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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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Mortgage Professional America

Dart Appraisal enhances Southeast presence with new acquisition
Mortgage Professional America
Appraisal management company Dart Appraisal has acquired Valuation Management Group, which is based near Atlanta. Established as AMC in 2006, Valuation Management is led by Vicky Thompson. As part of the transaction, majority of the Valuation ...

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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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 ...

Mortgage Professional America

Title insurance giants to merge in massive deal
Mortgage Professional America
While it is true that a timeshare contract is a binding legal document, it is often mistakenly thought that such a contract cannot only be cancelled. In fact, most timeshare companies maintain that their contracts are non – cancellable. This ...

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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 ...


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 ...

FHA home improvement loans program offers help
Akron Leader Publications
In another example, a couple 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 appraised value. The ...

Veros applies AI to simplify and improve valuation decisions
... recognized when the company was chosen by the government-sponsored enterprises Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to build, support and maintain the Uniform Collateral Data Portal (UCDP). This joint platform provides electronic appraisal data delivery to ...

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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