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The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 4/26/11

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Today’s News Synopsis:

The Commerce Department reports new home sales increased 11% in March. A study shows that short sales and foreclosures equally damage FICO scores. A survey from Pew shows 81% of adults believe purchasing a home is the best long-term investment a person can make. Morgan Stanley believes home prices will fall 6-11% this year.

In The News:

Mortgage Bankers Association“Study Examines the Impact of Homebuyer Education and Counseling on Mortgage Performance” (4-26-11)

“Potential homeowners who participate in prepurchase education and counseling programs may be more likely to pay their mortgages on time, although the evidence on this point is not consistent and compelling, according to a study released today by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). The study also finds that those who participate in default counseling are more likely to have their loans modified.”

MSNBC - “Housing reality trumps dogma for some in GOP” (4-26-11)

“leading proponents of doing away with Fannie and Freddie aren’t predicting victory. As a precaution, they’re advancing eight bills taking bite-sized swipes at the issue. In the Democratic-led Senate, a sister measure by 2008 presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., faces long odds, and the Banking Committee’s top Democrat and Republican are wary of quickly reshaping the market for financing home purchases.”

CNN - “Home prices in ‘double dip’” (4-26-11)

“Home prices in February sank 3.3% to just above the post-crisis lows reached in April 2009. It was the seventh straight month of declines. Home values are down 32% from their peak set in May of 2006, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices in 20 cities.”

Housing Wire“Harvard finds dwindling housing supply abolishes affordable rentals” (4-26-11)

“The Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies released a report Tuesday, analyzing conditions in the housing market from 1999 to 2010. The study found the price to rent a home is trending inversely to renters’ annual income, just one of many factors hindering growth in the rental space.”

Housing Wire“FHFA: 30-year fixed-rate mortgage passes 5%” (4-26-11)

“The average interest rate on a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage reached 5.06% in March, an increase of 9 basis points from the previous month, according the Federal Housing Finance Agency.”

Housing Wire“Study finds recent housing counseling cuts made in the dark” (4-26-11)

“Republicans and Democrats struck a late-hour deal in April on how to continue funding the U.S. government. But among the cuts, was $88 million used to fund nonprofit counseling groups approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.”

Housing Wire“Freddie Mac mortgage purchases plummet 31%” (4-26-11)

“The amount of monthly mortgages purchased for securitization by Freddie Mac fell nearly 31% in March to $26.9 billion. The government-sponsored enterprise reported its total mortgage portfolio decreased at an annualized rate of 4.7% during the month to $2.14 trillion.”

Los Angeles Times - “New home sales rose in March after weak winter” (4-25-11)

“New-home sales rose 11 percent last month from February to a seasonally adjusted rate of 300,000 homes, the Commerce Department said Monday. That follows three straight monthly declines. Still, the pace remains far below the 700,000 homes a year that economists view as healthy.”

New York Times“Stimulus by Fed Is Disappointing, Economists Say” (4-24-11)

“Mr. Bernanke and his supporters say that the purchases have improved economic conditions, all but erasing fears of deflation, a pattern of falling prices that can delay purchases and stall growth. Inflation, which is beneficial in moderation, has climbed closer to healthy levels since the Fed started buying bonds.”

Housing Wire“Short sales and foreclosures equally degrade FICO scores” (4-25-11)

“homeowners that entered short-sales found themselves with FICO scores in the 575-to-595 range — the same range reported for parties with foreclosures on their records.”

Housing Wire“Homeownership still considered best long-term investment: Pew” (4-25-11)

“The housing crash seems to have had little impact on consumer confidence, as 81% of adults believe buying a home is the best long-term investment a person can make”

Housing Wire“Distressed property index rises in March: Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance”
(4-25-11)

“A distressed property index rose to 48.6% in March – the second highest level in the past 12 months while owner-occupant home purchases slowed during the same time period according to another index.”

Housing Wire“Wells economist: Foreclosure supply points to ‘long, arduous’ recovery” (4-25-11)

“Despite better-than-expected new home sales in March, a Wells Fargo (WFC: 28.56 +0.07%) economist said builders will continue to struggle until the foreclosure wave begins to recede.”

Bloomberg - “U.S. Home Prices May Decrease 6% to 11% This Year, Morgan Stanley Says” (4-25-11)

“U.S. home prices will fall 6 percent to 11 percent this year, more than previously forecast, as mortgages become harder to obtain and distressed sales drive down values, according to Morgan Stanley. ”

Bloomberg - “Fed Officials Count on Untested Tool to Hold Off Inflation” (4-25-11)

“Raising the rate, currently at 0.25 percent, is intended to entice banks to keep their money on deposit at the Fed instead of loaning it out and stoking inflation.”

Bloomberg - “Sales of New U.S. Homes Probably Rose From Record Low as Market Struggled” (4-25-11)

“New-home sales, tabulated when contracts are signed, climbed 12 percent to a 280,000 annual pace last month, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg News survey of 64 economists. Purchases slumped 17 percent in February to a 250,000 rate, the weakest in data going back to 1963.”

Looking Back:

One year ago, the CIRB reported that permits were pulled for 3,714 total California housing units in March. Commercial mortgage delinquencies fell to 0.63% in Q1 of 2010. The MARI saw a 50 percent increase in appraisal fraud in 2009. Homeownership rates in Q1 of 2010 decreased to the lowest levels since 2000.

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 3/22/11

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Today’s News Synopsis:

The CBIA reports home production has dropped 41% from last year. MacroMarkets believes a double dip in housing prices may soon occur. Fannie Mae said mortgage applications decreased by 7.9% in January. U.S. home prices fell 3.9% year over year, according to FHFA.

In The News:

Housing Wire“Cleveland Fed president says housing remains weak link in recovery” (3-22-11)

“Sandra Pianalto, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, says the housing sector remains one of the most ‘unforgiving aspects’ of the recession.”

Housing Wire“Elizabeth Warren aims to cut regulatory costs for community banks” (3-22-11)

“Elizabeth Warren, the special adviser to the Treasury Department, told an audience of community bankers Tuesday that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau she is working to construct will look to cut regulatory costs for smaller financial institutions.”

CBIA - “California Housing Production Continues Decline in February, CBIA Announces” (3-22-11)

“According to statistics compiled by the Construction Industry Research Board (CIRB), permits were pulled for 2,088 total housing units in February, down 41 percent from the same month a year ago and down 26 percent from January. Permits for single-family homes totaled 1,204, down 34 percent from February 2010 and down 26 percent from the previous month, while multifamily permits totaled 884, down 48 percent from a year ago and down 24 percent from January.”

Housing Wire“Housing double dip could be coming: MacroMarkets” (3-22-11)

“A double-dip in housing could arrive this year with national home prices only 1% away from a new ‘post-crash low,’ MacroMarkets said in its March 2011 Home Price Expectation Survey.”

Housing Wire“Fannie Mae expects home sales to remain soft through spring season” (3-22-11)

“Home sales are expected to remain soft in the near term after mortgage applications fell 7.9% in January and another 3.3% in February, Fannie Mae said in its March Economic Outlook report.”

Bloomberg - “U.S. Commercial Property Prices Fell for Second Straight Month in January” (3-22-11)

“The Moody’s/REAL Commercial Property Price Index slumped 1.2 percent from the previous month and 4.3 percent from a year earlier. It’s up 4.2 percent from an eight-year low in August, Moody’s said in a statement today.”

Bloomberg - “Home Prices in U.S. Declined 3.9% in January From Year Earlier, FHFA Says” (3-22-11)

“U.S. home prices fell 3.9 percent in January from a year earlier as the housing market struggled to recover from the worst crash in seven decades, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency.”

Housing Wire“Federal Reserve’s balance sheet grows on MBS, Treasury securities” (3-22-11)

“At Dec. 31, the Fed reported total assets of $2.43 trillion, up $193 billion from 2009, the Federal Reserve said in its consolidated 2010 financial report released Tuesday. The expanded balance sheet includes an $86 billion increase in mortgage-backed securities acquired from government-sponsored enterprises and federal agencies.”

Housing Wire“HUD updates Chinese drywall remediation guidance” (3-22-11)

“The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Consumer Product Safety Commission recently released an updated version of their guidance on Chinese drywall remediation. The change comes after a study by Sandia National Laboratories found there were no correlating hazardous effects.”

Looking Back:

The total number of failed banks so far in 2010 has now reached 37. Geithner suggests that government officials listen more to harmed families and businesses than to large financial institutions while considering a financial overhaul bill. Lennar is investing over $3 billion into distressed real estate assets. California will offer about $3.1 billion in taxable debt sales this week.

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 3/1/11

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Today’s News Synopsis:

The CBIA reports housing production decreased 56% from December, and the Commerce Department reports construction spending dropped 0.7%. A survey from Equity-Trax shows that short sales currently take around 4 to 9 months to complete. Lender Processing Services claims foreclosure starts fell 11.4% in January.

In The News:

CBIA - “California Housing Production Dips in January, CBIA Announces” (3-1-11)

“According to statistics compiled by the Construction Industry Research Board (CIRB), permits were pulled for 2,920 total housing units in January, down 5 percent from the same month a year ago and down 56 percent from December. Permits for single-family homes totaled 1,506, down 24 percent from January 2010 and down 55 percent from the previous month, while multifamily permits totaled 1,414, up 28 percent from a year ago but down 57 percent from December.”

Bloomberg - “U.S. Construction Spending Falls on Slump in Commercial Works” (3-1-11)

“The 0.7 percent drop brought the value of all projects down to a $791.8 billion annual rate, the lowest since August, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. Outlays on private non-residential works dropped 6.9 percent, the most since January 1994, which may in part reflect the influence of winter storms.”

Housing Wire“Geithner wants Congress to act on Fannie, Freddie in next two years” (3-1-11)

“Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner asked lawmakers Tuesday to pass legislation on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac reform within the next two years.”

Housing Wire“Short sales still take too long on average, report says” (3-1-11)

“Seventy-one percent of agents surveyed in a new study conducted by data analytics firm Equi-Trax Asset Solutions said it takes four to nine months on average to finish a short sale. About 10% of the transactions take more than 10 months, and 18.3% are finalized within the preferred three-month time frame, the report concluded after surveying 600 real estate agents.”

Housing Wire“Freddie Mac mortgage purchases down 23% in January” (3-1-11)

“Mortgage purchases and issuances at Freddie Mac fell to $38.8 billion in January, down from $49.7 billion in December, according to Freddie’s latest monthly loan volume summary.”

Housing Wire“Commercial real estate brought down failed banks in February” (3-1-11)

“Of the nonperforming loans on the balance sheets of the 12 banks that failed in February, 72% were for commercial real estate, according to analytics firm Trepp.”

Housing Wire“Mortgage lenders move more foreclosures back into delinquent bucket: LPS” (3-1-11)

“The number of foreclosure starts fell about 11.4% in January from a month earlier, but delinquency rates rose slightly because many lenders are moving loans out of foreclosure and back into the seriously delinquent category, according to Lender Processing Services”

Bloomberg - “Commercial-Property Deals May Double in U.S. as Blackstone Bets on Rebound” (3-1-11)

“Blackstone Group LP’s planned $9.4 billion purchase of U.S. shopping centers and Ventas Inc.’s proposed $5.7 billion buyout of a health-care real estate investment trust, one of two multi- billion dollar health care REIT deals announced yesterday, may mean a wave of commercial real estate acquisitions is coming as buyers regain confidence in the market.”

Looking Back:

One year ago, California officials considered implementing new builder fees. Home sales had generated $934 million from the previous year. Fannie mae lost 15.9 billion dollars during quarter 4 of 2009. Warren Buffet predicted the residential real estate market would begin to recover in 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 1/24/11

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Today’s News Synopsis:

The CBIA reports total building permits issued during 2010 increased 23% from 2009. Statistics from Trulia show that owning a home is cheaper than renting one in 72% of the largest cities in the United States. Commercial property values rose 0.6% in November, according to Moody’s.

In The News:

Los Angeles Times“Estimate of mortgage interest tax deduction’s effect on federal deficit is lowered” (1-23-10)

“$88 billion less in revenue losses are now projected over the next three fiscal years — than the committee estimated early in 2010.”

CBIA - “It’s Official: 2010 is Second-lowest Year on Record for Homebuilding in California” (1-24-10)

“CBIA said just 44,601 permits were issued statewide last year for new homes, apartments, condominiums and townhomes, up 23 percent from 2009, but down 31 percent from 2008, which had held the distinction of the second-lowest total on record with 64,962 permits issued. Records began being kept in 1954 with the lowest yearly total set in 2009 with 36,421 permits issued.”

Inman - “Cheaper to buy than to rent in 72% of largest U.S. cities” (1-24-10)

“Despite the rising number of renters across the country, it is cheaper to buy a home rather than rent one in 72 percent of the 50 largest cities in the U.S., according to an index released by real estate search and marketing site Trulia.”

New York Times“Mortgage Giants Leave Legal Bills to the Taxpayers” (1-24-10)

“Since the government took over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, taxpayers have spent more than $160 million defending the mortgage finance companies and their former top executives in civil lawsuits accusing them of fraud.”

Housing Wire“Moody’s CPPI rose 0.6% for November, down 4.3% since May” (1-24-10)

“The price of commercial property rose 0.6% in November, marking the third-consecutive month of gains following sharp declines for the previous three months, according to Moody’s Investors Service.”

Housing Wire“Campbell Surveys: Strong distressed property sales bookend robo-signing debacle” (1-24-10)

“First-time homebuyer activity remained relatively strong last month, though still near historic lows, as purchasers rushed to close transactions before interest rates rise further, according to housing industry consultancy group Campbell Surveys. In December, the firm’s HousingPulse distressed property index shows these transactions make up 47.2% of the market, up from 44.5% in November and nearly matching the 47.5% peak reached in September.”

Housing Wire“JPMorgan: Annual homes sales must average 5.5 million to absorb liquidations” (1-24-10)

“JPMorgan Securities said existing home sales need to average about 5.5 million units a year to absorb a projected 2.25 million to 2.5 million in liquidations.”

Orange County Register – “Demand for O.C. homes jumps 10%” (1-24-10)

“Demand, the number of new pending sales over the prior month, increased by 10% in the past two weeks, adding an additional 194 homes, and now totals 2,154 pending sales. That’s virtually identical to 2009 when it posted 2,146. Last year, there were 393 additional pending sales, but everybody was poised to take advantage of the $8,000 first time home buyer tax. From here, expect demand to continue to improve as the market prepares to enter the spring market, the strongest time of the year for Orange County housing.”

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 12/17/10

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Resources:
California June Home Sales
Bay Area November Home Sales, Median Price Down from a Year Ago
CoreLogic HPI: Prices Decline for Third Straight Month
Housing Starts Rise 3.9 Percent in November
Lennar closes $300M distress fund
Geithner: National foreclosure moratorium would hurt house prices
STRATEGIC DEFAULT ON FIRST AND SECOND LIEN MORTGAGES DURING THE FINANCIAL CRISIS
Bill aims to end GSE affiliation with MERS
H.R.6460 — Transparency and Security in Mortgage Registration Act of 2010

Today’s News Synopsis:

31,403 new and resale homes and condos were sold statewide in November, according to MDA DataQuick. LPS reports the delinquency rate for loans that are 30+ days past due is 9.02%. Ben Bernanke believes we still have 4 to 5 years until the unemployment rate reaches pre-recession levels.

In The News:

DQNews - “California November Home Sales” (12-16-10)

“An estimated 31,403 new and resale houses and condos were sold statewide last month. That was down 3.9 percent from 32,669 in October, and down 12.4 percent from 35,860 for November 2009. California sales for the month of November have varied from a low of 25,578 in 2007 to a high of 60,326 in 2004, while the average is 39,987. MDA DataQuick’s statistics go back to 1988.”

CBIA - “California’s recovery might not mean a robust job market” (12-16-10)

“California added just 1,600 jobs in November, signaling that the economy could continue to recover without significant job growth. The unemployment rate remained steady at 12.4%, the Employment Development Department said Friday morning.”

Housing Wire“Foreclosure inventories rise as delinquencies drop in November: LPS” (12-16-10)

“Lender Processing Services (LPS: 30.02 -0.03%) said the delinquency rate for loans that are 30 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure was 9.02% in November, down nearly 3% from October and down 15.6% from November 2009. Total U.S foreclosure pre-sale inventory rate was 4.08%, up 4.1% from the previous month and up 8% from the year-ago period.”

Housing Wire“Mesirow Financial: Housing recovery to spur economic growth in 2011″ (12-16-10)

“Mesirow Financial analysts said housing has fallen so low that there’s only one way to go, but the expected level of activity in home sales and starts ‘is expected to remain closer to that associated with a recession than a recovery, well into 2012.’”

Housing Wire“Higher loss severities on foreclosures will push servicers to short sales in 2011: Fitch” (12-16-10)

“Loss severities are expected to increase between 5% and 10% on residential mortgage-backed securities in 2011 as loss mitigation costs and foreclosure expenses go up, according to Fitch Ratings. This, analysts said, will push servicers to short sales.”

Inman - “Real estate deja vu in 2011″ (12-16-10)

“even though Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke estimates that we have four or five years until unemployment reaches pre-recession levels, that means that there will have to be some incline over the next few years. Even though this increase in employment levels may be small, it will still be a push in the positive direction.”

Looking Back:

Research from NAR shows that most small-scale, exterior home modificaitons, such as door replacements and wood deck additions, are the most profitable at resale. The Federal Reserve’s commercial/multifamily mortgage debt decreased by 0.8 percent from the second quarter 2009. Radar Logic estimates that housing will continue to have trouble in 2010, but does not believe that a second collapse will occur. According to ForeclosureRadar.com, foreclosure cancellations in California climbed 40% in November.

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 event 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 200 podcasts in our free investor radio archive.

The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 11/23/10

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Today’s News Synopsis:

The CBIA reports housing production decreased 28% in October. National existing home sales declined 2.2%, and California home sales declined 3.5%, according to data from the NAR and CAR. Zillow claims interest rates fell again after last weeks sudden gain. Statistics from Lender Processing show foreclosures fell 36% in October.

In The News:

CBIA - “California Housing Production Continues Decline in October, CBIA Announces” (11-23-10)

“According to statistics compiled by the Construction Industry Research Board (CIRB), permits were pulled for 2,108 total housing units in October, down 28 percent from the same month a year ago and down 28 percent from September. Permits for single-family homes totaled 1,364, down 37 percent from October 2009 and down 21 percent from the previous month, while multifamily permits totaled 744, down 3 percent from a year ago and down 39 percent from September.”

NAR - “Existing-Home Sales Decline in October Following Two Monthly Gains” (11-23-10)

“Existing-home sales1, which are completed transactions that include single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, declined 2.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.43 million in October from 4.53 million in September, and are 25.9 percent below the 5.98 million-unit level in October 2009 when sales were surging prior to the initial deadline for the first-time buyer tax credit.”

CAR - “California home sales decline from previous month, year” (11-23-10)

“Statewide home resale activity declined 3.5 percent in October to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 450,360, down from September’s revised pace of 466,930, according to information collected by C.A.R. from more than 90 local REALTOR® associations statewide. The October pace was down 19.6 percent from the revised 560,390 sales pace recorded in October 2009. The statewide sales figure represents what would be the total number of homes sold during 2010 if sales maintained the September pace throughout the year. It is adjusted to account for seasonal factors that typically influence home sales.”

Housing Wire“Zillow: 30-year mortgages head back down after one-week increase” (11-23-10)

“After a one-week turn around in mortgage rates, the 30-year, fixed-mortgage rate fell again to 4.27%, according to the Zillow Mortgage Marketplace weekly update.”

Housing Wire“FHFA: 30-year mortgages drop to new low of 4.46% in October” (11-23-10)

“The average interest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 4.46% in October, a drop of 12 basis points from September when the rate was 4.58%, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency.”

Housing Wire“Freddie Mac delinquencies increase for first time since February” (11-23-10)

“Freddie Mac’s 90-plus day delinquency rate increased for the first time since February, according to the government sponsored enterprise’s monthly summary. The delinquency rate for single-family residences was 3.82% in October, up from 3.8% in September.”

Housing Wire“Bank earnings skyrocket in 3Q as FDIC problem list nears 17-year high” (11-23-10)

“Third-quarter earnings at institutions insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. continue to get stronger even as the number of banks on the regulator’s problem list nears the highest level in 17 years.”

Bloomberg - “U.S. Office Rebound to Be Delayed by `Shadow’ Space, Berkeley’s Rosen Says” (11-23-10)

“Unoccupied ‘shadow inventory’ accounts for 3 percent to 5 percent of total business leases, and that space will be filled before firms sign new rental agreements, Rosen, chairman of Berkeley’s Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, said at a conference in San Francisco. Cloud computing and other tech advances let employees work away from offices, further reducing space needs, he said.”

Bloomberg - “Foreclosures of U.S. Homes Fell 36% After Freeze, Lender Processing Says” (11-23-10)

“Banks seized 79,886 homes, down 36 percent from a record 124,051 in September and the lowest number since May 2009, the Jacksonville, Florida-based real estate data company said in a report today. Lender Processing bases its figures on information collected from loan servicers at the time of foreclosure.”

Looking Back:

One year ago, the NAR reported that existing-home sales increased by 10.1 percent in October. Statistics showed that California workers, who earned the national median income, could afford 59.1 percent of the new and existing homes during the 3rd quarter of 2009. Multifamily lenders provided $88 billion in new financing for apartment buildings with 5 or more units during 2008.

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 event 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 200 podcasts in our free investor radio archive.

The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 11/18/10

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Today’s News Synopsis:

Delinquencies on residential properties dropped 9.13% in the third quarter, according to the MBA. MDA DataQuick’s monthly statistics releases shows that 6,122 new and resale houses and condos closed escrow in the Bay Area. The CBIA reports California housing affordability increased 1.7% in the 3rd quarter. Jobless claims increased by 2,000, said the Labor Department.

In The News:

Mortgage Bankers Association“Delinquencies and Loans in Foreclosure Decrease, but Foreclosure Starts Rise in Latest MBA National Delinquency Survey” (11-18-10)

“The delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit residential properties decreased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 9.13 percent of all loans outstanding as of the end of the third quarter of 2010, a decrease of 72 basis points from the second quarter of 2010, and a decrease of 51 basis points from one year ago, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) National Delinquency Survey. The non-seasonally adjusted delinquency rate decreased one basis point to 9.39 percent this quarter from 9.40 percent last quarter.”

DQNews - “Bay Area Home Sales Fall Sharply; Median Price Dips Below Last Year” (11-18-10)

“A total of 6,122 new and resale houses and condos closed escrow in the nine-county Bay Area last month, down 3.3 percent from 6,334 in September and down 22.8 percent from 7,933 in October 2009, according to MDA DataQuick of San Diego.”

CBIA - “California Housing Affordability Increases Slightly in Third Quarter, CBIA Announces” (11-18-10)

“California housing affordability increased slightly in the third quarter of 2010 with all of the state’s 28 metropolitan areas included in the report showing increases in affordability, the California Building Industry Association said today. On a statewide basis, the HOI found that a family earning the median income could have afforded 61.1 percent of the new and existing homes that were sold during the third quarter, up from 58.4 percent in the second quarter.”

Housing Wire“MERS to testify it forecloses only by mortgage servicer request” (11-17-10)

“In written testimony for the House Financial Services Committee, R.K. Arnold, CEO of MERS Corp, will state that the electronic mortgage registry system only begins a foreclosure when instructed by the mortgage servicer and receives no financial compensation when it does so.”

Housing Wire“Weekly jobless claims up 2,000 to 439,000″ (11-18-10)

“The Labor Department said the seasonally adjusted figure of actual initial claims for the week ended Nov. 13 increased by 2,000 from the previous week’s figure of 437,000, which was revised upward a few thousand.”

Housing Wire“Bank of America monthly modifications increase 51% in October” (11-18-10)

“Bank of America (BAC: 11.70 +0.69%) completed nearly 25,000 mortgage modifications in October, up 51% from the 16,500 done the month before.”

Housing Wire“Freddie Mac survey shows mortgage rates at highest level since August” (11-18-10)

“Freddie Mac said its Primary Mortgage Market Survey showed the average 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.39% this week from 4.17% a week earlier. The average rate for the conventional 30-year loan was 4.83% a year ago.”

Housing Wire“FHA’s Stevens: Mortgage servicers are falling short of HUD expectations” (11-18-10)

“Federal Housing Administration Commissioner David Stevens said early indications of a review into mortgage servicer operations has shown they are not meeting the loss mitigation needs of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.”

Looking Back:

One year ago, the MBA’s weekly survey showed that mortgage application volume decreased 2.5 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis. According to the Commerce Department, housing starts fell 8.5 percent in the West. Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. and Grubb & Ellis Co. believed that U.S. office vacancies would reach 20 percent.

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 event 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 200 podcasts in our free investor radio archive.

The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 10/25/10

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Today’s News Synopsis:

California government agencies got rid of 37,300 jobs in September. NAR reports existing home sales increased 10% last month. 47.5% of sales performed by agents last month were from distressed homes. U.S. home prices decreased 1.5% from a year ago, according to CoreLogic.

In The News:

Los Angeles Times“Government job cuts ravage California” (10-23-10)

“Weighed down by a struggling economy, government agencies in California shed 37,300 workers last month — more jobs than were lost in the private sector — as cities and counties made their biggest payroll cutbacks since at least 1990.”

CBIA - “California Housing Starts Post Decline in September, CBIA Announces” (10-25-10)

“According to statistics compiled by the Construction Industry Research Board (CIRB), permits were pulled for 2,562 total housing units in September, down 16 percent from the same month a year ago and down 31 percent from August. Permits for single-family homes totaled 1,604, down 30 percent from September 2009 and down 14 percent from the previous month, while multifamily permits totaled 958, up 27 percent from a year ago but down 48 percent from August.”

NAR - “September Existing-Home Sales Show Another Strong Gain” (10-25-10)

“Existing-home sales1, which are completed transactions that include single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, jumped 10.0 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.53 million in September from a downwardly revised 4.12 million in August, but remain 19.1 percent below the 5.60 million-unit pace in September 2009 when first-time buyers were ramping up in advance of the initial deadline for the tax credit last November.”

New York Times“Foreclosures Had Errors, Bank Finds” (10-25-10)

“Even as Bank of America begins to restart foreclosure proceedings in 23 states on Monday, the bank confirmed that it had discovered errors, including incorrect data and misspelled names, in the paperwork it has reviewed.”

Housing Wire“Monday Morning Cup of Coffee” (10-25-10)

“In his weekly address, President Obama said the coming financial reform will defend the interests of the middle class, as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will guard against unfair practices in mortgages and foreclosures.”

Housing Wire“Bernanke: Federal banking agencies reviewing mortgage servicing operations” (10-25-10)

“Federal banking agencies are conducting an in-depth review of practices at the nation’s largest mortgage servicing operations as a result of reported irregularities in foreclosure practices, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Monday. Preliminary results are expected next month.”

Housing Wire“Real estate agents surveyed say distressed home sales nearly half of market” (10-25-10)

“Distressed home sales took up 47.5% of the total home purchases in September, up from 45.7% in August and 44.8% a year ago, according to a survey of more than 3,000 real estate agents. Campbell Surveys and Inside Mortgage Finance tapped a network of agents across the country to determine home sales and mortgage patterns.”

Housing Wire“Fitch Ratings assigned triple-A to $735.9M Wells Fargo issue” (10-25-10)

“Fitch Ratings assigned its triple-A rating to most classes in a coming $735.9 million issue of commercial mortgage-backed securities by Wells Fargo.”

Housing Wire“S&P: Defaults on CMBS loans to peak beyond 2011″ (10-25-10)

“S&P studied commercial real estate loans in CMBS it rates through June 2010. Roughly 1,200 CMBS loans defaulted in the first half of 2010 and should pass the 2,138 that occurred throughout 2009. Between January 2009 and June 2010, more than 3,300 defaulted for a cumulative default rate of 9.4% of those loans studied.”

Housing Wire“CoreLogic home price index drops for first time in 2010″ (10-25-10)

“Home prices in the U.S. dropped 1.5% in August from a year ago, the first annual drop in prices measured in the CoreLogic (CLGX: 17.99 0.00%) Home Price Index in 2010.”

Housing Wire“Obama housing scorecard: Market fragile with signs of stabilization” (10-25-10)

“The U.S. housing market remains fragile but is showing some signs of stabilization, according to the Obama administration’s 2010 October housing scorecard. Rates for 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages remain at all-time lows, helping 7.1 million homeowners refinance since April 2009 and resulting in $12.7 billion in homeowner savings, the scorecard noted.”

Bloomberg - “Bair Says Regulators Will Uncover More Flaws in Foreclosures” (10-25-10)

“Regulators are likely to discover more problems related to loan servicing by some of the biggest banks as they probe claims that documents were mishandled, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair said.”

Bloomberg - “Mortgage Lenders Say `Enough Is Enough’ as Buybacks Curb Loans” (10-25-10)

“Home lenders are making it tougher to get loans as investors step up demands for refunds on defective mortgages, damaging the housing market, executives said today at an industry conference.”

Bloomberg - “U.S. Mortgage Modifications Slow as Fewer Borrowers Qualify, Treasury Says” (10-25-10)

“An additional 27,840 delinquent borrowers qualified for permanent loan modifications through the Treasury’s Home Affordable Modification Program, bringing the total to 495,898. The 5.9 percent increase from August was the smallest gain since at least September 2009.”

Bloomberg - “Refinancing Surge Lifts Banks Amid Foreclosure Scrutiny” (10-25-10)

“Wells Fargo & Co., the biggest U.S. mortgage lender, received $194 billion of loan applications in the third quarter, the second-most in its history, Chief Financial Officer Howard Atkins said last week. About 80 percent were to refinance. Bank of America Corp. CFO Charles Noski said lending margins are up and demand should remain robust through yearend.”

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The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 9/16/10

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Today’s News Synopsis:

According to MDA DataQuick, 6,698 houses and condos closed escrow in the Bay Area last month. Also, 34,239 houses and condos were sold statewide. BarCap expects that of all the subprime mortgages still current and originated in 2005, 70% will default.

In The News:

CBIA - “An Updated, Upgraded Deck Made Easy With Composites” (9-16-10)

“According to a recent study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, remodeling spending is expected to increase on an annual basis by the end of the year with growth accelerating to the double-digits in the first quarter of 2011. Fueled by increased confidence in the economy, more homeowners are investing in their homes again.”

MDA DataQuick“California August Home Sales” (9-16-10)

“An estimated 34,239 new and resale houses and condos were sold statewide last month. That was down 2.7 percent from 35,202 in July, and down 14.0 percent from 39,811 for August 2009. California sales for the month of July have varied from a low of 29,764 in 1992 to a peak of 73,285 in 2005, while the average is 48,805. MDA DataQuick’s statistics go back to 1988.”

MDA DataQuick“Bay Area Home Sales Drop to 1992 Level; Median Price Slips Again” (9-16-10)

“A total of 6,698 new and resale houses and condos closed escrow in the nine-county Bay Area last month, down 1.1 percent from 6,773 in July and down 10.9 percent from 7,518 in August 2009, according to MDA DataQuick of San Diego.”

MBA - “MBA Report: Give FHA More Resources and Authority to Strengthen Program” (9-16-10)

“The Federal Housing Authority (FHA) commissioner should be granted the resources to better manage the agency through the current housing market crisis and to allow the agency to continue to thrive when the market recovers, according to new report from the Mortgage Bankers Association. Increasing resources for staffing and technology are among the 12 recommendations to improve the FHA and the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) by the MBA’s Council on the Future of FHA and Ginnie Mae. Convened in November 2009, the council consists of senior executives from 27 companies, representing both large national lenders and small independent mortgage bankers.”

CNN - “Foreclosure rates hold steady” (9-16-10)

“The number of homeowners falling enough behind on their loans to attract initial notices of default was down 30% in August, RealtyTrac said Thursday. Eventually, that should translate into fewer people losing their homes.”

San Diego Union Tribune“Most oppose walking away from mortgage” (9-16-10)

“A majority of Americans believe it is ‘unacceptable’ for homeowners to stop paying mortgage payments and walk away from their homes, says a Pew Research Center survey. Of the 2,967 adults surveyed during the second half of May, 59 percent said they believed it was wrong for a homeowner to stop making mortgage payments and surrender their home to a lender. Still, 19 percent said it was OK to walk away while another 17 percent said it depended on the homeowner’s circumstances.”

Housing Wire“CoreLogic sees distressed housing sales rising in coming months” (9-16-10)

“CoreLogic (CLGX: 18.29 -0.76%) said tax credit-induced sales helped push distressed sales to a seven-month low in June, but the share of distressed sales is expected to bounce back in coming months, according to the firm’s inaugural U.S. Housing and Mortgage Trends report. The bi-monthly report will track housing sales, valuation, negative equity and foreclosure activity. In June, the distressed sale share fell to 24% of overall sales, down from a peak of 35% in early 2009, according to CoreLogic.”

Housing Wire“Mission Capital principal: Banks stoke the economy with distressed sales” (9-16-10)

“Activity has dramatically picked up since the fourth quarter of 2008. This is in large part due to speculation on the part of funds and high net worth individuals in loan assets, as well as in the stock and debt of the underlying financial institutions. As banks have become more healthy and their financial projections more visible, they have stoked the economy by simultaneously lending and selling distressed loans at a discount. This creates a virtuous cycle of investment activity in that investors are investing in credit-impaired assets, rehabilitating them and then refinancing right-sized debt.”

Housing Wire“BarCap estimates more subprime defaults from troubled vintages” (9-16-10)

“BarCap analysts are predicting high default rates on still-current subprime mortgages originated between 2005 and 2007. Of those subprime mortgages still current and originated in 2005, 70% are expected to default. In 2006, the expected default rate for current subprime is 89%, and 84% of current subprime from the 2007 vintage.”

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The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 8/24/10

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Today’s News Synopsis:

Existing home sales experienced a dramatic decrease of 27.2 percent in July, according to the NAR. Housing production decreased by 10 percent in June. The CAR reports California home sales decreased 20.8 percent in July. Statistics from the California Employment Development Department show that 7,100 jobs were lost from July 2009.

In The News:

NAR - “July Existing-Home Sales Fall as Expected but Prices Rise” (8-24-10)

“Existing-home sales1, which are completed transactions that include single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, dropped 27.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 3.83 million units in July from a downwardly revised 5.26 million in June, and are 25.5 percent below the 5.14 million-unit level in July 2009.”

CBIA - “California Housing Production Increases in July, CBIA Announces” (8-24-10)

“According to statistics compiled by the Construction Industry Research Board (CIRB), permits were pulled for 4,165 total housing units in July, up 35 percent from the same month a year ago but down 10 percent from June. Permits for single-family homes totaled 1,951, down 9 percent from July 2009 and down 31 percent from the previous month, while multifamily permits totaled 2,214, up 134 percent from a year ago and up 25 percent from May.”

Mortgage Bankers Association“Wells Fargo Tops U.S. Commercial/Multifamily Servicers in MBA Mid-Year Rankings Report” (8-24-10)

“The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) today released its mid-year ranking of commercial and multifamily mortgage servicers as of the end of June 30, 2010. Topping the list of firms is Wells Fargo with $462.8 billion in U.S. master and primary servicing, followed by PNC Real Estate/Midland Loan Services with $307.9 billion, Berkadia Commercial Mortgage with $202.6 billion, Bank of America Merrill Lynch with $133.4 billion and KeyBank Real Estate Capital with $124.7 billion.”

CAR - “July sales and price report” (8-24-10)

“California home sales decreased 20.8 percent in July compared with the same period a year ago, while the median price of an existing home rose 10.4 percent from July 2009, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) reported today.”

Housing Wire“Disappointing Homes Sales Unlikely to Reverse Course” (8-24-10)

“Predictions that home prices may drop into double digits continue to drag down sales. Bill Gross, managing director of the world’s biggest bond fund, PIMCO remarked that the idea of a rebound anytime soon is ‘ludicrous.’ In a meeting at the US Treasury last week, Gross called for combining the government-sponsored entities into one entity that insures the majority of current and future originations.”

Housing Wire“60% of Delinquent Mortgages Not in Loss Mitigation” (8-24-10)

“According to a study from the State Foreclosure Prevention Working Group (SFPWG), 60% of borrowers with mortgages delinquent by 60 days or more are not being forwarded to the servicer’s loss mitigation department.”

Bloomberg - “Purchases of Existing Homes in U.S. Probably Slumped in July” (8-24-10)

“Sales of U.S. previously owned homes probably plunged in July to the lowest level since March 2009, evidence the market is restrained by foreclosures and limited job growth, economists said before a report today. Purchases dropped 13.4 percent from June to a 4.65 million annual rate, according to the median of 73 forecasts in a Bloomberg News survey. A decline would be the third in a row.”

Orange County Register – “Corona del Mar is O.C.’s ‘coldest’ market” (8-24-10)

“The pricier the town, the harder it is to sell a home there right now, the latest O.C. home inventory report from Steve Thomas at Altera Real Estate shows. Corona del Mar, for example, was Orange County’s ‘coldest’ market in the past 30 days. In theory, it would take 11 1/2 months to sell all the homes on the market there at the current sales pace, the highest ‘market time’ for any O.C. community in the 30 days ending on Aug. 19. Other ‘cold’ markets likewise tend to be home to some of O.C.’s most expensive housing.”

Orange County Register“Real estate, building jobs down 5% in July” (8-24-10)

“Indeed, construction suffered the largest year-over-year decline among every employment category, the state Employment Development Department reported. Construction jobs fell by 7,100 positions from July 2009, down nearly 10%. Construction jobs totaled 65,700 in July, state figures show.”

Orange County Register“Broker: No tsunami of repo’d homes to hit market” (8-24-10)

“This shadow inventory has to be worked through, but is not going to occur as a tsunami of distressed properties to hit the market all at once. Instead, we are going to witness slow increases and drops over the next few years. This slow absorption will not pull down values like it did at the beginning of this downturn and it will keep a lid on any substantial appreciation. Once employment improves, the pathway to an eventual healthy and stable recovery will occur.”

Looking Back:

One year ago, 45,079 new and resale houses and condos were sold statewide in one month. Home sales in the Bay Area hit a 4 year high. The Federal Reserve accepted $2.3 billion in investor requests for financing to purchase legacy commercial mortgage-backed securities.

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 event 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.