Today’s News Synopsis:
18,091 new and resale homes were sold in Southern California, said MDA DataQuick. Moody’s reports commercial real estate prices fell 3.3% from last month. A survey from American Strategies and Myers Research shows 77% of adults consider buying a home to be a good financial decision in general.
In The News:
DQNews - “Southern California Home Sales Drop Again, Median Price Edges Up” (10-19-10)
“A total of 18,091 new and resale homes were sold in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Ventura, San Bernardino and Orange counties in September. That was down 2.4 percent from 18,541 in August, and down 16.0 percent from 21,539 for September 2009, according to MDA DataQuick of San Diego.”
CNN - “Housing starts jump to 5-month high” (10-19-10)
“Housing starts, or the number of new homes being built, rose 0.3% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 610,000 in September, up from a revised 608,000 in August, the Commerce Department said.”
Housing Wire – “Barclays estimates banks face $85 billion in mortgage reps and warranties” (10-19-10)
“Barclays Capital estimates over the next five to seven years, banks may end up paying $85 billion in claims, which would result in another $75 billion of more losses to come. Analysts, though, admit the math is ‘highly subjective’ and included many assumptions, and because the claims would be paid out over time, risks of concentrated damage to balance sheets are relatively low.”
Housing Wire – “FDIC seeks long-term changes to Deposit Insurance Fund” (10-19-10)
“The board of directors for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. voted Tuesday to propose a long-term management plan for the Deposit Insurance Fund, which provides monetary insurance to FDIC banks in the event of failure. The two main goals of such a plan, which is required under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, are to maintain a positive fund balance as well as keep future assessment rates consistent for banks.”
Housing Wire – “KBW: Two-thirds of investors oppose FASB accounting proposal” (10-19-10)
“One of the key changes in the proposal would require banks to report the estimated fair value of most loans on their books alongside the current cost accounting valuations. According to the survey of 62 U.S. institutional investors, only one in five favor the proposed changes.”
Housing Wire – “Fitch: 2006, 2007 subprime RMBS prices improving” (10-19-10)
“Subprime prices within two of the most-maligned vintages of residential mortgage-backed securities are showing signs of stabilizing, according Fitch Ratings. The agency’s total market price index for the RMBS sector through September was 9.85, which is nearly flat with the previous three months, according to analysts. But Fitch said RMBS prices from the beleaguered 2006 and 2007 vintages improved last month, climbing 15% and 10%.”
Bloomberg - “Commercial Property Prices in U.S. Decline to Eight-Year Low, Moody’s Says” (10-19-10)
“The Moody’s/REAL Commercial Property Price Index fell 3.3 percent from the prior month to surpass the post-crash low in October 2009, the company said in a statement today. The measure is 45 percent below its October 2007 peak and is at its lowest since June 2002.”
Inman - “Homeownership losing its appeal?” (10-19-10)
“American Strategies and Myers Research & Strategic Services LLC conducted the 2010 Housing Opportunity Pulse Survey on behalf of the National Association of Realtors, interviewing 1,209 adults by telephone Sept. 12-17, 2010. A quarter were renters and 70 percent were homeowners. Overall, 77 percent of respondents said they thought buying a home was a good financial decision in general; 16 percent said it was not a good decision; and 6 percent said they didn’t know.”
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 94, which prevents prohibits any person from collecting an advance fee from a consumer for loan modification. According to Campbell Surveys, the national average home price rose 6% from August to September. MetroStudy anticipates a total of 562,000 housing starts in 2009.
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