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FHA will Not Cut Mortgage Insurance Premiums

Actuarial report reveals insurance fund is in good health, but Montgomery says premiums will stand. The Federal Housing Administration released details on the health of its flagship Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund Thursday, revealing a positive econom...

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Amrock levies blockbuster claims against HouseCanary, wants $740 million verdict overturned

Claims HouseCanary engaged in collusion, fraud, and deception. HouseCanary and its top executives engaged in collusion, fraud, and deception as part of an effort to convince a jury to order Amrock to pay out one of the largest judgments in the countr...

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Class Appraisal hires new SVP of valuation transformation and engagement

Julie Jones expected to develop solutions and facilitate market adoption. Class Appraisal, a HousingWire Tech100 winner, announced Tuesday that Julie Jones has been appointed senior vice president of valuation transformation and engagement. Jones is ...

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Appraisal experts: Here’s how you can best prepare your borrower

Set expectations, and if they must appeal, bring solid comps. Borrowers often have considerable expectations when it comes to their home’s estimated value, and navigating these can be tough for both the loan officer and the appraiser. Experts from ...

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Here are the 10 MSAs with the lowest appreciation

VeroFORECAST predicts 7 out of 10 markets will see property values decline. The latest VeroFORECAST report, released in September for third quarter 2018, projected changes in real estate values for 358 Metropolitan Statistical Areas over the next 12 ...

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Committee tracks impact of FHA’s second appraisal rule

Collects lender data looking for clues on FHA’s methods. Members of the HUD Issues Committee within the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association are taking a deep dive into the Federal Housing Administration’s second appraisal rule for selec...

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NAR: Rising home prices push prospective buyers out of market

Low inventory persists in suppressing housing market. Home prices increased in the third quarter due to the continued low levels of housing inventory, keeping many potential homebuyers out of the housing market. The national median existing single-fa...

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HUD: Reverse mortgage second appraisal rule affecting about 20% of HECMs

Panel gives update on impact of recent HECM program changes. The latest mandate requiring a second appraisal on select reverse mortgage loans has affected about 20% of HECM appraisals so far, according to representatives from the Department of Housin...

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Amrock ordered to pay $740 million to HouseCanary for trade secret theft

Texas judge hands down largest judgment in U.S. this year. A Texas judge last week ordered Amrock, the title insurance, settlement services, and valuations provider formerly known as Title Source, to pay just shy of $740 million to HouseCanary after ...

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This real estate market will see almost 12% in appreciation

This Washington state MSA is projected to lead in appreciation. The new VeroFORECAST is now out with predictions that the 10 Metropolitan Statistical Areas at the top of the report will appreciate from 9.3 to 11.7% through September 1, 2019. The repo...

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Housing options disappear for low-income renters

Even high-income renters struggle to find units. Low income renters are struggling with housing needs as they fight against competition for the shrinking number of affordable units, according to a new analysis from Harvard University’s Joint Center...

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FHFA: Home prices increase 0.3% in August

Home prices rose in August, inching forward 0.3% from July according to the latest monthly House Price Index from the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The FHFA monthly HPI is calculated using home sales price information from mortgages sold to, or gua...

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FHA’s second appraisal rule for HECMs has minimal impact so far

Most lenders say about 15% of loans are being flagged. It’s been just a few weeks since the Federal Housing Administration announced that it will now require a second appraisal on select reverse mortgage loans, but lenders are already feeling the e...

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FHA publishes FAQ on second appraisal mandate for reverse mortgage loans

Clarifies specifics for HECM lenders. Reverse mortgage lenders must now submit appraisals to the Federal Housing Administration for a collateral risk assessment before endorsement – a new rule that went into play on October 1. The guideline was iss...

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Class Appraisal names Gary Ferguson as its new CTO

Ferguson will lead Class Appraisal’s new tech development efforts. Class Appraisal named Gary Ferguson as its chief technology officer to spearhead its pursuit of tech solutions. “The valuation space is ready for a new era of innovation, and ...

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Veros: Washington, Nevada will see most home value appreciation next year

Reveals lists of top 10 most and least appreciating markets. Valuations provider Veros predicts seven of the 10 top-appreciating markets in the next 12 months will be in Washington and Nevada. The company’s latest VeroFORECAST, which covers the 12-...

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FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery hints at issues in FHA appraisals

The world’s largest mortgage insurer can only check for mortgage defects on a “small” number of mortgages due to technological shortcomings and that’s leading to a potential rise in appraisal-related issues. The Federal Housing Administration...

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Hurricane Michael may prevent thousands of mortgages from closing

ClosingCorp: More than 1,600 pending transactions are in jeopardy. Hurricane Michael made landfall Wednesday, ravaging the Florida panhandle and leaving significant devastation in its wake as wind gusts surpassed 150 mph. The storm, which was just sh...

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Texas Real Estate Commission, Appraiser Board accused of ignoring customer service “crisis”

Government watchdog says licensing agencies are hoarding money. The agencies that license real estate agents and appraisers in the state of Texas are ignoring a customer service “crisis” while hoarding money that could be used to address a laundr...

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How will FHA’s new HECM appraisal rules affect reverse mortgage lending?

AMCs weigh in on the mandate requiring second appraisals on select loans. The reverse mortgage program is no stranger to change. For years it has weathered repeated guideline revisions from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. All of...

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How real estate may fare in Fargo, North Dakota

Property values are projected to appreciate at just over 3% through next May. Fargo’s notoriety, at least as a pop culture reference, has been on the rise since the release of a Coen brothers’ comedy in 1996 and recent success of the tele...

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FHA: We saw appraisal issues on 37% of HECM loans

Agency will use confidential collateral risk assessment to look for patterns among lenders The Federal Housing Administration’s investigation into possible appraisal inflations on reverse mortgage loans revealed an issue the agency decided it must ...

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FHA to require second appraisal on select reverse mortgages

Aims to combat inflated valuations, reduce MMI Fund risk. The Federal Housing Administration announced Friday that it will require reverse mortgage lenders to provide a second property appraisal on loans flagged by FHA as potentially having an inflat...

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FHFA: Home prices increase 0.2% in July

East South Central division sees weakest annual house appreciation of all divisions. Home prices increased in July, inching forward 0.2% from June, according to the latest monthly House Price Index from the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The FHFA mo...

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Restarting motor city

After bankruptcy and bailout, fortunes in Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan MSA are turning over again. Five years ago, as the four-year, $80 billion bailout of its idling Big Three economic engine was ending, Detroit, the principal city in the Detr...

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Is a home improvement loan worth it? Goldman Sachs, HouseCanary team to help borrowers decide

Launch home addition calculator Goldman Sachs appears ready to continue growing its personal lending venture, Marcus, and it’s going to use one of the housing industry’s data leaders to do it. Goldman Sachs launched Marcus in 2016 expanding its l...

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This southern MSA’s property values keep rising

Which city has seen an uptick in appreciation? Atlanta’s city seal includes the image of the mythological Phoenix, symbol of rising from the ashes. Anyone who is familiar with Civil War history, or has even watched Gone with the Wind, knows tha...

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FHFA: Home prices rise at slowest pace in last four years

Home prices up 6.5% from Q2 2017. Home prices slightly increased in the second quarter of 2018, rising only 1.1% but still up 6.5% from the same quarter last year. Home prices increased in June, rising only 0.2% from May, according to the latest mont...

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Pro Teck Valuation Services acquires Direct Valuation Services

Pro Teck to leverage synergies with DVS to expand offerings and client base. The trend of consolidation among appraisal management companies is about to continue, as Pro Teck Valuation Services announced this week that it bought cloud-based valuation...

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The No. 1 U.S. market just got more affordable

Builders focusing on more affordable housing. If you answered San Francisco, you would have been right, that is, if we were talking about home prices. But we’re not. In terms of new home starts, the Dallas/Ft. Worth area remains the No. 1 market in...

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Bottom’s up: Here are 10 markets projected to see depreciation

See which markets are projected to depreciate or stay the same. Nine of the 354 Metropolitan Statistical Areas included in the latest VeroFORECAST of projected real estate values are predicted to depreciate in the next year. While that can’t be...

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Trump administration calls for sweeping changes to financial ecosystem

“Regulatory sandboxes,” eMortgages, online notarization, automated appraisals, more The Trump administration on Tuesday called for a series of changes to the country’s financial and mortgage ecosystems that, if enacted, would supercharge the fi...

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Case-Shiller: Home prices rising at least twice the rate of inflation

West Coast sees double-digit home price growth To absolutely no one’s surprise, home prices increased once again in May, and even showed double-digit gains in some markets on the West Coast, and increasing at two to three times the rate of inflatio...

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Relax, underwriters, it’s just rural

How to maximize appraisal underwriting approvals in rural markets. Recently, the rural housing landscape has sparked discussion about its lending, affordable housing availability, housing shortages and outreach to underserved demographics. A spotligh...

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FHFA: Home prices see slight increase in May

Increases in West South Central and Mountain division. Home prices moderately increased in May, rising only 0.2% from April, according to the latest monthly House Price Index from the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The FHFA monthly HPI is calculated...

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Is real estate appreciation shifting west?

Forecasts of higher real estate appreciation continue to tilt west. Just as America’s population growth moved west from the Atlantic, real estate appreciation is trending in that direction, too. According to projections within the 2nd Quarter 2...

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Mortgage industry increases focus on jumbo loans amid rising home prices

Launch multimillion-dollar home loan products. Several players in the mortgage industry are increasing their focus on higher loan amounts for residential home buyers as home prices continue to increase. The median price for a home in California, for ...

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CoreLogic and The Columbia Institute to launch appraiser training program

The two companies have teamed up to train a pipeline of tech savvy-appraisers CoreLogic and its subsidiary The Columbia Institute are launching an appraiser training program. The impetus behind the program is to bolster the ranks of appraisers in the...

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ClosingCorp to integrate CoreLogic Property Tax Estimator

ClosingCorp to enhance its SmartFees service with CoreLogic’s tech in Q3 HousingWire Tech 100 winner ClosingCorp, a residential real estate closing cost data and technology company, is integrating CoreLogic’s Property Tax Estimator with its S...

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Raising children no longer pushes new parents to get a mortgage

Renting families increase up to 73% in some areas. Millennials waited longer than previous generations to enter the home-buying market, a phenomenon many experts blamed on low housing inventory, higher student loan debt and the younger generation’s...

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Class Appraisal promotes Jon Tallinger to chief growth officer

  Tallinger named to newly created role. Class Appraisal, an appraising management company, announced on Monday that it promoted Jon Tallinger to the newly created position of chief growth officer. Prior to his promotion as chief growth officer,...

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Core Logic: Mortgage rates average a 7-year high

Despite high home prices, demand is strong for homeownership Home prices continued to climb in May, according to the latest Home Price Index report from CoreLogic, a global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider. (Source ...

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An inside look at the battle over AVMs

What exactly makes a company’s valuation system a “trade secret”? An intellectual property court case that was decided this spring has elevated the topic of Automated Valuation Models, or AVMs, into the public discourse. While normally confined...

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Mortgage rate decline isn’t helping your borrowers

  Mortgage payments still up 18% from last year Mortgage rates are currently decreasing, falling in four of the past five weeks, and yet new borrowers are still paying significantly more on their mortgages than those who bought a home this time ...

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ATTOM Data Solutions launches new automated valuation model

New “lender-grade” AVM available for 80 million homes. ATTOM Data Solutions announced it partnered with AVM Analytics, a valuation software development firm, to launch a new lender-grade automated valuation model solution, which it calls ...

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Cushman & Wakefield files for IPO

  Real estate giant files for IPO, hoping for $1 billion and valuation of $5 billion Commercial real estate mega-company Cushman & Wakefield filed for IPO, the next step on its path to ascending to the top rung with CBRE and JLL. According t...

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FHFA: Home prices rise slowly

Interest rates contribute to continual slowdown Home prices increased slightly in April, rising only 1% from March, according to the latest monthly House Price Index from the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The FHFA monthly HPI is calculated using ho...

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Efficient collateral valuation: Keys to lending success

Here are Three Keys to Success Just one quarter into 2018, financial institutions are already experiencing stress in the face of diminishing mortgage loan origination levels and increasing competition. The Mortgage Bankers Association correctly predi...

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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Trump to nominate Kathy Kraninger to lead CFPB

White House confirms OMB official will be named to lead agency Monday Morning Cup of Coffee takes a look at news coming across HousingWire’s weekend desk, with more coverage to come on larger issues. Looking ahead to this week, HousingWire will be ...

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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Ben Carson backtracks on plan to raise rents for poor

Plus what to expect in world economy’s most important week Monday Morning Cup of Coffee takes a look at news coming across HousingWire’s weekend desk, with more coverage to come on larger issues. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developm...

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CoreLogic: Home equity gains top $1 trillion in first quarter

84,000 residential properties regain equity Homeowner equity topped $1 trillion in the first quarter of 2018, according to the Q1 2018 home equity analysis from CoreLogic, a property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider.  Home...

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CoreLogic: Home values increase in all 50 states

Home prices showed yet another surge in April as year over year values increased for all  50 states, according to the latest Home Price Index report from CoreLogic, a global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider. Ho...

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Greater Austin should keep getting great property values into 2019

Appreciation for the Heart of Texas Texas independence and musical independents are closely associated with the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area in Central Texas, the 35th largest metropolitan area in the U.S. All five counties that co...

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Las Vegas residents may need deeper pockets

Ranked most the overvalued housing market in the nation Perhaps underperforming income growth and rising unemployment would suggest low home prices, but Las Vegas is the most overvalued housing market in the nation, a new report for Fitch Ratings s...

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Case-Shiller: Rising mortgage rates, home prices pull on affordability

Current pace may not be sustainable Homebuyers are going to continue to need larger loans as home prices increase, according to the latest report released by S&P Dow Jones Indices and CoreLogic. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National...

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Valuation Partners launches tool for appraisal process

New solution seeks to increase transparency, minimize delays This week, appraisal management company Valuation Partners announced the launch of a new appraisal tool that aims to increase transparency and minimize delays associated with appraisal appo...

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NAR: Housing inventory hovers at all-time lows

  Drives home price growth in Q1 Inventory levels hovered at all-time lows in the first quarter of 2018, driving up home prices, according to the latest quarterly report from the National Association of Realtors. The median existing single-famil...

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Marc Hinkle promoted at Assurant Mortgage Solutions

  Will serve as managing director of Assurant Valuations Assurant Mortgage Solutions, a global provider of risk management solutions, announced it promoted Marc Hinkle to managing director of Assurant Valuations. In his new role as managing dire...

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How data and technology innovation are transforming valuations

Technological paradigm shift underway is setting a new standard for valuations Technology innovation is rapidly permeating every aspect of mortgage lending to streamline the loan manufacturing process and open the door to a better borrower experience...

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This Florida metro is predicted to see a rising tide of appreciation

Which Gulf Coast metro is predicted to see measured appreciation this year? In March 2017, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune published an article entitled “7 reasons Sarasota is (still) best place to live in Florida.” Though it may have sounded...

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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Start of year sees strongest home price growth since 2005

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Hispanic homeownership is booming This week, the U.S. celebrated Cinco de Mayo! Fun fact – Mexicans don’t celebrate this back in Mexico, except maybe in the state of Puebla. Also, to clear all confusion, this isn’t the Mexi...

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Seriously underwater properties see smallest ever annual decrease

Home equity growth slows in Q1 The first quarter of 2018 saw the smallest annual decrease in seriously underwater properties since ATTOM Data Solutions began tracking in the first quarter of 2013. At the end of the first quarter of 2018, more than 5....

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EXCLUSIVE: New data shows there is no housing affordability crisis

Much has been said in recent months about the mounting housing affordability crisis in the U.S., including blaming it for holding back home sales, suggesting how U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson can solve the cris...

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CoreLogic: Rising home prices create unstable market conditions

Home prices showed yet another surge in March, causing worry over rising affordability issues, according to the latest Home Price Index report from CoreLogic, a global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider. Home prices i...

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FHFA: Home prices still on the rise

But growth could see moderation in 2018 Home prices are still on the rise, increasing once again in February, according to the latest monthly House Price Index from the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Home prices increased 0.6% from January, the repo...

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Rolling the dice on Atlantic City

To quote Springsteen, “maybe everything that dies someday comes back.” In 1981, Louis Malle’s Atlantic City, starring Burt Lancaster and Susan Sarandon, joined the few dozen films nominated for all “Big Five” Academy Awa...

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Case-Shiller reports increase in home price growth

Experts say rising home prices won’t stop anytime soon Home prices increased across the U.S. in February, picking up the pace in annual price gains, according to the latest report released by S&P Dow Jones Indices and CoreLogic. The S&P Cor...

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Class Appraisal names Scot Rose chief innovation officer

Former president of Valuation Connect joins AMC Fresh off being acquired by Narrow Gauge Capital, appraisal management company Class Appraisal announced Monday that it named Scot Rose as the company’s new chief innovation officer. At Class, Rose wi...

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This is what sells for $1.23 million in the San Francisco area

Think home prices in your area are unaffordable? If you live in California, especially the Bay Area, you might be right. For everyone else, reading this article might help you feel better about home prices in your area. A home just sold in the Bay Ar...

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Over half of U.S. metros surpass pre-recession peak prices in Q1

Some metros up more than 60% During the first quarter of 2018, 54% of U.S. metros posted median home prices that surpassed their pre-recession peaks, according to the Q1 2018 U.S. Home Sales Report from ATTOM Data Solutions, a national property datab...

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First-time homebuyers struggle amid rising affordability challenges

Can only afford 20% of housing stock in some markets Affordability continues to slip across the U.S., falling even further from last year as home prices continue to rise and mortgage rates increase, according to a joint report from the National Assoc...

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Trend spotting: Appraisers take issue with Fannie Mae’s Collateral Underwriter

Still several mortgage lender benefits to using this tool As a mortgage underwriter, if I see something happen enough, it can become a trend. One thing I’ve noticed lately is appraisers are firing back against Fannie Mae’s Collateral Unde...

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CoreLogic acquires a la mode

Claims it’s the next step to its end-to-end valuation solution CoreLogic, a property information, analytics and data-enabled services provider, announced Thursday that it acquired a la mode technologies. a la mode provides subscription based softwa...

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Should borrowers be charged AMC fees and appraiser fees separately?

There are two sides to mortgage lending valuations at play here Earlier this week and article in LendingLife questioned the veracity of the recent Federal Housing Finance Agency working paper which concludes appraisal management companies provide lit...

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King County is king, and counting

Seattle continues to lead in home price growth While its sports teams, like those in every U.S. city, begin each season dreaming of a first-place finish, Seattle’s rate of real estate appreciation has topped the national charts for more than a ...

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Homeowners’ estimates move closer to appraised home values in March

Appraised values 0.36% below homeowner expectations Homeowner estimates came in 0.36% than appraised values in March. This is a closer gap than in February, when appraised values were 0.53% below homeowner estimates. This closing gap may be due to ho...

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AMCs respond to FHFA report they bring little value to appraisals

Just as likely to make mistakes Late last month, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac published this “Working Paper” by their economists, Jessica Shui and Shriya Murthy. Here’s the short title: Are Appra...

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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Housing obstacles can’t hold back homebuyer demand

And what some cities are doing about affordable housing. Monday Morning Cup of Coffee takes a look at news coming across the HousingWire weekend desk with more coverage to come on bigger issues. It’s no secret that affordable housing continues to b...

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CoreLogic: Home prices increase for seventh consecutive month

Western states see increases in the double digits Home prices continue to surge, rising for their seventh consecutive month in February, according to the latest Home Price Index from CoreLogic, a property information, analytics and data-enabled solut...

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Black Knight: Tappable equity hits all-time high

Now 10% above previous 2005 peak Tappable equity surged to its highest dollar amount on record, far surpassing its previous 2005 peak, according to the latest Mortgage Monitor Report from Black Knight. Tappable, or lendable, equity increased to $5.4 ...

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Class Appraisal acquired by Narrow Gauge Capital

Valuations and appraisal management solutions provider acquired by private equity firm Private equity firm Narrow Gauge Capital announced it has acquired Class Appraisal, a valuations and appraisal management solutions provider. “We have made great...

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Experts: Homebuyers should prepare for onslaught of competition this spring season

High home prices here to stay The latest Case-Shiller report showed home prices are continuing to rise, but now experts say not only are those high prices here to stay, but homebuyers could be pummeled this spring by an increase in competition. One e...

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Case-Shiller: All top 20 U.S. cities see home price increases in January

Seattle, Las Vegas, San Francisco see highest annual gains Home prices increased in all top 20 U.S. cities, with the highest annual gains seen in Seattle, Las Vegas and San Francisco, according to the latest report released by S&P Dow Jones Indic...

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LendingLife reader: “Only a handful of AMCs will remain in a few years”

Industry left scrambling for solutions? Last week readers of LendingLife got a first look at the Veros, Valligent partnership promising to cut mortgage lending cost. In that article, it’s written that a big part of that cost savings would be ta...

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Home sales continue to soar in Bay Area

Sales over $1 million reach record high The Bay Area continues to see homes fly off the market even amid rapidly rising home prices, according to new data released by CoreLogic. The data shows a total of 4,929 new and existing homes sold in Alameda, ...

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FHFA: Home prices jump in January

Growth strongest on coasts Home prices increased in January, moving even faster than the levels of increase seen at the end of 2017, according to the latest House Price Index from the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Home prices increased by 0.8% from...

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LendingLife first look: Veros, Valligent partnership promises to cut costs for mortgage lenders

More accurate AVMs will help lower HELOC origination costs Veros Real Estate Solutions is announcing today that it entered into a new partnership with Valligent. Veros is a leading developer of enterprise risk management services and provides collate...

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Dart Appraisal acquires Valuation Management Group

Acquisition allows Dart to expand into commercial appraisals The appraisal management company announced Tuesday afternoon that it acquired Valuation Management Group, an appraisal management company based in Georgia. Valuation Management Group was fo...

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Trulia says housing actually growing more affordable

Low mortgage rates lower than 40 years ago A growing number of reports are pointing out the concerns surrounding diminishing affordability, however a new report from Trulia says housing is actually more affordable now than it was 40 years ago. In its...

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CoreLogic: Entry-level housing shortage pushes up home prices in January

Appreciate at faster rate than expensive homes Home prices increased in January, but the increase was even more pronounced among entry-level homes, according to the latest Home Price Index and HPI Forecast from CoreLogic, a property information, anal...

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Veros launches VeroPACE to assist PACE lenders with 2018 regulation

Product simplifies meeting multiple AVM requirement contained in new California laws Data, analytics and technology provider Veros Real Estate Solutions announced a solution for lenders specializing in Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, loans i...

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CoreLogic: Housing market nearly recovered from recession

An in-depth look at the real estate economy since 2006 CoreLogic, a global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, released a report outlining the real estate economy from 2006 to 2017, showing that the housing market has...

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FHFA: Fourth quarter shows no letup in home price appreciation

Q4 home prices increase 6.7% annually Home prices increased in December, showing no letup in home price appreciation during the fourth quarter, according to the latest House Price Index from the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Home prices increased 1...

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Case-Shiller: Are home price increases leveling off?

Increased 6.3% annually in December Home prices increased in December at a faster pace than the previous month, however, some signs could be emerging to show a leveling off in home price increases, according to the latest report released by S&P D...

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