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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.

 
Nov 11, 2020 12:30 PM

Real Estate Economists See Short Recession, Strong Recovery

Real estate economists surveyed by the Urban Land Institute for its Real Estate Economic Forecast said they expect a recession to be short-lived and foresee above-average GDP growth in 2021 and 2022, MBA NewsLink reported Nov. 9. Real estate conditions should be better than what was predicted six months ago, with the industrial and single-family residential sectors performing best.

 
Nov 11, 2020 12:30 PM

CRE Prices Up Overall During Q3: Real Capital Analytics

Commercial real estate prices increased at a 1.4% annualized rate during the third quarter, with gains in the apartment and industrial sectors offsetting declines in the retail and office sectors, according to data firm Real Capital Analytics, MBA NewsLink reported Nov. 4. The industrial sector is the most stable, with price growth in the mid-7% range.

 
Nov 11, 2020 12:30 PM

Tech Sector Scales Back on Office Space, but Still Leads Leasing Activity: CBRE

The tech sector is driving the nation’s office-leasing activity, but even this sector is scaling back on office space — although only slightly, according to real estate firm CBRE, MBA NewsLink reported Nov 4. Tech markets best positioned for resiliency include Atlanta; Dallas-Fort Worth; Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina; San Diego; Silicon Valley in California; and Washington, D.C.

 
 
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