Retail Real Estate Attracting New Investors as Rents Climb, Occupancy Increases: JLL

Originally published on May 25, 2022, by Michael Tucker for Mortgage Bankers Association.

Retail’s journey from underdog to a favored asset class continues, reported JLL, Chicago.

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Amazon Reportedly Dumping Surplus Industrial Space, Could Help Sector Recover

Originally published on May 23, 2022, by Erik Sherman for Globest.com. 

Nearly 20% of Home Sellers are Dropping Asking Prices, According to Redfin

Originally published on May 26, 2022, by Kenneth Applewhaite for Redfin.

The housing market is sending clearer signals that the pandemic-driven housing frenzy is coming to an end, according to a new report from Redfin (redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage.

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MISMO Seeks Input on Commercial Appraisal Dataset Standards

Originally published on May 17, 2022, by Tara Dunion for the Mortage Bankers Association.

MISMO®, the real estate finance industry standards organization, seeks public comment on phase two of proposed data standards for the Commercial Appraisal Dataset. The 60-day comment period runs through July 12.

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White House Addresses Rising Housing Costs, Supply Issues

Originally published by the White House on May 16, 2022.

As President Biden said last week, tackling inflation is his top economic priority. Today, President Biden is releasing a Housing Supply Action Plan to ease the burden of housing costs over time, by boosting the supply of quality housing in every community. His plan includes legislative and administrative actions that will help close America’s housing supply shortfall in 5 years, starting with creating and preserving hundreds of thousands of affordable housing units in the next three years. When aligned with other policies to reduce housing costs and ensure affordability, such as rental assistance and downpayment assistance, closing the gap will mean more affordable rents and more attainable homeownership for Americans in every community. This is the most comprehensive government effort to close the housing supply shortfall in history.

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Growing Leisure and Business Travel Boosts Hospitality Recovery, Data Reveals  

Originally published on May 23, 2022, by STR.

For the four-week period ending 14 May 2022, more than three-quarters of all U.S. hotel markets outperformed their comparable 2019 revenue per available room (RevPAR) on a nominal basis. Of 165 STR-defined U.S. markets, only 38 fell short of their 2019 RevPAR, which was a solid improvement from 52 underperformers in April’s “bubble” blog update. Industry RevPAR looks to be on a steady footing; however, a look at RevPAR contribution shows a greater influence from average daily rate (ADR) as opposed to occupancy in many areas.

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Wildfire Damage to US Homes Exceeds $5 Billion: Data

Originally published on May 16, 2022, by Diana Olick for CNBC.com.

Raging New Mexico and California wildfires may offer an ominous outlook for America's growing swath, not just in the West.

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Companies Set Plans to Refine Office Spaces: CBRE Survey

Originally published on May 10, 2022, by Michael Tucker for Mortgage Bankers Association. 

CBRE, Dallas, said most office-using companies are developing long-term plans to expand or contract their office space now that employees are returning at least part-time after two years of mostly remote work.

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AI Board of Directors Adopts 45-Day Notice Items During May Meeting

Originally published on May 18, 2022, by the Appraisal Institute.

The Appraisal Institute Board of Directors voted to adopt four 45-Day Notice items during its May 12-13 meeting in Chicago. The 45-Day Notice items address Bylaws modernization, the Candidate for Designation program, alternate chapter representatives to regional committees and proposed amendments to the Appraisal Institute Code of Professional Ethics and Explanatory Comments to the Code of Professional Ethics.

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Housing Sentiment Falls to Lowest Level in Two Years

Originally published on May 9, 2022, by Matthew Classick for Fannie Mae.

Affordability Constraints Mount as Mortgage Rates and Home Prices Continue to Rise

WASHINGTON, DC – The Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTCQB) Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI) decreased by 4.7 points to 68.5 in April, its lowest level since May 2020, as surveyed consumers expressed heightened concerns about housing affordability and rising mortgage rates. All six of the index’s components decreased month over month, with a survey-high 76% of consumers indicating that they believe it’s a bad time to buy a home, up from 73% last month. Additionally, 73% of respondents expect mortgage rates to continue their recent ascent over the next 12 months, also a survey high. Year over year, the full index is down 10.5 points.

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Commercial and Multifamily Borrowing Surges 72% from Last Year: MBA Report

Originally published o May 12, 2022 by the Mortgage Bankers Association.

Commercial and multifamily mortgage loan originations increased by 72 percent in the first quarter from a year ago, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported Thursday.

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Fed Raises Interest Rates; Balance Sheet Reductions Imminent

Originally published on May 4, 2022, by Howard Schneider and Ann Saphir for Reuters.

WASHINGTON, May 4 (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised its benchmark overnight interest rate by half a percentage point, the biggest jump in 22 years, and the U.S. central bank's chief made an appeal to Americans struggling with high inflation to be patient while officials take the hard measures to bring it under control.

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Pressures Mount, Causing Housing Market Uncertainty, NAR Economist Yun Reports

Originally published on May 4, 2022, by Quintin Simmons for the National Association of Realtors.

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD (May 4, 2022) – Two years after enduring the devastating financial impacts of COVID-19, the U.S. economy has made an impressive comeback, in large part due to a booming housing market. However, as National Association of Realtors® Chief Economist Lawrence Yun explained today, there are significant questions regarding the sector's direction over the coming months.

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AI Releases First Face Value Podcast with Episode About Unusual Assignments

Listen to Face Value, the official podcast of the Appraisal Institute. Join rotating hosts Warren Boizot, SRA, AI-RRS, and Tonia Vailas, MAI, AI-GRS, each month as they share appraiser experiences, insights, and stories with other credible experts in the valuation profession. Tune in as they dive into the latest trends, news, association updates, and more. Don't miss out on appraisal news you won’t find anywhere else, all delivered at face value.

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FHFA Duty to Serve Plans Focus on Affordable Housing

Originally published on April 27, 2022 by the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Washington, D.C. – The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today published the 2022-2024 Underserved Markets Plans for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) under the Duty to Serve (DTS) Program.

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Student Housing Remains Strong Despite Drop in College Enrollment: Yardi Matrix

Originally published on April 27, 2022 by YardiMatrix.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., April 27, 2022 – Despite a drop in college enrollment over the last two years, the student housing industry continues to perform well and is exhibiting healthy rent growth and preleasing for Fall 2022.

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New Home Sales Decline Amid Affordability Challenges: NAHB

Originally published on April 26, 2022, Elizabeth Thompson and Stephanie Pagan for NAHB.

Worsening affordability conditions stemming from growing supply chain disruptions and rising mortgage rates pushed new home sales lower in March.

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Small-cap CRE Prices Jump but Aren’t Overinflated: Data

Originally published on April 28, 2022, by Michael Tucker for the Mortgage Banker's Association.

Small-cap commercial real estate prices have accelerated at an unprecedented rate but are not overinflated, reported Boxwood Means LLC, Stamford, Conn.

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Foreclosure Activity at Post-pandemic High in Q1: Data

Originally published on April 21, 2022 by ATTOM Staff for ATTOM. 

IRVINE, Calif. — April 21, 2022 — ATTOM, licensor of the nation’s most comprehensive foreclosure data and parent company to RealtyTrac (www.realtytrac.com), the largest online marketplace for foreclosure and distressed properties, today released its Q1 2022 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows a total of 78,271 U.S. properties with a foreclosure filing during the first quarter of 2022, up 39 percent from the previous quarter and up 132 percent from a year ago.

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Healthcare Sector Considered ‘Recession-resistant:’ CBRE

Originally published on April 21, 2022, by Michael Tucker for Mortgage Banker's Association.

CBRE, Dallas, reported investors plan to allocate more capital to healthcare real estate, highlighting rising confidence in the asset class.

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