Death of the home appraisal?

Proposed government regulations announced by Office of the Comptroller of Currency would raise the threshold for transactions requiring an appraisal.

FHFA raises conforming loan limits to $484,350

The Federal Housing Finance Agency gives 2019 homebuyers a break with a 6.9 percent increase in the max loan amount Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can purchase. Homebuyers will be able to afford a little more house at a slightly cheaper rate next year than…

The essential guide to thriving in a turning market

The situation in many markets across the country has begun to change: Home sales are slowing down and so too is the momentous price growth seen just a few months or years ago.

NAR is fighting for these 6 issues in the 2018 midterm elections

What are the issues most important to the National Association of Realtors, the largest real estate trade group in the nation and a powerful lobbying force?

Millions of potential homebuyers won’t qualify for new FICO score

Slated for 2019, UltraFICO model could widen pool of borrowers overall, but homebuyers seeking mortgages backed by Fannie and Freddie won’t have access for years.

Home prices rose 0.3% in August

Seasonally adjusted home prices rose 0.3 percent month-over-month and 6.1 percent year-over-year in August, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

What your buyers should know about manufactured housing

There’s no question that manufactured housing is perhaps the least expensive alternative for people who want a home of their own. But are financing companies withholding less expensive finance options from manufactured-homebuyers? Here’s what we know.

Federal agency launches program to help limited-English speakers

The FHFA on Monday launched Mortgage Translations, an online resource for mortgage industry professionals who serve limited-English-proficiency borrowers.

Realtors and homes at risk as Hurricane Michael hits

Before the storm hit, real estate data and tech firm CoreLogic said property valued in excess of $13.4 billion was at risk of damage from the storm. Today, CoreLogic estimates that damage from wind and storm surges ranges from $2 billion to $4.5 billion — $1.5 billion to $3 billion of which applies to residential properties.

LGBT Homeownership: Affordability and Fear of Discrimination Dominant Deterrents

The LGBT community is largely holding back from homeownership, according to a recent survey conducted by Freddie Mac in collaboration with Community Marketing and Insights, which polled 2,313 LGBT community members in the U.S. aged 22-72. In fact, compared to the national average of 64.3 percent, only 40 percent of LGBT households are likely to […]

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