Valuations

Real estate property values, appraisals and AVMs. National, state, and local shifts in HPIs.

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  • Class Appraisal names Gary Ferguson as its new CTO

    Ferguson will lead Class Appraisal's new tech development efforts
    Class Appraisal named Gary Ferguson as its chief technology officer to spearhead its pursuit of tech solutions. Ferguson has 20 years of experience in enterprise application development and has spent most of his career in the mortgage industry. Prior to joining Class Appraisal, Ferguson was CTO at Centric Technology Solutions.
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  • Veros: Washington, Nevada will see most home value appreciation next year

    Reveals lists of top 10 most and least appreciating markets
    Valuations provider Veros predicts seven of the 10 top-appreciating markets in the next 12 months will be in Washington and Nevada, and that the most populated metro areas will see a 4.5% uptick in appreciation. "We are forecasting that the overwhelming number of metros across the nation, approximately 97%, will appreciate," said Eric Fox, VP of statistical and economic modeling.
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  • FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery hints at issues in FHA appraisals

    Already seen problems in HECM, but there might be problems in forward too
    The FHA has already identified issues in appraisals on reverse mortgages and is taking steps to address the problem. But now, FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery told the crowd at the Mortgage Bankers Association 2018 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., on Monday that the FHA is seeing some things in forward appraisals that give him "pause."
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  • Hurricane Michael may prevent thousands of mortgages from closing

    ClosingCorp: More than 1,600 pending transactions are in jeopardy
    An estimate by real estate data provider ClosingCorp reveals that more than 1,600 pending mortgage transactions are in jeopardy as a result of the devastating impact of Hurricane Michael. The Category Four storm may affect more than $400 million in loans as residents and lenders grapple with the damage left behind in Michael’s wake.
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  • Texas Real Estate Commission, Appraiser Board accused of ignoring customer service “crisis”

    Government watchdog says licensing agencies are hoarding money
    The Texas Sunset Commission, a state government watchdog agency, said in a report published this month that the Texas Real Estate Commission and the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board are keeping excess revenue in their coffers to pay for a new building rather than using the money to deal with customer service problems that are “overwhelming” the agencies.
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  • How will FHA’s new HECM appraisal rules affect reverse mortgage lending?

    AMCs weigh in on the mandate requiring second appraisals on select loans
    The latest change to the reverse mortgage program was just announced, and it requires a second appraisal on select HECM loans. Now, the industry is abuzz with speculation as to just how impactful the new requirement will be. Will turn-times slow down? Will the loan be more expensive for most borrowers? We talked to appraisal management companies to find out.
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  • How real estate may fare in Fargo, North Dakota

    Property values are projected to appreciate at just over 3% through next May
    Fargo's notoriety, at least as a pop culture reference, has been on the rise since the release of a Coen brothers' comedy in 1996 and recent success of the television series it inspired. But when it comes to property values in the Fargo, ND-Moorhead, MN, MSA, the projected rise will be modest at best, according to VeroFORECAST projections. Read an exclusive analysis from Veros' Eric Fox to learn more.
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  • FHA: We saw appraisal issues on 37% of HECM loans

    Agency will use confidential collateral risk assessment to look for patterns among lenders
    The FHA's investigation into possible appraisal inflations on reverse mortgage loans revealed an issue the agency decided it must address. The FHA said Monday that out of the 134,000 appraisals it reviewed, approximately 50,000 were inaccurate by at least 3%. FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery said it was hard to know how many appraisals will be flagged for a second review moving forward, and that the agency intends to monitor the efficacy of the new guidelines throughout the year.
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  • FHA to require second appraisal on select reverse mortgages

    Aims to combat inflated valuations, reduce MMI Fund risk
    The Federal Housing Administration announced Friday that it will require reverse mortgage lenders to provide a second property appraisal on loans flagged by FHA as potentially having an inflated property valuation. The agency said the move is intended to reduce risk to the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund, which will ultimately ensure the long-term sustainability of the program.
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  • FHFA: Home prices increase 0.2% in July

    East South Central division sees weakest annual house appreciation of all divisions
    Home prices increased in July, inching forward 0.2% from June, according to the latest monthly House Price Index from the Federal Housing Finance Agency. According to the report, across the nine census divisions, the Mountain division once again saw the strongest appreciation growth.
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