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Oct 17, 2018 12:30 PM

Freddie Mac Offers Hurricane Michael Victims a Year of Mortgage Relief

Freddie Mac announced Oct. 10 that it will allow up to 12 months of mortgage forbearance for homeowners impacted by Hurricane Michael. The Category 4 storm was the third-most intense Atlantic hurricane ever to make landfall in the United States. Some analysts estimate property damage could cost the insurance industry up to $5 billion.

 
Oct 17, 2018 12:30 PM

A Recession is Possible, but Experts Say Housing Will Not Be the Cause

While the stock market remains volatile and another recession is possible, experts say that real estate likely won’t be the cause this time around, MarketWatch reported Oct. 10. Home prices have seen large gains in the last year, more renters are becoming buyers and builder confidence continues to increase. ​

 
Oct 10, 2018 12:30 PM

FHA Reports Appraisal Issues on 37 Percent of Reverse Mortgage Loans

The Federal Housing Administration announced Oct. 1 that its investigation into potential appraisal inflations on reverse mortgage loans found that 37 percent were off by at least 3 percent, HousingWire reported. From Oct. 1, 2018, to Sept. 30, 2019, FHA will require a second appraisal on loans the agency deems to possibly have elevated valuations.

 
Oct 10, 2018 12:30 PM

Multifamily Investors Expect Demand to Drop due to Construction Supply

Multifamily investor demand is currently high, but investors could see a change because rent growth went flat in August for the first time in six years due to large amounts of supply under construction, HousingWire reported Oct. 3.

 
Oct 10, 2018 12:30 PM

Mall, Lifestyle Center Sectors Unfavorable, CoStar Report Finds

Second quarter space absorption for mall and lifestyle centers is negative with an annual supply growth of 0.6 percent and demand at 0.2 percent, according to analytics firm CoStar, National Real Estate Investor reported Oct. 3.

 
Oct 03, 2018 12:30 PM

FHA to Require Second Appraisal for Some Reverse Mortgage Applications

The Federal Housing Administration on Sept. 28 said it will require lenders that originate new Home Equity Conversion Mortgages, known as reverse mortgages, to provide a second property appraisal under certain circumstances. The requirement takes effect Oct. 1 and ends Sept. 30, 2019, unless extended. ​

 
Oct 03, 2018 12:30 PM

California Law Eases Intended User Restrictions for Some Appraisals

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 29 signed SB 70, legislation that allows the state’s appraisers to name intended users other than a client in a restricted appraisal report.

 
Oct 03, 2018 12:29 PM

Legislators Demand Fed Maintain Capital Requirements for Big Banks

Nineteen congressional members submitted a letter Sept. 20 to Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell demanding that the Fed maintain strict capital requirements for large banks, HousingWire reported. The letter is in response to a Fed official who expressed interest in weakening rules due to “unwarranted capital burdens.”

 
Sep 26, 2018 12:30 PM

House Passes Legislation Raising Threshold Levels for SBA Loan Programs

The U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 25 approved HR 6347 and HR 6348, legislation the Appraisal Institute says will put taxpayers at significant risk by virtually eliminating appraisal requirements for the Small Business Administration’s two largest loan programs. AI had submitted a letter urging the House to vote against the legislation.

 
Sep 26, 2018 12:30 PM

US Economic Growth to Halt in 2020, Wall Street Journal Survey Shows

Fifty-nine percent of economists responding to a Wall Street Journal survey said they believe the U.S. economy will stop expanding in 2020, HousingWire reported Sept. 18. Sixty-two percent of respondents said the most likely cause of the next downturn would be an overheated economy that leads to increased Fed tightening.

 
 
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