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Apr 08, 2020 12:30 PM

AI Asks FHFA to Rethink Non-GSE Appraisal Requirements

The Appraisal Institute was one of four valuation organizations that urged the Federal Housing Finance Agency on April 6 to re-evaluate its current policies on interior and exterior inspection appraisals for refinance transactions not currently held by the government-sponsored enterprises.

 
Apr 08, 2020 12:30 PM

Appraisal Institute Addresses “Flawed” and “Inaccurate” White Paper on Fee Simple

“Conceptually flawed and factually inaccurate” is how the Appraisal Institute described the International Association of Assessing Officers’ white paper, “Setting the Record Straight on Fee Simple,” in its March 31 letter to the IAAO. AI cited inaccuracies and inconsistencies involving intended use/user, fee simple definition, body of knowledge guidance and in certain terms and conclusions.

 
Apr 08, 2020 12:30 PM

SBA Promotes Programs, Initiatives to Aid Business Owners

The Small Business Administration is promoting several programs and initiatives that were included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, known as the CARES Act, and are intended to assist businesses, including appraisal firms, the Appraisal Institute announced April 6. Among the programs are those for paycheck protection, EIDL loan advance, express bridge loans and debt relief.​

 
Apr 07, 2020 07:53 AM

Automated Valuation Models Need More Reliability: The Appraisal Journal

Since automated valuation model vendors use varying methodologies, valuation professionals should use caution when relying on AVM data, according to an article published this week in The Appraisal Journal.​

 
Apr 01, 2020 12:30 PM

GSEs, Agencies Issue Coronavirus Guidance for Appraisers

The government-sponsored enterprises, agencies and other policymakers have all issued valuation guidance since March 23 to help clarify how appraisers can perform their work during the coronavirus pandemic, and all new guidance is available on the Appraisal Institute’s coronavirus page.

 
Apr 01, 2020 12:30 PM

AI Asks Governors, Mayors for "Stay-at-Home" Exemptions

The Appraisal Institute joined four other real estate organizations March 25 in asking state and local government leaders to include appraisers among “essential services” exempted from stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders issued during the coronavirus pandemic.

 
Apr 01, 2020 12:30 PM

Coronavirus Like "Major Snowstorm," Not Economic Depression, Bernanke Believes

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke thinks the effect of the economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus is akin to that of a “major snowstorm” rather than a depression, CNBC reported March 25. Bernanke cited the Great Depression lasting 12 years and being caused by monetary and financial problems, as opposed to a health crisis that should be short-lived.

 
Mar 26, 2020 07:56 AM

Real Estate Groups Ask Governors, Mayors for Appraisal ‘Stay at Home’ Exemptions

The nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers joined four other real estate organizations March 25 in asking state and local government leaders to include appraisers among “essential services” exempted from stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders issued during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

 
Mar 25, 2020 12:30 PM

GSEs Ease Appraisal, Employment Verification Standards

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced March 23 that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will ease standards for both property appraisals and employment verification in an effort to facilitate liquidity in the mortgage marketplace during the coronavirus outbreak, HousingWire reported. Specifically, the FHFA said appraisal alternatives will be used to prevent appraisers from having to inspect a home’s interior.

 
Mar 25, 2020 12:30 PM

AI Webinar Helps Appraisers Face Coronavirus Challenges

The Appraisal Institute announced March 24 that its free 90-minute webinar covering the latest appraisal developments on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is now available on AI’s website and on its YouTube channel.

 
Mar 25, 2020 12:30 PM

FHFA Says Proposed GSE Capital Rules Delayed Until Late May Due to Coronavirus

Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mark Calabria announced March 18 that the release of the capital proposal for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be delayed until the second half of May due to the coronavirus, HousingWire reported. Calabria said the efforts to combat the spread of the virus will complicate the feedback process.

 
Mar 18, 2020 12:30 PM

AI Issues Coronavirus-related Direction for Appraisers

The Appraisal Institute issued guidance cultivated from its Professional Practice staff on March 16 to help AI professionals and other real estate valuers serve their clients during the rapidly evolving global coronavirus pandemic.

 
Mar 18, 2020 12:30 PM

Commercial Real Estate Lenders Worried About Impact of FASB Rules on Borrowers

New rules from the Financial Accounting Standards Board that took effect in January have some commercial real estate lenders concerned about operational burdens and their possible impact on borrowers, National Real Estate Investor reported March 10. The new methodology requires lenders to calculate and recognize the lifetime expected loss of the loan at origination.

 
Mar 11, 2020 12:30 PM

Buyers Overpaid $34B for Homes in Flood Plains: Research

At least 3.8 million homes in the U.S. are in flood plains and may be overvalued by $34 billion, according to research released March 2 by the National Bureau of Economic Research, Bloomberg reported. The research revealed that markets don’t incorporate risks from flooding and climate-related disasters.​

 
Mar 11, 2020 12:30 PM

Supreme Court Expected to Weaken CFPB, Not Shutter It

The Supreme Court signaled its plans to weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but not shutter the agency created in the wake of the financial crisis, CNBC reported March 3. The court heard oral arguments in a case questioning the agency’s constitutionality and the powers of its director.

 
Mar 11, 2020 12:30 PM

Coronavirus Expected to Have Limited Impact on Most Commercial Real Estate: CBRE

Coronavirus isn’t expected to have a significant long-term effect on the commercial real estate sector, but the short-term impact likely will be focused on hospitality and retail in major cities, according to real estate firm CBRE, MBA NewsLink reported March 4. CBRE noted that effect on the office and multifamily sectors likely will be minimal.

 
Mar 10, 2020 08:00 AM

Hire an Appraiser to Help Choose Home Renovations: Appraisal Institute

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today encouraged homeowners to choose their renovations wisely to maximize potential return on investment.

 
Mar 05, 2020 08:00 AM

Brain Activity Expert to Keynote Appraisal Institute Annual Conference

The nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers today announced that Scott Halford – a best-selling author, educator of businesspeople worldwide and national Speaker Hall of Fame inductee – will be the keynote speaker at the 2020 Appraisal Institute Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

 
Mar 04, 2020 12:49 PM

Strong Investor Demand, Steady Economic Expansion to Stabilize Cap Rates: CBRE

Strong demand for commercial real estate from domestic and foreign investors as well as moderate economic growth should keep cap rates mostly stable, according to the North America Cap Rate Survey from real estate firm CBRE, MBA NewsLink reported Feb. 26. The survey predicted cap rate stability during the first half of the year across most property types.

 
Mar 04, 2020 12:30 PM

AI Opposes Call for More Appraisal Standards by Biden

Responding to presidential candidate Joe Biden’s call to “establish a national standard for housing appraisals,” the Appraisal Institute said March 2 that a new standard is “unnecessary … because one already exists.”

 
Mar 04, 2020 12:30 PM

HUD Seeks Feedback on Foreclosure, Appraisal Policies

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is seeking feedback by March 9 from mortgage servicers and others regarding a proposed set of foreclosure-sale policy improvements — including one that addresses a concern about appraisal policies used to set pricing parameters utilized in foreclosure sales, National Mortgage News reported Feb. 25.

 
Feb 26, 2020 12:30 PM

Opportunity Zones Boost Median Home Prices, Data Shows

The median home price increased more than the national average in almost half of all opportunity zones between the fourth quarter 2018 and fourth quarter 2019, analytics firm ATTOM Data Solutions reported Feb. 20. Arizona, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania had the most zones with prices higher than the national average.

 
Feb 26, 2020 12:30 PM

"Transformative" Demand for Life Science Properties: Report

The demand for lab space, diagnostic centers and healthcare facilities is expected to significantly increase within the next few years, and could reach “transformative” levels, according to the “Life Sciences 2020: The Future is Here” report from real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield, MBA NewsLink reported Feb. 19.

 
Feb 26, 2020 12:30 PM

Commercial Real Estate Lending Environment Remains Favorable, According to CBRE

While the lending environment for commercial real estate was virtually unchanged between the third and fourth quarters, it was up 4.2% from the same point a year ago, according to commercial real estate firm CBRE, MBA NewsLink reported Feb. 19. Favorable capital markets are expected to support strong lending activity throughout the year.

 
Feb 19, 2020 12:30 PM

Fed Says Economy is Healthy as it Eyes Effect of Coronavirus

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell addressed Congress Feb. 11 stating that the nation’s economy is healthy and in its 11th year of expansion — the longest in history, Reuters reported. Powell also defended the Fed’s plan to ease strains in the banking system and warned of a possible economic hit due to the coronavirus.

 
Feb 19, 2020 12:30 PM

Industrial and Logistics Sector is Expected to Stay Healthy: Cushman & Wakefield

The market for industrial and logistics real estate is forecast to be strong through 2021, according to commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield, Material Handling & Logistics reported Feb. 10. Nearly 460 million square feet is expected to be absorbed, but new supply should surpass demand this year. Vacancy rates should stay around 5%.

 
Feb 18, 2020 12:30 PM

AI Supports GAO Study of Valuation Safety and Soundness

The Appraisal Institute on Feb. 14 submitted a letter to the chairs of the House Financial Services Committee and the Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development and Insurance, thanking them for requesting that the Government Accountability Office study the implementation of Title XI of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989 to protect homeowners from appraisal loopholes.

 
Feb 18, 2020 08:00 AM

Residential Appraisers Play Key Role in Real Estate, New Book Says

Residential real estate appraisers need education, knowledge and experience to perform their valuation assignments competently, according to a book published today by the Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers.

 
Feb 12, 2020 12:30 PM

WeWork Downfall Reportedly Most Threatens 3 Office Markets

The office markets in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco are at the biggest risk of being negatively impacted by the downfall of office sharing company WeWork, according to multiple real estate services firms, National Real Estate Investor reported Feb. 4. Between 2010 and 2019, WeWork became the nation’s fastest-growing office tenant.

 
Feb 12, 2020 12:30 PM

Election Could Halt CRE Investor Activity, Report Predicts

The presidential election could cause the U.S. commercial real estate market to pause or drop after the second quarter, according to the National Investor Sentiment Report from analytics firm RCM/Lightbox, GlobeSt.com reported Feb. 6. Top threats to CRE investment activity include a wait-and-see approach until after the election and a significant change in economic conditions.

 
Feb 12, 2020 12:30 PM

White House May Require All Federal Architecture to be Classical Style: Report

The White House is considering rewriting the Guiding Principles for Federal Architecture, established in 1962, to require new federal government buildings and those undergoing renovation to adhere to a classical architectural style, Architectural Record reported Feb. 4. The White House said recent projects completed by the General Service Administration’s Design Excellence Program have “little aesthetic appeal.”

 
Feb 11, 2020 08:00 AM

Appraisers are Valuable Resource in Property Tax Appeals, Appraisal Institute Says

When appealing their property taxes – which can be among their largest annual expenses – homeowners should consider hiring an experienced local appraiser who can help navigate the process, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers said today.

 
Feb 05, 2020 12:30 PM

Atari Launces Hotel Chain Offering Immersive Experiences

Video game developer Atari on Jan. 27 announced plans to launch a hotel chain, with construction on its first property expected to break ground this year in Phoenix, followed by additional hotels in Austin, Texas; Chicago; Denver; Las Vegas; San Jose, California; San Francisco; and Seattle. The Atari Hotels will offer immersive gaming experiences for all age groups.

 
Feb 05, 2020 12:30 PM

Retail Real Estate in Certain US Cities Gives Investors Incentive to Buy, Data Shows

Not all retail markets are experiencing doom and gloom, with experts citing limited new construction as a means for keeping vacancies in check and significant opportunity for investors in cities like Seattle; Houston; Denver; and Nashville, Tennessee, according to research firms Costar Group, Reis and Real Capital Analytics, National Real Estate Investor reported Jan. 29.

 
Feb 04, 2020 12:30 PM

Rethinking Quantitative Easing is a Priority for the Fed

The Federal Reserve is rethinking its quantitative easing program because its bond portfolio is growing at a pace unseen since the early 2010s, when it acquired vast amounts of mortgage-back securities, Reuters reported Jan. 27. Prices for stocks and other risky assets also are rising, causing concern among former Fed officials, economists and investors.

 
Jan 30, 2020 10:51 AM

Appraisal Institute Pushes to Improve Regulatory Climate: Valuation Magazine

The Appraisal Institute is pushing to improve the regulatory climate for real estate appraisers and to educate policymakers on the importance of sound appraisal practices, according to an article in Valuation magazine’s fourth quarter 2019 issue.

 
Jan 29, 2020 12:30 PM

Housing, Consumer Spending to Propel Economy: Fannie Mae

Housing, consumer spending and business investment are expected to lead the U.S. economy to its 11th consecutive year of growth, Fannie Mae’s Economic and Strategic Research Group reported Jan. 21. The group noted that housing will be an economic growth driver, but that problems of affordability and inventory are likely to persist.

 
Jan 29, 2020 12:30 PM

CFPB Wants to Cut Debt-to-income Requirement from QM Rule

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau plans to do away with its debt-to-income ratio requirement in the Ability to Pay/Qualified Mortgage rule, HousingWire reported Jan. 21. However, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are not required to abide by this change, and loans sold to the government-sponsored enterprises are allowed to exceed 43% DTI.

 
Jan 29, 2020 12:30 PM

Brokers and Mortgage Bankers See Favorable CRE Capital Conditions, Survey Reveals

More than 90% of surveyed brokers and mortgage bankers said they expect the amount of capital available for commercial real estate deals to remain at or higher than last year, according to a survey conducted by CRE services firm Berkadia, MBA NewsLink reported Jan. 20. Additionally, 83% expect transaction volume at or higher than 2019 levels.

 
Jan 22, 2020 12:30 PM

Fed Beige Book Shows Mixed Residential, Commercial Sectors

Low inventories of for-sale homes continue to strain markets in some Fed districts despite moderate expansion of new residential construction, according to the latest Beige Book released Jan. 15 by the Federal Reserve. Commercial activity was mixed, with districts reporting widely varying results. ​

 
Jan 22, 2020 12:30 PM

FHFA Seeks Comments on Residential PACE Loan Programs

The Federal Housing Finance Agency on Jan. 16 issued a Request for Input regarding proposed changes to the Property Assessed Clean Energy program, which covers energy retrofitting for residential and commercial properties. This RFI focuses primarily on the residential sector.

 
Jan 22, 2020 12:30 PM

Federal Reserve May Cut Interest Rates 3 Times This Year, Starting in March: UBS

The Federal Reserve could cut interest rates three times this year, despite such a move being uncommon during an election year, according to investment banking firm UBS, HousingWire reported Jan. 15. Damage from tariffs not covered under the Phase One trade deal could force the Fed to ease monetary policy as soon as March.

 
Jan 21, 2020 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Seeks to Expand Valuation Profession Leadership in 2020

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today announced that the organization will seek in 2020 to expand its leadership of the valuation profession and to enhance its reputation among stakeholders.

 
Jan 15, 2020 12:30 PM

Past Decade Produced Fewest Houses in 60 Years: NAHB

During the 10-year period from 2010-19, single-family housing production in the U.S. totaled just 6.8 million units compared to 12.3 million units the previous decade, the National Association of Home Builders reported Jan. 6. That level of production was the lowest in 60 years, and is primarily attributed to supply-side headwinds and reduced affordability.

 
Jan 15, 2020 12:30 PM

Home Values Reached a Record $29 Trillion In Q3: Report

The value of owner-occupied homes in the U.S. hit a record $29.2 trillion in the third quarter 2019, up 4.2% from the previous quarter, according to the Federal Reserve’s Flow of Funds report released Jan. 8, HousingWire reported. The overall value of U.S. homes is now 21% higher than the bubble peak in 2006.

 
Jan 15, 2020 12:30 PM

Buying a Home is More Affordable than Renting in 53% of Housing Markets: Report

Owning a median-priced, three-bedroom home is more affordable than renting a similar property in 53% of the nation’s markets, according to the 2020 Rental Affordability Report released Jan. 9 by analytics firm ATTOM Data Solutions. The report showed that owning is generally more affordable in rural markets while renting is better in urban and suburban markets.

 
Jan 08, 2020 12:30 PM

GSEs, CFPB, Pot Banking Among House Priorities in 2020

House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said that reforming the government-sponsored enterprises, closely monitoring the “undermined” Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and removing obstacles to banks serving marijuana businesses are among the committee’s top priorities in 2020, American Banker reported Jan. 1.

 
Jan 08, 2020 12:30 PM

IRS, Treasury Release Final Opportunity Zone Regulations

The IRS and the Treasury Department on Dec. 19 issued final regulations that provide guidance for investments in qualified opportunity zones. The regulations address taxpayer eligibility and requirements and explain how an entity becomes a qualified opportunity zone or a qualified opportunity business property.

 

Office Market Looks Positive for 2020 as Economy Poised for Growth, CBRE Reports

The nation’s office market is expected to perform well this year in both primary and secondary markets, and demand could potentially outstrip supply thanks to an economic outlook that shows continued growth and consistent job creation, according to the Real Estate Market Outlook 2020 released Dec. 23 by real estate firm CBRE, National Real Estate Investor reported.

 
Jan 02, 2020 08:00 AM

National Statistics and Trends Can Augment Local Multifamily Appraisals: The Appraisal Journal

Opinions of value can recognize both local and national indicators when appraisers value multifamily rental properties, according to an article published this week in The Appraisal Journal.

 
Dec 19, 2019 08:00 AM

Jefferson Sherman to Become President of Appraisal Institute on Jan. 1

Jefferson L. Sherman, MAI, AI-GRS, of Highland Heights, Ohio, 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 18,000 professionals in almost 50 countries.

 
Dec 18, 2019 12:30 PM

Fed to Maintain Rates in 2020, Barring Major Economic Change

The Federal Reserve on Dec. 11 voted to keep interest rates at their current levels and to maintain its path through 2020 — unless there’s a significant economic event, HousingWire reported. Fallout from the U.S.-China trade talks was cited as the primary reason for keeping rates in check.

 
Dec 18, 2019 12:30 PM

VA Loans More Than 40% of Ginnie Mae Mortgage Portfolio

Ginnie Mae reported Dec. 10 that VA loans make up 42% of its single-family mortgage bond issuance, and the agency now insures more than $2.1 trillion in total mortgages, HousingWire reported. A decade ago, VA loans only comprised 16.2% of Ginnie’s portfolio.

 
Dec 18, 2019 12:30 PM

CRE Space to Face Challenges, Opportunities in Coming Years: MBA White Paper

The office market should stay strong for several years due to strong job gains and stable market conditions, according to the white paper, “Where From Here?,” released Dec. 10 by the Mortgage Bankers Association. However, the paper noted that any change in consumer sentiment could influence the economy and demand for commercial space.

 
Dec 11, 2019 12:50 PM

FHA Raises Loan Limits Following Fannie, Freddie Action

The Federal Housing Administration on Dec. 5 announced that its loan limit for much of the U.S. will increase about $17,000 to $331,760 for 2020, HousingWire reported. The FHA loan limit is calculated as a percentage of the conforming limit established by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which will increase to $510,400 next year.

 
Dec 11, 2019 12:50 PM

Treasury Council Report Covers Market, Regulatory Progress

The Treasury Department’s Financial Stability Oversight Council released its annual report Dec. 4, which showed significant financial market and regulatory developments and revealed potential threats to U.S. financial security. The report also noted that federal and state regulators are collecting data, identifying risks and strengthening oversight of nonbank financial companies that originate and service residential mortgages.

 
Dec 11, 2019 12:50 PM

Odds of US Recession Decrease, But Slowdown is Likely, Bankrate Survey Reveals

The chances of an economic recession in the U.S. next year are decreasing, but experts said there’s a 35% chance of a downturn before the presidential election and they expect job growth to slow and unemployment to increase, according to Bankrate’s Fourth Quarter Economic Indicator survey released Dec. 4.

 
Dec 04, 2019 12:30 PM

FHFA Raises Conforming Loan Limits for Fannie, Freddie

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced Nov. 26 that it will raise the conforming loan limit for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to $510,000, up from $484,350, Housing Wire reported. This will be the fourth consecutive annual increase, during which time the limit has increased by more than $93,000.

 
Dec 04, 2019 12:30 PM

Fed Beige Book Reveals Increased Construction Activity

Both residential and commercial construction activity was steady to moderately higher in most Fed districts during the past six weeks, but home sales remained mostly flat or showed only slight increases, the Federal Reserve reported Nov. 27 in its latest Beige Book. Overall economic activity showed modest expansion.

 
Dec 04, 2019 12:30 PM

Cap Rate Compression Expected to Stop as the 2020 Election Draws Closer: Experts

Cap rate compression in the current market likely will stop as the 2020 presidential election nears and investors re-evaluate their exposure to domestic and geopolitical risks, according to investment advisory firm National Net Lease Group, GlobeSt.com reported Nov. 27.

 
Nov 27, 2019 12:30 PM

FHFA to Again Propose Enterprise Capital Rule for GSEs

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced Nov. 19 that it will once again propose capital requirements for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac involving the “entire regulation,” a plan first proposed in 2018. The proposal is expected in 2020, and will coincide with the end of conservatorship for the government-sponsored enterprises.

 
Nov 27, 2019 12:30 PM

CFPB Reconsiders TRID Rule, Reviews Mortgage Disclosures

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced Nov. 20 it will review the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule and may eliminate it. The bureau will consider public comments as it also evaluates modifying or expanding TRID, which has caused significant concern among mortgage and title companies.​

 
Nov 27, 2019 12:30 PM

Industrial Real Estate Sector Starting to Exhibit Signs of Slowdown, Reis Data Shows

The industrial sector may be cooling off, according to real estate research firm Reis, National Real Estate Investor reported Nov. 21. Industrial tenants are expected to absorb about 50% less space over the next two years than was absorbed during the past two, and 18 markets saw negative net absorption during the third quarter.

 
Nov 20, 2019 12:30 PM

IRS Boosts Enforcement of Syndicated Conservation Easements

The IRS announced Nov. 12 that it’s ramping up enforcement actions for syndicated conservation easement transactions, looking for overstated values from more than a billion dollars in easements donated to charity. The IRS says it intends to end “abusive” transactions that defraud the government of revenue and undermine efforts at private land conservation.

 
Nov 20, 2019 12:30 PM

Public Offering of Shares in Fannie and Freddie May Be Available By 2021: FHFA

A large public offering of shares in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will probably be ready by 2021 or 2022, according to Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mark Calabria, National Real Estate Investor reported Nov. 13. Calabria said he expects the FHFA to have a rule dictating capital requirements in place before the enterprises go to market.

 
Nov 20, 2019 08:00 AM

Don’t Wait to Winterize Your Home, Appraisal Institute Advises

CHICAGO (Nov. 20, 2019) – The nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers today advised homeowners not to wait for the upcoming cold months to winterize their property.

 
Nov 14, 2019 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Premieres Solar Photovoltaic Seminar

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, premiered a four-hour classroom seminar on developing the value of solar photovoltaic systems today in Chicago.

 
Nov 13, 2019 12:30 PM

Widespread Acceptance of Digital Mortgages Years Off: Fitch

Concerns over enforceability, technology and security could delay broad acceptance of digital mortgages for several years, according to ratings agency Fitch Ratings, HousingWire reported Nov. 5. While some government and mortgage industry entities have made progress, the use and acceptance of electronic promissory notes remains a big hurdle.

 
Nov 13, 2019 12:30 PM

WeWork May Leave Landlords with Empty Space, Bills: Report

Some landlords who signed leases with beleaguered co-working operator WeWork may be left with both vacant space and the bills for tenant improvements because the We Company structured its leases through LLCs that are not guaranteed by its holding company, according to real estate advisory firm George Smith Partners, National Real Estate Investor reported Nov. 12.

 
Nov 13, 2019 12:30 PM

FHFA Seeks Public Feedback on Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac UMBS Pooling Practices

The Federal Housing Finance Agency on Nov. 4 issued a Request For Input on pooling practices for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in preparation for new uniform mortgage-backed securities. The agency also is seeking input by Dec. 19 about other policies that might impact UMBS fungibility, including oversight of UMBS prepayment speeds and alignment.

 
Nov 06, 2019 12:30 PM

DOJ, HUD Ease Off False Claims Act, Eye More FHA Lending

The government will limit use of the False Claims Act against mortgage providers in pursuit of settlements related to Federal Housing Administration loans, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson told attendees at the Mortgage Bankers Association Annual Conference Oct. 28 in Austin, Texas, HousingWire reported. HUD wants to coax big banks back to FHA lending.

 
Nov 06, 2019 12:30 PM

Fed Cuts Interest Rates, But Says No More Reductions Coming Unless Economy Worsens

The Federal Reserve on Oct. 30 cut interest rates for the third time this year, but Fed Chair Jerome Powell said that monetary policy is in a good place and no further rate reductions would occur unless the economy gets worse, Reuters reported. In contrast, President Trump is advocating further rate cutting.

 
Nov 05, 2019 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Seeks Speakers for 2020 Annual Conference

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, is accepting proposals for presentations at its 2020 Annual Conference, Aug. 3-5, at the JW Marriott in Orlando, Florida. The deadline is 5 p.m. CST Nov. 25.

 
Oct 30, 2019 12:30 PM

Fannie, Freddie Shareholders Could Be "Wiped Out:" FHFA

Mark Calabria, director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, told the House Financial Services Committee Oct. 22 that he’s willing to “wipe out” Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shareholders if necessary to protect taxpayers from another bailout, HousingWire reported. The government-sponsored enterprises have been in conservatorship since 2008.

 
Oct 30, 2019 12:30 PM

Supreme Court Will Hear Case on Constitutionality of CFPB

The Supreme Court announced Oct. 18 it will hear a case challenging the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and a decision is expected by June, CNBC reported. The case alleges that the structure of the CFPB gives its director too much power, in violation of the Constitution’s separation of powers clause.

 
Oct 30, 2019 12:30 PM

Global Banking Outlook Dims; Reinvention Required to Survive Downturn: Report

Approximately 60% of global banks are not generating returns on equity and need to reinvent themselves to survive the next downtown, according to a report released Oct. 21 by consulting firm McKinsey. The firm suggests such tactics as ramping up risk-management systems, identifying new customer bases and building out digital talent bases and data analytics.

 
Oct 24, 2019 08:00 AM

Appraisers Provide a Wide Variety of Services, Appraisal Institute Says

Hiring a Designated Member of the Appraisal Institute can provide a broad range of benefits to commercial and residential clients, the president of the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers said today.

 
Oct 23, 2019 12:30 PM

Fed to Expand Balance Sheet, but No Quantitative Easing

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on Oct. 11 announced a plan for the Fed to expand its balance sheet by purchasing government-backed securities, but said the effort is not quantitative easing, The New York Times reported. The Fed’s previous quantitative easing policy ended in 2014 after accumulating $4.5 trillion in assets, including mortgage-backed securities.

 
Oct 23, 2019 12:30 PM

OCC Fines Citibank $30M Over Delayed Foreclosure Sales

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency fined Citibank $30 million over the lender’s failure to sell hundreds of foreclosed properties within the allotted 5-year timeframe, HousingWire reported Oct. 11. Federal regulations require banks to sell foreclosed properties within two to five years in order to expand housing inventory.

 
Oct 23, 2019 12:30 PM

Commercial Real Estate Executives Mostly Positive About Sector: Deloitte Survey

Commercial real estate executives from around the world who participated in a survey conducted by consulting firm Deloitte said they were mostly optimistic about sector performance during the next 18 months, MBA NewsLink reported Oct. 16. Nearly 75% of respondents said they anticipate increased transaction activity, but also increased borrowing costs.

 
Oct 22, 2019 11:05 AM

Distribution Facilities Drive Growth in Industrial Market: Valuation Magazine

Demand for distribution facilities is primarily driving growth in the healthy industrial real estate market, according to an article in Valuation magazine’s third quarter 2019 issue.

 
Oct 16, 2019 01:56 PM

FEMA May Buy Millions of Properties in Flood-prone Areas

Only 43,000 properties at high risk of flooding have been sold to the government since 1989, but data released Oct. 9 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency showed that millions more may need to be purchased due to climate change, Bloomberg reported. The data also revealed that FEMA is unprepared for a massive, government-subsidized real estate buyout.

 
Oct 16, 2019 01:54 PM

CoStar to Acquire Hospitality Analytics Firm STR for $450M

CoStar Group announced Oct. 1 that it will acquire global hospitality and benchmarking firm STR for $450 million in cash, allowing CoStar to provide data and analytics on the $3 trillion hotel asset class. The deal is expected to close during the fourth quarter.

 
Oct 16, 2019 01:53 PM

Cap Rates for Commercial Properties Drop in the Second Quarter: The Boulder Group

Cap rates for retail, industrial and office properties in the single-tenant net lease investment sector fell for the second consecutive quarter, according to the Net Lease Market Report released Oct. 8 by investment services firm The Boulder Group, GlobeSt.com reported. The Federal Reserve's interest rate reduction was cited as a key factor for the second-quarter drop.

 
Oct 15, 2019 08:00 AM

Wide Range of Big-Box Values Raises Concerns: The Appraisal Journal

Courts, market participants and valuation professionals have expressed widespread concern about the broad range in real estate values presented by opposing litigation experts regarding single-tenant, big-box properties, according to an article published this week in The Appraisal Journal.

 
Oct 09, 2019 12:30 PM

Residential Appraisal Threshold Increase Becomes Official

The Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on Sept. 27 announced the official adoption of a final rule that increases the threshold for residential real estate transactions requiring an appraisal from $250,000 to $400,000. Transactions exempt from the appraisal requirement must instead obtain an evaluation.

 
Oct 09, 2019 12:30 PM

FHFA, Treasury to Allow Fannie, Freddie to Retain Capital

The Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Treasury Department announced Sept. 30 that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be allowed to retain up to $45 billion in capital as they prepare to exit conservatorship, HousingWire reported. The Trump administration previously indicated that it opposed a profit sweep of the government-sponsored enterprises.

 
Oct 09, 2019 12:30 PM

CRE Performs Inconsistently, But Should Thrive Through Year-end, Report Shows

A review of mid-year commercial real estate showed spreads and divergence in property sectors, but performance for the rest of the year should thrive, according to the U.S. Real Estate Summary report released Oct. 1 by UBS Asset Management, Commercial Property Executive reported. The report showed minimal movement in cap rates and a drop in 10-year Treasury rates.

 
Oct 02, 2019 02:39 PM

Banking Committee Leaders Seek Answers on Appraisal Waiver

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, on Sept. 24 submitted a letter to the Appraisal Subcommittee seeking answers about its July decision to grant a waiver of appraiser certification and licensing to the state of North Dakota. The letter expressed “surprise and concern” about the “unprecedented” waiver.

 
Oct 02, 2019 02:38 PM

Investors Push Down Industrial Cap Rates, CBRE Survey Shows

Investors in search of yield are putting money into industrial properties in secondary and tertiary markets, which is causing cap rate compression there, according to the first half 2019 cap rate survey released Sept. 24 by real estate firm CBRE, National Real Estate Investor reported.

 
Oct 02, 2019 02:35 PM

Rise in Co-working Spaces May Make Next Recession Worse, Boston Fed Reports

The increase in co-working space could be a source of financial instability and make the next recession worse by sparking a run on commercial real estate, Eric Rosengren, president of the Boston Federal Reserve, told an audience at New York University Sept. 20, Reuters reported. Rosengren expressed concern that the financial strength of the co-working model hasn’t been tested.

 
Sep 25, 2019 12:30 PM

Trump Asks Supreme Court for More Authority Over CFPB

The Trump administration on Sept. 17 asked the Supreme Court to take up a pending appeal and rule that the president has constitutional authority to fire the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Bloomberg reported. The 2010 law that established the CFPB states the director can only be removed for “inefficiency, neglect of duty, or malfeasance in office.”

 
Sep 25, 2019 12:30 PM

Multifamily Cap Rates Rise in Cities with Rent Control: RCA

More than 80% of markets with rent-control regulation saw an increase in cap rates on multifamily properties during the past year as investors pay less for properties, according to analytics firm Real Capital Analytics, National Real Estate Investor reported Sept. 17. In many markets, investors are spooked by the potential for additional regulation.

 
Sep 25, 2019 12:30 PM

Life Insurance Companies Want to Increase Multifamily Lending, Holdings, MBA Reports

Life insurance companies said they want to increase their multifamily lending volume by approximately $10 billion next year, and ultimately hold between $50 billion and $120 billion in loans backed by multifamily properties over the next five years, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported Sept. 16.​

 
Sep 20, 2019 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Praises House for Passing Valuation-Related Bills

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today applauded the U.S. House for passing consumer-friendly legislation that will address long-standing concerns surrounding residential appraisals.

 
Sep 18, 2019 11:45 AM

NCREIF Issues Agricultural Appraisal Guidelines

The National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries released its Agricultural Appraisal Guidelines Sept. 11. Developed by members of the NCREIF Farmland Committee with input from organizations such as the Appraisal Institute, the guidelines are intended to provide clearly defined standards for appraisers, but are not intended to replace any current valuation requirements.

 
Sep 18, 2019 11:44 AM

Flex Office Space to Claim Bigger Market Slice: CBRE

The U.S. market for flexible office space is expected to boom during the next 10-plus years, according to a report released Sept. 12 by real estate firm CBRE. By 2030, flex space is expected to account for 13% of overall office space, up from 1.8% today, and total 600 million square feet, up from 71 million square feet.

 
Sep 18, 2019 11:42 AM

New York, Indiana Boast Top Office Construction Markets, According to Yardi Matrix

South Bend, Indiana, and the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens are top metros for office construction in terms of supply as a percentage of existing stock, according to analytics firm Yardi Matrix, Commercial Property Executive reported Sept. 11. Brooklyn and Queens benefit from proximity to Manhattan while South Bend benefits from an expanding downtown.

 
Sep 17, 2019 08:00 AM

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

Buyers and sellers who are concerned about a home’s appraisal have options available to them, the president of the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers said today.

 
Sep 11, 2019 12:30 PM

White House Unveils Plan to End Fannie, Freddie Control

The Trump administration on Sept. 5 shared its plan for releasing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from more than 10 years of government control, including the creation of new competitors, Bloomberg reported. The plan involves cooperation from multiple federal agencies and calls for reforms that protect the government-sponsored enterprises from another housing crash.

 
Sep 11, 2019 12:30 PM

Housing Sector Slow, Commercial Sector Steady: Beige Book

Home sales through the end of August remained slow in most fed districts due to ongoing housing inventory shortages and flat new home construction, the Federal Reserve reported Sept. 4 in its newest Beige Book. On the commercial side, construction and sales activity held steady, and leasing increased slightly.

 
Sep 11, 2019 12:30 PM

Office Sector Shows Weakest CRE Growth Outlook Despite Strong Job Market: Report

The office market shows the weakest growth among commercial real estate sectors — despite strong job reports, according to real estate marketplace Ten-X, MBA NewsLink reported Sept. 5. The number of new office projects in the pipeline is expected to eclipse absorption and push vacancies up to 17.3% by the end of the year.

 
Sep 09, 2019 08:00 AM

Appraisers Can Help Clients Navigate Natural Disasters, Appraisal Institute Says

In the aftermath of a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, appraisers can help their clients by providing expert market analysis, according to the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers.

 
Sep 04, 2019 12:30 PM

Warning Sign for US CRE as Global Investors Selling: RCA

For the first time in seven years, global investors in U.S. office buildings and retail space sold more than they bought, according to a Real Capital Analytics...

 
Sep 04, 2019 12:30 PM

Next Recession Will not Cause Housing "Fire Sale:" Economists

Economists predict that the U.S. will experience a recession within the next two years, but Americans shouldn’t fear a real estate “fire sale” because...

 
Sep 04, 2019 12:30 PM

Small Cap Commercial Real Estate Faces Course Adjustment, Analytics Firm Reports

The small-cap commercial real estate sector has flattened and appears vulnerable, according to analytics firm Boxwood Means, MBA NewsLink reported Aug....

 
Aug 29, 2019 08:00 AM

Appraisers Can Help Themselves Mitigate Liability Risk, New Book Says

Appraisers who take on a variety of valuation assignments can manage the risks associated with their work by taking realistic, effective steps, according to a new book published by the Appraisal Institute.​

 
Aug 28, 2019 12:30 PM

Economy Thriving, Major Risks Being Monitored: Fed Chair

The U.S. economy is thriving with economic expansion entering its 11th consecutive year — the longest on record, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said during a symposium at the Federal Reserve’s central banking conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, HousingWire reported Aug. 26. Powell noted significant risks, however, including slowing global growth and trade policy uncertainty.

 
Aug 28, 2019 12:30 PM

Commercial Real Estate Executives Report Stable Conditions: Real Estate Roundtable

Commercial real estate executives expressed confidence in the market as reports show balanced and stable economic market conditions, according to The Real Estate Roundtable’s 2019 Q3 Sentiment Index released Aug. 16. Around 60% of respondents said they believe real estate asset values will be the same a year from now.

 
Aug 27, 2019 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute, Fannie Mae Join Forces to Foster Diversity in Valuation Profession

The Appraisal Institute is partnering with Fannie Mae to promote appraisal careers and to foster diversity in the valuation profession, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers announced today.

 
Aug 23, 2019 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Debuts Artificial Intelligence Seminar

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, debuted a four-hour classroom seminar on artificial intelligence, automated valuation models and blockchain today in Denver.

 
Aug 21, 2019 12:30 PM

AI Opposes Banks' Residential Appraisal Threshold Increase

Federal banking regulators on Aug. 20 approved a final rule to increase the residential appraisal threshold from $250,000 to $400,000, effective after publication in the Federal Register, which should happen within days.

 
Aug 21, 2019 12:30 PM

FHA Passes Condo Approval Rule to Promote Ownership

The Federal Housing Administration on Aug. 14 published a final regulation establishing new condominium approval rules, notably allowing some individual condo units to be eligible for FHA mortgage insurance even if the condo project is not FHA approved. The regulations, which take effect Oct. 15, also permit more mixed-use projects to qualify for FHA insurance.

 
Aug 21, 2019 12:30 PM

US Office Sector Has Momentum; Second Quarter Vacancy Rate Hits 18-year Low: CBRE

The U.S office market experienced significant growth during the second quarter, with vacancy dropping to an 18-year low of 12.2%, according to real estate services firm CBRE, National Real Estate Investor reported Aug. 14. The market absorbed 17.1 million square feet, bringing the year-to-date total to 66.5 million square feet.

 
Aug 14, 2019 12:30 PM

US Farmland Value Increases Average of $60 Per Acre: USDA

The average value of U.S. farm real estate is $3,160 per acre, up from $3,100 per acre in 2018, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department’s 2019 Land Values Summary released Aug. 6, Ag Professional reported. The per-acre average for cropland also increased, while the per-acre average for pastureland reached a record $1,400.

 
Aug 14, 2019 12:30 PM

GSE Reform Mostly Complete, Former Freddie Mac CEO Says

The government-sponsored enterprises have almost been restored to a condition where they can be privatized without legislative input from Congress, according to the paper “GSE Reform: None or Mostly Done?”, authored by Donald Layton and released Aug. 7 by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. Layton resigned as Freddie Mac CEO last month.

 
Aug 14, 2019 12:30 PM

Multifamily Sector Going Strong, Expected to Continue Through 2020: Freddie Mac

The multifamily market has performed above average during the first half of the year, with especially strong performance during the second quarter, which is expected to continue through 2020, Freddie Mac reported Aug. 8 in its Multifamily Midyear Outlook. Low interest rates are expected to increase demand for multifamily investments and drive up origination volume.

 
Aug 07, 2019 12:30 PM

Court Grants Stay of Motion in FTC Case Against LREAB

A Louisiana court on July 29 granted a motion to stay in the Federal Trade Commission’s case against the Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board in which it alleged the LREAB illegally determined a floor for appraiser prices. The court ruled that, among other things, continuing the case would hamper the state’s ability to make and enforce policies.

 
Aug 07, 2019 12:30 PM

ASB Mulls Evaluations Standards; Paper Expected Soon

The Appraisal Standards Board of The Appraisal Foundation on Aug. 1 announced its intention to explore the creation of uniform standards for evaluations. The ASB said that since no standards exist for conducting evaluations, there is greater risk to the safety and soundness of real estate transactions and diminished protections for consumers. A concept paper is expected near Labor Day.

 
Aug 07, 2019 12:30 PM

FASB Proposes to Delay, Stagger Lease Accounting Standards Dates: Advisory Firm

The Financial Accounting Standards Board voted Aug. 1 to tentatively stagger effective dates for major accounting standards and to defer new standards on lease accounting and credit losses, advisory firm CohnReznick reported. The effective date of the new standard has tentatively been deferred to periods beginning after Dec. 15, 2020, for most entities.

 

HUD Halts Rule Change for FHA Down Payment Assistance

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on July 23 suspended “until further notice” a rule change made in April that affects its down payment assistance guidelines for Federal Housing Administration loans, HousingWire reported. A federal judge in Utah had ordered the suspension pending confirmation of the program’s legality.

 
Jul 31, 2019 12:30 PM

Jody Bishop Elected 2020 Appraisal Institute Vice President by AI Board of Directors

Pledger M. (Jody) Bishop III, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, was elected 2020 vice president of the Appraisal Institute July 25 by the AI Board of Directors at its meeting in Denver. Bishop’s one-year term will begin Jan. 1, followed by one year each as president-elect, president and immediate past president.

 
Jul 31, 2019 12:30 PM

Court Orders California to Spend $330 Million Settlement Exclusively on Homeowners

The California Supreme Court on July 18 ruled that the state must spend the $330 million it received in 2012 as part of a nationwide settlement with lenders over unfair mortgage practices exclusively on homeowners, the Sacramento Bee reported. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration sought to continue using some funds for general purposes, as the previous administration had done.

 
Jul 29, 2019 08:00 AM

Jody Bishop Elected 2020 Appraisal Institute Vice President

Pledger M. (Jody) Bishop III, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, was elected 2020 vice president of the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers Thursday by its Board of Directors in Denver.

 
Jul 25, 2019 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Honors 11 National Award Winners

Stephen D. Roach, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, of San Diego, was honored Wednesday with the Appraisal Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the Appraisal Institute Annual Conference in Denver.

 
Jul 24, 2019 11:53 AM

AI Condemns NCUA Action Quadrupling Appraisal Threshold

The Appraisal Institute on July 18 condemned as irresponsible and dangerous the National Credit Union Administration’s decision to increase the appraisal threshold for nonresidential real estate loans from $250,000 to $1 million, effectively reducing the number of appraisals required for commercial loans and challenging the safety and soundness of the system.

 
Jul 24, 2019 11:51 AM

FHA Delays Digital Signature Requirement for EAD System

The Federal Housing Administration is delaying its requirement for XML Digital Signatures on all appraisals uploaded to the Electronic Appraisal Delivery System, the agency announced July 11. The requirement was to have taken effect Aug. 5; no new date has been set, and XML Digital Signature Hard Stops remain eligible for automatic overrides.

 
Jul 24, 2019 11:47 AM

White House Plans September Release for Proposed Reforms for Fannie, Freddie

The Trump administration’s plan to overhaul Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac likely will wait until September due to other priorities within the Treasury Department, Reuters reported July 17. The Federal Housing Finance Agency hasn’t set a timeline for releasing the government-sponsored enterprises from conservatorship, which means the issue may not be resolved before the 2020 election.

 
Jul 22, 2019 11:34 AM

Appraisal Institute Opens Valuation Profession’s Premier Event

More than 525 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 18, 2019 10:56 AM

Appraisal Institute Condemns NCUA’s Action, Calls for Congressional Oversight

The nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers vigorously condemned today’s action by the National Credit Union Administration, calling the NCUA’s decision to effectively reduce the number of appraisals required for commercial real estate loans irresponsible, radical and dangerous.​

 
Jul 17, 2019 12:30 PM

Federal Agencies Exempt Community Banks From Volcker Rule

A final rule exempting community banks (those with consolidated assets less than $10 billion) from the Volcker Rule was adopted July 9 and jointly announced by the Federal Reserve Board, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 
Jul 17, 2019 12:30 PM

'iBuyer' Service Alters Selling Process, Cuts Some Requirements

A new partnership between real estate brokerage Redfin and homebuying service Opendoor will purchase properties directly from homeowners who list with Redfin, MarketWatch reported July 14. Sellers who accept the iBuyer offer avoid having to make pre-sale repairs and can skip some closing procedures — including, potentially, the appraisal — but risk receiving less than market value.

 
Jul 17, 2019 12:30 PM

Single-tenant Net Lease Cap Rates Drop Across Sectors, The Boulder Group Reports

Single-tenant net lease cap rates during the second quarter declined in the retail, office and industrial sectors, according to real estate firm The Boulder Group, MBA NewsLink reported July 11. New construction 7-Eleven properties — considered resistant to both recession and e-commerce challenges — showed the highest cap rate compression, dropping 12 basis points.

 
Jul 10, 2019 12:30 PM

Energy Sector Caused Office Market Downturn; Houston Showing Improvement: JLL Report

The 2019 energy outlook report released July 1 by commercial real estate firm JLL indicated that the office sector in North American energy markets like Houston are still feeling the effects of the 2014-17 oil downturn, but the situation is improving, Commercial Property Executive reported. In Houston, the vacancy rate marks a 140 basis-point decline from its mid-2018 peak figure.

 
Jul 10, 2019 12:30 PM

ASC OKs North Dakota Request for Temporary Appraisal Waiver

The Appraisal Subcommittee on July 9 approved a request from North Dakota for a temporary waiver from appraisal licensing requirements, declaring a scarcity of appraisers. The ASC granted the one-year waiver from licensing requirements by a 5-2 vote; an additional year is possible if state officials again seek a waiver based on the scarcity argument.

 
Jul 10, 2019 12:30 PM

Economic Expansion Hits 10-year Mark but Slowing Noted: Fed

The continuing American economic expansion has become the longest in history after hitting the 10-year mark on July 1, bringing unemployment to a 50-year low and dropping inflation to negligible levels, according to Federal Reserve policymakers, HousingWire reported July 3. However, the benefits from recent tax cuts are showing signs of wearing off, and GDP is expected to slow.

 
Jul 09, 2019 08:00 AM

Valuing Timeshares Requires Special Care: The Appraisal Journal

Special care must be taken to understand the timeshare interest and the competitive market in which that interest would sell, according to an article published this week in The Appraisal Journal that explores key issues facing appraisers when valuing timeshares.

 
Jul 02, 2019 08:00 AM

Appraisers Expect Shift in Hospitality Market: Valuation Magazine

The nation’s hospitality sector has enjoyed a decade-long hot streak, but is a correction on the way? Appraisers discuss what’s happening in this challenging market in Valuation magazine’s second quarter 2019 issue.

 
Jun 20, 2019 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Urges Congress to Address Valuation Issues

The president of the Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, encouraged Congress to act on valuation topics during today’s hearing on Capitol Hill. ​

 
Jun 19, 2019 12:30 PM

FHFA Director to Congress: End Fannie, Freddie Conservatorship

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should be returned to private hands, and doing so could reduce taxpayer risk, promote competition and support homeownership, Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mark Calabria stated June 11 in a letter accompanying his annual report to Congress, Bloomberg reported. Calabria said the housing finance system needs to be more sustainable.

 
Jun 19, 2019 12:30 PM

Freddie Mac Introduces CMBS Program Backed by Green Bonds

Freddie Mac on June 10 unveiled a commercial mortgage-backed security program backed by loans made to apartment building owners who perform sustainable property improvements, Bloomberg reported. The green bond will exclusively securitize loans made through Freddie’s Green Advantage program.

 
Jun 19, 2019 12:30 PM

Properties Located in Opportunity Zones Show Sales Growth: Real Capital Analytics

Interest in properties located within opportunity zones is rising, which is spurring owners of lower-quality assets to finally sell, according to a study released June 10 by Real Capital Analytics, GlobeSt.com reported. The study noted, however, many of the properties have deferred maintenance and are not selling for top dollar.

 
Jun 12, 2019 12:30 PM

Local Governments Have Worst Homebuilding Regulations: FHFA

Local municipalities need to reduce the number of regulations and the costs associated with them in order to spur homebuilding, Mark Calabria, director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, told attendees June 3 at a conference in Washington, HousingWire reported. Calabria said the supply of homes under construction is not enough to keep up with demand.

 
Jun 12, 2019 12:30 PM

Fannie, Freddie Launch Uniform Mortgage-backed Security

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on June 3 launched the Uniform Mortgage-Backed Security, completing the their single-security initiative, MReport reported. The government-sponsored enterprises expect more efficiency and liquidity in the housing market, but critics argue that the UMBS won’t lower mortgage rates as touted.

 
Jun 12, 2019 12:30 PM

40% of Surveyed Economists Said They Expect a Fed Rate Drop Within the Next Year

Forty percent of economists who responded to Bankrate’s Second-Quarter Economic Indicator survey released June 6 said they believe that the Federal Reserve will lower interest rates in the next year. Respondents cited escalating U.S. tensions with China, slowing international growth and depleting fiscal stimulus as key factors.

 
Jun 05, 2019 12:30 PM

Licensed Alabama Appraisers Now Can Begin Performing Evaluations

Alabama enacted legislation, effective May 29, allowing state-licensed appraisers to perform evaluations for federally regulated financial institutions.

 
Jun 05, 2019 12:30 PM

Louisiana Appraisers May Start Performing Evaluations Aug. 1

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on May 30 signed HB 340, legislation that allows appraisers in the state to provide evaluations for federally insured depository institutions. The law takes effect Aug. 1.

 
Jun 05, 2019 12:30 PM

PACE Financing, HMDA Act Among Top Rulemaking Priorities for CFPB for the Year

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published its rulemaking agenda May 22, revealing that two of the biggest regulatory matters it will focus on over the next year will be financing for property assessed clean energy loans and new rules related to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act. The agenda covers rulemaking through April 30, 2020.

 
May 29, 2019 05:05 PM

Government Agencies to Improve Relationship with Lenders: FHA

Regulatory compliance standards are discouraging lenders from working with various government housing agencies, Brian Montgomery, Federal Housing Administration commissioner, told attendees May 23 at a Mortgage Bankers Association conference, MBA NewsLink reported. Montgomery said the agencies are seeking to create a friendlier environment to encourage more lending.

 
May 29, 2019 05:03 PM

Survey Shows 47% of Homebuyers Affected by Tax Changes

Tax changes affected the house hunt of 47% of potential homebuyers this year, down from 56% last year when the effects of tax reform were mostly still speculative and not yet realized in paychecks, the online real estate marketplace Redfin reported in a survey released May 16.

 
May 29, 2019 04:59 PM

Mortgage Industry May Struggle with 'Zombie' LIBOR After Phaseout, Reuters Reports

The nation's mortgage industry probably will still have to deal with a "zombie" version of the London Interbank Offered Rate even after the benchmark is phased out in 2021, Reuters reported May 21. The trade group Alternative Reference Rates Committee has introduced guidelines, backed by the Federal Reserve, for participants to use another reference rate.

 
May 29, 2019 08:00 AM

Low-cost Landscaping Can Be a Wise Investment: Appraisal Institute

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today advised homeowners to consider basic landscaping improvements that can generate a major return on investment when reselling the property.

 
May 23, 2019 08:00 AM

Valuation Career Opportunities Abound, Appraisal Institute Tells Graduates

As the number of real estate appraisers has decreased in recent years, rewarding career opportunities have opened for recent graduates, according to the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers.

 
May 15, 2019 12:30 PM

GSEs Can End Oversight Without Congress Approval: FHFA

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can be freed from government oversight even if Congress doesn’t pass a housing-financial overhaul involving the government-sponsored enterprises, the Federal Housing Finance Agency Director, Mark Calabria, told Bloomberg May 8. He noted that Congress will get at least an entire session to act.

 
May 15, 2019 12:30 PM

Rural Communities Likely to Continue Declining, Data Shows

Rural areas, which comprise 42 percent of the nation’s counties, suffered significant population and job losses due to the Great Recession and likely won’t recover, leaving their housing and commercial bases to struggle, according to Commerce Department data, CityLab reported May 7. Communities in the Northeast and the Midwest were hardest hit.

 
May 15, 2019 12:30 PM

US Office Sector Steady During First Quarter, Bodes Well for New Construction: JLL

The U.S. office sector proved resilient during the first quarter, absorbing around 14 million square feet — even after the delivery of 6.8 million square feet of newly constructed space, according to real estate firm JLL, National Real Estate Investor reported May 9. An additional 110.4 million square feet of office space is under construction.

 
May 08, 2019 12:30 PM

Generation Z May Revive Shopping Malls, ICSC Study Says

Generation Z may save the mall, according to a study from the International Council of Shopping Centers, Bloomberg reported April 25. Gen Z (those aged 7 to 22) prefer shopping in-store rather than online, and about 95% visited a mall during a three-month period in 2018 as opposed to 75% of millennials and only 58% of Generation X.

 
May 08, 2019 12:30 PM

Rockefeller Center to Add 200 Guest Rooms in Airbnb Deal

Airbnb and real estate firm RXR Realty announced on April 29 a deal to convert 10 stories in New York City’s iconic Rockefeller Plaza to short-term rental units, Bloomberg reported. The project will create 200 suites inside the art deco high-rise, as well as meeting and events spaces, collaborative working spaces, a restaurant and a lobby bar.

 
May 08, 2019 12:30 PM

Hospitality Properties in the South, West Show Strong Fundamentals: Marcus & Millichap

Hospitality properties in the south and west are outperforming those in other U.S. markets, and attracting investment dollars thanks to growth in revenue per room and occupancy rates, according to real estate firm Marcus & Millichap, National Real Estate Investor reported April 29. Texas is expected to add the most hotel rooms this year.

 
May 08, 2019 10:04 AM

Complex Residential Properties Offer Challenges to Appraisers, New Book Finds

Only by properly identifying and investigating the unique characteristics of condos, co-ops and planned unit developments can appraisers properly value these common but complicated residential properties, according to a new book published by the Appraisal Institute.

 
May 01, 2019 12:30 PM

Retail, Office Net Lease Cap Rates Rise: Boulder Group

Cap rates on net lease retail properties increased 2 basis points in the first quarter to 6.37 percent while cap rates on net lease office assets jumped 8 basis points to 7.1 percent, according to The Boulder Group investment firm, National Real Estate Investor reported April 22.

 
May 01, 2019 12:30 PM

Outlet Centers Bring Stability to Otherwise Shaky Retail Sector, Consulting Firm Reports

Outlet centers remain a bright spot in the retail sector, according to consulting company Outlet Resource Group, National Real Estate Investor reported April 25. There are roughly 200 outlet centers in the U.S., with an average vacancy rate of 3.6%, compared to 1,100 regional and superregional malls with an average vacancy rate of 9%.

 
May 01, 2019 12:30 AM

Housing Could Be Hurt by "Underbuilding," Data Shows

The housing market — especially the entry-level segment — could stumble this year due to “underbuilding,” a situation exacerbated by rising materials costs, tariffs on imported materials and labor shortages, according to consulting firm Grant Thornton, HousingWire reported April 19. Housing starts and household formation analytics suggest the worst underbuilding since the 1970s.

 
Apr 24, 2019 12:30 PM

Homebuyers Will Pay Extra for Energy Efficiency: NAHB

Homebuyers are willing to pay an average of $8,728 extra for a property in order to save $1,000 a year in utility bills, according to a report released April 12 by the National Association of Home Builders. Buyers who expect to pay more than $500,000 for a property are willing to pay an average of $10,560 for energy efficient features.

 
Apr 24, 2019 12:30 PM

New FHFA Director to Focus on Fannie, Freddie Overhaul

Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mark Calabria said April 15 that he assumes the job with a “great sense of urgency” to address government control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Bloomberg reported. The government-sponsored enterprises have returned to profitability, but remain in conservatorship. ​

 
Apr 24, 2019 12:30 PM

Commercial Real Estate Investment to Perform Worse in 2019, Research Predicts

Investors believe that the private equity real estate investment sector will perform worse in 2019 than it did in 2018, and portfolio/asset pricing will increase over the next 12 months, which could result in a slowdown period, according to research firm Prequin, National Real Estate Investor reported April 17.

 
Apr 24, 2019 08:00 AM

Exterior Home Renovations Offer Greatest Value: Appraisal Institute

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today advised homeowners to focus on outdoor improvement projects when seeking to improve their home’s value.

 
Apr 17, 2019 12:30 PM

Fed Says More Rate Hikes Possible If Economy Improves

The Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee voted against a rate increase at its April 10 meeting, but minutes indicate that they would consider such a move if the economy steadily improves, CNBC reported. Any future rate hike isn’t expected until at least 2020.

 
Apr 17, 2019 12:30 PM

Proposed Rules for Foreign Banks Favorable, Fed Indicates

The Federal Reserve on April 8 proposed new rules for foreign banks that would categorize the institutions based on risk to the financial system, MarketWatch reported. The new requirements would separate liquidity rules from capitalized subsidiaries for the institutions, boosting liquidity thresholds by as much as 4%.

 
Apr 17, 2019 12:30 PM

Industrial Sector Still Favorable to Investors, Despite Global Uncertainty: Colliers

Investors still view the industrial sector favorably, despite labor shortages and global trade tensions — ongoing trade talks between the U.S. and China could greatly reduce demand for industrial real estate if no deal is reached, according to real estate services firm Colliers International, National Real Estate Investor reported April 8.

 
Apr 16, 2019 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute, Freddie Mac Unveil New Valuation Course on Manufactured Homes

As part of their recently announced collaboration, the Appraisal Institute and Freddie Mac unveiled a new educational offering today in Dallas that is designed to teach appraisers the latest skills on how to value manufactured homes.

 
Apr 11, 2019 08:00 AM

In-Depth Scrutiny of Published Data Improves Property Market Understanding: The Appraisal Journal

A detailed analysis of population and employment data, along with the use of fair share comparisons, increases the accuracy of assumptions made by appraisers when completing commercial valuation assignments, according to a study published this week in The Appraisal Journal.

 
Apr 10, 2019 12:30 PM

Mortgage Environment "Desperately" Needs Reform: Chase CEO

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon stated in his annual shareholder letter that the U.S. housing market “desperately” needs reform and believes that at least $1 trillion in mortgages could have been made — but were not, HousingWire reported April 4. Dimon said the lending environment is too conservative, and reforms could help economic growth.

 
Apr 10, 2019 12:30 PM

BofA to Boost Homeownership, Offer up to $10K to Close Loans

Bank of America has pledged up to $5 billion to boost affordable housing, including offering up to $10,000 to help borrowers close loans, HousingWire reported April 2. The lender further committed another $5 billion over the next five years for its Neighborhood Solutions program to boost homeownership rates.

 
Apr 10, 2019 12:30 PM

Fitch Sees Problems as Small Banks Increase CRE Lending and Big Banks Pull Back

Small banks are gaining market share in commercial real estate lending as big banks pull back, which could be problematic during a downturn because smaller banks (those with assets of $10 billion to $100 billion) may be unable to absorb real estate losses, according to ratings agency Fitch, MBA NewsLink reported April 4.

 
Apr 02, 2019 08:00 AM

Appraisers Adapt to Evolving Residential Market: Valuation Magazine

Appraisers working in the residential real estate sector say national trends broadly apply to their markets, but they note that since each region essentially is local, they need to adapt to ever-changing area dynamics, according to an article in Valuation magazine’s first quarter 2019 issue.

 
Mar 22, 2019 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Debuts Rural Valuation Seminar

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, debuted a seven-hour classroom seminar on rural valuation issues today in Nashville, Tennessee.

 
Feb 22, 2019 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute Premieres Leasehold Valuation Seminar

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, premiered a seven-hour classroom seminar on leasehold valuation issues today in Emeryville, California.​

 
Feb 14, 2019 08:00 AM

Qualified Appraisers Key to Property Tax Appeals, Appraisal Institute Says

Working with an Appraisal Institute Designated Member can benefit homeowners who choose to appeal their property tax assessments, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers said today.

 
Jan 10, 2019 08:00 AM

Appraisal Institute to Enhance Focus on Residential Appraisers in 2019: Valuation Magazine

As residential appraisers face new concerns, the Appraisal Institute continues spending significant time and resources on the issues and challenges impacting valuation professionals, according to an article in Valuation magazine’s fourth quarter 2018 issue.

 
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.

 

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.

 
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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