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Dec 02, 2020 12:30 PM

Millions Expect to Lose Homes in Next 2 Months: Survey

Around 5.8 million adults said they expect to face eviction or foreclosure over the next two months due to economic hardships wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a U.S. Census Bureau survey, Bloomberg reported Nov. 23. That’s 33% of the 17.8 million adults behind on rent or mortgage payments.​

Dec 02, 2020 12:30 PM

Sun Belt Cities Tops for Retail Property Investment: Report

Sun Belt cities, including Atlanta and Dallas/Fort Worth, are expected to be the top markets for retail real estate investment next year, according to the Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2021 report released Nov. 19 by PwC and the Urban Land Institute, online commercial real estate firm CREXI reported. These markets are growing faster than average, and attracting more residents and businesses.


CMBS Outlook for 2021 Appears Slow and Steady; Some Assets Remain Solid: Data

Around $60 billion in commercial mortgage-backed securities is expected to be issued next year, slightly higher than the projected $53 billion to $55 billion this year, according to Kroll Bond Rating Agency, the Associated Press reported Nov. 20. Multifamily, industrial and essential retail assets are expected to remain solid, as should office space that attracts tenants with good credit.

Nov 25, 2020 12:30 PM

Agencies Maintain Appraisal Threshold for Smaller Loans

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Reserve Board announced Nov. 18 that the threshold for exempting loans from special appraisal requirements for higher-priced mortgages will remain at $27,200 next year. The threshold is based on the annual percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. ​

Nov 25, 2020 12:30 PM

FHFA Raises 2021 Conforming Loan Limits for Fannie, Freddie

The Federal Housing Finance Agency on Nov. 24 announced that the maximum conforming loan limits for single-family mortgages acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac next year will be $548,250, a 7.5% increase from this year’s limit. In high-cost areas, where 115% of the median home value exceeds the baseline, the maximum loan limit will be $822,375.

Nov 25, 2020 12:30 PM

Federal Housing Finance Agency Finalizes Capital Rule for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

The Federal Housing Finance Agency on Nov. 18 released its final rule that establishes a new regulatory capital framework for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Key changes include reduced capital requirements for single-family mortgage exposures subject to COVID-19 forbearance, and an increased exposure level risk floor for single-family and multifamily mortgages to 20%.

Nov 24, 2020 08:05 AM

Winterize Your Home Now, Appraisal Institute Says

The nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers today advised homeowners that it’s beneficial to winterize their homes soon, before winter weather takes hold.

Nov 18, 2020 12:30 PM

Voters in Multiple States Approve Real Estate Legislation

Voters in several states approved real estate-related measures on Nov. 3, HousingWire reported. In California, eligible homeowners can transfer their tax assessments anywhere within the state, while in Florida, residents can transfer their homestead exemption from one property to another. In Georgia, Habitat for Humanity and similar groups are now exempt from paying taxes on certain properties under development.

Nov 18, 2020 12:30 PM

Report Shows Solid Grocery Store Sector, but Questions Long-term Performance

Grocery stores have benefitted from COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, but the sector faces challenges from increased online shopping, according to a report released Nov. 9 by consultant Bain & Company. The report noted that profits through 2030 could grow as little as 1.2%. Additionally, some landlords said they avoid having grocery stores anchor their shopping centers because they can hurt performance.​

Nov 17, 2020 12:30 PM

Industrial Sector Shows Some Signs of Weakness: Moodys

While the industrial sector is resilient, it likely won’t remain unscathed as a surge in COVID-19 cases could slow manufacturing, data firm Moody’s Analytics reported Nov. 11. The vacancy rate for industrial properties is expected to rise to 11.8% next year, and the sector is expected to see its biggest drop in effective rents in 10 years.

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