The sales are an attempt by HUD to stem losses from its Mutual Mortgage Insurance fund, while providing an alternative for distressed borrowers that are on the brink of foreclosure. Even though investors did not meet the reserve requirements, the agency will carry on with business as usual.
First, the Department of Housing and Urban Development told the housing industry it would not be able to endorse single-family loans if the government shuts down. Then, the agency quietly corrected the statement over the weekend, saying, yes it can.
People are listening to real estate economists today in a way that anyone who covered the industry a decade or more ago would not recognize. Smoke is one of the members of this new wave of real estate economists. In fact, Smoke is actually the newest one on the block. The upstart economists at places like Trulia and Zillow are still new, Smoke is just the latest player to join the game..
Typically, for a process and a product that depends largely on human effort, if you want a higher quality product, you have to pay more. The best doctors, chefs, mechanics and attorneys all make more than the market average. Nevertheless, lenders, AMCs and Fannie Mae all expect appraisal quality to increase even as appraiser fees decrease. Read More