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To access the PowerPoint, Q&A, and audio files from FNC’s Nov. 19 webinar on regulatory changes, click here.
This webinar addressed higher-priced mortgage loans and the new appraisal requirements; new requirements around delivering copies of appraisals and other valuations to borrowers; and ongoing changes to the GSEs’ UCDP portal… Continue reading
The latest FNC Residential Price Index™ (RPI) shows strong growth of home prices during the third quarter of 2013 as the housing recovery continues to broaden across the country. The index, constructed to gauge the price movement among the underlying non-distressed home sales, increased 2.5% between the second and third quarters, making the third-quarter growth the fastest in the current recovery.
Rising home sales and relatively low foreclosure… Continue reading
In the June 2013 issue of the AppraisalPort Newsletter, we covered the first set of UCDP hard stops that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac issued. On Aug. 27, 2013, both agencies issued joint releases regarding updates to the UCDP Portal, specifically referring to the next wave of Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD) edits that will convert from a “warning status” to “fatal error” that will cause a “hard stop” on the… Continue reading
The latest FNC Residential Price Index™ (RPI) shows that the U.S. housing recovery continues to take hold with home prices nationwide rising a modest 0.6% in June. The index is reaching a two-year high after rising 16 straight months. The 16-month rising streak has lifted home prices by 7.6% since February 2012 — the month in which the housing market bottomed out.
According to the… Continue reading
Freddie Mac has recently proposed to institute a number of proprietary rules to be associated with the UCDP submission process. These rules all involve the use of the Freddie Mac AVM, Home Value Estimator (HVE). Since all AVM models are imperfect estimators of value, the use of the HVE model will result in some warnings being delivered in error and also the failure to issue some warnings when they should… Continue reading
When the Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC) was instituted, many lenders began outsourcing their appraisal procurement and other collateral valuation process to AMCs as they felt it was easier to stay in compliance using a third party. Putting it simply, HVCC was intended to increase oversight and eliminate improper pressure and relationships between lenders and appraisers. Since the advent of the HVCC, now replaced by the very similar Appraiser… Continue reading
At this point almost every appraiser is at least aware of the Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD) appraisal requirements, if not an expert on them. But remember, the UAD requirements you deal with every day are only one part of the entire Uniform Mortgage Data Program (UMDP) that has been set up by the government-sponsored agencies (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. A key part of the UMDP is the requirement… Continue reading
Though home foreclosures continue to be a challenge in many hard-hit markets, a report released this week by mortgage technology company FNC indicates the ongoing housing recovery should continue for the long haul.
According to FNC’s Foreclosure Market Report, foreclosure prices have bottomed out in recent months and the foreclosure market has stabilized while underlying home values are rising… Continue reading
At Valuation Expo in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 8-10, 2012, I had the opportunity to talk with appraisers from all over the country. I am glad to hear that most are very busy. In addition to the appraisal software and data vendors, many of the representatives in the exhibit hall were from AMCs seeking appraisers for their panels. If you were an appraiser looking for more work, this was a… Continue reading
FNC’s latest Residential Price Index™ (RPI), released Wednesday, indicates that U.S. residential property values declined in January, in spite of continued economic expansion and an improving job market in recent months. The latest persistent downtrends are driven primarily by conditions in the distressed market, which remains overwhelmed by the disposal of foreclosed and REO properties. Down 0.6% from December, January marks the sixth consecutive month-to-month price decline. Property values nationwide… Continue reading