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The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 8/4/10

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Today’s News Synopsis:

Mortgage application volume increased 1.3 percent this week, according to the MBA. Large home builders, such as PulteGroup and DR Horton, are claiming a quarterly profit. Analysts expect total payrolls to decline in official Census data which is due Friday. The American Bankruptcy Institute expressed concerns that consumer bankruptcies might total 1.6 million this year.

In The News:

Mortgage Bankers Association“Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey” (8-4-10)

“The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) today released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending July 30, 2010. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased 1.3 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index increased 1.4 percent compared with the previous week.”

Washington Post“FHA tells Congress: Mortgage insurance claims are down; home prices a concern” (8-4-10)

“Mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration have performed better than expected so far this fiscal year, though the improvements could be overturned if home prices sink, according to a report the agency submitted to Congress this week. That audit found that as the FHA’s loan volume expanded, its default rate rose and the excess cash it set aside to deal with unexpected losses eroded to dangerously low levels as of Sept. 30. The auditors concluded taxpayers would be on the hook for losses if worst-case scenarios played out — a first for the agency, which has always used fees it charges borrowers to pay lenders for losses.”

Housing Wire“Healthy Quarterly Reports from Homebuilders may be Short-Lived” (8-4-10)

“The country’s top four homebuilders all posted profits in their most recent quarterly earnings report, but with the tax credit gone, analysts predict the bounceback will likely be short-lived, as demand dries up. DR Horton (DHI: 10.48 -1.13%) added its third consecutive profitable quarter while Michigan-based PulteGroup (PHM: 8.38 -0.59%) returned to profitability after years of losses as it continues to try to meet its earlier projections of a profitable 2010.”

Housing Wire“Census Firings Expected to Weigh on Weak July Private Sector Job Growth” (8-4-10)

“Nonfarm private sector employers added an estimated 42,000 jobs to payrolls in July, according to the Automatic Data Processing (ADP) national employment report published today (download here). The ADP’s estimates do not include layoffs of temporary workers no longer needed for the 2010 Census, however, and analysts are expecting total payrolls to decline in official data, due Friday. ADP also revised its estimate for the increase from May to June up 46% to 19,000, from the initial 13,000 estimate.”

Housing Wire“20m Borrowers Could Be Underwater before 2012: Deutsche Bank” (8-4-10)

“More than 14m borrowers were underwater as of Q110, owing more on a mortgage than the value of the underlying property. But with a further 10.8% decline in house prices expected relative to Q409 levels, another 6m borrowers are likely fall into negative equity by the end of 2011, according to commentary today by Deutsche Bank.”

Bloomberg“U.S. Consumer Bankruptcies May Exceed 1.6 Million, Report Says” (8-4-10)

“U.S. consumer bankruptcies, after rising 9 percent last month from June, might exceed 1.6 million this year, according to the American Bankruptcy Institute. The 137,698 bankruptcy filings in July also represent a 9 percent increase from a year earlier, the institute said yesterday in a statement posted on its website, citing data from the National Bankruptcy Research Center.”

Orange County Register“O.C. apartment rents creep up” (8-4-10)

“A 15-month run of falling rents appears to be at an end, with the biggest landlords doing an about face and raising rents again as their apartments fill up. The average rent for a large Orange County apartment complex increased $4 during the quarter ending on June 30, rising to $1,482, according to apartment tracker RealFacts.”

Looking Back:

One year ago, the NAR announced pending home sales increased by 3.6 percent during July. The nations biggest homebuilders recorded quarterly losses. Approximately 9% of eligible borrowers had received a trial loan modification under the Obama administration’s $75 billion foreclosure prevention plan.

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The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 10/2/09

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Today’s News Synopsis:

Interthinx’s employment and income fraud index decreased  by 33 percent from Q2 of 2008 to Q2 of 2009. Real estate expert John Burns believes that the new short sale incentive program will be helpful in clearing up excess inventory. According to the American Bankruptcy Institute and National Bankruptcy Research Center,  U.S. consumer bankruptcies passed 1 million during the first 9 months of 2009. The U.S. government could lose nearly 80 percent of its $2.33 billion investment in CIT, should the company choose to exchange its debt.

In The News:

Housing Wire“First American Studies Neighborhood Spread of Delinquency” (10-2-09)

“With the delinquency rates of prime and subprime mortgages trending upward across the nation, individual markets show different patterns of where those delinquencies gather within the city limits. A study by First American CoreLogic examines the spatial distribution of serious mortgage delinquencies across neighborhoods in the 30 largest US cities. Five patterns emerge from the data.”

Housing Wire“Risk Retention May Backfire in Down Market, Says IMF” (10-2-09)

“The return of activity to private-label securitization markets will be a crucial part of economic recovery, but going forward, new measures must be put in place to ensure the markets positively contribute to financial stability and sustainable economic growth, according to the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Global Financial Stability Report.”

Housing Wire“Mortgage Fraud Declines: Interthinx” (10-2-09)

“Mortgage fraud may be on the decline, according to the latest results of a quarterly index. Interthinx’s employment and income fraud index decreased 33% in Q209 from Q208, according to the latest Interthinx Mortgage Fraud Risk Report. Interthinx said the decline is due in part to lenders increased use of the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) 4506-T income verification form.”

Housing Wire“$2,500 Incentive Will Spur Short Sales, Says John Burns” (10-2-09)

“A Treasury Department spokeswoman confirmed an incentive program for servicers that pursue short sales is on its way, according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting. The subsidy program will provide $1,000 to the servicer and $1,500 to the seller in each short sale transaction for a total incentive of $2,500 per short sale, the spokesperson told the consulting firm. This strategy should help ‘clear excess inventory,’ according to market commentary by John Burns Real Estate.”

Housing Wire“2008 Mortgage Data Illustrates 31% Drop in Originations” (10-2-09)

“Mortgage lending data from 8,388 US financial institutions covered by the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) showed a decline in both lenders and originations in 2008 from levels seen in 2007. The data, released this week by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), illustrate a 3% decrease in the number of reporting institutions and loans, primarily reflecting a large decline in the number of independent mortgage companies. Warehouse mortgage funding continued to dry up at the same time, a problem that led to the recently proposed legislation that aims to support and facilitate increased warehouse credit capacity for qualified lenders.”

Bloomberg“U.S. Consumer Bankruptcies Top 1 Million, Group Says” (10-2-09)

“U.S. consumer bankruptcies rose past 1 million through the first nine months of the year, the highest since 2005 changes to bankruptcy laws. Personal bankruptcies totaled 1,046,449 for the period, according to the American Bankruptcy Institute and National Bankruptcy Research Center. For the first nine months of 2005, the figure was 1.35 million.”

Inman - “Turbulence seen for reverse mortgages” (10-2-09)

“A reverse mortgage, which is available only to those 62 and older, allows homeowners to use the equity that has built up in a residence. In effect, the homeowner gets a loan in the form of a lump sum or multiple payments. Repayment, with interest, is deferred until the owner dies, or goes into aged care, and the home is sold. Or, in a worst-case scenario, if the homeowner fails to pay property taxes or homeowners insurance.”

Reuters - “CIT debt swap could cost U.S. more than $1.8 billion” (10-2-09)

“If CIT Group (CIT.N) exchanges its debt under an offer aimed at averting a bankruptcy filing, the U.S. government could lose nearly 80 percent of its $2.33 billion investment in the troubled commercial lender. A likely $1.8 billion loss would be another black eye for the United States’ Troubled Asset Relief Program. A government official said last week that TARP has saved the financial system from collapse, but fell short of some of its other goals.”

Looking Back:

One year ago, the MBA reported that its Government Purchase Index decreased by 14.1 percent. Mark Finerman of Greenwich Capital began to raise 3 billion dollars for a fund to make senior property loans. A study from Radar Logic showed that home prices had dropped in 24 of 25 major metropolitan markets in the United States.