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

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Trending Thursday: Fed chills on Great Fall of China?

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FHA continues push for expanded credit access

Supplemental Performance Metric will give insight about lenders
Furthering a program that was initially announced in May of last year, the Federal Housing Administration announced the implementation of one of the key facets of its “Blueprint for Access,” which is designed to expand credit access to underserved borrowers. Click through for all the details.
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Even Ben Bernanke can’t refinance right now

Suggests lenders may have “gone a little bit too far"
Speaking at a conference of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care in Chicago, Bernanke said that the market is so tight right now that he was unable to refinance his own home loan recently.
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Closing a mortgage finally makes money

Breaks 6 quarters of straight losses
After mortgage banker costs skyrocketed the past 6 quarters, well out of the realm of profitability, the latest Quarterly Mortgage Bankers Performance Report from the Mortgage Bankers Association reports the landscape shifted from losing money to making money, as costs came more under control.
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How hard is it to get a mortgage?

Depending on your circumstances, it’s not as hard as you may think
The Wall Street Journal identifies two distinct segments of potential borrowers — one can get credit fairly easily while the second group has a significantly more difficult time.
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