January is the Month of New Beginnings, Part 1

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My, how they have been busy. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has an entire wagonload of regulations going into effect in January. If you are a mortgage lender, this has been hard to miss.

Arising from the mandates of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (or Dodd-Frank) the CFPB issued a wide-ranging set… Continue reading

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Heads up for CMS users: System Update

FNC Collateral Management Systems® will be updated on Saturday, Jan. 11, during which time admin-level users may notice a brief period of system inaccessibility. The following enhancements and changes will not impact the current system (unless noted) until they are activated by the user.

Click here to sign up for training regarding this update; you will receive an email with information on the next available session along with… Continue reading

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FNC Introduces Technology Blog: Software Unwound

softwareunwound_header (2)At mortgage technology company FNC Inc., conference room conversations lead to knowledge and knowledge to solutions. Now, FNC is taking the conference room online and inviting readers of its new blog to join the conversation.

The blog, Software Unwound, which premiered online last week, was developed to showcase how FNC uses cutting-edge technology to deliver innovative solutions to… Continue reading

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FNC Webinar: Higher-Priced Mortgages & Other Regulatory Changes

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

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FNC Index: Home Prices Show Fastest Quarterly Growth Since Recovery Began

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

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AppraisalPort Poll Analysis: Appraiser Shortage

I have three AppraisalPort polls to discuss that are all related to a possible future shortage of appraisers. First, we asked, “With few new people currently entering the appraisal profession, do you foresee a shortage of appraisers at some point?” This was a popular poll with a total of 5,698 responses. The top answer with nearly 47% of the vote was, “Yes, in the next few years.” An additional… Continue reading

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Appraisal Guidelines from Residential Chief Policy Roundtable

In the August edition of the AppraisalPort newsletter, I reported on some of the general information covered at the National AI Connect Conference in Indianapolis, July 23-25, 2013. This was a great conference, covering a wide range of topics. This month, I want to pass on some information covered in one of the breakout sessions for residential appraisers.

The session was titled, “Residential Chief Policy Roundtable” and included… Continue reading

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FNC Index: Home Prices Up 0.6% in August; Signs of Subsiding Growth Momentum

The latest FNC Residential Price Index™ (RPI) shows continued growth of home prices in August as the U.S. housing recovery remains well underway. The index moved 0.6% higher from the previous the month, making August the 18th consecutive month of rising home prices. According to the FNC RPI, August home prices have climbed to the levels attained in December 2009.

Improving housing market fundamentals, particularly the rapid declines in… Continue reading

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More Uniform Collateral Data Portal (UCDP) Hard Stops Are Coming

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

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FNC Index: Home Prices Continue to Rise, Up 0.7% in July

The latest FNC Residential Price Index™ (RPI) shows that U.S. home prices continue to climb higher, rising 0.7% in July. The index is reaching a three-year high as the housing recovery continues. The rapid declines in foreclosure sales and new foreclosure filings have diminished the impact of distressed properties on home prices. Meanwhile, steadily rising home prices and an expectation of continued recovery have stimulated housing turnover by prospective buyers… Continue reading

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