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Escrow Overcharges and Delayed Refunds Can Lead to Increased CFPB Complaints

Refunds from escrow accounts are Granger-causing CFPB complaints

Dingxi Qiu    |    Mortgage Performance


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) complaints are difficult to track and address, but they can potentially cause significant reputational damage to mortgage lenders and servicers if common issues in the complaints are not handled properly. Using CoreLogic tax servicing data to evaluate the reasons for CFPB complaints, we found that the number of overpayment-related escrow account...

Distressed Sales Update: May 2016

Distressed Sales Accounted for 8 Percent of Homes Sold Nationally in May 2016

Molly Boesel    |    Housing Trends

  • Of total sales in May 2016, distressed sales accounted for 8.4 percent and real estate-owned (REO) sales accounted for 5.4 percent
  • The REO sales share was 22.5 percentage points below its peak of 27.9 percent in January 2009
  • Distressed sales shares fell in most states, including the oil markets

Distressed sales, which include REO and short...

Health of the Housing Market in the Top 100 Cities – Part I

21 Markets Overvalued Based on Fundamental Factors of Price-to-Income and Price-to-Rent

Mark Liu    |    Property Valuation


Talking about housing bubbles usually raises questions, concerns and eyebrows. However, for the past several years, home prices have continued to rise throughout the country, with many markets close to or above previous peak levels observed in the 2005-2006 bubble years. At the national level, Figure 1 shows that home prices have increased roughly 40 percent, according to the CoreLogic Home...

Current Home Prices the Most Stable During the Last 40 Years

Real Estate Prices Have Been an Oasis of Stability

Sam Khater    |    Property Valuation


Volatility has roiled the U.S. and global financial markets for some time. June’s Brexit vote, for example, was the most volatile day in the history of foreign exchange markets. Likewise, the huge influx of foreign capital drove longer-dated Treasury maturities to record lows. But one market seems to have escaped these gyrations: U.S. housing.

There are several different...

How Big is My House?

Let’s ask a professional…

James Siebers    |    Property Valuation


Many aspects of building appraisal or valuation require personal judgment, but one aspect that should not be in this category is the measurements of a house. The actual size of a building is either determined from accurate building plans or by the actual measurement of the structure. An appraiser, assessor, realtor, insurance agent or anyone who determines the square footage of a house...

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