In November, Fannie Mae announced that mortgage servicers would be reimbursed for using clear boarding instead of plywood when securing houses that were in pre-foreclosure. That announcement was not retroactive, meaning it only applied to new pre-foreclosures. But that’s not the case anymore, as Fannie Mae announced this week that it is moving away from plywood entirely.
As part of a continuing effort to fight blight and the negative effects that an abandoned house with boarded-up windows can have on a neighborhood, Fannie Mae will allow mortgage servicers to use clear boarding instead of plywood on vacant homes in pre-foreclosure.
When I saw the SecureView product I fell in love with it — I knew it was the answer we needed to help address community blight. I’ve always been against boarding with plywood, but we did it because we had no choice — it was the only thing out there.
[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.