June, 2022

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After implosion, FGMC files for bankruptcy

Housing Wire

Less than a week after laying off hundreds of workers and refusing new mortgage applications, First Guaranty Mortgage Corp. (FGMC) and its affiliate Maverick II Holdings filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late Wednesday. . “While we have made considerable efforts to address our ongoing financial challenges related to the state of the mortgage market, we ultimately must do what is best for our borrowers and consumers,” Aaron Samples, chief executive officer of FGMC, said in a

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A spike in listings & sitting on the market

Sacramento Appraisal Blog

The pile of listings is growing, and it’s taking longer to sell. That’s what so many housing markets across the country are experiencing right now. We’re on the cusp of seeing some real change in the stats over the next few months. Here are some things on my mind. Anything to add? Why have we […].

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The Impact of New Technology in the Appraisal Industry

Appraisal Buzz

[link]. Today’s Buzzcast interview is with Jeff Allen, President of Cubicasa and Nikki Rinkus, Staff appraiser from Clario. We sat down with Jeff, Nikki, and Joan Trice, Founder of Allterra Group, LLC, to discuss new technology and what appraisers need to know about the future of appraisals and technology. What are some examples of new technology in the appraisal industry?

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What Do Home Buyers Buy after Moving

Eyes on Housing

NAHB analysis of Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that during the first year after closing on a home sale, home buyers tend to spend considerably more money on furnishings, appliances and remodeling compared to non-moving owners. Buyers of new homes spend most, spending four times as much as non-moving owners and twice as.

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How Can Appraisers Dress in This Heat?

DW Slater Company

It’s summer and in some parts of the country it is getting very hot! Here in North Texas we have been in a heat wave , that seems to have no end in sight. Every day this week heat advisories have been issued and it can be challenging to be out in it. In a previous post about how to dress, I discussed the importance of dressing professionally and practically.

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GoFormz Named #1 Mid-Market Mobile Forms Automation Solution

GoForrmz

GoFormz dominates the Small-Business and Mid-Market G2 Summer Reports – from Best Support to Most Likely to Recommend G2, the leading peer-to-peer software review site, awards quarterly honors based on user feedback and reviews. This Summer, GoFormz has been awarded top honors in the following G2 categories: Mobile Forms Automation, Online Form Builder, and No-Code Development Platform.

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Buyers gaining power & farewell real estate honeymoon

Sacramento Appraisal Blog

Sellers haven’t had to negotiate much with buyers over the past two years, but that’s starting to change. Let’s talk about this today by looking at seller concessions (credits for repairs, help with closing costs, etc…). I hope you enjoy, whether you’re local or not. THE HONEYMOON IS OVER: It’s like the market was on […].

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Fixed-Rate Mortgage Rate Average Jumps Nearly 3 Percent in a Year

Appraisal Buzz

Freddie Mac ’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) results show the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.78% with an average 0.9 point as of June 16, 2022, up from last week when it averaged 5.23%. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 2.93%. “Mortgage rates surged as the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage moved up more than half a percentage point, marking the largest one-week increase in our survey since 1987,” comments Sam Khater, Freddie.

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Rapidly Rising Building Materials and Freight Prices Push Construction Costs Higher

Eyes on Housing

The prices of goods used in residential construction climbed 1.8% in May (not seasonally adjusted) and have increased 19.4%, year-over-year, according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) report. Prices have surged 40.4% since January 2020. Building materials (i.e., goods inputs to residential construction, less energy) prices have increased 5.4%, year-to-date, and are 36.3% higher than they were in May.

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The Wylie Ax Murder House- Does Murder Impact the Value of Real Estate? 

DW Slater Company

via GIPHY. On June 13, 1980, I was just a young soon-to-be 6th grader living near the Houston, TX area. I did not hear about Candy Montgomery. Thankfully, I was unaware of how Candy came over to Beth Gore’s house on Friday the 13th and murdered her with 41 blows from an ax. I did not know how she did this in between Vacation Bible School and went about her day as if nothing had happened.

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Why Invest in Travel Nurse Housing in 2022 & How to Start

Mashvisor

If you’ve thought about investing in travel nurse housing in 2022, here’s what you should consider before putting your plan into reality. Table of Contents What Are Travel Nurses?

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The savagely unhealthy housing market is now a nightmare

Housing Wire

The housing nightmare continues. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported that existing home sales for April came in at 5.41 million , down 3.4% from the previous month and 8.6% from last year. But, the savagely unhealthy data line was that home prices are up 14.8%. Now that we are almost in July, we can safely say the premise that once mortgage rates hit 4%, the mass panic selling of American homeowners who need to get out at all costs, driving total inventory up in the millions, has

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Ten things to know about price reductions in today’s market

Sacramento Appraisal Blog

Price reductions are growing fast and sellers are still behind the ball. Eventually they’ll catch up, but they haven’t gotten there yet. Let’s talk about price drops today in the Sacramento region. Is the trend similar in your area? Let me know what you’re seeing. TRUTHS ABOUT PRICE REDUCTIONS 1) Nearly 40% of active listings […].

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Housing Market 2022: 10 Tips for Sellers

Listing Spark

Hey, real estate fans! Unless you’ve been living underneath a rock, you have likely heard talks of a housing market bubble that could burst at any moment. Don’t worry – we’re not seeing any crashes anytime soon. The real estate industry has been experiencing some shifting trends lately, and when compared to the last crash, there are plenty of factors that make this time different from 2008.

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The Aging Housing Stock

Eyes on Housing

The median age of owner-occupied homes is 39 years, according to the latest data from the 2019 American Community Survey. Compared to a median age of 31 years in 2005, the U.S. owner-occupied housing stock is aging gradually. The residential construction continues to fall behind in the number of new homes built especially after the Great Recession. This aging housing.

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June Newsletter-Easing Off the Pedal

DW Slater Company

When I was a young poor college student, I got a speeding ticket. When the officer asked me how fast I was going, I told him truthfully that I didn’t know. You see my speedometer had stopped working in my car and I didn’t have the extra funds to fix it so I just drove along with everyone else. Well, in this case, everyone else was speeding. I was the lucky gal that got the ticket.

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The Real Estate Investor’s Guide to Fully Furnished Apartments

Mashvisor

Real estate investors are now considering fully furnished apartments as millennial renters prioritize convenience and are willing to pay for it. Table of Contents What Are Fully Furnished Apartments?

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Solid job growth defies recession talk — for now

Housing Wire

Some Americans believed we entered a recession at the start of 2022; however, the jobs report for May came in at 390,000, dashing any hopes that this was the case and starting their weekend on a foul note. We did have some minor negative revisions to the prior reports, but the 10-year yield stayed firm after the announcement at 2.95%, with no real movement.

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The power of referral: Brokerage makes it easier than ever to switch

Mortgagebroker News

Ease of transfer and an attractive commission structure are top of mind for agents switching to Referral, executive tells CMP

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Maintain that Workfile

Appraisal Buzz

Real property appraisers have had quite a bit dumped on them in the past couple of years. The uncertainty, turmoil, and government interest in oversight and intervention caused by allegations of racial and ethnic bias in real property appraisal is cause for concern. Adoption of the Square Footage-Method for Calculating, American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z765-2021 upended the long-standing routine and methodology for thousands of appraisers.

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Consumer Confidence Fall to 16-Month Low Amid Inflation Concerns

Eyes on Housing

Consumer confidence dropped again in June as inflation stayed at decades high and continued to temper consumers’ economic outlook, which tumbled to the lowest level in nearly a decade. Though spending intentions for homes, cars, and major appliances held relatively steady, consumer spending will continue to face headwinds from further inflation and rate hikes.

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June 2022 Home Data Index Market Report

Clear Capital

The June 2022 Home Data Index (HDI ) Market Report shows national quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) home price growth is at 11.3 percent. Download the report , or read it below. Commentary by Brent Nyitray of The Daily Tearsheet. Home price appreciation continued in June as the Clear Capital Home Data Index rose 11.3% quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) and 20.8% on a year-over-year (YoY) basis.

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Are Airbnb Rentals More Profitable Than Traditional Rentals?

Mashvisor

Having a portfolio of Airbnb rentals may appear to be a good approach to increasing your passive income. Table of Contents Airbnb vs. Traditional Rental: How Much Can You Earn?

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Opinion: Title insurance is vital to protecting the American dream

Housing Wire

As someone who spent a career in the title insurance industry – both as a builder of a title business and leader of the industry’s trade group, — I am proud of the role we play in helping to protect what most Americans consider the biggest purchase of their lives. Title insurance is imperative for lenders to ensure the borrower has ownership rights to a property, but it doesn’t just protect against problems affecting title.

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Survey: Bank of Canada's credibility is taking serious blows

Mortgagebroker News

Many Canadians feel that the central bank is not fulfilling its mandate of cooling down inflation while avoiding a recession

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JPMorgan Chase starts to cut mortgage jobs

Housing Wire

JPMorgan Chase , the nation’s largest bank, has started a workforce reduction of its mortgage lending business this week after having been struck by a tightening monetary policy that drove mortgage rates to over 6%. “Our staffing decision this week was a result of cyclical changes in the mortgage market ,” a spokeswoman for JPMorgan wrote in a statement on Wednesday.

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Investors from 3 Asian nations have heartiest appetite for U.S. MBS

Housing Wire

The Federal Reserve ’s (Fed) efforts to beat back inflation with its monetary tools have already shifted the winds in the secondary market for mortgage-backed securities (MBS). The Fed’s continuing effort to wind down its $2.7 trillion MBS portfolio helps fuel widening interest-rate spreads in the MBS market by creating additional MBS supply to be absorbed by investors.

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How home-price growth has damaged the housing market

Housing Wire

The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index just recorded 20.4% year-over-year growth nationally and a record 21.2% growth for its top 20 city composite, and now you know why my most significant concern for housing was home prices overheating , not crashing like people have warned about from 2012-2021. From S&P : The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S.

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Residential construction jobs now 7.6% above pre-COVID level

Housing Wire

After a month of very little change in April , the construction sector had a solid month of job growth in May, according to the U.S. Jobs Report released on Friday. Construction gained 36,000 jobs in May, with residential building adding 5,000 jobs and residential specialty trade contractors gain 11,700 jobs. Employment in the construction sector is 40,000 higher than its level in February 2020, while employment in residential building is 7.6% higher than its pre-pandemic level.

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Frank Nothaft, economist with “inimitable style,” has died

Housing Wire

Frank Nothaft, chief economist at CoreLogic and before that, the top economist at Freddie Mac , has died. He was 66. At CoreLogic, Nothaft headed the office of the economist, providing analysis, commentary and forecasting trends in global real estate, insurance and mortgage markets. Prior to joining CoreLogic in 2015, Nothaft had a nearly 30-year career at Freddie Mac, where he was most recently the chief economist. “When I arrived at Freddie Mac in 2012 he was a long-established major nam

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How “generation rent” is approaching home buying in 2022

Housing Wire

Millennials and Gen Zs make up the largest cohort of potential homebuyers today, the majority of which are first-time buyers bullish to get a foot on the property ladder. As market volume dips and pent-up demand builds, 61% of millennials and Gen Zs who intend to buy a home plan to apply for a mortgage this year. For years, the dominant market narrative defining these generations has been digital-first experiences and poor financial habits.

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UWM drops rates 50 to 100 basis points in bid for brokers

Housing Wire

United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM), the nation’s largest wholesale lender, wants to beat rival lenders by offering competitive pricing to brokers, a move designed to navigate a shrinking mortgage market with compressed margins. UWM dropped rates by 50 to 100 basis points across all loan types, the company said in a release. The new program follows UWM’s two-month price-match trial that ends June 30.

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Notarize lays off 25% of its workforce

Housing Wire

Notarize CEO, Pat Kinsel publicly announced that his firm had laid off 25% of its workforce (110 employees) in a Twitter thread on Wednesday. This is the second time the 7-year-old, Boston-based remote online notarization (RON) firm has undergone layoffs. In 2019, Notarize was forced to undergo layoffs after financing fell through. “We are exceptionally proud of the team we’ve built and they are leaving through no fault of their own – they are truly the best of the best.

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Mortgage rates steady at 5% as housing supply increases

Housing Wire

Purchase mortgage rates this week averaged 5.09%, essentially flat from the prior week, according to the latest Freddie Mac PMMS. A year ago at this time, 30-year fixed rate purchase rates were at 2.99%. The government-sponsored enterprise index accounts solely for purchase mortgages reported by lenders during the past three days. “Mortgage rates continued to inch downward this week but are still significantly higher than last year, affecting affordability and purchase demand,” said Sam Khater,

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