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White House Mulls Restrictions on All-cash Property Sales

Originally published on December 6, 2021by Justin Sink for Bloomberg.com.

The U.S. Treasury Department will begin developing regulations that could expand reporting requirements for all-cash real estate purchases as part of the Biden administration’s efforts to cut down on global corruption, according to two senior administration officials.

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Agencies Raise Appraisal Exemption Threshold

Originally published on December 1, 2021, by Michael Robinson for The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Reserve Board, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency today announced that the 2022 threshold for exempting loans from special appraisal requirements for higher-priced mortgage loans will increase from $27,200 to $28,500.

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VA Increasing Appraisal Fees, Turnaround Times

Originally published on November 19, 2021, by Georgia Kromrei for HousingWire.com.

The Department of Veterans Affairs will raise appraisal fees and lengthen allowable turnaround times in select markets across the country in response to the high demand for appraisals.

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FHFA Conforming Loan Limits for 2022 Approach $1M

Originally published on November 30, 2021, by the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today announced the conforming loan limits (CLLs) for mortgages to be acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) in 2022. In most of the U.S., the 2022 CLL for one-unit properties will be $647,200, an increase of $98,950 from $548,250 in 2021. 

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FHFA Releases 2022 Scorecard for Fannie, Freddie, Common Securitization Solutions

Originally published on November 17, 2021, by Adam Russell for the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Today, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released the 2022 Scorecard for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac (the Enterprises), and Common Securitization Solutions, LLC (CSS). The purpose of the 2022 Scorecard is to hold the Enterprises and CSS accountable for fulfilling their core mission requirements by promoting sustainable and equitable access to affordable housing and operating in a safe and sound manner.

AI Board of Directors Adopts 45-Day Notice Items During November Meeting

Originally published on November 17, 2021, by the Appraisal Institue.

The Appraisal Institute Board of Directors voted to adopt three 45-Day Notice items during its Nov. 11-12 meeting in Chicago. The 45-Day Notice items address Designated Member Status, Compensation Committee, and Standards of Valuation Practice.

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Desktop Appraisals Are Here to Stay, FHFA Announces

Originally published on October 18, 2021, by Adam Russell for Federal Housing Finance Agency.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today announced two measures to sustainably advance the affordability of homeownership for mortgage borrowers across the nation, especially those in underserved communities.

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Federal Reserve Expected to Raise Rates in the Coming Year: Bankrate Survey

Originally published on October 7, 2021, by Sarah Foster for BankRate.com.

The U.S. economy’s sharp rebound from the pandemic that sent inflation soaring to its highest in decades might push up interest rates over the next year, according to a new survey from Bankrate.

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Federal Reserve Expected to Pull Back on Major Stimulus

Originally published by Anneken Tappe on September 22, 2021 for CNN Business.

The Federal Reserve isn't ready to take its foot off the stimulus gas pedal just yet, but that soon might change.

If the economic recovery continues to progress as expected, the Fed "judges that a moderation in the pace of asset purchases may soon be warranted," according to the bank's policy update published Wednesday.
This raises the prospects of a November announcement that it will step on the brakes. But even if such a move was delayed until December or January, it wouldn't matter much to markets, which have already priced in a policy change, said Seema Shah, chief strategist at Principal Global Investors, in emailed comments.
    The Fed could also lift interest rates as early as next year, according to updated projections, as opposed to waiting until 2023 as previous forecasts called for.
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    Members Connect with Legislators in Raleigh

    This past July, Chapter members Mike Moody, MAI, Mike Elwell, MAI, SRA, R/W-AC, John C. Palmer, MAI, CCIM, and Greyson S. Morgan, MAI had a very successful visit to the state capitol where they met with Representative Jon Hardister, House Majority Whip; Representative John Bell, House Majority Leader; Representative Terry Brown; and Representative Brian Turner to discuss current and upcoming legislation topics that impact the North Carolina appraisal industry.

     

    FHFA Extends Length of Time Investors Prevented from Buying Foreclosed Homes

    Originally published on September 1, 2021, by Adam Russell for FFHA. 

    Washington, D.C. – Today, through the First Look Program, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) extended from 20 to 30 days, the period during which owner-occupants, public entities, and nonprofits will have exclusive ability to buy Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) real estate owned (REO) properties before they are available for investor purchase. Launched in 2009, the First Look Program promotes owner occupancy and neighborhood stabilization. Providing individuals, families, and nonprofits with a longer amount of time to find adequate financing should help keep owner-occupants living in these homes.

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    White House Seeks Immediate Increase in Affordable Housing

    Originally published on September 1, 2021, by the White House. 

    Since President Biden took office, the economy has created more than 4 million jobs, with an average of more than 830,000 new jobs over the last three months. In the first half of the year, the economy grew at the fastest rate seen in nearly 40 years.

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    Economy Still Needs Support, Progress Still a Ways Off: Fed

    Originally published on July 14, 2021, for BloombergNews.

    Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said it was still too soon to scale back the central bank’s aggressive support for the U.S. economy, while acknowledging that inflation has risen faster than expected.

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    CFPB Issued $124M in Remediation over Mortgage Servicing

    Originally published on July 6, 2021, for the Mortgage Bankers Association.

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau this week issued a report highlighting legal violations identified by the Bureau’s examinations in 2020. The report also highlights prior CFPB supervisory findings that led to public enforcement actions in 2020 resulting in more than $124 million in consumer remediation and civil money penalties.

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    FHFA Announces New and Expanded Statistical Products From the National Mortgage Database

    Originally published on June 30, 2021, for the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

    ​Washington, D.C. – The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today released a set of new and expanded statistical products from the National Mortgage Database (NMDB®). FHFA expanded the national statistics for new residential mortgage originations to include monthly, quarterly, and annual series for home purchase and refinance mortgages in all major market segments. FHFA also added a new series of national and state-level statistics for outstanding residential mortgages and an expanded series of national mortgage performance statistics for different market segments.

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    Supreme Court: Mortgage overseer structure unconstitutional

    Originally published on June 23, 2021, by Jessica Gresko for APNews.com.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave the president greater power to fire the head of the agency that oversees mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, ruling that the agency’s structure violates the separation of powers principles in the Constitution.

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    Supreme Court: Mortgage overseer structure unconstitutional

    Originally published on June 23, 2021, by Jessica Gresko for APNews.com.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave the president greater power to fire the head of the agency that oversees mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, ruling that the agency’s structure violates the separation of powers principles in the Constitution.

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    AI Sends to 45-Day Notice Proposed Amendments to Bylaws and Regulation Nos. 1-4

    Originally published on June 30, 2021, for the Appraisal Institute. 

    The Appraisal Institute Board of Directors on June 28 sent to 45-Day notice proposed amendments to Bylaws and Regulation Nos. 1-4 concerning Audit Committee Powers and Duties, the Candidate for Designation Program and Life Status and Designated Member Readmission.

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    FHFA Extends Multifamily COVID-19 Forbearance to Owners Offering Tenant Protection

    Originally published on June 3, 2021, for the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).

    Washington, D.C. — Today, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) will continue to offer COVID-19 forbearance to qualifying multifamily property owners through September 30, 2021, subject to the continued tenant protections FHFA has imposed during the pandemic. This is the third extension of the programs, which were set to expire June 30, 2021.

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    Biden Administration Looks at Appraisals as Part of Effort to Reduce Wealth Gap

    Originally published on June 1, 2021, by the White House.

    One hundred years ago, the thriving Black community of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, known as “Black Wall Street,” was ruthlessly attacked by a violent white supremacist mob. An estimated 300 Black Americans were killed and another 10,000 were left destitute and homeless.

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