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Real Property Management Doubles in Size Over Two Years

The property management industry is poised for growth thanks to the booming rental sector, according to Utah-based Real Property Management. In fact, Real Property Management says it has doubled in size over the past two years. Currently, the company has 230 offices across 47 states and opens an average of eight new franchises per month.

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Foreclosure Crisis Takes Toll on Renters

Industry data suggests by the end of 2010, more than 5 million homes had been foreclosed as a result of the recent housing crisis, and some anticipate another 8 million to 10 million more foreclosures will make their way through the pipeline over the next few years. However, as the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) points out, this is only part of the picture. About 20 percent of all foreclosed properties have been rental properties, according to a recent NLCHP report. In fact, about 40 percent of all families evicted in foreclosure are renters not owners, according to NLCHP.

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PCV Murcor Debuts Rental BPO Valuation Tool

PCV Murcor is unveiling its newest valuation tool to mortgage industry professionals this week at the Mortgage Bankers Association's 99th Annual Convention in Chicago. It's called Rental Broker Price Opinion (BPO)--a tiered offering that includes a BPO, automated rent estimate (ARE), and an optional reconciled broker opinion of the ARE.

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Cityside Director Touts Rental Strategy for Alleviating Foreclosure Effects

Hard-hit markets are aching for stabilization that only occupancy can remedy, Marlene Minemier, director of national portfolio management for Cityside Management Corporation, told colleagues at a recent industry conference. ""It is my belief that the emerging REO rental model is a viable, real-world solution allowing tenancy to be an attractive preservation technique,"" Minemier said as she presented her position during a panel discussion on rentals vs. traditional sales.

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Radar Logic: Prices Show Monthly Gain, but Improvements Won’t Last

While other experts and analysts have concluded home prices are on the rise and the recovery is under way, Radar Logic released a report challenging the upbeat viewpoint. The analytics firm stated in a report that it believes the oversupply of homes relative to demand will prevent sustained home price gains for some time. The argument made is that as buyers absorb the supply of homes for sale in certain markets and prices start to stabilize as a result, home owners who have been waiting on the sidelines to sell will do so once price start to improve. This will increase supply once again, and home prices will stop appreciating as supply exceeds demand.

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Lawmakers Say GSEs’ REO Rental Initiative Isn’t for California

Nineteen members of California's congressional delegation want to keep Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's ""for rent"" signs outside their state's borders. Led by Congressman Gary Miller, the group sent a letter to Edward DeMarco, acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, petitioning him to exclude the 600 homes in California slated for the pilot program of the REO Initiative, which aims to sell off homes repossessed by the GSEs and FHA to institutional investors who will turn the properties into rental homes.

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NAR: Investor Purchases Increased, Advises Limiting REO Bulk Sales

For 2011, investment purchases increased significantly, according to data from the National Association of Realtors, and with more individual investors absorbing REO properties, the organization thinks it is time to limit bulk REO sales to large institutions. Investment-home sales increased 64.5 percent last year to 1.23 million, NAR reports. In a letter to federal regulators, NAR urged policymakers and lenders to focus on expanding the availability of financing for qualified homebuyers and investors to reduce the number of REOs on the market.

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California Attorney General Sues Fannie and Freddie

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is asking the court to force Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to turn over information about their servicing, foreclosure, property leasing, and mortgage securitization activities in the state. Harris issued subpoenas to each of the GSEs last month, outlining 51 questions the attorney general wanted answered. Fannie and Freddie's regulator, however, has reportedly instructed the companies not to respond to the state's request.

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California AG Subpoenas Fannie and Freddie

California Attorney General Kamala Harris reportedly sent subpoenas to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, requesting information about their servicing, foreclosure, and property leasing actions in the state. The attorney general's office also intends to investigate the GSEs' actions regarding purchases of ""toxic mortgages."" With one of the highest default rates in the nation, Harris has been actively seeking aid for California homeowners and has recently lobbied for increased principal reductions from Fannie and Freddie.

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Green River Capital Expands Services to Commercial REO

Asset management and loss mitigation provider Green River Capital is expanding its REO services to the commercial mortgage industry. The new services include the disposition of assets, property maintenance, lease verification, and property valuation. Focusing its commercial REO efforts on small balance properties, the firm will also handle evictions and repairs and offer full title services.

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