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Oct 06, 2021 12:30 PM

New California Appraiser Requirements Focus on Bias

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 28 signed into law AB 948, legislation that contains multiple provisions related to appraisal bias. Beginning July 1, 2022, all residential sales contracts must include a statement promising that appraisals are unbiased and not influenced by improper or illegal considerations. Refinance transactions must include the same statement in loan documents provided to borrowers.

Oct 06, 2021 12:30 PM

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Extend Multifamily Forbearance

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced Sept. 24 that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will extend coronavirus forbearance to owners of qualifying multifamily properties. The previous extension was set to expire Sept. 30 and is subject to existing tenant protections.

Oct 06, 2021 12:30 PM

Consumer Confidence Index Down in September Marking 3rd Consecutive Monthly Drop

The Consumer Confidence Index published Sept. 28 by the Conference Board showed a decline in September, following drops in both July and August. The decline was attributed to the spread of the coronavirus Delta variant, which has dampened optimism and caused concerns about the economy and short-term growth prospects.

Oct 05, 2021 08:30 AM

New Appraisal Institute Book Explores Valuation of Restaurants

The restaurant business can be tricky, and while owners and operators of those establishments know the associated risks, appraisers also need to be aware how these factors impact real property value, according to a book published by the Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers.

Sep 29, 2021 12:30 PM

Federal Reserve Expected to Pull Back on Major Stimulus

If the economic recovery continues to progress, the Federal Reserve is likely to reduce its pace of asset purchases, which include $120 billion in Treasury and mortgage-backed securities each month, according to the Fed’s banking policy updated released Sept. 22, CNN reported. The Fed also could increase interest rates early next year instead of waiting until 2023.

Sep 29, 2021 12:30 PM

FHFA: More Than 200,000 Foreclosures Prevented During Q2

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced Sept. 23 that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac completed 217,000 foreclosure prevention actions during the second quarter, bringing the number of consumers who have been assisted during conservatorship to 6.03 million. The report also noted that 47% of loan modifications lowered borrower monthly payments by more than 20%.

Sep 29, 2021 12:30 PM

Nearly Half of US Companies Likely to Downsize Office Footprint, Survey Reveals

Around 44% of U.S. companies said they plan to downsize their office footprint when the pandemic ends, according to a Gensler survey, Bisnow reported Sept. 17. However, companies that were categorized as “high-performing” were nearly as likely to downsize their footprint as they were to expand it. Only 17% of high-performers said they would maintain the same amount of space.

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.

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