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What does another good job report mean for a recession?

Housing Wire

What does it mean to get a positive job report with all the talk about a recession, which ramped up starting in January 2022? Let’s look at the U.S. jobs and economic numbers as five of my six recession red flags are up today. The June data shows that we added another 372,000 jobs as we get closer to the employment numbers before COVID-19. We did have 74,000 negative revisions to the previous reports, however, the internals of this jobs report is the most interesting aspect.

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A sharp change in the housing market

Sacramento Appraisal Blog

A quick change in rates has led to a quick change in the housing market. We didn’t see much difference right away in the stats, but we are finally getting some good numbers now. Let me show you what I mean. UPCOMING (PUBLIC) SPEAKING GIGS: 7/15/2022 Lunch & Learn Big Market Update (sign up here)) […].

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Accurity Consolidated Sets Impressive Goals, Shatters Records

Appraisal Buzz

HOUSTON, TX (July 6, 2022) – Accurity Consolidated is once again turning heads and taking its place as the highlight of appraisal industry conversations. The company’s innovative team of appraisers continue to set impressive goals and break records that are simply unheard of among the competition. Since launching in 2020, Accurity has made it a mission to push the boundaries of what appraisal teams can accomplish through industry-leading turn times and service levels provided to clients.

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Is A Cubicasa Scan an Inspection?

Cleveland Appraisal Blog

In one Facebook group the other day, (yes, I’m back on Facebook ) one member mentioned they feel that a person who scans a property to provide an appraiser with a floor plan should be licensed. What do you think? In this article, I thought I would share my thoughts on this and whether scanning a property with Cubicasa is considered to be an appraisal inspection.

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Sprout Mortgage to shutter

Housing Wire

Non-QM lender Sprout Mortgage is shutting down operations, multiple workers said on Wednesday. The company informed workers of the shut down in a conference call on Wednesday, a former staffer said. Sprout had already instituted several rounds of job cuts in the months leading up to the shutdown, the ex-employee said. The closure of Long Island-based Sprout, headed by industry veteran Michael Strauss, represents the second non-QM mortgage lender to close in recent weeks amid historic volatility.

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What is a Valuation Model?

George Dell

A valuation model may not be a model valuation. What happened with that sentence? It’s called “equivocation.” Something I learned about in my college English class. What I learned is that a word can be used for different meanings. Equivocation can be used to make language more colorful – to entice, to irritate, or to […]. The post What is a Valuation Model?

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Stop Putting it Off!

The Appraiser Coach

A couple years ago, I was out skiing with my boys, something I try to do once a week during the winter. We had a great time, but at one. Read More.

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Will mortgage lending get tighter in the next recession?

Housing Wire

As recession talk becomes more prevalent, some people are concerned that mortgage credit lending will get much tighter. This typically happens in a recession, however, the notion that credit lending in America will collapse as it did from 2005 to 2008 couldn’t be more incorrect, as we haven’t had a credit boom in the period between 2008-2022. One of the biggest reasons home sales crashed from their peak in 2005 was that the credit available to facilitate that boom in lending simply collaps

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Construction Job Openings Leveling Off

Eyes on Housing

The construction labor market remains tight, but the total number of open construction sector jobs has likely reached a cyclical peak as economic activity slows in response to tighter financial conditions. The count of open construction jobs was little changed in May, falling from 440,000 in April to 434,000. The April reading remains the highest measure in the history of.

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All Risk, No Reward? For Appraisers, a Question Worth Asking

Appraisal Buzz

We live in unprecedented times regarding appraiser scrutiny. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac review appraisals using Collateral Underwriter and Automated Collateral Evaluation. State boards field complaints about appraisals, often when appraised value is below sales contract price. There are obligations to clients and other intended users under the engagement letter and assignment conditions, and questions asked by a lender or AMC, all part of the existing reality of working as a professional apprais

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Eminent Domain Attorney Review

Appraiserblogs

How Does an Eminent Domain Attorney Critique and Review An Appraisal Upon Which His Client’s Just Compensation Is Based? Attorneys representing property owners and appraisers responsible for documenting the value of the property being taken often work together in an eminent domain case. The appraiser develops an independent opinion of value for the property through an appraisal, and the attorney ensures that the appraisal is sufficient to support a just compensation determination in what is esse

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8 of 10 consumers: “Economy is on the wrong track”

Housing Wire

Roughly eight in 10 consumers participating in a recent survey are frustrated with the housing market, inflation and the increasingly worsening economy — reflecting record-setting dissatisfaction from respondents of Fannie Mae ‘s Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI). The index, which tracks consumer confidence in the housing market, fell 3.4 points from May to June, dropping to 64.8 — its second-lowest reading in a decade.

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Property Taxes Make Up More Than One-Third of State and Local Tax Revenue

Eyes on Housing

NAHB analysis of the Census Bureau’s quarterly state and local tax data shows that $672.9 billion in taxes were paid by property owners in the four quarters ending Q1 2022 (not seasonally adjusted), a 0.1% quarterly increase.[1] State and local governments collected $1.9 trillion over the same period, the largest amount on record (nominal and real) and 16.0% more than.

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Aggression Analysis

Appraisal Buzz

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Floor Plans Could Be an Issue in Appraising

Appraiserblogs

…concerns that appraisers could be sued for making floor plans of a home… I’m an AI “member” (because I pay membership dues) even though I’m not supposed to say it that way. Technically, I am an Appraisal Institute Practicing Affiliate. Regardless, an AI email earlier on 6/29/22 had this news: Supreme Court Rejects Floor Plan Case; Appraisers Vulnerable The Supreme Court on June 27 rejected a case involving the use of floor plans in marketing materials.

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Home price growth expected to dip as demand normalizes

Housing Wire

Home price appreciation, which skyrocketed during the pandemic, is showing signs of slowing, according to a monthly report published by CoreLogic Tuesday. In May, home prices increased by 20.2% year-over-year, the report said. But come next May, the data vendor predicts home price appreciation will dip to 5%. The recent hikes in mortgage interest rates by the Federal Reserve has contributed to the expected cool down of home prices, according to the report.

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Higher Rates Reduce Mortgage Demand

Eyes on Housing

Per the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) survey through the week ending July 1, total mortgage activity decreased, with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) rate reaching 5.8% on average. The latest week’s rate decreased to 5.74%, declining for the second straight week but still above pandemic levels. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased by 5.4%.

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Keith Kemph: Why the LOS RFP is Dead – and Why That’s a Good Thing

Appraisal Buzz

PERSON OF THE WEEK: Industry observers will tell you that mortgage lenders typically turn away from an existing Loan Origination System (LOS) in favor of a new one every 5 years or so. The traditional process of selecting this software has been long, expensive, tedious and likely to drive lenders back to the same old software. There must be a better way.

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Fannie’s ‘Equity’ Plan: The Drinking Game

Appraiserblogs

What makes equity so invidious as a governing tenet is that it involves not just helping people of one racial or cultural group but it has the effect of knocking struggling members of disfavored groups out of the game. One type of parlor game relies on players’ ability to maintain their memory, logic and articulation – all while getting blotto. These alcohol-fueled “think and drink” games are highly challenging.

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Purchase mortgage rates fall 40 bps amid recession fears

Housing Wire

Purchase mortgage rates this week continued their recent downward trend, dropping 40 basis points to 5.30%, according to the latest Freddie Mac PMMS Index. A year ago at this time, 30-year fixed rate purchase rates were at 2.90%. The PMMS, a government-sponsored enterprise index, accounts solely for purchase mortgages reported by lenders during the past three days.

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Solid Job Gains in June

Eyes on Housing

Despite interest rate hikes, job growth remained solid in June. Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 372,000 and the unemployment rate remained at 3.6% in June. Construction industry employment (both residential and non-residential) totaled 7.7 million and has exceeded its February 2020 level. In June, residential construction lost 4,100 jobs, and non-residential construction added 16,500 jobs.

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U.S. Job Growth Remained Strong in June

Appraisal Buzz

The U.S. economy added about 372,000 jobs in June, above expactations, however, the unemployment rate remained unchanged compared with May at 3.6%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Notable job gains occurred in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality and health care. The number of unemployed persons was essentially unchanged at 5.9 million.

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Mortgages in Canada: A range of options

Midtown Appraisal Group

It’s best to understand your options before you shop If you’ve been thinking about buying a home in Canada, you’ve probably also been thinking about mortgages. If you’ve ever spoken to anyone at your bank or other financial institution about mortgages, you probably know there are a sometimes-bewildering number of options. But what do they […].

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Ex-workers sue Sprout Mortgage over unpaid salaries

Housing Wire

Just two days after it abruptly shut down its operations, non-QM lender Sprout Mortgage became the target of a class-action-seeking lawsuit. Two former employees are suing the Long Island-based Sprout, its affiliated company Recovco Mortgage Management LLC and chief executive officer Michael Strauss, alleging they laid off around 100 employees at the New York office on Wednesday without giving legally required written notice and failed to pay their paychecks due the following day.

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Slightly Longer Time to Build Apartments in 2021

Eyes on Housing

The average length of time to complete construction of a multifamily building, after obtaining authorization, is 17.5 months, according to the 2021 Survey of Construction (SOC) from the Census Bureau. The authorization-to-completion time in 2021 inched up from 2020, decelerating the upward trend since 2013. The average time to build multifamily homes varies with the number of units in.

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Commercial Chapter 11 Filings Increase Nearly 30% in June

Appraisal Buzz

The 447 commercial chapter 11 filings in June represented a 29 percent increase from the 347 filings in June 2021, according to new data provided by Epiq Bankruptcy. Overall commercial filings decreased 7% in June 2022, as the 1,864 filings were down from the 1,999 commercial filings registered in June 2021. Small business filings, captured … The post Commercial Chapter 11 Filings Increase Nearly 30% in June appeared first on DSNews.

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Early 2022 Sacramento MSA Rental Vacancy Rate

Yolo Solano Appraisal Blog

It’s tough to be a renter in the Sacramento market now. Per the US Census Bureau, the Q1 2022 rental vacancy rate dropped to 3.0%. Good luck to anyone trying to find a home to rent.

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In retreat, Wells Fargo cuts additional mortgage jobs

Housing Wire

Wells Fargo, the third-biggest mortgage lender in the country, will lay off 125 employees in its home lending division in Iowa by the end of August. The bank will cut 11 jobs in July and 114 in August, according to Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notices submitted to the Iowa Workforce Development. The bank eliminated 72 mortgage jobs in Iowa across earlier layoffs.

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Hispanics Comprise 61% of the Construction Workforce in Texas

Eyes on Housing

The earlier June post highlighted the rising number and share of Hispanics in the construction industry. Hispanics now account for almost a third of the construction workforce, according to the 2021 Current Population Survey. In this post, we focus on the regional and state-level differences in the racial and ethnic composition of the construction labor force.

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On the Pandemic and Affordability

Appraisal Buzz

The COVID-19 pandemic did not just cause a global health crisis; not only did it throw the economy in a tizzy but it made certain markets behave in ways people have not seen before and could not anticipate. But housing, one of the pillars of the American Economy, saw cost burdens worsen during the first … The post On the Pandemic and Affordability appeared first on DSNews.

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Columbus Real Estate Investing: Generate ROI with 5 Commercial Property Types

The Robert Weiler Company

If you have been an avid investor over the last few years, you know there hasn’t been a better buy than Columbus real estate. Home prices and sales continue to trend upwards, population growth shows no sign of slowing down, and business expansion is seemingly the norm. So, why are you waiting to make that commercial real estate investment? The Arch City has not only a diverse population but also many different types of commercial properties for sale , which are ripe for your investment.

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Mortgage insurer Enact lines up $200M line of credit

Housing Wire

Enact Holdings Inc., the holding company for Enact Mortgage Insurance Co. , has inked a deal with five lenders that have agreed to extend a $200 million revolving line of credit to the company. The credit facility will be used for working capital and other corporate purposes as well as for capital contributions to its insurance subsidiaries. Enact (Nasdaq: ACT), formerly known as Genworth Mortgage Insurance Corp., announced the new five-year credit facility in a filing with the U.S.

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Fla. Unlikely to Feel Impact from Slowing Market

Empire Appraisal Group

Fla. Unlikely to Feel Impact from Slowing Market. Wary buyers and rising interest rates may affect some U.S. markets, but Fla.’s rising demand and lack of construction will probably offset a potential cooldown. WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Six of the nation’s top 25 most overvalued housing markets are in the Sunshine State, which can expect to see a “prolonged period of unaffordability” even as prices in other regions of the country cool.

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Velocity Selects Black Knight’s Origination Solutions for Credit Union Services

Appraisal Buzz

Texas-based Velocity Credit Union has selected Black Knight Inc. ’s Black Knight Empower LOS and integrated origination solutions to support its members and employees with advanced automation and digital capabilities. “At Velocity, we’re dedicated to meeting the needs of our members for years to come, and our selection of Black Knight’s integrated technology, data and analytics is central to this mission,” says Lindsey Record, vice president of mortgage lending at Velocit

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