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The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 2/14/12

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Today’s News Synopsis:

The attorneys generals are expected to file the paperwork from the recent robo signing settlement by the end of this month according to Housing Wire.  The credit ratings for six European countries was just downgraded by Moody’s Investor Services.  In other news, the number of foreclosure sales is strong in every state on the West Coast save Washington.

In The News:

Realty Times“HUD Provides $400 Million in Aid” (2-14-12)

“Many states across the nation saw more than their fair share of natural disasters in 2011. These disasters left entire regions struggling to recover.  That’s why the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has allocated $400 million in aid to eight states which experienced Presidentially declared natural disaster zones.”

CNN Money“Moody’s downgrades European countries” (2-14-12)

“Moody’s cut the credit ratings of six European countries on Monday amid continued anxiety over the continent’s debt crisis and its sluggish economy.”

NAHB“Nation’s Home Builders Elect Leadership for 2012″ (2-14-12)

“Members of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) elected four Senior Officers to top leadership positions within the federation during the association’s International Builders’ Show in Orlando.”

Housing Wire“AGs weeks from filing foreclosure settlement documents” (2-14-12)

“The state attorneys general and federal prosecutors will likely file the actual $25 billion foreclosure settlement documents in court by the end of the month, according to a source familiar with the deal.”

Inman“Zillow to feature Howard Hanna’s real estate listings” (2-14-12)

“Major online real estate search portal and marketplace Zillow and Northeast real estate brokerage heavyweight Howard Hanna Real Estate Services announced a marketing partnership Monday that will feature Howard Hanna listings atop search results in the Yahoo-Zillow Real Estate Network for searches in areas where Howard Hanna has listings.”

DS News“Foreclosure Sales Up on for West Coast States Except Washington” (2-14-12)

“Foreclosure sales on the West Coast started strong for the year 2012, with Washington as the exception, according to ForeclosureRadar.”

Housing Wire“House to scrutinize $448 million CFPB budget” (2-14-12)

“Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray will give his fourth testimony before Congress Wednesday since taking the post in mid-January.”

Bloomberg“Wells Fargo’s Directors Ordered to Face Foreclosure Claims” (2-14-12)

“Directors of Wells Fargo & Co., the largest U.S. mortgage lender, must face investors’ claims the bank failed to properly disclose details of its foreclosure practices to government investigators, a judge ruled.”

Hard Money Loan Closed

Whittier, California hard money loan closed by The Norris Group private lending. Real estate investor received loan for $200,000 on a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom home appraised for $328,000.

California Real Estate Investor Events:

The Norris Group will be holding their monthly REO Boot Camp, February 14-16, 2012.

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be at the 2012 Kick Off Brunch on February 18, 2012.

Looking Back:

Freddie Mac predicted ARMs would represent 10% of all mortgages issued by the end of the year. A national budget was propposed that would cut the federal deficit from 10% of the overall economy to 3% in a decade. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac was concluded to cost $73 billion through 2021, according to the Treasury Department. Freddie Mac claimed mortgage rates were likely to remain in the low-to-mid 5% range throughout the rest of 2011.

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.

The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 1/13/12

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Sources:

Loan Mods and Delinquencies Rise in November: HOPE NOW
Foreclosures fall to lowest level since 2007
Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Zillow: Home values in November back at 2003 levels
Fed governor calls for new housing regulatory regime
The fight over Bernanke REO rental plan shows political divide
FED FOCUS-Fed treads new path with US housing push
Fannie Mae CEO Williams Resigns

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 events.  Consumer sentiment is at its highest level in 8 months, which is now at 74.  According to DS News, Michigan is really going after people who committ mortgage fraud by passing a law that makes it a felony to committ.  Mortgage rages continue to be at their lowest on record.

In The News:

Housing Wire - “Foreclosure starts drop across the West Coast” (1-13-12)

“Foreclosure starts across the West Coast plummeted in December as California, Nevada and Washington reported double-digit declines in new mortgages entering the process, according to ForeclosureRadar.”

Bloomberg - “Housing Recovery to Give U.S. Economy Modest Push in ’12, Fannie Mae Says” (1-13-12)

“Home sales and construction will improve this year, contributing “modestly” to economic expansion after acting as a drag on growth since 2006, according to a Fannie Mae (FNMA) forecast released today.”

Realty Times - Mortgage Rates Continue Trend of Record-Breaking Lows” (1-13-12)

“In Freddie Mac’s results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey®, it showed mortgage rates easing to new all-time record lows for all products covered in the survey helping to keep homebuyer affordability high.

San Francisco Chronicle - “Billionaire Paulson Persists With Rebounding Property:Mortgages” (1-13-12)

“Mortgage securities are drawing buyers after tumbling last year and handing  billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson his first loss in the bond market.”

Housing Wire - “Jobs growth points to potential recovery in housing” (1-13-12)

“The housing market remains in the trenches, but underlying fundamentals show a recovery is possible as long as employment continues to tick up, Capital Economics said Friday.”

FINS - “JP Morgan to Hire in 2012″ (1-13-12)

“Despite a weak second half and continued market volatility last year, JPMorgan added 20,300 employees and intends to keep hiring in certain areas in 2012.”

San Francisco Chronicle - “RealtyTrac: Home seizures may jump 25% this year” (1-13-12)

“Banks may seize more than 1 million U.S. homes this year after legal scrutiny of  their foreclosure practices slowed actions against delinquent property owners in  2011, RealtyTrac said.”

CNN Money - “Europe braces for S&P downgrades” (1-13-12)

“European officials and investors were on alert Friday following reports that several eurozone countries were about to be downgraded by rating agency Standard & Poor’s.”

Housing Wire - “Consumer sentiment hits 8-month high” (1-13-12)

“A preliminary January reading of consumer sentiment rose to 74, the highest level of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan index since May.”

Bloomberg - “Attorneys General Discuss Mortgage Probes as Bank Talks Drag On” (1-13-12)

“About a dozen state attorneys general met this week to discuss their mortgage investigations and how they might work together as settlement talks with banks over foreclosures drag on, three people familiar with the matter said.”

DS News - “New Michigan Laws Make Mortgage Fraud a Felony” (1-13-12)

“Michigan is taking a strong stand on mortgage fraud. New state laws that went into effect at the start of the year have redefined mortgage fraud in the eyes of the law and are defining strict consequences for perpetrators.”

Hard Money Loan Closed

Lancaster, California hard money loan closed by The Norris Group private lending. Real estate investor received loan for $67,000 on a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home appraised for $111,000.

California Real Estate Investor Events:

The Norris Group will be at the Women’s Council of Realtors on January 18, 2012.

The Norris Group will be at the Investors Workshops with Shawn Watkins on January 25, 2012.

Looking Back:

Top News Stories: Several sources reported that the number of foreclosures were expected to increase in 2011.  Bloomberg expected them to rise almost 20%.  In other news, mortgage rates declined for the second week in a row according to Freddie Mac. Corelogic reported that home prices continued to decline.  On a positive note, however, John Burns said this did not stop consumers from wanting to purchase homes.

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.

The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 8/3/11

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Today’s News Synopsis

The Wall Street Journal reported that the number of homes for sale decreased significantly in several cities, but unfortunately inventory is at its lowest in five years.  According to the latest Mortgage Bankers Association survey, mortgage applications increased 7.1% from last week, although still not at levels they have been in the past.  Los Angeles Times reported layoffs are at the highest they have been in 16 months in the midst of a slow job market. 

In The News:

Housing Wire - “Ally Financial mortgage buyback claims surpass $1 billion” (8-3-11)

“Ally Financial (GJM: 23.38 +0.56%) reported more than $1 billion in outstanding claims for the bank to repurchase troubled mortgages from investors in the second quarter, up 28% from the previous period.”

Bloomberg - “BofA Seeks Separate Home Foreclosure Deal” (8-3-11)

“Bank of America Corp. (BAC) has held settlement negotiations with some states over home foreclosures separately from talks with a larger group of state and federal officials, two people familiar with the matter said.”

DS News - “Five Star Institute and Fannie Mae Partner for Short Sale Program” (8-3-11)

“The Five Star Institute, a mortgage industry group based in Dallas, Texas, announced a partnership with Fannie Mae to educate real estate agents on Fannie Mae’s Short Sale Assistance Desk (SSAD).”

The Wall Street Journal - “Home Listings Fall but Woes Persist” (8-3-11)

“The number of homes listed for sale declined sharply in a number of U.S. cities during the second quarter, offering glimmers of hope that some housing markets are starting to recover.  At the end of June, nearly 2.34 million homes were listed for sale on multiple-listing services in more than 900 metro areas, the lowest level for that time of year since at least 2007, according to Realtor.com. In some cases, inventory levels are at their lowest levels since the housing downturn began five years ago”

Mortgage Bankers Association - “Mortgage Applications Increase, But Still Low in Latest MBA Weekly Survey” (8-3-11)

“Mortgage applications increased 7.1 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending July 29, 2011.  ”

Los Angeles Times - “Job growth slows and layoffs rise to 16-month high, reports say” (8-3-11)

“Companies with fewer than 50 employees added 58,000 jobs nationwide last month, while businesses with 50 to 500 workers hired 47,000 people, according to the study. Only 9,000 new positions were at large firms with more than 500 staffers.”

Housing Wire - “Home prices edge up in June, but fail to meet 2010 levels”  (8-3-11)

“Home prices in the United States edged up a slight 0.7% between May and June, making it the third consecutive month-over-month jump in prices. However the value of homes in some core areas saw heavy declines.”

Los Angeles Times - “Senate delays hearing for consumer agency nominee Richard Cordray” (8-3-11)

“This week’s scheduled confirmation hearing for Richard Cordray, the nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has been delayed until September as senators left early for their August recess.”

Realtor Magazine - “Real Estate OK in Debt Deal But Risks Remain” (8-3-11)

“The debt ceiling agreement signed into law on August 2 has no direct impact on real estate tax rules or spending provisions, but the industry isn’t out of the woods yet, because the deal includes authority that could make it easier for Congress to make tax law changes in the months ahead.”

CNN Money - “What about us? Responsible homeowners left out in the cold” (8-3-11)

“Consider it yet another cruel irony of the housing bust: While hundreds of thousands of mortgage borrowers have been able to squat in their homes without making a single mortgage payment in months or even years, many responsible homeowners who have good credit and consistently meet their monthly obligations haven’t been able to refinance in order to avoid losing their homes.”

Looking Back:

According to the NAR, pending home sales declined 2.6 percent in June 2010. Data from the Southern California Multiple Listing Service showed that 25 percent of homes sold in Orange County were sold for less than the owner in June 2010 owed on the mortgage. Zillow reported the average 30-year mortgage rate decreased to 4.28 percent from the previous week. 84 percent of buyers began searching for homes online.

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.