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Tight Supply Sends Prices Up 12 Percent

New data shows that real home prices have risen almost 12 percent over the year. Though wages have risen, increasing mortgage rates and tight supply continue to hurt overall affordability. Jacksonville, Florida, came in as the least affordable metro in the nation.

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Application Defect Rate Up Amidst Seller’s Market

The rate of defects and fraud in mortgage applications is up. The Defect Index on purchase applications rose 2.4 percent over the month, and for refinance applications, it jumped 3.3 percent. Defects were worse in the Southern part of the U.S.

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Affordability, Buying Power Drop as Prices Rise

With real house prices on the rise and inventory low, spring is poised to be a seller’s market, according to First American. Real home prices rose more than 8 percent over the year, with Jacksonville, Florida, seeing the most growth annually. According to First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming, “on a year-over-year basis, real house prices increase in all the metropolitan areas tracked . . .”

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First American Executive Awarded as ‘Valuation Visionary’

The Valuation Visionary award recognizes a standout collateral valuation professional every year who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, innovation and professionalism. Winners are nominated by their peers within the Collateral Risk Network. The recipient will be awarded at the Valuation Expo East on March 20, 2017, in Orlando, Florida.

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The Relationship Between Buying Power and Prices

U.S. home prices are high and are still rising, but the price picture looks a bit different when consumer buying power is brought into the equation. First American Financial Corporation's inaugural Real House Price Index, provides a new take on the way the industry view home prices.

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Mortgage Loan Application Defects Lower in September


First American released their Loan Application Defect Index for September 2015 on Wednesday, which reflects estimated mortgage loan defect rates over time, by geography and by loan type, and estimates the frequency of defects in the information submitted in mortgage loan applications. According to the Index, loan defects in mortgage applications declined 1.2 percent from August to September. The Index is now down 20.6 percent from the high point of risk in October 2013.

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