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New Professional Requirements, Tech Could Improve Appraisals

The real estate appraisal process has long been bemoaned as slow, inefficient, and more advantageous to cash buyers, but according to appraisal experts at a recent panel discussion, there are ways to change that. Among them? Streamlining the process, reevaluating professional requirements, and adopting new technologies. Data shows that the number of licensed appraisers has dropped significantly over the last decade, due to volatility in the industry. Changing up licensing requirements could alleviate this issue.

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Ocwen Ratings to Remain Despite Sale

Fitch Ratings has opted to keep Ocwen Financial Corporation’s ratings as-is—both on its servicing and its bonds—despite the servicer’s recent MSR sale. Announced last month, Ocwen will sell its mortgage servicing rights, along with $117 billion in unpaid principal balance, and become a sub-servicer of New Residential Investment Corporation. Regardless of the sale, Fitch has announced Ocwen will keep its “Negative” residential primary servicer rating.

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Appeals Court Dismisses LA Case v. BofA, Wells

Suits claiming Bank of America and Wells Fargo engaged in discriminatory lending practices in the city of Los Angeles were dismissed this week by an appellate panel in New York. Filed by the city of LA, the suits alleged the two banks targeted minority buyers with more expensive and riskier loans than white borrowers. The appellate panel ultimately sided with the original district court rulings, which stated the city failed to establish a strong enough link between the bank’s policies and any racial disparity in local homeownership.

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Reverse Mortgage Complaints Common for Older Americans

The latest CFPB Monthly Complaint Report shows older Americans face a unique set of financial difficulties compared to their younger counterparts. The group regularly cites reverse mortgage concerns—specifically servicing issues and difficult changing loan terms—when lodging complaints with the CFPB. Older Americans also cite financial scams, confusion around deferred- and zero-interest credit cards, and being charged unauthorized add-on products as frequent financial complaints.

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Defects on the Rise, Highest in North Dakota

Loan application defects are on the rise across the country, particularly in North Dakota, Montana, and Vermont. According to an expert economist, it’s riskier lending practices—both on purchases and refinances—that are to blame. McAllen, Texas, and Knoxville, Tennessee, came in the with highest frequency of defaults in terms of metro markets.

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Home Prices Hit New Peak

According to new data, home prices have hit a new peak, now reaching $272,000. Eight states and 15 metros also hit new price peaks this year. Washington has seen the biggest jump in prices over the year.

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Seven Markets Enjoying Fast Closings

Homebuyers in San Jose, California are enjoying the fastest closing times in the nation. Trailing behind San Jose, six other cities came in at 50 days or less. These markets are seeing multiple bidders, many of whom are pre-qualified and offer large down payments, on the first day of listing.

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BofA Capital Buffer Lags Behind

At the close of Q1, Bank of America had fallen behind its peers—at least in terms of its capital buffer. The bank came in last among major financial institutions, with just a 1 percent buffer for the quarter. Goldman Sachs took the top spot.

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Southern Cities on the Rise

The latest Census data has Southern cities reigning supreme in terms of population growth. Ten of the top 15 fastest growing cities in the country are located in the South, with five in Texas alone. The West also saw growth, claiming four of the top spots.

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CBCInnovis Partners with LexisNexis

In July, liens and judgments data will no longer be included in traditional credit scores. In order to fill that gap, CBCInnovis will be offering the LexisNexis RiskView Liens and Judgments Report to lenders. Being that borrowers who have a judgment or tax lien are more likely to end up in pre-foreclosure or foreclosure, CBCInnovis hopes this information will be helpful to lenders.

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