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By Bruce Norris .

Homes in California Are the Least Affordable Despite Rising Home Prices

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

 

 

 


Today’s News Synopsis:

The Mortgage Bankers Association reported a 2.8% increase in mortgage applications from last week in their latest Mortgage Applications Survey.  Foreclosures decreased 34.4% year-over-year and stands at 640,000 compared to 976,000 last year.  Homes in California, specifically Los Angeles and Orange County, are the least affordable despite a strong increase in home prices.

In The News:

Mortgage Professional America - “JPMorgan attacked by Russian computer hackers” (8-27-14)

“JPMorgan and at least one other bank have been attacked by Russian computer hackers, according to a Bloomberg report.”

DS News - “Secondary Market, Decreased Sales Fuel Freddie Mac Portfolio Growth” (8-27-14)

“Boosted by an increase in secondary market purchases and a decline in sales, Freddie Mac’s portfolio grew for the first time this year in July.”

Mortgage Bankers Association“Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey” (8-27-14)

“Mortgage applications increased 2.8 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending August 22, 2014.”

Housing Wire - “Vacancies drop again in Invitation Homes rental securitizations” (8-27-14)

“The vacancy rate in the properties that make up Invitation Homes’ two REO-to-rental securitizations continued to decrease in July, according to a new report from Morningstar.”

OC Housing News - “Coastal California housing least affordable in US” (8-27-14)

“Despite the rapid home price increases from March 2012 to July 2013, I’ve consistently maintained we are not in a new bubble — at least not yet.  The housing market reports I publish each month compare the cost of owning real estate to the cost of renting it, and as long as these two alternatives for acquiring homes is in balance, I consider the market affordable.”

DS News - “Foreclosure Inventory Down Nearly 35 Percent Year-Over-Year in July” (8-27-14)

“Foreclosure activity was down all over the nation in July, particularly in the area of foreclosure inventory – homes that are in any stage of the foreclosure process – where there was a 34.4 percent drop from July 2013, according to CoreLogic’s July 2014 National Foreclosure Report released on August 27.”

Press Enterprise - “Economy: Job fairs make a comeback” (8-27-14)

“Seeing the real estate industry well into its recovery is quite a comfort after the tribulation of recent years. Comfort can be drawn from scenes around the area showing the real estate industry is well in its recovery mode.”

Bloomberg - “Paramount Group Files for REIT IPO Poised to Be Largest” (8-27-14)

“Paramount Group Inc., a U.S. office landlord, filed for an initial public offering that is poised to be the largest ever for a real estate investment trust.”

 

Hard Money Loan Closed

San Marcos, California hard money loan closed by The Norris Group private lending. Real estate investor received loan for $235,000 on a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home appraised for $365,000.

San Marcos Hard Money Loan closed by the Norris Group

 

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be speaking at the SRC YPN Lunch & Learn on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be presenting Secrets To Becoming Wealthy with Robert Hall and Associates on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be presenting his California Real Estate Market Update with Paramount Club Market on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be presenting Secrets To Becoming Wealthy with InvestClub for Women on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be presenting Secrets To Becoming Wealthy with InvestClub for Women in Cerritos on Thursday, September 18, 2014.

 

Looking Back:

Home prices continued to show signs of increase according to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Index.  Prices increased by 12.1% in 20 of the largest cities in the nation in June.  Home sales also increased the previous month by 3% month-over-month and 17.6% year-over-year.  In the meantime, mortgage delinquencies continued to show signs of decrease both by 3.96% month-over-month and 8.76% year-over-year.

 

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.

Settlement With Bank of America Nearly Reached by the Justice Department

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

 

Today’s News Synopsis:

The Mortgage Bankers Association reported a 1.6% increase in mortgage applications for this week.  Bank of America Merrill Lynch reported on the slowdown in home price gains believing it is related more to a return from out sized gains and not a weakening market.  Bank of America and the Justice Department have nearly reached a settlement.

In The News:

Bloomberg“JPMorgan Wins Dismissal of Los Angeles Bias Lending Case” (8-6-14)

“JPMorgan Chase & Co. won dismissal of claims by Los Angeles accusing the bank’s Washington Mutual unit of targeting minority borrowers with predatory loans, while a judge said the allegations could be refiled against the parent company.”

DS News - “Report: Justice Department Nears Settlement With Bank of America” (8-6-14)

“Bank of America and the Justice Department are close to completing a long-rumored and record-setting deal to resolve allegations of misconduct in the sales of mortgage-backed securities that went bad, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.”

OC Housing News - “Will a global economic slowdown trigger a US recession and housing bust?” (8-6-14)

“The US economy struggles for growth five years after the Great Recession officially ended. Economists point to encouraging signs of future growth — just as they erroneously have over the last five years.”

Mortgage Bankers Association“Refinance Applications, Share Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey” (8-6-14)

“Mortgage applications increased 1.6 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending August 1, 2014.”

Housing Wire - “BofAML: Home price slowdown is snapback from outsized gains” (8-6-14)

“Bank of America Merrill Lynch believes that Tuesday’s report from CoreLogic (CLGX) on the general slowdown in home price gains is more the pendulum swinging back from outsized gains than a general weakness.”

Bloomberg“Freddie Mac Pays More to Sell Risk-Sharing Securities” (8-6-14)

“Bond investors demanded to be paid more to potentially bear losses on mortgages guaranteed by Freddie Mac (FMCC), amid a slump in risk-sharing notes sold earlier by the firm and competitor Fannie Mae.”

Housing Wire - “Non-QM lending: The new normal for mortgages?” (8-6-14)

“Alamo, California based RPM Mortgage is following suit with the industry and entering the newly chartered territory of non-Qualified Mortgage lending.”

DS News - “Century 21 Earns Top Customer Satisfaction Rating” (8-6-14)

“Century 21 gained the highest customer satisfaction rating among real estate brokerages in all four buyer/seller categories, according to the J.D. Power 2014 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study released on Aug. 6.”

 

Hard Money Loan Closed

Victorville, California hard money loan closed by The Norris Group private lending. Real estate investor received loan for $30,000 on a 2 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom home appraised for $48,000.

Victorville Hard Money Loan closed by the Norris Group

 

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be presenting Secrets To Becoming Wealthy with LAREIC on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be holding his Property Buying Boot Camp Tuesday-Thursday, August 19-21.

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be presenting Secrets To Becoming Wealthy with the InvestClub for Women on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

 

Looking Back:

The number of available jobs increased by 29,000 the previous month to their highest in five years according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  CoreLogic reported home prices increased 11.9%, marking the 16th month in a row home prices have increased.  In the same month,the national delinquency rate increased by 10% according to the Lender Processing Services.

 

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.

Available Mortgage Credit Increases 0.5% Month-Over-Month

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

 

Today’s News Synopsis:

The amount of mortgage credit available increased last month by 0.5% according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.  Homeownership decreased to 64.7%, its lowest in almost twenty years despite decreased interest rates.  At the same time, gains in home prices decreased to 7.5% this past June compared to last year according to CoreLogic’s latest home price index.

In The News:

Housing Wire“Fed: CFPB rules are driving down mortgage lending” (8-5-14)

“Mortgage rules imposed by the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau are driving down the number of loans banks are making, the Federal Reserve says.”

DS News - “Economic Woes Cited By Parents of Home Bound Millennials” (8-5-14)

“Experts have surveyed the young generation again and again as to why they are staying with their parents, but now Fannie Mae has completed a survey of the parents they live with.  As it turns out, more than half of them don’t mind their children living at home.”

OC Housing News - “BofA: Reflated mini-bubble to peak in 2016″ (8-5-14)

“How can you tell whether a market is overvalued, undervalued, or fairly valued? It’s more than an academic concern today because lenders, realtors, and even government officials push average families to buy houses ostensibly to gain the financial benefits of home ownership.”

Mortgage Bankers Association“Mortgage Credit Availability Increases Slightly in July” (8-5-14)

“Mortgage credit availability increased in July according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) which analyzes data from the AllRegs® Market Clarity® product.”

Housing Wire - “Homeownership at near 20-year low, but some bright spots” (8-5-14)

“Despite low interest rates and expanding credit availability, homeownership in the U.S. continues to fall, down to a low of 64.7%, a level not seen since 1995.”

Bloomberg“Zillow Tops Analysts’ Estimates for Second-Quarter Sales” (8-5-14)

“Zillow Inc. (Z), the real estate website that’s acquiring smaller rival Trulia Inc. for $3.5 billion, reported second-quarter sales that topped analysts’ estimates as traffic increased and more agents used its home-listing service.”

Housing Wire - “Home prices gains slow to 7.5% as forecast calls for further decline” (8-5-14)

“Home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased 7.5% in June 2014 compared to June 2013, reflecting a general slowdown that continues and will worsen through June 2015.”

DS News - “Delinquencies Drop as Fannie Mae Book of Business Shrinks” (8-5-14)

“Fannie Mae’s book of business decreased at a compound annualized rate of 1.7 percent over the month of June, slower than the previous month’s rate of 2.4 percent but continuing a streak of decreases that has persisted all year so far. Year-to-date, Fannie Mae’s book of business has declined at a compound annualized rate of 2.2 percent.”

 

Hard Money Loan Closed

Los Angeles, California hard money loan closed by The Norris Group private lending. Real estate investor received loan for $140,000 on a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home appraised for $241,000.

Los Angeles Hard Money Loan closed by the Norris Group

 

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be presenting Secrets To Becoming Wealthy with LAREIC on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be holding his Property Buying Boot Camp Tuesday-Thursday, August 19-21.

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be presenting Secrets To Becoming Wealthy with the InvestClub for Women on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

 

Looking Back:

The Mortgage Bankers Association reported the amount of mortgage credit available the previous month increased by 2.2% to 112.3.  Another bank closed in Florida in the past week, bringing the new total of closed banks to 17.  The OCC nearly completed mailing all of their foreclosure review checks.

 

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.

218,000 New Jobs Added This Month

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Today’s News Synopsis:

Foreclosures decreased 35% year-over-year and now stand at 648,000, down from 1 million.  218,000 new jobs were added this month according to the latest ADP National Employment Report.  In an update on an earlier story, Richard Cordray spoke before the House Financial Services Committee  yesterday telling them they are doing what they can to make improvements to the work environment and employee review processes.

In The News:

Housing Wire - “CoreLogic: Foreclosure inventory tumbles 35%” (7-31-14)

“The national foreclosure inventory is down 35% from a year ago, with approximately 648,000 homes in some stage of foreclosure, compared to 1 million a year ago, CoreLogic’s latest June National Foreclosure Report found.”

DS News“Job Market Adds 218,000 Jobs in July” (7-31-14)

“The ADP National Employment Report for July 2014 shows that job growth continued throughout the month in yet another step along the way to full economic recovery.”

OC Housing News“Shiller: housing faces “turning point” as seasonally adjusted prices fall in May” (7-31-14)

“When a housing market reaches a top, it’s usually preceded by an unexpected drop in sales during the prime selling season. In June of 2006, sales fell off a cliff, and prices soon followed, and in July of 2010 after expiration of the tax credits, sales again suddenly collapsed, and home prices fell for another 18 months.”

DS News - “Cordray Responds to Allegations of Discrimination at the CFPB” (7-31-14)

“Following allegations of racial and gender discrimination at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the bureau’s director, Richard Cordray spoke before the House Financial Services Committee Wednesday. Cordray said the bureau is working to improve the working environment and review processes for its employees.”

Mortgage Professional America - “BOA ups settlement offer to $14bn, government still balks” (7-31-14)

“Bank of America wants to be done with government probes. The bank significantly upped its settlement offer to resolve a Justice Department probe over mortgage-backed securities, but the two sides still haven’t reached an agreement.”

DS News“SIGTARP Calls for Changes to HAMP” (7-31-14)

“The office of the Special Investigator General for TARP (SIGTARP) released its quarterly report on the progress and status of the Troubled Asset Relief Program.”

Los Angeles Times - “Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates hold steady; 30-year averaging 4.12%” (7-31-14)

“Mortgage rates are moving fast in one direction this summer — sideways.  Freddie Mac’s weekly survey, out Thursday, showed the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate home loan was 4.12%, practically unchanged from last week’s 4.13%.”

Mortgage Bankers Association - “Commercial/Multifamily Borrowing Remains on Pace with Last Year” (7-31-14)

“According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Quarterly Survey of Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Bankers Originations, second quarter 2014 commercial and multifamily mortgage loan originations were two percent lower than during the same period last year, but 34 percent higher than the first quarter of 2014.”

 

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be presenting Secrets To Becoming Wealthy with LAREIC on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be holding his Property Buying Boot Camp Tuesday-Thursday, August 19-21.

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be presenting Secrets To Becoming Wealthy with the InvestClub for Women on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

 

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.

Foreclosures Now at Levels Below Pre-Financial Crisis

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Today’s News Synopsis:

HUD reported housing starts decreased 9.3% last month to 893,000.  Foreclosures decreased 19% from the last 6 months and 23% from the first half of 2013.  613,874 foreclosures were completed in the first half of 2014, putting them at levels below what they were before the financial crisis.  Freddie Mac reported mortgage rates are at level field now with 30-year rates now at 4.12% and 15-year rates at 3.23%.

In The News:

Housing Wire - “Home price stall-out spreads from lower-priced homes to higher end” (7-17-14)

“Home sales across all price points are beginning to suffer, with stale demand moving from lower-priced homes to middle- and higher-priced homes as well, according to CoreLogic’s (CLGX) MarketPulse report for July.”

NAHB“South Pushes Nationwide Housing Starts Down 9.3 Percent in June” (7-17-14)

“Nationwide housing production fell 9.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 893,000 units in June, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.”

Bloomberg“Treasuries Rise on Safety Demand as U.S. Adds Russian Sanctions” (7-17-14)

“Treasuries rose, with 30-year bond yields falling to the lowest level in more than six weeks, after Russia was slapped with further sanctions linked to Ukraine, boosting demand for the perceived safety of U.S. debt.”

DS News - “Fannie and Freddie Take on Riskier Portfolios” (7-17-14)

“Newer federal regulations in the wake of the financial crisis were designed to protect taxpayers from another trillion-dollar bailout. And while these regulations have so far kept the American economy from experiencing any serious aftershocks, things could get dodgy where Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are concerned.”

OC Housing News - “Are today’s homebuyers tomorrow’s bagholders” (7-17-14)

“Will rising mortgage rates cause house prices to crash again? It’s a valid question, and a valid concern for today’s homebuyers.  Nobody wants to be an underwater bagholder trapped in a debtor’s prison awaiting lender approval of a sale to move on with their life.”

Housing Wire - “FHFA watchdog raises concerns about nonbanks” (7-17-14)

“In the continuing aftermath of the financial crisis, the nation’s biggest banks are hemorrhaging income from their mortgage divisions.  Whether it’s due to massive settlements stemming from fraudulent pre-crisis lending practices, like the one that Bank of America announced on Tuesday, or due to shrinking mortgage originations, like JPMorgan Chase announced on Wednesday, the big banks are hurting in the mortgage business.”

Bloomberg - “Young Adults Stay at Home as U.S. Multigenerational Living Rises” (7-17-14)

“The share of young adults living with parents or other family members in the U.S. continues to grow in the aftermath of the most severe recession in the post-World War II era.  A record 57 million Americans, or 18.1 percent of the population, lived in a multigenerational household in 2012, a report released today by the Pew Research Center in Washington showed.”

DS News - “Foreclosure Activity Falls below Pre-Crisis Levels” (7-17-14)

“In an important signpost of recovery, foreclosure activity in the United States has fallen to levels not seen since before the financial crisis began, according to a report issued by RealtyTrac Thursday.”

Mortgage Professional America - “DOJ warns big banks of future lawsuits” (7-17-14)

“The Justice Department on Wednesday put big banks on notice Wednesday that failure to admit misconduct and pay stiff penalties over shoddy mortgage-bond sales would result in litigation by the government.”

Los Angeles Times - “Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates level off, 30-year loans average 4.12%” (7-17-14)

“The cost of getting a mortgage has leveled off, with Freddie Mac saying lenders were offering 30-year fixed-rate home loans this week at an average interest rate of 4.12%. That rate is little changed from the average of 4.15% over the last 10 weeks..”

 

California Real Estate Investor Events

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be presenting his big event The Millionaire Maker in Costa Mesa THIS WEEKEND Friday-Sunday, July 18-20, 2014.

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be presenting Secrets To Becoming Wealthy with the Manfredi Group on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be presenting Secrets To Becoming Wealthy with LAREIC on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.

 

Looking Back:

Housing starts decreased by 9.9%  to 836,000 with the slowdown in construction on multifamily homes.  Earnings for Bank of America increased drastically in the second quarter by 63% to $4 billion.  Despite signs in the economy, CoreLogic said they were not expecting another housing bubble to occur soon.

 

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.

Janet Yellen Says Housing Recovery Moving at Slow Pace

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Today’s News Synopsis:

CoreLogic reported home prices increased 8.8% last May for the 27th week in a row, leading to a decrease in housing affordability.  Janet Yellen spoke with the Senate Banking Committee saying that the recovery for the housing market is still moving along at slower pace, primarily due to a large increase in mortgage rates last year.  The numbers for the latest earnings report for JPMorgan were mixed with second-quarter profits dropping almost 8% year-over-year.

In The News:

Housing Wire“NAR: One chart shows widening affordability gap” (7-15-14)

“Housing affordability is taking a giant hit as home prices continue to rise, even if it is at a slower pace.  According to the latest CoreLogic home price index, national home prices rose 27 weeks straight year-over-year, with home prices, including distressed sales, increasing 8.8% in May 2014 from a year ago.”

DS News - “JPMorgan Earnings Report Mixed” (7-15-14)

“Second-quarter profits at JPMorgan Chase dipped nearly 8 percent year-over-year as the bank continued to work with a diminished mortgage market.   JPMorgan’s latest earnings report, released Tuesday, shows the megabank earned $6.0 billion in profits over the latest three months, putting its performance somewhere between the $5.3 billion reported in the first quarter and $6.5 billion a year ago.”

Mortgage Professional America - “House: Fed needs more accountability” (7-15-14)

“Republican members of the House Financial Services Committee say the Federal Reserve needs more oversight.  The committee recently held a hearing to examine HR 5018, the Federal Reserve Accountability and Transparency Act.”

OC Housing News - “Is current housing weakness a fundamental shift away from home ownership?” (7-15-14)

“When house prices crashed in 2008, we had an opportunity to usher in a new era of affordable housing with a lower percentage of income devoted to housing in the United States.”

Housing Wire - “Credit Suisse: Homebuyers discouraged by rising prices” (7-15-14)

“Affordable homes favored by first-time home buyers are in short supply nationally in large part because those homes are almost three times as likely to be underwater than more expensive homes.”

Mortgage Professional America - “Yellen: Housing recovery still too slow” (7-15-14)

“The head of the Federal Reserve says the housing recovery isn’t moving fast enough – due in part to last year’s mortgage-rate spike.”

Housing Wire - “Goldman Sachs 2Q14 earnings tick up to $9.13B” (7-15-14)

“Goldman Sachs’ (GS) second-quarter 2014 net revenue increased to $9.13 billion, up from $8.6 billion a year ago, with earnings per share rising to $4.10 from $3.70 for the second quarter of 2013.”

DS News - “Earnings Preview: Major Banks give Insight into Economic Health” (7-15-14)

“Two Down, Two to go. It’s earnings season. This week is one of four times a year that the world’s largest corporations report their earnings to their shareholders. It’s time to look back on the second quarter of 2014.”

 

California Real Estate Investor Events

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be presenting his big event The Millionaire Maker in Costa Mesa Friday-Sunday, July 18-20, 2014.

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be presenting Secrets To Becoming Wealthy with the Manfredi Group on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be presenting Secrets To Becoming Wealthy with LAREIC on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.

 

Looking Back:

The FHFA was working on a new plan called the Streamlined Modification Initiative in hopes to allow more borrowers to qualify for mortgage relief.  Demand for housing had seen an increase over the last two years.  Almost 2.9 million checks from the latest foreclosure settlement were cashed or deposited.

 

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.

Rents May Be Reaching Highest Level Possible

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Today’s News Synopsis:

The Mortgage Bankers Association reported mortgage applications increased 1.9% from last week.  Julián Castro was approved for nomination by the Senate, a decision many industries approved.  Rental prices are believed to be increasing to the most that they will be able to and may be topping off soon.

In The News:

Bloomberg - “Citigroup Said Close to $7 Billion Mortgage Settlement” (7-9-14)

“Citigroup Inc. (C) may reach a $7 billion agreement with federal prosecutors that would include about $4 billion in cash to resolve a civil probe into sales of mortgage-backed bonds, a person familiar with the negotiations said.”

Los Angeles Times - “Rent Prices in the Southland may be topping out” (7-9-14)

“Rents in Southern California may be running out of room to climb.  The growth in apartment rents has slowed noticeably this year, according to new figures out Wednesday, the latest sign that housing is becoming too expensive for many Angelenos.”

Realty Trac“Will 30-Year Mortgages Disappear?” (7-9-14)

“We usually think of 30-year mortgages as the basic pillars of real estate finance but do we really need fixed-rate loans that last three decades?”

Mortgage Bankers Association“Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey” (7-9-14)

“Mortgage applications increased 1.9 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending July 4, 2014.”

Housing Wire - “Fannie, Freddie foreclosure inventory hits new peak in Florida” (7-9-14)

“Foreclosure inventory continues to decrease nationally, down 4.8% in May. That marked 31 consecutive months of year-over-year declines.”

DS News“Market Changes Challenge Home Buyers, Sellers” (7-9-14)

“As the housing recovery downshifts from last year’s pace, the latest survey of real estate agents by national brokerage Redfin finds homebuyers and sellers are having trouble getting on the same page with each other and with the new shape of the market.”

Mortgage Professional America - “Affordable homes more likely to be underwater than expensive homes” (7-9-14)

“Affordable homes favored by first-time home buyers are in short supply nationally in large part because those homes are almost three times as likely to be underwater than more expensive homes.”

Inman - “Demand for purchase mortgages down 10 percent from a year ago” (7-9-14)

“Demand for purchase mortgages climbed last week even as rates ticked up slightly and the nation geared up to celebrate Independence Day.”

Housing Wire - “Castro’s confirmation as HUD Secretary met with industry approval” (7-9-14)

“On Wednesday, the Senate voted to approve the nomination of Julián Castro as the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by a 71-26 margin. Castro will now take over as the head of HUD for the departing Shaun Donovan, who has been nominated to the post of Director of Office of Management and Budget.”

OC Housing News - “It’s no longer a seller’s market” (7-9-14)

“California’s housing markets are nearly always a seller’s market because we have a chronic shortage of available housing. This causes people to substitute down in quality relative to their incomes and live in smaller, less opulent abodes than their income would accommodate in other areas of the country.”

DS News“Foreign Buyers Competing in U.S. Housing Market” (7-9-14)

“As analysts, industry participants, and policymakers struggle to boost homeownership among Americans, foreign activity in the U.S. housing market remains strong.”

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be presenting Secrets To Becoming Wealthy with High Desert REIA on Thursday, July 10, 2014.

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be presenting his big event The Millionaire Maker in Costa Mesa Friday-Sunday, July 18-20, 2014.

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be presenting Secrets To Becoming Wealthy with the Manfredi Group on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be presenting Secrets To Becoming Wealthy with LAREIC on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.

Looking Back:

The number of jobs available increased slightly in May, showing the first signs of increase since February.  The number of markets that showed signs of improvement decreased this month and stood at 255, down from 263 last month.  According to a recent survey by FICO, 47% of bankers said they anticipated mortgage delinquencies would decrease.  

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.

New Ruling by CFPB Will Help Property Heirs Avoid Foreclosure

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

 

Today’s News Synopsis:

CoreLogic reported foreclosures decreased again this past May by 9.4% with 47,000 completed that month.  The amount of available mortgage credit increased last month by 0.6% to 115.8, up from 115.1.  A new ruling was just issued by the CFPB that will help heirs of property to be included on the mortgage and not face foreclosure.

In The News:

Bloomberg - “Office REITs in U.S. Plan the Most Construction in Decade” (7-7-14)

“Office buildings in top U.S. markets are getting so expensive that landlords are choosing to build rather than buy, spurring the most development by real estate investment trusts in at least a decade.”

DS News“Watt Blames Homeowner Skepticism for HARP Slowdown” (7-8-14)

“In a town hall style meeting in Chicago Tuesday, Mel Watt, Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), blamed fear of being taken in by a scam for eligible homeowner’s reluctance to take advantage of the Home Affordable Refinance program (HARP).”

Mortgage Bankers Association“Mortgage Credit Availability Increases Slightly in June” (7-8-14)

“Mortgage credit availability increased in June according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) which analyzes data from the AllRegs® Market Clarity® product.”

Housing Wire - “Shrinking distressed inventory, new construction may hurt existing home sales” (7-8-14)

“One of the boons for homebuyers over the past couple of years has been the large inventories of distressed properties going through foreclosures and short sales.”

DS News“CFPB Issues Ruling to keep Heirs from Falling Into Foreclosure” (7-8-14)

“When a borrower dies, the passing of property to the remaining family members can be a complicated process. Even if there are no issue with the borrower’s estate there can be issues transferring the mortgage to a party that had no previous relationship with the servicer.”

Mortgage Professional America - “Mortgage Master joins affordable housing initiative” (7-8-14)

“Mortgage Master, one of the country’s largest privately owned mortgage companies, has become the first non-depository lender to join the Massachusetts Home Ownership Compact to provide affordable mortgage solutions to low-income first-time home buyers.”

Inman - “More than half of North American mortgage bankers worry housing bubble is forming” (7-8-14)

“A majority of North American mortgage bankers fear another real estate bubble is forming, according to a recent survey conducted for FICO, a predictive analytics software company.”

Housing Wire - “Foreign investors go big on U.S. real estate” (7-8-14)

“Favorable exchange rates, affordable home prices and rising affluence abroad continue to drive international buyers, who snapped up $92.2 billion in U.S. real estate properties and investments between April 2013 and March 2014.”

DS News“Foreclosures Down Again in May” (7-8-14)

“Another month, another promising sign of housing recovery.  Corelogic reported on Tuesday that 47,000 foreclosures had been completed in May, a year-over-year decrease of 9.4 percent from May of 2013.”

 

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be presenting Secrets To Becoming Wealthy with High Desert REIA on Thursday, July 10, 2014.

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be presenting his big event The Millionaire Maker in Costa Mesa Friday-Sunday, July 18-20, 2014.

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be presenting Secrets To Becoming Wealthy with the Manfredi Group on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be presenting Secrets To Becoming Wealthy with LAREIC on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.

 

Looking Back:

The nation saw declines in inventory across the nation, while at the same time home prices were on the rise.  According to a Fannie Mae survey, the increase in mortgage rates could lead to an increase in demand for homes.  The number of people renting also increased in the second quarter by 3.1% year-over-year.

 

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.

Mortgage Rates Increase for the First Time in Six Weeks

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

 

Today’s News Synopsis:

Out of 350 metropolitan areas, 56 are showing signs of improvement by being at normal levels this month.  Mortgage rates increased for the first time in six weeks with 30-year rates now at 4.14% and 15-year rates at 3.23%.  In addition, the amount of mortgage credit available increased last month by 1.14%.

In The News:

NAHB - “Leading Markets Index Shows 56 Metros at or Above Normal Levels in June” (6-5-14)

“Of the approximately 350 metro markets nationwide, 56 returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released today.”

Mortgage Bankers Association - “Mortgage Credit Availability Increases in May” (6-5-14)

“Mortgage credit availability increased in May according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) which analyzes data from the AllRegs® Market Clarity® product.”

Bloomberg - “U.S. Mortgage Rates Rise for First Time in Six Weeks” (6-5-14)

“Mortgage rates in the U.S. rose, increasing home-loan costs for the first time in six weeks.  The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage was 4.14 percent this week, up from 4.12 percent, Freddie Mac said in a statement today.”

Inman“Price gains push 3.5 million homes above water” (6-5-14)

“Rising home prices propelled 3.5 million U.S. properties out of negative equity in one year, but the number of underwater mortgages will shrink at a slower pace in the future as price appreciation cools, according to data released today by CoreLogic and Trulia.”

DS News“Why Do People Move?  Census Bureau Answers” (6-5-14)

“Among the 36 million people who moved between 2012 and 2013, a new study from the United States Census Bureau found that the most important reason to move was to find a new/better home or apartment.”

Mortgage Professional America - “Americans believe country still in grips of housing crisis” (6-5-14)

“A new survey has claimed most Americans remain dour on the housing market in spite of falling foreclosures and improving home values.”

Housing Wire - “Here are the states with the highest and lowest unemployment” (6-5-14)

“Nationally, the rate of unemployment continues to hover around a 7-year low. In fact, the seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending May 24 was 2.6 million.”

NAHB“Green Homes Show Growth in a Recovering Market According to New Report from McGraw Hill Construction” (6-5-14)

“Residential construction is a key engine behind economic growth in the United States. According to McGraw Hill Construction’s Dodge Construction Market Forecast, single and multifamily housing projects account for about 45% of the value of all construction projects started in the United States in 2014.”

 

Hard Money Loan Closed

Highland, California hard money loan closed by The Norris Group private lending. Real estate investor received loan for $150,000 on a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home appraised for $218,000.

Highland Hard Money Loan closed by the Norris Group

 

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be presenting Secrets To Becoming Wealthy with South Los Angeles REIA on Monday, June 9, 2014.

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be speaking at the NSDREI 10th Anniversary Party in Oceanside on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be speaking at the Cutting-Edge Financial Tactics Brunch in Costa Mesa on Saturday, June 21, 2014.

 

Looking Back:

The Mortgage Bankers Association reported mortgage applications decreased 11.5% from the previous week.  135,000 new jobs were added to the private sector the previous month according to a recent report by ADP.  Fannie Mae announced on this day their plan for making the short sale process move faster and more effectively.

 

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.

Home Prices Show 10.5% Increase Year-Over-Year

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

 

Today’s News Synopsis:

Commercial and multifamily delinquency rates decreased again in the first quarter by 0.69% to 6.16%.  CoreLogic reported home prices increased 10.5% year-over-year, although it is expected that appreciation will continue at only half of last year’s rate.  At the same time, home sales decreased 2.3% in Massachusetts in the month of April.

In The News:

Mortgage Bankers Association - “Commercial/Multifamily Delinquencies Continue Decline in First Quarter” (6-3-14)

“Delinquency rates for commercial and multifamily mortgage loans continued to decline in the first quarter of 2014, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Commercial/Multifamily Delinquency Report.”

DS News - “Massachusetts AG Sues Fannie/Freddie Over Buyback Programs” (6-3-14)

“Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has sued the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, alleging the companies’ refusal to engage in foreclosure buybacks programs is “unfairly and illegally causing Massachusetts families to lose their homes.”

Inman - “Home price appreciation expected to cool by half” (6-3-14)

“The weakness in home sales during the spring buying season “is clearly signaling a slowdown in price appreciation” data aggregator CoreLogic reported today.”

Realty Trac“The New American Migration” (6-3-14)

“If you’ve been watching the real estate reports for the last few weeks you know that a number of very bright spots have begun to emerge, local housing markets which are just booming.”

DS News“Survey: Is the Country Still in a Housing Crisis?” (6-3-14)

“While the housing market continues to make strides toward recovery following last decade’s crash, a new survey finds the majority of the American public still harbors doubts about whether the worst of it is truly over.”

Mortgage Professional America - “Bank slashes more mortgage jobs” (6-3-14)

“More layoffs have hit mortgage servicers as a major lender announced it will shed nearly 60 Fort Worth workers.”

Housing Wire - “Ocwen will stop using gag orders” (6-3-14)

“Ocwen Financial (OCN) reached an agreement with the New York Department of Financial Services, saying that it would stop using gag orders on mortgage modifications.”

DS News“April Home Sales Drop in Bay State” (6-3-14)

“April sales of Massachusetts single-family homes dropped 2.3 percent compared with the same month last year, according to the latest from the Warren Group.”

 

Hard Money Loan Closed

Hesperia, California hard money loan closed by The Norris Group private lending. Real estate investor received loan for $78,000 on a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home appraised for $134,000.

Hesperia Hard Money Loan closed by the Norris Group

 

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be presenting Secrets To Becoming Wealthy with South Los Angeles REIA on Monday, June 9, 2014.

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be speaking at the NSDREI 10th Anniversary Party in Oceanside on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be speaking at the Cutting-Edge Financial Tactics Brunch in Costa Mesa on Saturday, June 21, 2014.

 

Looking Back:

According to the FDIC, the number of closed banks was at 14 this week with the closure of a bank in Wisconsin.  Senators announced a plan they were putting into actions to do away with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and replace them with a new government establishment to handle mortgage securities.  Despite interest rates recovering, down payments continued to show signs of decrease.

 

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.