Some say there is no spark in today’s economy. Others claim we’ve hit a speed bump. Nonetheless, everyone will agree the housing market is light years ahead of where it stood a year ago. But has the recovery cooled?
Bank of America is in the crosshairs of an advocacy organization as it attempts to prove the bank is neglecting REO properties in minority neighborhoods. But the mortgage industry has a different take on the issue—namely that crime is making it difficult for institutions to maintain these homes.
Riding on the coattails of two very impressive third-quarter earnings reports from homebuilders, Lennar and KB Home, real estate-related stocks closed the day with positive movement on the HW 30 index.
U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman denied Wells Fargo’s motion to dismiss several statutory claims made against the bank by the federal government. The original case attempts to get the bank to pay for losses on FHA-insured loans that eventually turned sour.
[Subscribers only] Multigenerational living, where two or more adult generations live under the same roof, is becoming a growing trend in the U.S. Currently about 19% of Americans now live in a multigenerational household, the highest level since 1950. That amounts to about 60.6 million adults in 2014, up from 57 million adults in 2012. And homebuilders have taken notice, designing houses specifically catered to this segment.
Would-be homeowners are inundated with picture-perfect examples of new and remodeled homes brimming with upgrades. But in the real world, homebuilders and investors must calculate the rate of return on these sometimes fleeting trends, weighing what buyers want with what they can actually afford. This feature looks at which features buyers of different age demographics consider the most important, and what that means for sellers.
We’ve found that the handling and posting of payments during bankruptcy has been a widespread issue in our testing environment. Specifically, there is increased risk exposure in pre-and post-petition payment application and treatment, both inside and outside of the bankruptcy plan. Servicers and sub-servicers have created manual workflow workarounds to address the issue, however, it does open the servicer up to more exposure to calculation errors.