2022

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.

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.

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Is Your “Crazy” Neighbor Lowering Your Home’s Value?

Cleveland Appraisal Blog

It’s tax appeal season and I’ve had several homeowners say that they feel their neighbors are negatively impacting the value of their home for different reasons. Is that the case? Can that be the case? Let’s talk about it. The homeowners of one property stated that their neighbors are a nuisance.

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.

Bias: Blame the Messenger?

George Dell

The messenger. Psychology research easily points out our tendency to dislike the bearer of bad news. It’s also intuitive. Bad news messengers do not smile when they bring the news. Sometimes they even look guilty. We humans can be really basic.

Don’t Be Alice!

The Appraiser Coach

In his classic novel Alice in Wonderland, author Lewis Carroll teaches an important principle through the character of the Cheshire Cat. Lost in the woods and faced with a crossroads, Read More.

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Some lenders won’t survive the purchase mortgage market of 2022

Housing Wire

Consolidation in the mortgage industry is likely in 2022, analysts and lending executives said. Justin Woodward has experienced the best and the worst of the mortgage industry in only 18 months.

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What Metaverse real estate means for mortgage professionals

Housing Wire

The Metaverse is defined as the simulated digital world that mimics the real world through virtual reality and augmented reality in which users can interact. As the Metaverse expands, its offerings now include “virtual” real estate.

Why owning a home is the best hedge against inflation

Housing Wire

On Thursday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the same trend that all Americans have seen lately: the inflation rate of growth is rampant and doesn’t show any sign of easing up due to the Russian Invasion of Ukraine. The Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers “increased 0.8

FHA unveils 40-year loan modification option

Housing Wire

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is moving to expand its COVID-19 loss mitigation “waterfall” by introducing a 40-year loan modification option and is asking the mortgage industry for input.

A shift in demand in the housing market

Sacramento Appraisal Blog

Do you feel that? It’s change. The housing market is still elevated, but there’s no mistaking a different temperature – especially over the past week. STUFF ON MY MIND: This is designed to scroll quickly or digest slowly. The goal is to highlight stats and things I’m watching.

Is the Dallas Fed right to label this a housing bubble?

Housing Wire

Are we headed to a housing bubble? The Dallas Fed on Thursday published an article titled: Real-Time Market Monitoring Finds Signs Of a Brewing U.S. Housing Bubble. The online reaction was immediate — housing must be about to crash. I disagree with this conclusion.

Copacabana? No Silly, It’s Cubicasa!

Cleveland Appraisal Blog

Have you been to the Copacabana? Perhaps you’ve been to the Copacabana nightclub in New York City, made popular by Barry Manilow’s song Copacabana in 1978. Of course, the original Copacabana is a vacation destination in Rio De Janeiro, South America.

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.

Freddie Mac rolls out direct deposit income verification

Housing Wire

Potential homebuyers seeking Freddie Mac -backed mortgages will no longer have to hunt for paper pay stubs to verify their income. Freddie Mac announced on Wednesday that it will roll out an automated process that allows mortgage lenders to assess a prospective homebuyer’s direct deposit income.

When Money Makes Itself

The Appraiser Coach

Idaho is a gorgeous state! I live in the backyard of the Teton Mountain Range and Yellowstone National Park, and I love going to the hills. Hiking through groves of. Read More.

FHA adds 40-year loan term to COVID-19 arsenal

Housing Wire

The Federal Housing Administration told mortgage servicers that they can now offer a 40-year loan term as a COVID-19 recovery option. Servicers for FHA-insured mortgages can offer the modification immediately, according to the latest update to FHA’s mortgage lending policies.

“It’s crazy”: Homebuilders big and small struggle to finish projects

Housing Wire

homebuilder, housing starts, lumber, builders, builder confidence, construction. Nate Noel’s problem isn’t a lack of work. It’s everything else. “I

What 5% mortgage rates mean for the housing market?

Housing Wire

We’ve all been wondering what 5% plus mortgage rates would do to the hot housing market, and now we’ve got that and a bag of chips.

Mortgage rates reach highest level since 2018

Housing Wire

Mortgage rates keep climbing amid rising inflation , war in Ukraine, and disruptions to the supply chain, and there’s no sign that they’ll fall anytime soon.

5 predictions for the 2022 housing market

Housing Wire

This article is part of our HousingWire 2022 forecast series. After the series wraps, join us on February 8 for the HW+ Virtual 2022 Forecast Event.

Dude, stop obsessing over home prices

Sacramento Appraisal Blog

What are prices doing? That’s always the question, and I get it. But there are bigger fish to fry to understand what the housing market is doing. A shift: Over the past few weeks there has been a shift in demand, which is why this conversation is so important.

Mortgage applications continue fall amid 5% rate

Housing Wire

Mortgage application volume dropped 1.3% for the week ending on April 8, from the previous week, as mortgage rates eclipsed the 5% mark. Refinance applications fell 5% from the prior week and 62% from the same week a year ago, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association ‘s weekly survey.

Why housing inventory is so low right now

Housing Wire

Given the current housing inventory crisis, it might surprise people to realize this: we built too many homes during the housing bubble years. Wait, what? But we have a housing shortage, right?

Will the Infrastructure Bill Affect the Real Estate Market?

Appraisal Buzz

The housing market has experienced a turbulent few years, so what can industry experts expect in the future? You can pay attention to many indicators, but the recent infrastructure bill will reveal the most crucial information. These are a few ways it will affect real estate in the coming months.

The housing market is still savagely unhealthy

Housing Wire

The National Association of Realtors reported that existing home sales for March came in as a miss of estimate at 5.77 million.

Housing inventory crisis continues in 2022

Housing Wire

Early in 2021, when I was talking about how people should worry about home prices overheating, I had a glimmer of hope that maybe toward the end of 2021 we would be spared another seasonal collapse of inventory.

Home affordability plummeted in fourth quarter

Housing Wire

Homeownership continues to swerve into unaffordable territory, with median-priced single-family homes becoming less affordable in three-quarters of the nation’s market, a report published by ATTOM Data Solutions last week said.

Mortgage delinquency rate reaches prepandemic levels

Housing Wire

Mortgage delinquency rates hit pre-pandemic levels in October due to labor market improvements and home equity increases, according to the most recent CoreLogic Loan Performance Report. The expectation is that rates will continue to decline during 2022. In October, 3.8%

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.

FHFA hikes fees for high-balance and second-home loans

Housing Wire

The Federal Housing Finance Agency introduced new upfront fees on Wednesday for some high-balance and second-home loans sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Upfront fees for high balance loans will increase between 0.25% and 0.75%, tiered by loan-to-value ratio.

Mortgage applications rise despite higher rates

Housing Wire

Prospective homebuyers aren’t deterred by the skyrocketing mortgage rates amid a slow start to the spring home-buying season this year.

Square footage, recessions, and gas prices

Sacramento Appraisal Blog

I have a few things on my mind today. Let’s talk about square footage rules changing, crazy gas prices, and recession buzz. 1) NEW SQUARE FOOTAGE STANDARDS FOR APPRAISERS: If you didn’t know, Fannie Mae is adopting some changes with the way appraisers measure square footage (pdf).

Home inventory uptick expected within 6 months

Housing Wire

Nearly 65% of homeowners planning to sell this year expect to list by the end of summer, which should provide a much-needed influx of inventory that should slow the explosive home price growth seen during the pandemic, according to a Realtor.com survey of prospective sellers.