housing market

In reg relief era, appraisers become endangered species

12/17/18

A proposal allowing more lenders to skip outside appraisals could remove a hurdle to quick closings, but appraisers say they could be collateral damage.

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Housing market signals warning; another Deutsche Bank scandal?

12/10/18

Loans to house flippers dropped 11% in the third quarter, indicating "possible turbulence;" the German bank may have allowed some clients to claim tax credits on stock they didn't own.

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Risk is building in the housing market

12/05/18

Home prices are rising and first-time buyers now account for an increasing share of sales, factors that could lead to a surge in defaults during the next economic downturn.

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Will Democrats’ midterm success spur progress on GSE reform?

11/18/18

The end of one-party rule in Washington could move the needle on efforts to devise a new housing finance framework.

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Fannie, Freddie could fix what ails VA, FHA lending

11/16/18

The Trump administration should consider putting much of the subsidized mortgage lending done by the federal government under the government-sponsored enterprises to improve efficiency and transparency.

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Siding with landlords and lenders, Calif. voters reject expanded rent control

11/07/18

Real estate and mortgage industry groups outspent proponents three-to-one to defeat Proposition 10, a measure to allow California municipalities to set local rent control laws.

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Mortgage market is ripe for fraud (again)

10/26/18

Growing home prices plus rising interest rates are putting a damper on mortgage lending, which pushes the market to seek out less qualified borrowers and increases the risk of fraud.

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The biggest challenge to fixing housing blight

10/21/18

There are ways to fix vacant housing. So why can't we manage to do it?

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Marshall Plan: How to fix vacant housing

10/14/18

Can community land trusts and Community Reinvestment Act reform fuel investment to stop urban blight?

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Millennials want a house soon, but some buying into purchase myths

10/10/18

Millennials are targeting homeownership within the next few years, but many are buying into certain house-purchasing myths, according to Bank of America.

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