The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 1/20/12

30-year, fixed-rate mortgage hits new low
Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Builder Confidence Rises Fourth Consecutive Time in January
California December Home Sales
Vacant Foreclosures Saddle Local Communities With High Costs
Vacant Properties: Growing Number Increases Communities’ Costs and Challenges
Judge refuses to toss CalPERS suit against Moody’s, S&P
Fannie, Freddie Face Pay Cuts
Lower Pay Coming for Fannie, Freddie CEOs
Democrats push to subpoena FHFA over principal reductions
One million homeowners may get mortgage writedowns: U.S.

Today’s News Synopsis:

In this week’s video, Aaron Norris gives the news of the week in the world of real estate and other big news of the week.  In one big news story,  home sales increased in December 5% accroding to the National Association of Realtors.  In other news, the Lender Processing Services reported yesterday that both the rates of foreclosure and delinquencies are down from last year.  For mortgage-backed securities, the delinquncy rate remained above 9% for the whole of 2011.

In The News:

DS News“Delinquency and Foreclosure Rates Down From a Year Ago: LPS” (1-19-12)

“Lender Processing Services (LPS) has provided the media with a sneak peek at the results of its mortgage performance data through 2011.”

Bloomberg – “U.S. Home Sales Rise 5% in December” (1-20-12)

“Sales (ETSLTOTL) of previously owned U.S. homes rose for a third month in December to the highest level since January 2011, a sign the housing market ended last year with momentumltors.”

Housing Wire“Fitch Ratings downgrades 154 classes of Alt-A, subprime” (1-20-12)

“Fitch Ratings downgraded the ratings of 154 loan classes packaged within 52 U.S. Alt-A and subprime residential mortgage-backed securities deals.”

San Francisco Chronicle“California ill-served by redevelopment agencies” (1-20-12)

“California’s real estate market  is in bad shape. New construction costs are high; development is slow and the  permitting process endless.  All too often, urban planners think that fresh government subsidies can  stimulate the development that heavy regulation throttles. But empty state and  local treasuries have killed off that easy out.”

Realty Times – “30-year Fixed-rate Mortgage Averages 3.88 Percent” (1-20-12)

“In Freddie Mac’s results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® the average mortgage rates changing little amid mixed economic data. Regardless, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage edged down slightly to 3.88 percent to a new all-time record low marking the seventh consecutive week below 4.00 percent.”

Housing Wire“Sterne Agee lowers estimates for BofA earnings on legacy mortgage issues” (1-20-12)

“Sterne Agee lowered estimates for Bank of America’s (BAC: 6.915 -0.65%) 2012 earnings by 25%, as legal costs continue to mount for the banking giant amid increasing uncertainty in capital markets.”

Wall Street Journal – “Homeowners Stop Waiting to Spruce Up” (1-20-12)

“Americans are stepping up spending on home improvements for the first time in years, giving a small lift to the beleaguered construction sector.  Economists forecast that spending by homeowners and landlords on everything from minor sprucing up to full-scale remodeling rose modestly in 2011.”

Housing Wire“Moody’s: CMBS delinquency rate higher than 9% through 2011” (1-20-12)

“The delinquency rate of loans in commercial mortgage-backed securities bounced higher in December and remained above 9% all year.”

Inman “Tug of war over mortgage rates” (1-20-12)

“The Federal Reserve may again exercise its power to drive down  mortgage rates in order to stimulate the economy, but any savings for  homebuyers may be at least partially offset by a new law that raises  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s guarantee fees and diverts that money to  the Treasury.”

Hard Money Loan Closed

Chino, California hard money loan closed by The Norris Group private lending. Real estate investor received loan for $240,000 on a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom home appraised for $380,000.

California Real Estate Investor Events:

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be at the Advanced Investing Skills and Strategies 2.5 on February 4, 2012.

Looking Back:

The Commerce Department reported housing starts decreased in December 2010. However, Fannie Mae expected housing starts to triple by 2013, and the nation’s largest home builders announced plans to increase activity by 10%. RealtyTrac claimed foreclosure starts in California decreased 33% in 2010.

For more information about The Norris Group’s California hard money loans or our California Trust Deed investments, visit the website or call our office at 951-780-5856 for more information. For upcoming California real estate investor training and events, visit The Norris Group website and our California investor calendar. You’ll also find our award-winning real estate radio show on KTIE 590am at 6pm on Saturdays or you can listen to over 170 podcasts in our free investor radio archive.

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