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New Mortgage Origination Rule Shines Spotlight on Need for More Accurate Tax Estimates

Analysis of consumer complaints and mortgage servicing issues related to inaccurate tax estimates at closing.

Dominique Lalisse    |    Housing Policy

Percentage of Total Complaints

The new TILA-RESPA (Truth in Lending Act/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act) rule, referred to as TRID (TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure), focuses on increased quality and accuracy of information for settlement services. While these issues are important, transparency, speed and accuracy of escrow estimations remain key areas of opportunity to improve homeowners’ experience as...

Jumbo MBS, Which Showed Signs of Life, Is Back on Life Support

2016 volume weak to date, perhaps because of TRID

Sam Khater    |    Mortgage Performance

Wall Street

Part II of a look at the current private-label securities market, to review Part I click here.

Pity the poor jumbo mortgage-backed security. When the mortgage market blew up a decade ago, jumbos had the misfortune...

Cash Sales Share in 2015 Lowest in Seven Years

Cash Sales Accounted for 34 Percent of All Home Sales in 2015

Molly Boesel    |    Housing Trends

Cash Sales Share by Sale Type

Cash sales accounted for 33.4 percent of total home sales in December 2015 and 33.9 percent of total home sales for the full year 2015. The full year 2015 cash sales share was the lowest since 2008. The December cash sales share was  down 3.3 percentage points year over year from 36.7 percent in December 2014. On a month-over-month basis, the cash sales share fell by 2.8 percentage...

Commercial Property Insurance Rates on the Decline

Low Incidence of Natural Hazard Events in 2015 Likely to Contribute to Continuing Trend

Thomas O'Neil    |    Insurance

Commercial Property Ins Policies

During the last few years, commercial property insurance rates have steadily declined and the trend is expected to continue in 2016. The decline has been fueled by several factors which begin with a steady stream of entrants into the commercial insurance market including non-traditional insurers, start-ups and investors in search of alternative opportunities for capital. More suppliers have...

Market Value vs. Replacement Cost

How to understand the difference between these two value approaches

James Siebers    |    Property Valuation

Market Value vs. Replacement

The market value and replacement cost of a building are not the same thing. They are distinctly different concepts which are estimated using different criteria. It is not necessary that the market value and replacement cost of a building are identical. They are two distinctly different approaches to valuing a property.

Market value is the estimated price at which your property...

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