The development, construction and real estate industry had its share of the action during the 2013 legislative session, which ended last week. Here’s a quick rundown of what happened with bills introduced during the long session.Read More »
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When I started writing this real estate column in June 1971, the average mortgage rate was 7.53 percent, according to Freddie Mac. The median home price was $26,100. Today, the trend is definitely upward, with occasional short-term dips to remind us of the market's volatility.Read More »
Last fall, a company called ES Appraisal Services, based in Florida, went bankrupt. That the company went under isn’t unusual, as companies fold every day. But ES was the latest of three appraisal management companies that went out of business recently, all with the same troubling trend for real estate appraisers.
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In 2009, about two years after the real estate market started its collapse, a new federal law took effect. The federal Home Valuation Code of Conduct was created to reduce conflicts of interest in the process of appraising homes. Real estate agents and brokers were no longer allowed to order appraisals. Lenders were now in control of doing that, and demand for appraisal-management companies shot up.Read More »