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Aite Analyst Evaluates the CMBS Market’s Past and Present

Aite Group is speaking out on contemporary issues in the commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) marketplace. The company's senior analyst, John Jay, recently released his statements in response to a New York Times article evaluating the potential impact of pre-crisis commercial loans.

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MountainSeed Debuts New Commercial Valuation Tool

MountainSeed Appraisal Management, LLC, is targeting the commercial market with the launch of a new evaluation program. According to MountainSeed, the tool will make it easier for appraisers to extend commercial valuations to smaller lenders.

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Commercial Real Estate Group Taps Into Refinancing Rush

In Maryland, Sunrise Senior Living, Inc., is taking advantage of the recent refinancing boom. The real estate company has announced changes to its loan for Bethesda's Fox HIll assisted living community, noting that Sunrise has opted to refinance the existing mortgage.

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Real Estate Roundtable Announces New Board Members

In Washington, D.C., the Real Estate Roundtable has announced its new roster of directors. The organization recently appointed members of the board for the 2013 fiscal year, and the Roundtable's incoming chairman and 21-person board began their terms on July 1.

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AGA Files Statement With the House Finance Subcommittee

The American Guild of Appraisers has officially filed a statement with Congressional legislators as part of a recent hearing titled, Appraisal Oversight: The Regulatory Impact on Consumers and Businesses. Conducted by the Insurance, Housing, and Community Opportunity Committee of the House Finance Sub-Committee, the AGA was asked to submit a statement of record to assist the lawmakers as they proposals directed at improving appraisal regulation, enforcement, and oversight. AGA said that it is also working with consumer organizations to ensure that consumers receive professional appraisals.

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California Legislature Passes Homeowner Bill of Rights

The California State Legislature has officially passed the Homeowner Bill of Rights. The proposal was originally put forth by the state's Attorney General Kamala Harris, and the legislation is now in the hands of Governor Jerry Brown, whose signature would finalize the law. According to a recent release from the California State Legislature, the law would "institute sensible reforms to bank's foreclosure practices and create a fairer foreclosure process for California's homeowners." The bill would also end current dual-tracking processes for foreclosures.

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Thirty-Year Loan Slumps to Record-Breaking Low

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage slumped back to a new, record-breaking low, as manufacturing fell behind and more investors turned to the safe haven of Treasury debt. Zillow found that interest rates for the loan fell to 3.43 percent, beating a previous low of 3.48 percent for the real estate Web site and setting a new record since it started reporting interest rates in 2008. Interest rates for the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.87 percent, while those for 5- and 1-year adjustable-rate mortgages hovered at 2.43 percent.

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