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  • Pending home sales surge to 10-year high

    Despite tight inventory and affordability concerns, Pending home sales still increased for the third consecutive month in April, surging to the highest level in over a decade. Here's why Lawrence Yun, National Association of Realtors' chief economist, said sales are beating the odds. Click headline to read more.

Fannie to prohibit lenders from changing home appraisals

Effective Sept. 1, Fannie Mae is prohibiting lenders who sell it loans from changing appraisers' numbers. In guidance issued June 30, Fannie Mae said lenders must contact appraisers to resolve any disagreements about the valuation. If that's not possible, they should order a second appraisal — not just chop the value supporting the real estate contract. Appraisers applauded the new rule. "This is huge," said Gary Crabtree, president of Affiliated Appraisers of Bakersfield and a member of the national government relations committee of the Appraisal Institute, an industry group.

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