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FHA and VA Updates; US Economy Continues to Strengthen
Appraisal Buzz (press release) (blog)
Let's end the week with a non-mortgage related note about nature. You Tube has a live webcam a live webcam in the San Francisco Presidio of a Red-Tailed Hawk nest. Not much happens when its dark, but recently an egg was laid! Hawks couldn't care less ...

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"Significant" Reduction in Closing Times - Ellie Mae
Appraisal Buzz (press release) (blog)
The 5-point surge in the share of refinancing loans that closed in January didn't survive the month. Ellie Mae's Origination Insight Report shows that share dropped from 45 percent to 43 percent in February. Refinancing lost market share for both VA ...

Refinance Calculator : Should You Refinance Your Mortgage?
The Mortgage Reports (blog)
FHA Streamline Refinance: This loan does not require an appraisal, so the home's current value doesn't matter. Current FHA loan holders are eligible, and many applicants qualify with lower credit scores. VA Streamline Refinance: If you have a VA ...

National Mortgage Professional Magazine

Mortgage Applications Up, Appraisal Values Down
National Mortgage Professional Magazine
Among the federal program, the FHA share of total applications increased to 10.4 percent from 10.1 percent the week prior and the VA share of total applications increased to 10.3 percent from 9.9 percent, while the USDA share of total applications ...

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First-Time Buyer Indices update on November 2017 data
Appraisal Buzz (press release) (blog)
First-time buyer (FTB) mortgage risk jumped in November, helping FTBs overcome raising prices driven by dwindling inventories of homes for sale. The FTB National Mortgage Risk Index (FBMRI) for November was up .4 ppt from a year ago and up 2 ppts from ...


AFR announces homebuyer program to grant 2% of purchase price ...
American Financial Resources announced its new down payment assistance program that will provide grants for homebuyers, and caters especially to teachers, military members and first responders. The company announced that The Advantage Program, or TAP ...

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Understanding Target Price Levels of Fix and Flip Investment Properties
What is likely to happen in a level one area is you buy for $20,000, put $10,000 into the rehab, and contract to sell it for $55,000 to a retail buyer (FHA). Unfortunately, your appraisal comes in at $32,000! When examining the comps, there are several ...

Tom Kelly: Can't borrow more? FHA home-improvement program could work
The Spokesman-Review
In another example, a couple near Shelton who had purchased a home three years ago for $120,000 recently received an appraisal for $105,000. They desperately needed to borrow some money to make repairs, but they owed as much on the home as the ...

Veros applies AI to simplify and improve valuation decisions
This joint platform provides electronic appraisal data delivery to the GSEs and has been touted by industry experts as a significant step in establishing true transparency within the mortgage industry. In 2013, the company was selected to build a ...

Mortgage Professional America

Moody's: Shift to alternative property appraisal may weaken RMBS
Mortgage Professional America
Market participants are showing increasing interest as well as new uses of appraisal alternatives such as hybrid appraisals, broker price opinions, and automated valuation models. Moody's said alternatives vary across RMBS products, with each type ...

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