Category Archives for "Real Estate Trends"
Pondering a career switch to needle-throwing from my daily commentary work, I find it hard to believe we’ve already sailed through the initial 10% of 2024. As relentless rain and resulting floods wreak havoc in Northern California, mortgage firms, particularly those servicing loans for damaged properties and Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) owners are in a precarious position. On a lighter note, we’re starting to enjoy lengthier daylight hours in the Northern Hemisphere, pending the initiation of Daylight Savings on the 10th of March, a ritual ignored by Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S Virgin Islands, and a majority of Arizona. Tune in to the latest Commentary podcast, brought to you by Vesta, the pioneers of an avant-garde Loan Origination System (LOS) that enhances lenders’ integration abilities with cutting-edge tech while pruning origination costs. Gain insights from an intriguing conversation with Mike Yu of Vesta regarding innovations in LOS and the rising demand for tech in digitized spaces. In other news, the advent of 2024 necessitates preparing for a rise in Fair Lending enforcement actions and relevant litigation, amidst an influx of fresh guidelines concerning AI, appraisal bias, immigration statuses, among others. In an insightful webinar, Ncontracts shed light on the trajectory of Fair Lending in 2024, covering regulatory hotspots, implications of new directives, yearly evolutions in Fair Lending, and preparations required for a lending compliance management program for the upcoming year. Reach out for the comprehensive webinar for detailed information.Continue reading
Former billionaire, Adam Neumann, is making moves to reacquire the insolvent property firm, WeWork, as disclosed on Tuesday.Continue reading
In regions that are highly susceptible to climate-related risks, insurance firms are cutting back on their coverage. This change is leaving many property owners without reasonably priced insurance alternatives for their homes.Continue reading
Accusations of collusion are being leveled against landlords in the U.S. who utilize RealPage services for determining the rental prices of their apartments.Continue reading
The software supplied by RealPage is employed to determine rental costs for approximately 4.5 million residential properties across the United States. Several legal actions have been initiated claiming that various property owners have been providing confidential information to RealPage, which subsequently results in unjustified increases in rents. These charges have emerged amid the backdrop of a housing shortage in the U.S., where the demand outstrips supply. Certain landlords who are defendants in these cases have noted high tenant occupancy rates within their properties, coinciding with robust job market growth in their local areas and a sluggish pace of new housing developments.Continue reading
A sizeable proportion of U.S. tenants, amounting to 50%, find housing expenses steep as they dedicate over a third of their earnings to it, according to research conducted by a reputable higher educational institution.Continue reading
The upcoming ten years could see a dramatic reduction in the need for new homes in China, with projections suggesting a downfall of nearly 50%. This potential decrease poses a significant challenge for Beijing as it struggles to rapidly enhance the nation’s overall economic development.Continue reading
Following a period of unprecedentedly steep rental fees, costs are starting to reduce in certain regions. This article will explain the implications of these changes for individuals who rent their homes.Continue reading
It was apparent that my feline companion, Myrtle, was not in high spirits. She had made little progress with her “2024 Vision Board Statement”, there was no sign of freshly-caught halibut in her feeding dish, neither was her laser pointer functioning. However, the root cause of her discontent was something different entirely. It was the disappointing performance of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
Recently, a report from the Office of Inspector General of the Federal Reserve Board examined the CFPB’s practices for conducting enforcement investigations. The report made two crucial suggestions. One, it urged the CFPB Office of Enforcement to incorporate time-bound expectations for key stages into its enforcement procedure as a monitoring measure. This was due to the failure of the bureau to reach its goal to either file or resolve 65 percent of its enforcement actions within two years.
The report also advised the bureau to improve its enforcement team’s training concerning document maintenance and retention obligations for the CFPB’s case management system. The recommendations were well-received by the CFPB and measures are to be taken to ensure comprehensive adoption.
This week’s Commentary podcast is available here, sponsored by Calque. Check out The Trade-In Mortgage powered by Calque where lenders aid their clients to lower their purchase sum, minimize their interest charges, and abolish Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI). Don’t miss out on an intriguing conversation with Katie Sweeney from the Broker Action Coalition, who moved from spearheading the Association of Independent Mortgage Experts (AIME) to leading the Broker Action Coalition and the Political Action Committee she founded during her time at AIME. Please note that the summary does not include any specific source references.Continue reading
The demand for mortgages, which had been on an upward trajectory for multiple weeks, experienced a decline last week. This decrease was a reflection of heightened competition among buyers due to a dwindling inventory of available homes.Continue reading