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Susan Rice to co-chair HUD appraisal task force

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The interagency task force to combat inequity in appraisals, led by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge, will be co-chaired by former United Nations ambassador Susan Rice.

How Delta variant may impact housing market

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The following Q&A comes from the HW+ exclusive Slack channel, where HousingWire’s Lead Analyst Logan Mohtashami answered questions on what to make of the latest housing data, his forecast for the rest of this year, and whether or not the housing market is returning to normal.

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Could online mortgage lenders reduce discrimination against Black homebuyers?

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The housing market is red hot. The Federal Housing Finance Agency house-price index rose 12% last year due to low inventories and high demand. Redfin , the popular real estate website, reports that nearly 40% of homes in the past month have sold above asking price.

Are we back to a normal housing market?

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In the last few months in my articles for HousingWire, I have written that monthly supply has been rising and that this increasing supply was the most critical metric for the housing market, specifically the new home sales market.

Reimagining How Construction Companies Capture Progress Tracking

Speaker: Felipe Engineer-Manriquez, Christopher Gagliardi, George Hedley, and Jason Nichols

Join our esteemed panelists for their discussion on the importance of progress tracking which ultimately touches upon every digital aspect within the construction cycle. Our thought-leaders' years of experience on the job sites can help you build a better future at your company.

FHA, FHFA re-up eviction bans at Biden’s urging

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A day before the federal eviction ban lapses, the Biden administration is using the levers it has through federal agencies to keep evictions on ice until September.

Fannie & Freddie forbearances drop to 1.81%

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Another week, another drop in forbearance volume. Servicers’ forbearance portfolio volume fell two basis points to 3.48% from 3.50% last week, according to a survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association. Approximately 1.74 million homeowners are in forbearance plans, the MBA reported.

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5 steps to choosing a home that will appreciate

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In 2020, the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller price index reported the highest annual housing growth since 2013. Due to low inventory, sellers are able to put their homes up at a higher rate. And with today’s low interest rates, buyers have been rushing to purchase what’s available.

Home sales are beginning to stall as buyers hit their limit

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Home sales fell 1.2% from May to June, the largest drop at this time of year on record since at least 2012, according to a new Redfin study released this week. The national median home-sale price hit a record high of $386,888, up 25% year over year, but a slight decline from the record of 26% in May.

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Existing home sales show strength of demographics

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The National Association of Realtors reported existing home sales for the month of June were under their estimates slightly. The seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.86 million achieved in June was a bit better than my expectations, ending four months of declines.

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Pending home sales dip as “seesaw” market continues

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Following a robust May, pending home sales declined in June. Though the desire for buyers to purchase a new home remains strong, skyrocketing prices are putting the dream out of reach for some buyers, economists in the housing industry said. The overall pending home sales index fell 1.9% to 112.8

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Housing inventory slowly coming back as frenzy fades

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After four consecutive months of declines, existing home sales increased in June, jumping 1.4% from May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.86 million, according to the National Association of Realtors. You can thank a rise in housing inventory for the gains. Sales climbed 22.9%

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Fair housing complaints remained elevated in 2020

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Stay-at-home orders spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic did not have a notable impact on the velocity of fair housing complaints received in 2020 by organizations, according to a yearly trends report published by the National Fair Housing Alliance this week.

Oakland homeowner alleges appraiser bias

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An Oakland homeowner says the home valuation process failed her due to the color of her skin, according to a complaint filed with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

How to be a Savvy First-Time Homebuyer

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Are homebuilders burning bridges with real estate agents?

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Alanna Strei of eXp Realty in San Diego and Cornerstone Communities’ new San Diego townhouses. Real estate agent Alanna Strei’s client wanted to check out “Tesoro Vista Del Sur,” 134 newly built townhouses in the Ocean View Hills area of San Diego.

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Variant scare causes mortgage rates to fall to 2.78%

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The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage sank 10 basis points to 2.78% for the week ending on July 22, continuing several weeks of declines , according to mortgage rates data released Thursday by Freddie Mac ‘s PMMS.

The housing market is losing steam

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Mortgage applications for new home purchases in June decreased 3% from May and 23.8% year over year, suggesting a slowdown in the housing market, according to a recent report from the Mortgage Bankers Association.

Is there a political fix to the housing shortage?

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The issue of tight housing inventory is multifaceted but is there a political solution? Arch MI investigates this and more in its Spring Housing and Mortgage Market Review. We’ve broken down some of the data below, but be sure to take a deeper dive into the report by clicking here.

Biden administration prioritizes cybersecurity as fraud risks grow

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As the Biden administration recently spotlighted , cybersecurity remains a high-level concern for the privacy and security of Americans.

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Keller Williams launches KW New Homes Community

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Keller Williams is launching the KW New Homes community and partnering with Legacy International to offer new home sales training to address the increasing opportunity in the market.

Borrowers get more options as foreclosure deadline nears

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With the foreclosure moratorium for federally backed mortgages set to expire next week, the Biden administration is giving borrowers additional options to reduce their mortgage payments.

Mortgage applications jump 16%

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After several consecutive weeks of drops, mortgage applications jumped 16% for the week ending July 9, 2021, according to the latest report from the Mortgage Bankers Association. The prior week ‘s report showed a 1.8% drop in applications to the lowest level since January 2020.

Fannie and Freddie forbearance numbers dip again

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Servicers’ forbearance portfolio volume fell yet again , this time dipping a single basis point to 3.47% from 3.48% last week, according to a survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association. . According to MBA’s estimate, 1.74 million homeowners are still in forbearance plans.

Mortgage rates dip slightly to 2.88%

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The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell two basis points from the week prior to 2.88%, according to mortgage rates data released Thursday by Freddie Mac ‘s PMMS.

New home sales dip for third consecutive month

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New home sales continued to slip in June, falling 6.6% from May to a pace of only 676,000, according to a recent study from the U.S. Census. It’s the third straight month of decreases and the first annual decline since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. June’s pace is also 19.4%

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How Biden’s Neighborhood Homes proposal impacts real estate investors

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Auction.com buyer and real estate investor Sue McCormick is ahead of the curve when it comes to President Joe Biden’s plan to revitalize underserved neighborhoods while also providing affordable housing for low- and moderate-income homebuyers. “My

For housing, look at bonds over MBS or federal debt

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This is the first time I am writing about mortgage backed securities (MBS) because I hardly ever consider this aspect of the housing ecosystem in my work. But since now even Federal Reserve members are discussing the pros and cons of MBS, this is a good time to give you my take.

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New homes selling well even as builders pass on costs

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After an epic rise in housing starts and permits from the COVID-19 lows, the latest Census report shows a calm after the housing storm. This report is consistent with my prediction that all housing data will moderate from the epic run-up in activity in the second half of 2020.

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Ransomware imperils title, mortgage industry

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Ransomware attackers hit major title industry cloud services provider Cloudstar , stopping an untold number of loans from closing on Monday. The ramifications for the title and mortgage industry may extend beyond the immediately impacted loan applications.

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Risks of nonbank mortgage sellers and servicers revisited

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Why another foreclosure tsunami is still unlikely

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It was August 2020 , six months into a global pandemic, when I laid out what I thought at the time was a compelling case against a wave of foreclosures similar to the one that the nation experienced during the Great Recession.

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Cash buyers are scooping up homes like mad

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Cash buyers are pouring into the housing market this year, and they’re picking off more than half of available inventory in certain areas in Florida and New York. As of July 14, nearly one-third of U.S.

Redfin: Bidding wars drop slightly in June

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Competition between would-be homebuyers is still high, but an increase in homes hitting the market in June brought some relief from bidding wars. Per a recent Redfin study , 65% of home offers written by company agents in June faced competition, down from a rate of 72.1% in May and a peak of 74.1%

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Mortgage rates creep up slightly to 2.80%

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The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased slightly to 2.80% for the week ending on July 29, halting a streak of weekly declines, according to mortgage rates data released Thursday by Freddie Mac ‘s PMMS.