In today’s episode of FNC Morning View, hosts Bill Rayburn and Bob Dorsey discussed some issues involved with winding down the GSEs and starting a private secondary mortgage market. They talked about some of the things that must be brought to the marketplace to attract private capital: Bill said transparency at the loan level; quantification of bondholders’ risks; process standardization and third-party independence are necessary. Bob added that well-defined… 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
The latest FNC Residential Price Index™ (RPI) shows the U.S. housing market continued to recover, recording in March the 13th consecutive price increase. In recent months, the ongoing housing recovery has maintained its pace with steady and persistent gains in home prices despite signs of continued job market weakness and soft economic growth.
Low interest rates continue to be a key driver of rising housing demand. The market… 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
In today’s episode of FNC Morning View, Bill Rayburn and Bob Dorsey discuss an article in the New York Times by David Blanchflower and Andrew Oswald, “Challenge to Dogma on Owning a Home.” That article can be viewed here.
Rayburn: Today we’re discussing the whole relationship between unemployment and owning a home, which, on its face, runs totally opposed to the whole U.S. mindset of the American Dream… Continue reading
This month, I want to first discuss a couple of AppraisalPort polls dealing with property data. First we asked, “How would you feel about your client sending you detailed information about the subject property and possible comps as part of the assignment?”
We had 5,224 responses and almost as many emails. This one really seemed… Continue reading
On the last Monday in March in Modesto, CA, I attended the Annual Spring Conference of the Appraisal Institute’s Northern California Chapter. This month, I want to share some very useful information from one of the presentations that concerned both the national and California markets.
The presentation was given by Mr. Loren Gonella, who runs Coldwell Banker Gonella Realty in Merced, CA. I was impressed with Gonella’s extensive… Continue reading
[This video was recorded March 25 as part of FNC's Morning View series. Visit fncmorningview.com for call-in info and access to previous episodes.]
Bob Dorsey: There are a lot of restrictions on money transfer from one country to another. Increasingly, starting in the ‘50s, there were reductions in the constraints on that, so there was money transfer going more and more between countries. What’s happened is… Continue reading
As we all know, the housing market has been going through some major changes over the past years. As the market changes, so does the source of many appraisal assignments. This month we ran some polls to see how much work is generated from both refinance activity and foreclosure activity. The first poll asked, “How much of your work comes from refinance activity?” and received a total of 5,404… Continue reading