HW readers, don't miss this -- perhaps the most insightful discussion of the state of the U.S. banking sector I've ever seen. Meredith Whitney, like me, sees most of the banking gains this quarter as being driven less by economic fundamentals and more by accounting artifacts. You're welcome.
(h/t to Credit Writedowns, who apparently found this gem and discussed it at length.)
The appraisal industry is in the midst of huge disruption as automated valuation models and hybrid appraisal products gain favor with regulators and investors. What does the future hold for appraisers and appraisal companies as they adjust to the new realities of automation?
As Millennials grapple with paying off student loans, their opportunity to buy a home gets pushed further and further into the future. That delay has consequences far beyond individual students — the growing student debt crisis impacts every part of the economy.
There has been a conscious and rapid shift to broaden the use of alternative valuation products for origination. Not every decision needs a $500, full-blown 1004 interior appraisal. And in some markets where appraisers are short in number, the turn times can stretch from days to weeks. What these new alternative — some would say disruptive — valuation products do is enable lenders and servicers to better match the product to the risk by harnessing big data and technology.