2022

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The Digital Transformation of Appraisal Data

Appraisal Buzz

“We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short term and underestimate the effect in the long term.” This is the little-known Law of Amara that describes how we perceive the impact of new technology on our lives. Before we discuss the impact of technology on the future of appraisal data, it’s good to get a historical perspective. Forty years ago, appraisers were storing property data on Property Cards.

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Advice for Buyers & Sellers in Today’s Market

Sacramento Appraisal Blog

The housing market has shifted, and today I have some practical advice for buyers and sellers. This is coming from hundreds of conversations every month as well as stats I'm pulling. Some new memes too. Enjoy if you wish.

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Comparing this housing market recession to 2008

Housing Wire

As we close out 2022, it’s time to reflect on a historic year for the housing market, which was even crazier than the COVID-19 year of 2020. There are similarities and significant differences between the housing recession we’ve seen this year versus 2008, and looking at specific factors in both timeframes gives us an idea of what to expect in 2023.

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New Home Construction Expectations for 2022

Appraisal Buzz

The housing market boomed in 2021 like few could have expected. What is on the horizon in 2022? Home prices are rising to record highs , and many policymakers and industry professionals have begun turning to building to ease shortages. Of course, the construction industry has been facing some pressing challenges, including hitches in global and national supply chains.

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Mortgage buy downs on the rise as builders try to entice more buyers

Housing Wire

Homebuilder confidence continued to drop in November, hitting its lowest level since June 2012, with the exception of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) report, released Wednesday. In November, builder sentiment in the market for newly built single-family homes fell five points from October , ending at 33 points — less than half the level it was six months ago.

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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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The Real Rental Housing Crisis Is on the Horizon

Urban

New data show that landlords are increasing rental prices and instituting stricter screening criteria for renters, indicating a bleak rental market outlook for years to come.

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5 Valuation Methods for Investment in Real Estate

McKissock

How do you determine the investment value of a property? Well, it’s an art. It’s not like valuing a house in which you are going to live. That would be the homeowner value. When estimating a property’s investment value, there are a variety of real estate valuation methods you can use. In this article, we’ll walk through several techniques and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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Warning: The Decline of Real Estate Experts Could Crash the Market

BiggerPockets

The year was 1999. An exclusive group of multi-billionaires gathered in Sun Valley, Idaho, just like they do every year. As usual, no reporters were allowed within miles of their […].

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Inflation Jumped 7.7% in October 2022—How Is It Affecting Real Estate?

Mashvisor

Inflation went up slightly month-over-month in October 2022. It means inflation may be slowing down, but how does it affect investors?

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Can You Talk to an Appraiser?

National Association of Realtors

More than a quarter of real estate professionals say they avoid having any interaction with an appraiser, falsely believing they legally can’t.

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The housing market has shifted

Sacramento Appraisal Blog

The housing market has shifted over the past month. That’s what the stats are showing, and it’s what we’re hearing from the trenches. Today I want to highlight what’s been happening in Sacramento, and unpack what I mean by “shift” too since this word can be sensationalized. If you’re not local, what are you seeing […].

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Lower mortgage rates are stabilizing the housing market

Housing Wire

Since the weaker CPI data was released in November, bond yields and mortgage rates have been heading lower. The question then was: What would lower mortgage rates do to this data? Now, with five weeks of data in front of us, we can say they have stabilized the market. Purchase application data came out on Wednesday and the week-to-week data was down 3%, breaking the streak of four straight weeks of growth.

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How smart home technology increases property value in a challenging market

Housing Wire

Over the past few years, we’ve seen an increased demand for smart home technology as consumers continue to embrace a digital lifestyle. “Smart home technology, whether it be keyless entry locks, smart thermostats or leak sensors, these are all things that, five or six years ago, were still pretty new to the marketplace,” said Andre Sanchez, COO of Rently, a smart home and self-guided touring solutions provider.

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Federal judge rules in favor of FHFA on net worth sweeps

Housing Wire

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac , has been granted summary judgment on the last remaining claim by investors in a lawsuit alleging the government overstepped its authority when it adjusted its stock-purchase agreements with the agencies and allowed net worth sweeps. The plaintiffs, Fairholme Funds Inc., et al., are private-sector investors in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which have been in conservatorship under FHFA oversight since the 2008 fin

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The risk of zero-down loans while the Fed talks recession

Housing Wire

Bank of America recently announced a loan for lower-income households that doesn’t require homebuyers to come up with a downpayment or closing costs, and doesn’t base the loan on a minimum FICO score. People’s first reaction was to wonder if this was 2008 all over again. Are we really doing those types of loans and promoting homeownership again without understanding the risks?

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Sixth recession red flag raised, despite strong jobs report

Housing Wire

What a crazy day for my economic model! On the same day, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) revealed that we’ve recovered all the jobs lost to COVID-19 and I am raising my sixth recession red flag. When I wrote the America is back recovery model on April 7, 2020, and then retired it on Dec. 9, 2020, I knew one data line would lag the most: jobs!

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Opinion: Is it time to bring Fannie and Freddie out of conservatorship?

Housing Wire

Late this month – July 30 – marks the 14-year anniversary of President George W. Bush, a Republican President, signing into law the HERA legislation , developed under a Democratic-controlled Congress. HERA established a process for conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac , created FHFA as a first-class regulator, and codified GSE mission provisions like the Housing Trust Fund, Duty to Serve , and Housing Goals.

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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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Are home prices about to fall?

Housing Wire

We are at the point of the economic cycle where I really just get two questions: Are we going into recession and are home prices about to fall? I am going to do my best to try to make sense of what is happening with the housing market right now, since the years 2020-2024 have been a talking point of mine for years and my biggest concern since the fall of 2020 has been prices overheating — not having a deflationary collapse. .

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Why a good jobs report is bad news for the Fed

Housing Wire

On Friday the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 263,000 new jobs were added in September. While that growth seems like good news in this economy, it runs directly counter to what the Federal Reserve wants to see. And the even worse news for the Fed was that the unemployment rate fell back to 3.5%. That low unemployment rate has to be driving the Fed nuts.

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Mortgage rates collapse on softer inflation data

Housing Wire

Finally, some good news: the growth rate of inflation is cooling off for now, and with the CPI inflation report being positive, the 10-year yield fell noticeably, and mortgage rates will fall with that! So, the question is, are we reaching the peak of inflation and close to the end of the Fed rate hike cycle? Let’s take a look at today’s data.

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Have we found the bottom in existing home sales?

Housing Wire

On Wednesday, existing home sales collapsed near the lows we saw during COVID-19 and back in 2007 when the housing bubble burst. In addition, this is the fourth straight month of inventory declining, while days on the market are growingl! Confused by this? I hear you; let’s dive deeper into today’s report. From NAR : “In essence, the residential real estate market was frozen in November, resembling the sales activity seen during the COVID-19 economic lockdowns in 2020,” said NA

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Home equity loan vs. HELOC – What’s the difference?

Housing Wire

While mortgage rates are high and economic uncertainty looms, there is good news for borrowers who already have a mortgage and may be looking to tap into their equity. According to Black Knight’s mortgage monitor report, the country’s housing equity position remains strong compared to its position at the beginning of the pandemic, with equity positions $5 trillion, or 46%, above pre-pandemic levels.

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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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The 2022 housing market: A tale of two halves

Housing Wire

Marty Green thinks of the housing market in 2022 as two very different movies. The first half of the year, with mortgage rates in the 3s and 4s, was like “Fast and Furious.” Houses were selling at a fever pitch in a matter of days, with multiple offers, waived contingencies and buyers paying $100,000(!) over asking price. High octane stuff.

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The VA’s little-known program for Native American veterans

Housing Wire

A Department of Veterans Affairs lending program for Native American veterans has been severely underutilized, a government watchdog found. According to a report the Government Accountability Office published this week, the VA’s Native American Direct Loan program only resulted in 89 loans originated in the continental U.S. from 2012 to 2021. This represents less than 1% of the estimated potentially eligible population of 70,000 veterans, the watchdog agency said.

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The housing market is now savagely unhealthy

Housing Wire

The National Association of Realtors reported that existing home sales for February came in as a miss of estimates at 6.02 million. This level is still within my 2022 forecast sales range between 5.74 million and 6.16 million. Last year I discussed sales levels coming back down to 5.84 million and I am looking for more of the same in 2022, at the 5.74 million level.

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Home prices are dropping like it’s 2009

Housing Wire

Home prices are now posting the biggest monthly declines since January 2009, according to the latest Mortgage Monitor report from Black Knight. Median home prices in August fell 0.98% in August, only slightly better than July’s 1.05% monthly decline. The average home price is down 2% ($8,800) from its June peak nationally as we enter the historically slower fall-winter homebuying season.

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Pending home sales are down 31% from last year

Housing Wire

Pending home sales continued their downward spiral in September, recording a 10.2% month-over-month decline that resulted in an index reading of 79.5, according to data released Friday by the National Association of Realtors. This is the fourth consecutive month of declines. Pending home sales have now fallen in 10 of the last 11 months. Economists predicted that pending home sales would drop by 4.0% in September.

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U.S. House passes remote online notarization bill

Housing Wire

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill late Wednesday creating federal minimum standards, which would allow notaries nationwide to perform remote online notarizations. The legislation passed the House with a vote of 336-90. A key to advancing the universal adoption of fully electronic mortgages is the creation of remote online notarization (RON) standards across all 50 states.

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Think US home prices are high? At least we aren’t Canada

Housing Wire

Home prices in the U.S. have been skyrocketing since 2020, however, I often like to remind people that no matter how crazy home-price growth is in America, at least we aren’t Canada. When it comes to home prices — and especially home prices compared to income — our neighbors up north are like Godzilla to our gecko. Over the weekend, I tweeted several charts, showing people the big divergence between home price growth and real disposable income in the two countries.

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What happens after the Fed’s rate hike?

Housing Wire

The Federal Reserve will hold another meeting this week, where everyone assumes we will get another 75 bps rate hike. The question is: how many more rate hikes are left? And, once they’re done hiking rates, will the Fed need to keep rates high because the consumer balance sheet looks so good? Over the weekend, The Wall Street Journal brought up this point — that the Fed is mindful that household balance sheets are much better now due to the excess savings built up during the COVID recovery and t

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Is the market pivoting ahead of the Fed?

Housing Wire

The entire economic landscape, including mortgage rates, has changed this week, starting with the Fed’s talking points on Wednesday. The honey badger labor market is still going strong as we got another solid jobs report Friday, which pushed bond yields higher at first. However, the way the day ended showed that change is coming. We now have a better idea of what the Federal Reserve wants to do with their Fed rate hikes, and we have a lot of data that shows that the economy will look diffe

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