer funding since 2012, but newly passed cuts to corporate taxes led to a $6.5 billion fourth-quarter loss.

 
Feb 14, 2018 12:30 PM

CFPB Strategic Plan Shows Limited Responsibilities and Enforcement Goals

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Feb. 12 released its five-year strategic plan that states its goal is to “fulfill the Bureau’s statutory responsibilities, but go no further.” The plan draws directly from the Dodd-Frank Act and refocuses the CFPB’s mission as regulating consumer financial products and services under existing federal law.

 
Feb 14, 2018 12:30 PM

FHFA Announces New Fannie, Freddie Housing Goals

The Federal Housing Finance Agency on Feb. 6 announced new housing goals for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for 2018-20. The goals for single-family homes remain largely unchanged, but the goals for multifamily properties call for increased mortgage purchases for properties with affordable units.

 
Feb 14, 2018 12:30 PM

US Takes Lenders to Task Over VA Loans

The U.S. warned nine lenders that they may be kicked out of a top mortgage program unless they stop rapid refinancing of veterans’ mortgage loans, Bloomberg reported Feb. 8. A probe by Ginnie Mae found that some lenders are enriching themselves through repeated, unnecessary and costly refinancing actions.​

 
Feb 07, 2018 12:30 PM

Appeals Court Reverses Itself, Says CFPB Structure is Constitutional

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Jan. 31 ruled that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is constitutionally structured, reversing a 2016 decision in which the court ruled that the CFPB's structure gave the director too much power — more than any other government agency, ABA Banking Journal reported.

 
Feb 07, 2018 12:30 PM

FHFA Releases 4-year Strategic Plan

The Federal Housing Finance Agency on Jan. 29 released its strategic plan for 2018-22, which calls for safe and sound operation of its regulated entities, ensuring liquidity and accessibility in housing finance and managing its conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

 
Feb 07, 2018 12:30 PM

Massachusetts Has Most LEED-certified Space Per Capita: USGBC

Massachusetts topped the list of states with the greatest amount of green, reporting 130 LEED certifications that equate to 4.48 square feet of LEED-certified space per resident, the U.S. Green Building Council reported Jan. 31. New York and Illinois rounded out the top three on the list.

 
Jan 31, 2018 12:30 PM

Leaked CFPB Memo Reveals New Mission, End of Regulation by Enforcement

A leaked Jan. 23 memo attributed to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Acting Director, Mick Mulvaney, said the bureau’s mission going forward will be ending regulation by enforcement and its focus will shift from protecting consumers to protecting the industry, HousingWire reported.

 
Jan 31, 2018 12:30 PM

Supreme Court Hops into Property Rights Case

The Supreme Court will hear a case in which Weyerhaeuser Co. is challenging the state of Louisiana’s power to potentially erase $34 million in land value by designating 1,500 privately owned acres of forest land as critical habitat for an endangered frog species, Roll Call reported Jan. 23.

 
Jan 31, 2018 12:30 PM

New Pennsylvania Law Requires Licenses for all Non-bank Servicers

A new Pennsylvania law authorizes the Department of Banking and Securities to mandate that non-bank servicers become licensed to operate in the state, HousingWire reported Jan. 24. Gov. Tom Wolf on Dec. 22 signed SB 751, which requires lenders to be licensed by June 30.

 
Jan 24, 2018 12:30 PM

Fed Beige Book Shows Mixed Results for Residential, Commercial Sectors

Most Fed districts reported low housing activity due to constrained housing inventory — an ongoing concern — while non-residential activity continued to experience slight growth, the Fed reported Jan. 17 in its newest Beige Book.

 
Jan 24, 2018 12:30 PM

Senate Confirms Powell as Federal Reserve Chair

The Senate on Jan. 23 confirmed Jerome Powell as chairman of the Federal Reserve, DSNews reported. Powell will take over from Janet Yellen when her term expires in February. Powell said he supports current Fed policies that call for gradual interest rate increases and has voiced his support of Dodd-Frank.​

 
Jan 24, 2018 12:30 PM

AG Targeting Pot Protection Laws Unnerves Real Estate Investors: Report

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to rescind Obama-era policy that allowed legalized marijuana to flourish without federal intervention has left investors — including those who launched real estate investment trusts — confused as to official policy and its effect on their portfolio valuations, National Real Estate Investor reported Jan. 12.

 
Jan 10, 2018 12:30 PM

FHFA Allows Fannie, Freddie to Hold Reserves for First Time Since 2008

The Federal Housing Finance Agency allowed the government-sponsored enterprises to each retain $3 billion in capital, a policy change agreed to in late December that enables Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to maintain reserves for the first time since 2008, HousingWire reported Dec. 29.

 
Jan 10, 2018 12:30 PM

Net Lease Cap Rates Expected to Rise, Survey Reveals

Net lease cap rates are expected to increase this year anywhere from 25 basis points to 50 or more, according to respondents who participated in a survey conducted by commercial real estate firm The Boulder Group, GlobeSt.com reported Jan. 3.

 
Jan 10, 2018 12:30 PM

Solid CRE Market Expected in 2018: MBA

Seventy-eight percent of commercial/multifamily firms expect originations to increase this year, and approximately half reportedly are planning to increase originations by at least five percent, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s 2018 CREF Outlook Survey released Jan. 4.

 
Jan 04, 2018 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Officers Outline 2018 Plans: Valuation Magazine

The Appraisal Institute's 2018 elected officers discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the real estate valuation profession – and their plans to address these issues – in a wide-ranging article published in Valuation magazine’s fourth quarter 2017 issue.

 
Dec 28, 2017 08:00 AM

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

James L. Murrett, MAI, SRA, of Hamburg, New York, 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 19,000 professionals in almost 60 countries.

 
Dec 21, 2017 12:35 PM

New Appraisal Institute Book Addresses Subdivision Valuation Practices

Subdivision analysis is a challenging area of appraisal practice because of the complex timeline concepts and value estimates involved, according to a new book published by the Appraisal Institute.

 
Dec 20, 2017 12:30 PM

Connecticut Has Nation's Most Expensive Office Market: Report

Fairfield County, Connecticut, is the priciest office market in the U.S. with an average cost of $17,414 per workstation, according to the Office Space Across the World report released Dec. 8 by real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield. Other top cities: San Francisco; New York; and San Jose, California.

 
Dec 20, 2017 12:30 PM

Tech Firms Have 'Outsized' Effect on Premium Office Space: JLL

Technology companies are having an "outsized" impact on the nation's most desirable office properties, supplanting finance and law firms as the typical lessees of premium space, according to commercial real estate services firm JLL, MBA NewsLink reported Dec. 13. Five of the top 10 costliest streets are in tech hubs.

 
Dec 20, 2017 12:30 PM

Demand for Student Housing to Stay Strong, Census Data Show

Estimates show that by 2035 there will be 31 million people in the U.S. aged 18 to 24, which will create ongoing demand for student housing, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, National Real Estate Investor reported Dec. 12.

 
Dec 20, 2017 08:00 AM

Valuing Flood-prone Buildings Poses Challenges: The Appraisal Journal

Remodel and repair of structures along coastlines and in flood zones requires valuation professionals to have extensive knowledge, according to an article published this week in The Appraisal Journal.​

 
Dec 13, 2017 12:30 PM

FHA to Stop Purchasing Loans with PACE Assessments

The Federal Housing Administration announced Dec. 7 that it would stop issuing mortgages on properties that include Property Assessed Clean Energy assessments. The decision is part of a broader effort to protect the agency's Single Family Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund, which has a net worth of $25.6 billion.

 
Dec 13, 2017 12:30 PM

Ginnie Mae Targets Lenders Who Prey on Veterans

Ginnie Mae announced Dec. 7 that it is going after lenders that pressure veterans into mortgage refinancing they don't need and that offer rates 1.5 points above market, Bloomberg reported. Ginnie Mae guarantees payment on $2 trillion in mortgage-backed securities, including loans made through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

 
Dec 13, 2017 12:30 PM

CoStar, Xceligent Engaged in Settlement Talks

Analytics firms CoStar and Xceligent are purported to be in advanced discussions to settle a year-long intellectual property lawsuit, Bisnow reported Dec. 6. A court order prohibits both parties from discussing a potential settlement of the suit in which CoStar accused Xceligent of stealing its proprietary data.

 

GSEs Owe Billions; FHFA Fighting to Pay Much Less

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac owe the government $7.7 billion by the end of the year, but their regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, is negotiating with the White House to pay a significantly smaller sum to give the government-sponsored enterprises a buffer against future losses, Bloomberg reported Nov. 29.

 

FHFA to Increase Conforming Loan Limits for 2018

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced Nov. 28 that the maximum conforming loans limits for mortgages purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac next year will be $453,100 for most single-unit properties, up from $424,100 this year. The limit is based on the average U.S. home price.

 
Dec 01, 2017 12:30 PM

Banks Delayed Foreclosures to Influence Dodd-Frank, Research Shows

Banks servicing delinquent mortgages in 2009 and 2010 are alleged to have delayed foreclosure proceedings in electoral districts of then-members of the House Financial Services Committee to influence congressional action on Dodd-Frank, according to research from Georgetown University, Ohio State University, Rutgers University and the Federal Reserve in Chicago, MarketWatch reported.

 
Dec 01, 2017 12:30 PM

Keeping Inflation Below 2 Percent is Major Fed Challenge, Yellen Says

Third quarter core inflation was 1.3 percent, up from 0.9 percent the second quarter, and keeping inflation under 2 percent is one of the Fed's biggest challenges, outgoing Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told a New York University audience Nov. 21, MarketWatch reported.

 
Nov 17, 2017 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Seeks Presentation Proposals for 2018 Annual Conference

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, is accepting proposals by Dec. 1 – just two weeks away – for presentations at the organization’s 2018 Annual Conference, July 30-Aug. 1, at the JW Marriott in Nashville, Tennessee.

 
Nov 10, 2017 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Premieres Land Valuation Seminar

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, premiered a seven-hour educational seminar on land valuation issues today in Chicago.

 
Nov 08, 2017 12:30 PM

Airbnb Drives Up Rents, Home Prices, Research Shows

Home-sharing service Airbnb contributes to an increase in both rents and home prices by making it financially viable for homeowners to refrain from selling their house or finding a long-term renter, further reducing the already limited supply of available properties, according to researchers at UCLA, MarketWatch reported Oct. 31.

 
Nov 08, 2017 12:30 PM

Trump Committed to Ending GSE Conservatorship: VP's Economist

The Trump administration is committed to ending conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, according to Mark Calabria, the vice president's chief economist, HousingWire reported. Speaking at a housing conference Nov. 1, Calabria said the current conservatorship agreement for the government-sponsored enterprises leaves taxpayers too exposed to the mortgage market.

 
Nov 08, 2017 12:30 PM

Lenders Optimistic About Agriculture Despite Lower Profits: Survey

Eighty-two percent of agriculture lenders reported a decline in farm profitability during the past year, but a reported 84 percent loan-approval rate indicates optimism about the agriculture sector, according to the Summer 2017 Agricultural Lender Survey released Oct. 31 by the American Bankers Association and the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corp.

 
Nov 06, 2017 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Unveils 'Green' Commercial Valuation Course

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, premiered a two-day educational course on valuation of green commercial properties last week in Nashville, Tennessee.

 
Nov 02, 2017 11:30 PM

Stop Penalizing Banks for Innocent Mortgage Mistakes: HUD

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said he wants to stop penalizing big banks for “innocent” mortgage lending mistakes, Bloomberg reported. Speaking Oct. 23 at a Mortgage Bankers Association conference, Carson said he wants lenders to help lower-income borrowers without fear of being sued by the federal government.

 
Nov 01, 2017 11:30 PM

Older Americans Disrupting Rental Markets, Census Data Shows

The rate at which Americans aged 55 and older entered the rental market increased 28 percent between 2009 and 2015, while the rate for those aged 34 and younger rose only 3 percent during the same six-year period, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Oct. 17, RENTCafe reported.

 
Nov 01, 2017 12:30 PM

Federal Agencies Release Final Rule on Regulatory Capital Treatment

The U.S. Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on Nov. 21 adopted a final rule to extend regulatory treatment applicable under the regulatory capital rules for certain items, including treatment of mortgage servicing assets.

 
Nov 01, 2017 12:30 PM

Court Finds Subcontractor Guilty of CoStar Data Theft

A Pennsylvania court on Oct. 23 ruled in favor of analytics firm CoStar, which alleged that its competitor Xceligent stole propriety data by hiring subcontractor RE BackOffice to hack CoStar’s websites and copy its contents, Bisnow reported. The court ordered RE BackOffice to pay CoStar all profits it received from Xceligent.

 
Oct 31, 2017 08:00 AM

Homeowners Should Winterize Now, Appraisal Institute Says

The nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers today advised homeowners to winterize their properties now for cold weather ahead to improve comfort, reduce costs and potentially increase value.

 
Oct 25, 2017 12:30 PM

Agencies Ease Appraisal Requirements in Hurricane Disaster Areas

Acting in response to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the National Credit Union Administration and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced Oct. 17 that they would temporarily ease appraisal requirements in major disaster areas.

 
Oct 25, 2017 12:30 PM

AI Advises on Disaster Appraisal Exemptions, Collateral Risks

The Appraisal Institute on Oct. 25 advised real estate appraisers servicing areas affected by recent disasters that the exemption from appraisal requirements issued by federal bank regulatory agencies does not itself reduce collateral risks. Rather, regulated financial institutions are seeking greater flexibility in reviewing loan applications and loans held in portfolios.

 
Oct 25, 2017 12:30 PM

Freddie Mac Updates Appraisal Requirements for Settlement Dates

Freddie Mac announced Oct. 18 that it updated the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp's appraisal policies, eliminating the requirement that a new appraisal be obtained when the settlement date is 120 days following the note date. Sellers will now have to certify that the property value is not less than the appraised value as of the appraisal's effective date.

 
Oct 18, 2017 12:30 PM

FEMA Slow to Map Flood Risks, Cabinet Agency Reports

The Federal Emergency Management Agency failed to map flood risks in a timely manner, giving homeowners the false impression that they don't need flood insurance, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog, The Hill reported Oct. 9. FEMA currently has more than 240 mapping projects on hold.

 
Oct 18, 2017 12:30 PM

House Committee Considers Only Minor Changes to Dodd-Frank

When the House Financial Services Committee met Oct. 11, members discussed minor tweaks to the Dodd-Frank Act rather than the major changes suggested by President Trump, Bloomberg reported. The committee was slated to address about two dozen legislative proposals pertaining to financial regulations.

 
Oct 18, 2017 12:30 PM

Fed Minutes Reveal Anticipated Rate Hike Despite Low Inflation

Federal Reserve meeting minutes released Oct. 11 revealed that some Fed officials expressed concern about low inflation rates but that a December rate hike is still anticipated, HousingWire reported. The minutes also noted that the Fed has started selling the mortgage-backed securities it acquired as part of its quantitative easing program.

 
Oct 17, 2017 08:00 AM

Don’t Like Your Home’s Appraisal? Here’s What You Can Do

If consumers are unhappy with the appraisal of a home they’re buying or selling, they have options available to them, the president of the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers said today.

 
Oct 11, 2017 12:30 PM

FHFA Implores Congress to Act on GSE Reform

Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt on Oct. 3 told the House Financial Services Committee that the capital buffer for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will reach zero in less than three months without congressional action on housing finance reform, HousingWire reported. Future losses could require a taxpayer bailout.

 
Oct 11, 2017 12:29 PM

Wells Fargo Refunding Improper Mortgage Fees

Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan on Oct. 3 told the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs that the bank would refund borrowers who were improperly charged fees for mortgage rate lock extensions, HousingWire reported. Approximately 110,000 borrowers were charged nearly $98 million in fees between September 2013 and this past February.

 
Oct 11, 2017 12:29 PM

Net Lease Cap Rates Decline during Third Quarter

Retail, office and industrial net lease cap rates declined during the third quarter, marking a change from the two previous quarters during which they recorded increases, according to commercial real estate firm The Boulder Group, Commercial Property Executive reported Oct. 4.

 
Oct 04, 2017 12:30 PM

Appraisal Threshold Comments Reveal Divide

The comment period on the proposed rule to increase the commercial real estate appraisal threshold level closed Sept. 28, and the federal bank regulatory agencies received 70 comments. The Appraisal Institute and the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers jointly submitted their opposition to the proposed increase.

 
Oct 04, 2017 12:30 PM

Fed Wants Rate Hikes Despite Weak Inflation

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Sept. 26 said that the Fed should continue gradual rate increases even though the path of inflation remains in limbo, Reuters reported. Yellen said that the Fed may have been wrong about its inflation models and the strength of the labor market.

 
Oct 04, 2017 12:30 PM

FHFA Seeks Input on 2018-22 Strategic Plan

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced Sept. 27 that it is seeking feedback on its strategic plan for the fiscal years 2018-22. The plan addresses the FHFA's priorities as regulator of the Federal Home Loan Bank System and conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Input is due by Oct. 27.

 
Sep 27, 2017 12:30 PM

ASC Releases Final Rule for AMC Fees; AI Reiterates Concerns

The Appraisal Subcommittee on Sept. 25 published the final rule on the Collection and Transmission of Annual Appraisal Management Company Registry Fees, which establishes the formula for transmitting registry fees to the ASC by states that elect to register and supervise AMCs. The Appraisal Institute reiterated its concern about the final rule.

 
Sep 27, 2017 12:30 PM

GSE Reform Coming Next Year, Treasury Says

The process of taking the government-sponsored enterprises out of conservatorship likely will begin next year — once the U.S. Department of the Treasury handles tax reform, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said during a Sept. 15 policy summit, HousingWire reported.

 
Sep 27, 2017 12:30 PM

Quantitative Easing Over, MBS Sales Begin, Fed Announces

The Federal Reserve announced Sept. 20 that it will begin monthly sales of the mortgage-backed securities it acquired as part of a policy known as quantitative easing, HousingWire reported. The Fed will start selling $4 billion in MBS per month, eventually reaching $20 billion per month.

 
Sep 26, 2017 08:00 AM

New Transportation Options Could Reshape Real Estate: Valuation

Innovations in transportation, like electric cars and “on demand” options, could significantly impact the valuation of real estate in the future, according to an article in Valuation magazine’s third quarter 2017 issue.

 
Sep 21, 2017 08:00 AM

Overhead Lines Have Little Impact on Property Values: The Appraisal Journal

Despite negative public perception, high-voltage overhead transmission lines have little impact on nearby property values, according to an article published this week in The Appraisal Journal.

 
Sep 20, 2017 12:30 PM

Freddie Mac Reveals HARP Replacement

Freddie Mac on Sept. 9 unveiled its Enhanced Relief Refinance Mortgage, which will replace the Home Affordable Refinance Program for mortgage applications received on or after Nov. 1, 2018, Mortgage News Daily reported. The program will have no loan-to-value limit for fixed-rate loans, and a maximum 105 LTV for adjustable-rate mortgages.

 
Sep 20, 2017 12:30 PM

Brian Montgomery Nominated to Head FHA

President Trump on Sept. 13 nominated Brian Montgomery to serve as commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration, HousingWire reported. He awaits Senate confirmation. Montgomery previously served in this capacity under President George W. Bush, and the White House cited his prior success as a reason for the current nomination.

 
Sep 13, 2017 12:30 PM

National Flood Insurance Program Gets 3-month Extension

President Trump on Sept. 8 signed a three-month extension to the National Flood Insurance Program, extending it through Dec. 8, HousingWire reported. The extension gives Congress more time to come up with a long-term financial solution to the program, which the Congressional Budget Office said is short $1.4 billion.

 
Sep 13, 2017 12:30 PM

Hurricane Harvey, Irma Damage Could Reach $290 Billion: Report

Hurricane Harvey is on track to be the nation’s costliest weather disaster, causing $190 billion in damage, according to a Sept. 11 report from AccuWeather. Hurricane Irma is not far behind, causing an estimated $100 billion in damage.

 
Sep 13, 2017 12:30 PM

Fed Beige Book Shows Mixed Activity Across Districts

Residential construction increased in many Fed districts in July and August while sales activity decreased during those months, the Federal Reserve reported Sept. 6 in its latest Beige Book. Commercial construction also grew, and sales activity showed a slight increase.

 
Sep 07, 2017 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Joins 35 Groups Seeking to Halt Appraisal Waivers

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, on Wednesday joined with nearly three dozen appraiser organizations in asking Congress to call on the Federal Housing Finance Agency to prevent Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae from issuing appraisal waivers.​

 
Sep 06, 2017 12:30 PM

SBA Seeks Appraisers to Aid Harvey Recovery Efforts

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Sept. 5 that it is seeking appraisers and other professionals to help process an extraordinary number of disaster loan applications resulting from Hurricane Harvey. SBA is the federal government's primary source of lending to help homeowners, renters, businesses and nonprofit organizations recover from disasters.

 
Sep 06, 2017 12:30 PM

AI Guide Note Can Help Appraisers in Disaster Areas

As post-hurricane recovery efforts continue in Texas and Louisiana, the Appraisal Institute on Sept. 6 reminded appraisers assisting property owners and lenders in communities affected by Hurricane Harvey that they can find guidance in AI Guide Note 10: Development of an Opinion of Market Value in the Aftermath of a Disaster.

 
Sep 06, 2017 12:30 PM

Most Hurricane Victims Lack Flood Insurance: Consumer Group

About 80 percent of property owners impacted by Hurricane Harvey don't have flood insurance, according to the Consumer Federation of America, USA Today reported Aug. 29. And research firm CoreLogic estimated that nearly 1.2 million homes were built in areas with high/moderate flood risk but outside zones where flood insurance is required.

 
Aug 30, 2017 12:30 PM

Regulators Propose Basel III Delay

The Federal Reserve Board, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Aug. 23 issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to delay Basel III implementation for mortgage servicing assets for institutions with less than $250 billion in total consolidated assets, MBA NewsLink reported.

 
Aug 30, 2017 12:30 PM

Cap Rates Steady in Most Sectors: CBRE

Cap rates and returns were steady during the first half of the year and are expected to remain that way during the second half, according to the North America Cap Rate Survey from commercial real estate firm CBRE, GlobeSt.com reported Aug. 24.

 
Aug 30, 2017 12:29 PM

Zillow 'Zestimate' Lawsuit Dismissed

Zillow on Aug. 23 won dismissal of a federal lawsuit that challenged the accuracy of its "Zestimate" home valuation tool, Reuters reported. The lawsuit alleged that Zestimates constituted illegal appraisals and undervalued properties making them harder to sell. The court ruled that Zestimates were simply a starting point.

 
Aug 25, 2017 03:24 PM

Appraisal Institute Accepts CEO’s Resignation

The Board of Directors of the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers accepted the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Frederick H. Grubbe, MBA, CAE, on Thursday after more than 10 years of service.

 
Aug 25, 2017 08:00 AM

Jeff Sherman Elected 2018 Appraisal Institute Vice President

Jefferson L. Sherman, MAI, AI-GRS, of Highland Heights, Ohio, was elected 2018 vice president of the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers Thursday by its Board of Directors in Chicago.

 
Aug 23, 2017 12:30 PM

Freddie Mac OKs Appraisal Alternative for Some Mortgages

Freddie Mac announced Aug. 18 that it will utilize automated collateral evaluations to determine when an automated appraisal can supplant a traditional appraisal for new home mortgages and refinancing. ACE will be available Sept. 1 and use data from multiple listing services, public records and historical home values to determine collateral risks.

 
Aug 23, 2017 12:30 PM

Fannie Mae Eases Appraisal Requirements on Lower LTV Mortgages

Fannie Mae announced Aug. 18 that lenders can forego appraisals on some loans with low loan-to-value ratios as part a larger program that waives property inspection requirements on lower-LTV mortgages. Fannie Mae said it will continue to require full appraisals on most mortgages.

 
Aug 23, 2017 12:30 PM

PACE Loan Defaults on the Rise, Analysis Shows

Defaults on loans that are part of the Property Assessed Clean Energy program have increased, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of tax data in 40 California counties, Dow Jones Newswire reported Aug. 15. Data shows roughly 1,100 borrowers missed two consecutive payments through June, compared to 245 last year.

 
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.

 
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 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 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.

 
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 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 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 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 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.

 
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 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.​

 
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 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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
 
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