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The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 11/24/10

Resources:
California Housing Production Continues Decline in October, CBIA Announces
Existing-Home Sales Decline in October Following Two Monthly Gains
California home sales decline from previous month, year
Bank earnings skyrocket in 3Q as FDIC problem list nears 17-year high
Foreclosures of U.S. Homes Fell 36% After Freeze, Lender Processing Says
Shadow Inventory of Homes Rising

Today’s News Synopsis:

The FDIC’s problematic bank list grew by 31 in the 3rd quarter. New home sales decreased 8.1% in September, according to the Commerce Department. Statistics from the FHA show home prices fell 3.2% year over year. LPS reports foreclosures fell 4.4% in October.

In The News:

San Francisco Chronicle“Mortgage rates rise to 4.40 pct. as Treasurys rise” (11-24-10)

“Freddie Mac said Wednesday that the average rate for 30-year fixed loans rose to 4.40 percent this week from 4.39 percent last week. Two weeks ago, the rate hit 4.17 percent, the lowest level on records dating back to 1971.”

Los Angeles Times“Bank ‘problem list’ swells but industry’s condition improving, FDIC says” (11-24-10)

“The agency’s so-called problem list consisted of 860 financial institutions at the end of the quarter, two years after the financial crisis hit the nation. That’s up from 829 at the end of June, the agency said Tuesday. The latest figure amounts to about one out of eight FDIC-insured banks.”

CNN - “New home sales: Down 80% from the boom” (11-24-10)

“New home sales dropped to an annual pace of just 283,000, according to the Commerce Department. That was down 8.1% from a slow September and 28.5% from 12 months ago when the annualized sales rate was at 430,000.”

Orange County Register“Forecast: Calif. home prices to drop 9.9%” (11-24-10)

“Real estate trackers from FiServ and Moody’s Economy.com forecast that California home prices will fall 9.9% in the year ending in June 2011 — fourth biggest drop across the nation.”

Housing Wire“Delinquent borrowers would rather rent: Fannie Mae survey” (11-24-10)

“Half of homeowners who are delinquent on their mortgages would rather rent than buy a home, according to Fannie Mae’s third quarter national housing survey. This is the first time the rental preference has exceeded the percentage of people who would rather buy.”

Housing Wire“LPS: Mortgages entering foreclosure fell 4.4% in October” (11-24-10)

“The company said another 263,000 loans entered the foreclosure process last month, which is down 4.4% from September. LPS said the total inventory of foreclosures includes 2.1 million loans with another 2.2 million loans more than 90-days delinquent but not yet in the process.”

Housing Wire“Mortgage interest rates increase in two nonagency surveys” (11-24-10)

“Mortgage rates fell in two weekly surveys. The Bankrate national mortgage survey reported the interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at 4.58%, down from 4.62% a week prior, while a survey from LendingTree.com reported the rate at 4.55%.”

Housing Wire“Jobless claims down 7.7% to lowest level in two years” (11-24-10)

“Initial jobless claims fell 7.7% last week to 407,000, which is the lowest level in two years and well below most analyst estimates. The Labor Department said the seasonally adjusted figure of actual initial claims for the week ended Nov. 20 fell by 34,000 from the previous week’s figure of 441,000, which was revised upward a few thousand.”

Housing Wire“Nation has 8.6-month glut of new homes on market, Census Bureau says” (11-24-10)

“New home sales dropped to an annualized rate of 283,000 in October, leaving 202,000 new homes (8.6 months worth) on the market, according to a report released Wednesday by the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. New home sales are down 8.1% from September and 28.5% from October 2009.”

Bloomberg - “U.S. Home Prices Fell 3.2% in Third Quarter, FHFA Says” (11-24-10)

“U.S. home prices fell 3.2 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier as demand weakened without federal tax credits, the Federal Housing Finance Agency said.”

Looking Back:

One year ago, the CIRB reported that homebuilders pulled 6 percent fewer permits in October. American banks decreased lending by 2.8 percent in the third quarter 09. The FOMC suspected that the economy would take 5 years to return to an acceptable rate of growth.  According to First American CoreLogic, 23 percent of all US homes were less valuable than the mortgages owed on them.

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