The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 8/8/11

Today’s News Synopsis:

In the wake of the U.S. credit rating being dropped, stocks decreased and the Dow is now below 11,000, the lowest it has been since November.  Bloomberg reported Bank of America was sued by AIG in regards to false information regarding mortgage-bond investments.  Inman reported rentals are increasing while homeownership is decreasing.   

In The News:

CNN Money – Stocks Plunge Following S&P Downgrade” (8-8-11)

“U.S. stocks plunged deep into the red on Monday as fearful investors faced the news that the United States had lost its coveted “AAA” credit rating.”

Mortgage Bankers Association – “MBA Hires Brian Hartman to be Associate Vice President of Marketing” (8-8-11)

“David H. Stevens, President and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), today announced the appointment of Brian Hartman as Associate Vice President of Marketing. In this role, he will help develop, execute and manage MBA’s direct marketing programs.’

Bloomberg “AIG Plans to Sue Bank of America Over Losses Tied to Mortgage Underwriting” (8-8-11)

“American International Group Inc. (AIG), the bailed-out insurer, sued Bank of America Corp. over $10 billion in losses on mortgage-bond investments. The bank dropped 16.5 percent in New York trading.”

DS News – “Servicers’ Policies on Foreclosures in Bankruptcy Courts Being Examined” (8-8-11)

“Eleven mortgage servicers recently received letters from two senators inquiring about their policies regarding foreclosures in bankruptcy courts.”

Inman – “Demand for real estate rentals rises, homeownership rate drops” (8-8-11)

“In the teeter-tottering relationship between rental housing and homeownership, demand for rentals stayed up in the second quarter of 2011 while homeownership remained static, according to residential vacancy and homeownership data released by the U.S. Census Bureau at the end of July.”

Housing Wire“Freddie Mac narrows loss in 2Q” (8-8-11)

“Freddie Mac swung to a $2.1 billion loss in the second quarter following a profit in the first quarter.  But Freddie narrowed its loss from the $4.7 billion loss it recorded in the year-ago period.”

Realty Times – “Real Estate Outlook: Market Continues to Struggle” (8-8-11)

“Will a change to the mortgage interest deduction threaten a housing market recovery? This is the message from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). “As the leading advocate for housing and homeownership, NAR firmly believes that the mortgage interest deduction is vital to the stability of the American housing market and economy,” says NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “The MID facilitates home ownership by reducing the carrying costs of owning a home, and it makes a real difference to hard-working middle-class families”.”

Bloomberg – “Bulk Buying Would Ease Home Crisis, Morgan Stanley Analysts Say” (8-8-11)

“Encouraging investors to buy foreclosed homes in bulk would help shrink the U.S. housing surplus, stabilize property prices and provide affordable rentals, Morgan Stanley (MS) housing analysts said in a report today.”

Rismedia – “June Prices Still in Red; Northeast Booms” (8-8-11)

“National average home prices in June were still 7.9 percent below a year ago, which was the height of the boomlet spawned by the tax credit. However, prices are still up 4.1 percent over the first quarter.”

Housing Wire“Mortgage credit growth drops 4% over last year” (8-8-11)

“Credit conditions across the United States remained mixed in July, with growth in new mortgage credit slipping 4% in July compared to year-ago levels, according to a new report from CreditForecast.”

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