Today’s News Synopsis:
In The News:
Housing Wire – “Existing home sales rebound 5.1% in March” (4-20-16)
“Existing home sales increased 5.1% in March from February, reaching a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.33 million, which represents an increase of 1.5% from March 2015, according to the latest data from the National Association of Realtors.”
Mortgage Professional America – “As interest rates fall, interest among buyers rise” (4-20-16)
“Last week, mortgage rates fell again to a three-year low. According to Freddie Mac, rates were at the lowest level since 2013 when it slipped to 3.58 percent for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. With rates on a downward slope, mortgage offices across the nation are feeling the effects.”
Realty Trac – “U.S. Home Sellers in March 2016 Realized Highest Home Price Gains Since December 2007” (4-20-16)
“RealtyTrac® (www.realtytrac.com), the nation’s leading source for comprehensive housing data, today released its March and Q1 2016 U.S. Home Sales report, which shows that U.S. home sellers in March on average sold for $30,500 more than they purchased for, a 17 percent average gain in price — the highest average price gain for home sellers in any month since December 2007 at the onset of the Great Recession.”
DS News – “‘Hardest Hit’ States Get More Relief from Treasury” (4-20-16)
“The final $1 billion in funds under the Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) has been allocated to 13 of the 19 participating HHF states, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Treasury on Tuesday. ”
Mortgage Professional America – “Senator calls for investigation into Fannie, Freddie” (4-20-16)
“The chairman of the Senate Banking Committee is calling for an investigation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.”
DS News – “Back to Basics: 4 Ways to Transform the GSEs” (4-20-16)
“Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been under conservatorship for almost eight years following a massive taxpayer-funded bailout.”
Mortgage Bankers Association – “Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey” (4-20-16)
“Mortgage applications increased 1.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 15, 2016. ”
DS News – “Is TRID to Blame for Jumbo MBS Disappearance?” (4-20-16)
“For the last 10 years, jumbo mortgage-backed securities (MBS) have been easing their way back into the market, but did the implementation of TRID and other factors put a stop to growth in this sector?”
Mortgage Professional America – “Judge clears way for lawsuit over AIG’s subprime exposure” (4-20-16)
“A federal judge has okayed a California lawsuit by Pacific Investment Management Co that accuses American International Group – better known as AIG – of lying about its subprime mortgage exposure prior to its 2008 bailout, according to a Reuters report.”
Hard Money Loan Closed
Vista, California hard money loan closed. Real estate investor received loan for $650,000 on this single family property appraised for $1,000,000.
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Builder confidence continued to remain low despite housing starts increasing 2% the previous month. Many people who lost their homes during the housing crisis were not expected to purchase again soon as they continued to remain cautious with the tight credit. Home sales continued to increase, especially in California where buyers were rushing in to purchase homes.
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