Thursday , 17 January 2019

News

A Look Into the 2019 Housing Market

Most everyone is painfully aware of the slowing of the housing market during the second half of 2018. Declining housing affordability took its toll on consumer motivation to buy a home. Higher construction costs and increased home prices over the last several years, combined with higher interest rates and lackluster income gains, were the primary causes for these declines. According …

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Make Your Connections Count

Valuation professionals are always looking for ways to work smarter, not harder. Thanks to technology advancements they are able to easily achieve that goal. With programs like Clearbox, lenders and AMCs are able to access the history of a new appraiser joining their panel.  Joan Trice, CEO of Clearbox has recently put on a new hat to better the future …

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A Look into the Crystal Ball

We all wish we could predict the future. Imagine the scenarios we could prepare for or the events we can avoid. However, one of the many super powers valuation professionals, like mortgage lenders, have is their ability to analyze the market. Through research, trends, and market predications they are able to give us an educated look at the future through …

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In 2019 will you begin to see 2020?

Happy New Year! New Year’s Day is one of my absolute favorite times of the year. There is no history… only future! I can take all of the lessons I’ve learned in the past, add the information that I’ve learned is coming down the road, and plan my future. Don’t get me wrong, I know things will change, but if …

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Tax Reform and What to Expect

This article first appeared in Appraisal Buzz Magazine. Never miss out on the industry news! Subscribe here to receive your copy of the 2019 Appraisal Buzz Magazine. It’s been nine months since big new changes to the tax law were implemented, but the effects on the housing market in particular haven’t yet manifested. Why? There were three different changes to …

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Fannie Mae, Taking Steps Towards Change

Fannie Mae saw a need in the industry and took the necessary steps to accommodate those needs. By launching the MH Advantage program, Fannie Mae is hoping to give future homeowners another option. Rick Walker, Collateral Policy & Strategy Risk Manager with Fannie Mae sat down with us to give us a closer insight into the new program.  Buzz: Fannie Mae recently …

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Hybrid Appraisals

This article was first published in the Appraisal Buzz magazine. Subscribe now to receive your edition of the Appraisal Buzz Spring 2019 Magazine! Some love it, some detest it; nevertheless, change occurs. Over the last 10 years or so, the residential mortgage sector of the appraisal profession has changed significantly. And by most accounts, it appears poised to keep doing so. Frankly, it …

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