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A New Tactic to Fight Zombie Homes

This June, Washington state will implement a new law (HB2057) designed to combat abandoned zombie properties and streamline interactions between government and lenders when it comes to preventing urban blight as the properties fall into disrepair. As reported by the ...

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Single-Family Rental: Opportunities and Growth

Beth O’Brien is President and CEO of CoreVest Finance, a private lender to residential real estate investors. Under O’Brien’s leadership, CoreVest has closed $3 billion in loans in the investor loan market and has financed more than 20,000 investment properties. ...

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The Fight Against Zombie Homes Finds a New Ally

The topic of zombie homes comes up often here on DS News, ranging from fast-track foreclosure legislation to rules about clearboarding and plywood bans. In February, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state was buying up distressed mortgages ...

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How REO Sales Impact Home Prices

With markets across the country suffering from pronounced inventory shortages, it would seem that anything that puts more homes on the market would be a good thing. A new report by Pro Teck Valuation Services found delved into that thesis, ...

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Low-Income Rental Housing Shortages Happening Nationwide

The nationwide shortage of housing inventory is a daily topic in the industry in 2018, with accelerating home prices combining with inventory shortfalls to make it very difficult for many potential homebuyers to find an actual home to purchase. The ...

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FHFA Examines the Appraisals Process

The FHFA has released a new paper, authored by Jessica Shui and Shriya Murthy, that examines how appraisals conducted by appraisal management companies compare to those conducted by lenders themselves. What’s the verdict? According to the FHFA paper, “the results indicate ...

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Improving FHA Foreclosure Processes

A new brief released by the Urban Institute explores ways to improve Federal Housing Administration (FHA) foreclosure timelines and conveyance processes so as to drive down costs and make things more efficient. The brief is the third in a series ...

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Exploring Ethics in REO

On Thursday, February 15, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. CST, the Five Star FORCE (The Federation of REO Certified Experts) will host the “Ethics Matter” webinar. The presentation will focus on the value of ethics in real estate as ...

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High Prices Collide With Dwindling Inventory

Median income has risen, yet many potential home buyers are still hesitant. Inventory hit an all-time low, as prices jumped, and reports show this is a trend that may continue.

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