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FHFA Reveals 3rd Winner for REO Initiative, C.A.R. Voices Disapproval

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced a third bidder scooped up properties in three states for the agency's REO-to-rental initiative, leaving Atlanta as the sole metro in the program with no winning bidder. Colony Capital, LLC purchased 970 properties in Los Angeles and Riverside, California; Phoenix, Arizona; and Las Vegas, Nevada, the agency revealed Thursday. In a statement Monday, C.A.R. said, ""Fannie Mae and FHFA’s decision to move forward with the REO bulk sale in California amounts to another gift to Wall Street at the expense of taxpayers.""

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Rent Prices Continue to Rise Faster than Asking Prices

Rent prices are climbing faster than asking prices and are rising in metros where asking prices are falling, according to a report from Trulia. Year-over-year, nationwide rent prices were up 5.1 percent in October, while asking prices were up 2.9 percent during the same period when including foreclosures. Chicago, which saw a 5.3 percent yearly dip in asking prices in October, still experienced a 7.7 percent gain in rent prices during the same one-year period.

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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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Home Prices Forecast to Make Slow Progress from Floor Reached in Q1

Home prices reached a sustainable bottom during the first quarter of this year, according to Barclays' U.S. residential credit strategy team. In many markets, longer-term affordability measures point to equilibrium, the firm's analysts contend. While the floor appears to have materialized, they stress that home prices are likely to recover slowly over the next 4 to 5 years, increasing on average 3 to 4 percent annually. At that rate, Barclays' analysts explained, home prices will remain below their 2006 pre-crisis peaks until June 2021.

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Residential Real Estate Bright Spot in Fed Report

The nation's economy generally expanded modestly from mid-August until the end of September, the Federal Reserve said in its periodic Beige Book report issued Wednesday. The report, the last Beige Book to be issued prior to Election Day, painted a mixed regional picture, with a leveling off of economic activity in New York and a slowing in the pace of growth in Kansas City. Residential real estate proved to be a bright spot amid an otherwise pedestrian report.

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Asking Prices Up, Rent Prices Rising Faster than Home Prices: Trulia

If current trends persist, this year may be the first year since 2006 the housing market records an annual price increase, according to a report released Thursday by Trulia. At the current rate of change, the year could close with a 4 percent price increase. Overall, asking prices rose 2.5 percent year-over-year in September and were up 0.5 percent month-over-month. Meanwhile, rent prices not only continue to rise but also are rising faster than home prices.

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The Cogsville Group Acquires 94 Chicago Properties from FHFA Bulk Sale

The Cogsville Group, LLC picked up 94 Fannie Mae foreclosures in Chicago through the Federal Housing Finance Agency's REO Initiative. The Cogsville Group is a private equity firm based in New York with a focus on distressed sales. The FHFA said in a release that all properties purchased through the program were sold near or above market value. The 94 properties sold included 111 units, 68 of which were occupied. FHFA also stated Fannie Mae will continue with bulk sales in markets with a strong demand for rental housing and a surplus of REO properties.

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Where the Single-Family Rental Market Is Heading: Capital Economics

No doubt, the potential of the REO to rental market has caught the attention of both individual and institutional investors. But, what is the real potential of the rental market, and how long will it continue? In a recent report authored by economist Paul Diggle, Capital Economics addressed those questions. With distressed inventory shrinking and prices rising, the research firm expects the acquisition of single-family homes to end after a few more years.

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Guests Filling Up Vacation Properties at Higher Rate: HomeAway

Owners of vacation rental properties reported higher occupancy rates this year compared to last summer, according to a report from HomeAway. The report found 72 percent of vacation property owners who consider summer to be their peak season saw occupancy rates at 76 percent or higher, up from 68 percent last summer.

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Fannie Mae: Falling Economic Confidence to Slow Housing Recovery

According to the GSE's August 2012 National Housing Survey, consumers maintain a cautious but improving view of homeownership and the housing market. The average home price change expectation is 1.6 percent, mostly consistent with July's results and down from a June high of 2.0 percent. Meanwhile, 11 percent of those surveyed say home prices will go down in the next year, holding steady at the lowest level since the survey began in 2010.

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