The Wrap: Appraisal activity continues to pick up in second week of August

The Wrap: Appraisal activity continues to pick up in second week of August

New this week: The Appraisal Foundation joins HW and looks at challenges of green valuation

What should you do if your Realtor has a family emergency?

But you’re ready to make an offer now

Trending Thursday: Fed chills on Great Fall of China?

Plus bringing private capital back to Fannie, Freddie and more
W S

Servicing

RealtyTrac: Share of in-foreclosure sales hits 15-year low

Cash sales hit 8-year low
Sales of properties in-foreclosure and cash sales were down from a year ago to multi-year lows while year-to-date U.S. home sales in 2015 are at an eight-year high, and the U.S. median home price in July was at an 82-month high. Say what you will, this is one area of housing that's slowly fading. Read on.
Read More

RealtyTrac: Foreclosure filings up 7% in July

Marks 5 months of year-over-year increases
There was a total of 124,910 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — in July, up 7% from the previous month. RealtyTrac vice president explains why.
Read More

You can now review every federal agency (even the CFPB) on Yelp

New agreement allows agencies to claim pages, respond to reviewers
Thanks to a new agreement between the federal government and Yelp, anyone can now rate and post a review of any federal agency on the consumer review-driven website and app. The agencies can now claim their page on Yelp, read and respond to the unfiltered reviews, and even “incorporate that feedback” into improvements to its services.
Read More