Sequestration Impacts FHA

As the automatic spending cuts known as "sequestration" start, the effects to one of the government agencies most tied to housing, specifically new home construction, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), are beginning to be revealed. Currently, approximately 25 percent of purchase money mortgages issued for home purchases involve the use of  FHA  insured mortgages. The budget cuts will have the biggest[...]

Atlanta Real Estate Forum Announces October Radio Lineup

Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Coldwell Banker NRTDA and Lane Bailey

Meril Missbach and Lane Bailey are this week’s guests on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio. Meril shares with us some current market trends, while Lane provides a guy's perspective on buying a home. Meril Missbach is the director of sales with Coldwell Banker NRT Development Advisors. Meril has been in the industry for over 40 years, and is very passionate about[...]

Appraisal Process Creates Problems

New rules intended to reduce fraud and restrict pressure on appraisers are causing problems for buyers and sellers in Atlanta’s real estate market. The Home Valuation Code of Conduct, established in response to the mortgage crisis, was designed to eliminate the inflated appraisals that were blamed in part for the collapse of the real estate market. The unintended consequence of that the[...]