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The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 4/12/11

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Today’s News Synopsis:

81 percent of respondents to a Pew Research Center’s survey believe housing is the best investment a person can make. California foreclosure sales increased 35.1% in March, according to ForeclosureRadar. Altos Research claims home sale inventory rose 2.97% last month. HUD is being sued over a rule requiring a property heir to pay the full mortgage balance to keep the home, even if it exceeds the value of the property.

In The News:

Mortgage Bankers Association“Weekly Applications Survey” (4-12-11)

“Mortgage applications decreased 6.7 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 8, 2011. ”

Housing Wire“Investors eager, but hold no great expectations for economic growth” (4-12-11)

“Investors are jumping back into the market and reducing their cash holdings even as the overall economic outlook suggests the world economy is facing ‘below-trend growth’ and ‘above trend’ inflation, according to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAC: 13.525 +0.26%) Survey of Fund Managers for April.”

Housing Wire“HUD halts foreclosures on reverse mortgage spouses” (4-12-11)

“The Department of Housing and Urban Development directed its reverse mortgage lenders and servicers to halt foreclosures on the borrower’s spouse, according to a letter sent out last week. The American Association of Retired Persons sued HUD in March on behalf of three spouses of reverse mortgage borrowers. HUD changed a previous policy from 1989, changed in 2008, that said than an heir, which includes a surviving spouse, must pay the full mortgage balance to keep the home, even if it exceeds the value of the property.”

Reuters “Housing still best investment despite downturn: study” (4-12-11)

“The survey by the Pew Research Center’s Social and Demographic Trends project found that 81 percent of respondents see housing as the best investment a person can make, despite a slump in prices that has knocked nearly a third off home values since 2006.”

MSN “Some real estate agents feeling spring chill” (4-12-11)

“Spring typically is the year’s busiest season for residential real estate, but this year some normally upbeat sales agents are showing signs of nervousness as they confront sluggish growth and tough lending standards.”

DSNews “Self-Evident Truth in Market Variables: Longer Foreclosure Timelines” (4-12-11)

“in California foreclosure sales in March increased 35.1 percent on a month-over-month basis, but rose just 10.5 percent on a daily average basis. Nevada foreclosure sales, however, bounced back strongly after falling in February, rising 109.5 percent even on a daily average basis.”

Housing Wire“Mortgage industry workforce plummets 51% since 2006” (4-12-11)

“The number of employees in the mortgage industry declined 51% between February 2006 and February 2011, which equates to a loss of 257,000 jobs. February 2006 marked the peak of employment in this sector at 505,000 individuals.”

Housing Wire“Fannie, Freddie lenders to submit electronic appraisals in June” (4-12-11)

“Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac notified lenders Wednesday that a new system will be available June 27 giving lenders the ability to upload appraisals electronically.”

Housing Wire“Housing inventory rises for spring selling season: Altos” (4-12-11)

“Home sale inventory was up 2.97% in March and up 6.83% over the three months ended in March, according to the Altos Research 10-City Composite Index.”

Orange County Register “Who has too much power in America?” (4-12-11)

“A new Gallup Poll shows Americans think that lobbyists, major corporations, banks, and the federal government have too much power, while state and local governments, the legal system, organized religion, and the military have the right amount of power or too little of it.”

Looking Back:

One year ago, distressed home sales in Orange County were selling 34 percent under the typical market place. Fiserv estimated that home prices would not return to the past peak levels until 2025.

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