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Sep 22, 2021 12:30 PM

HUD Disproportionately Sells Homes in Flood Zones: NPR

Homes sold by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development between January 2017 and August 2020 were 75 times more likely to be located in flood zones than other homes sold during the same period, NPR reported Sept. 13. Buyers of HUD homes received less information about flood risks and the cost of flood insurance than those who bought from private sellers.

 
Sep 22, 2021 12:30 PM

Freddie Mac Report Reveals Appraisal Valuation Gap

Freddie Mac on Sept. 20 released a report based on data from the Uniform Collateral Data Portal that showed appraisal values are more likely to fall below the contracted sale price of a home in areas with a higher share of minority households. Appraisal Institute President Rodman Schley, MAI, SRA, said that he supports study on this important issue in order to promote equity in homeownership for everyone. ​

 
Sep 22, 2021 12:30 PM

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Capital Requirements Set to Become Less Restrictive

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced Sept. 15 proposed amendments to rules governing credit risk transfer securities, which involve transferring the risk of mortgage defaults to private investors, Bloomberg reported. Under the proposal, Fannie and Freddie would receive additional capital relief when issuing securities that would allow them to better support the housing market.

 
Sep 15, 2021 12:31 PM

FHFA Announces Equitable Housing Plans for Fannie, Freddie

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced Sept. 7 that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will submit Equitable Housing Finance Plans to the agency by the end of the year. The plans will identify and address barriers to sustainable housing and outline ways to increase equity in housing finance. The public can provide input by Oct. 25.

 
Sep 15, 2021 12:30 PM

OCC Seeks to Rescind 2020 Community Reinvestment Act Rule

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced Sept. 8 that it’s seeking comments on proposed rules to rescind the Community Reinvestment Act rule issued in 2020 and replace it with rules jointly adopted by the federal banking agencies in 1995, as amended. The rules primarily focus on lending for the nation’s underserved communities. Public comments are due by Oct. 29.

 
Sep 15, 2021 12:30 PM

Life Insurers Have Ability to Manage Commercial Mortgage Defaults: Fitch Ratings

U.S. life insurance companies with considerable commercial mortgage portfolios should be able to absorb significant stress and prevent ratings from dropping given the industry’s strong capitalization, current loan quality and historical loss experience, according to Fitch Ratings, MBA NewsLink reported Sept. 8. Commercial mortgage loans comprise about 13% of insurers’ total invested assets.

 
Sep 08, 2021 12:30 PM

Biden Seeks Immediate Increase in the Affordable Housing

The Biden administration announced Sept. 1 efforts to add an additional 100,000 homes to the affordable housing supply, with a focus on the lower and middle segments of the market. Part of the plan involves making more single-family properties available to individuals and nonprofits instead of residential investors.

 
Sep 08, 2021 12:30 PM

Cap Rates in Quick-service Sector at Historic Low: Report

Cap rates in the net lease quick-service sector reached a historic low of 5.26% during the second quarter, down 39 basis points from last year, according to the Q2 2021 Net Lease QSR Market Report released Sept. 1 by The Boulder Group. Cap rates for corporate-leased QSR properties dropped 20 basis points to 5%, while properties leased to franchisees dropped 43 basis points to 5.4%.

 
Sep 08, 2021 12:30 PM

FHFA Extends Length of Time Investors are Prevented from Purchasing Foreclosed Homes

The Federal Housing Finance Agency on Sept. 1 extended to 30 days the time that investors are locked out of purchasing foreclosed properties. Investors previously were locked out for 20 days, but the extension should give potential owner-occupants, public entities and nonprofits a greater chance at buying a property and aiding neighborhood preservation.

 
Sep 01, 2021 12:30 PM

3D-printed Homes Appeal to Two-thirds of Consumers: Report

Sixty-six percent of all consumers, and 75% of millennials, said they would consider living in a 3D-printed home, according to a survey released Aug. 20 by Realtor.com. Results also revealed that 30% of all consumers and 43% of millennials think 3D properties will eventually replace traditional ones.​

 
 
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