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The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 3/14/11

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Today’s News Synopsis:

FHA extended HARP until June 30, 2012. The Supreme Court of  New York ruled in favor of MERS, confirming it’s ability to foreclose on a mortgage and assign it. An attorney general accused Meredian Financial of tricking homeowners into believing it was their current mortgage company and took fees for refinancing services that never transpired. California home values decreased 4.25% for the year ended January, according to MDA DataQuick.

In The News:

Mercury News“Peninsula keeps adding housing, but few moving in” (3-12-11)

“The 2010 U.S. Census report released last week shows that San Mateo County added just 10,453 housing units in the past decade, and two-thirds of the extra homes are empty”

Housing Wire“BarCap expects minimal secondary market impact from HARP extension” (3-14-11)

“The Federal Housing Finance Agency extended HARP for one year. The program launched in March 2009, allowing borrowers to refinance their Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage out of negative equity and into a lower-rate mortgage. The program is now set to expire June 30, 2012.”

Wall Street Journal“Fannie, Freddie Probe Focuses on Disclosure” (3-14-11)

“A Wells notice indicates that the SEC staff is preparing to recommend civil enforcement actions and gives individuals the opportunity to persuade regulators against such an action. Similar notifications have been sent to at least two other officials who worked with Mr. Mudd at Fannie, according to people familiar with the matter.”

Housing Wire“New York Supreme Court upholds MERS ability to foreclose” (3-14-11)

“The Supreme Court of the State of New York ruled in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems last week, validating the company’s ability to foreclose on a mortgage and assign it.”

Housing Wire“Internet whistle-blower e-mails show loose link to Bank of America” (3-14-11)

“An activist internet group called Anonymous dumped a string of confidential, internal Balboa Insurance Group e-mails online Monday morning. The group is claiming the correspondence reveals improprieties in how the firm handled mortgages — even possibly hiding foreclosure tracking information — while Balboa was still under the Bank of America umbrella.”

Orange County Register “Minn. prosecutor sues Costa Mesa mortgage firm” (3-14-11)

“The Minnesota Attorney General’s office is suing a Costa Mesa mortgage firm, saying that the company, Meredian Financial Corp., duped homeowners into believing it was their current mortgage company, then took fees for refinancing services that never transpired.”

Housing Wire“Some government backing beneficial to multifamily REITs: Moody’s” (3-14-11)

“A Treasury Department reform plan that creates a fee-based emergency fund to support the mortgage market in times of crisis is the best plan for multifamily real estate investment trusts, according to Moody’s Investors Service (MCO: 31.96 -1.24%). The plan is one of three possible mortgage market reforms outlined by the Treasury in February.”

Orange County Register“Calif. home prices’ biggest fall in 14 months” (3-14-11)

“Statewide values were down 4.25 percent for the year ended January vs. a 2.6 percent year-to-year drop in the previous month. The last time California prices were falling at a faster rate was 14 months earlier — November 2009, when year-to-year depreciation ran 4.78 percent.”

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The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 8/6/10

Friday, August 6th, 2010


Today’s News Synopsis:

Non-farm payrolls decreased by 131,000 in July, according to the Department of Labor. HUD’s secretary announced a new program, which will allow borrowers to refinance on underwater mortgages. Barclay’s Capital is taking back their previous estimate of a double dip recession, and now believes we will experience ‘moderate growth’. One-third of U.S. citizens are renting, and more than 14% live in a rental apartment.

In The News:

Housing Wire“U.S. Payrolls Shed More than Expected, Dropping 131,000 in July” (8-6-10)

“Total non-farm payrolls declined by 131,000 in July, worse than a market consensus decline of 70,000. According to the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the firings of temporary workers after 2010 Census efforts edged up to 143,000 in July, declined from 225,000 Census layoffs a month earlier.”

Housing Wire“HUD Secretary Donovan: Refinancing Program Coming ‘Very Soon'” (8-6-10)

“According to a mortgee letter sent out today, the new program would provide additional refinancing options to underwater homeowners starting Sept. 7. To be eligible for the new loan, the homeowner must be underwater but still current on the mortgage. A credit score of 500 or better is required, and the borrower’s existing first-lien holder must agree to write at least 10% of the unpaid principal balance.”

Housing Wire“Barclays Capital Calls off Double-Dip Recession” (8-6-10)

“Analysts at Barclays Capital believe the latest data on the US economy leans more toward ‘moderating growth’ in the last half of 2010, rather than an outright double-dip. Last week’s real gross domestic product (GDP) in the US, which measures the output of goods and services produced by the country’s labor force, grew 2.4% in Q210 from last year, according to the US Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).”

Housing Wire“Apartment Rentals Hit Record Highs in 2010, as More Americans Shun Homeownership” (8-6-10)

“Currently one-third of Americans rent their housing, and over 14% live in a rental apartment. The NMHC represents the interests of rental property investors, such as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Stewart Title and Starwood, to name a few.”

Housing Wire “Navy Federal Introduces 100 Percent Mortgage to Make $7bn Origination Goal” (8-6-10)

“The world’s largest credit union said it’s prepared to originate $7bn in mortgage and refinance originations in 2010, and announced it will offer 100% financing to its members for loans up $650,000. Navy Federal Credit Union said it originated more than $6.2bn in mortgages and refinance loans in 2009. The Virginia-based credit union is the world’s largest, both in terms of total assets ($40bn) and membership (3.4m). Navy Federal serves all current and former Department of Defense military and civilian personnel and their families.”

Housing Wire“Consumer Credit Down for Fifth Straight Month 0.7 Percent For June” (8-6-10)

“Americans are not in the mood to spend as consumer credit outstanding fell once again in June, according to the Federal Reserve, marking the fifth consecutive month of declines. The benchmark fell $1.3bn, or 0.7%, to $2.418trn due mostly to a $4.5bn, or 6.5%, drop in revolving credit, such as credit cards. Non-revolving credit, which includes mortgages, auto loans, and student loans, rose 2.4% to $1.592bln.”

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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.

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 9/28/09

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Today’s news Synopsis:

The Federal Reserve has printed $860 billion in mortgage-backed securities. Under the new U.S. Treasury Department program,  states that provide  mortgages to low-income borrowers may receive up to 35 billion dollars in Federal aid. According to SoCal MLS, distressed sales accounted for 40 percent of all Orange County sales in July.

In The News:

Los Angeles Times“Don’t bank on your home as an ATM” (9-27-09)

“The economic fundamentals that drove home values up in the 20th century — sustained growth in incomes, population and household wealth — have been sputtering for decades. Though the future isn’t necessarily bleak, economists say there’s no reason Americans should continue to see a home purchase as a path to wealth.”

San Francisco Chronicle“Be wary of buying into homeowner association” (9-27-09)

“While there are advantages to living in a place where all the owners share the cost of operating and maintaining amenities individual owners couldn’t afford on their own, it’s also true that condo and homeowner associations obligate all members with substantial financial and legal liabilities.”

Los Angeles Times“Beyond Fannie and Freddie” (9-27-09)

“Homeownership may be the American dream, but lately it has been an expensive one for taxpayers. The deduction for mortgage interest cost about $80 billion in lost revenue in 2009, and a tax credit for home buyers in this year’s stimulus bill will add $15 billion to the tab. Taxpayers have provided Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two giant, troubled mortgage finance companies, nearly $100 billion that they have little chance of recouping. Mounting defaults also threaten the Federal Housing Administration, the agency that guarantees many home mortgages, raising the odds for yet another multibillion-dollar federal bailout. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve has effectively been printing money to reduce mortgage interest rates, using the new dollars to buy more than $860 billion in mortgage-backed securities.”

Bloomberg “Housing Agencies May Get $35 Billion in Treasury Aid” (9-28-09)

“State housing agencies in the U.S. that provide mortgages to low-income borrowers would get as much as $35 billion in federal aid under a new U.S. Treasury Department program, people familiar with the matter said. The program would provide up to $15 billion in fresh funding for as long as three years and would purchase as much as $20 billion in tax-exempt mortgage bonds issued by state- sponsored housing finance agencies through the end of this year, a person familiar with the matter said. The program may be announced as early as Sept. 30, said the person, who didn’t want to be named because the plans haven’t been made public.”

Bloomberg “Negative Bond Returns Converge With Mortgage Miracle” (9-28-09)

“Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke has some good news for investors: Treasury bondholders will lose money for the first time in 10 years amid an unprecedented decline in the gap between the interest rate on 30-year mortgages and government notes, signaling an end to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.”

Orange County Register“Calif. has nation’s highest mortgage burdens” (9-28-09)

“Do we need a Census Bureau survey to tells us how costly it is to own a home in California? Well, the 2008 edition of the American Community Survey does deeply detail California’s steep homeowning costs.”

Orange County Register“Buying non-foreclosed homes surges in O.C.” (9-28-09)

“But the Southern California Multiple Listing Service estimated that short sales accounted for around 18% of all Orange County resales from February through July. Overall, “distressed” sales (foreclosures and short sales combined) accounted for four out of every 10 sales in July, by SoCal MLS’s math.”

Inman “Loan shoppers: their own worst enemy?” (9-28-09)

“The proposed new disclosures will be required at the point of application. This is a great idea, if it is properly implemented. Proper implementation means that the information lenders must submit at the point of application will help consumers select from among loan providers. Stated somewhat differently, the information must reveal differences between lenders that will cause borrowers to prefer one over another.”

Looking Back:

One year ago, Citigroup chose to buy Wachovia’s banking business.  Morgan Stanley sold 21 percent of its stock to Japan’s Misubishi UFJ. Permits for new housing construction in Orange County dropped by 94 percent in one month.