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

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Today’s News Synopsis:

Prices of homes have declined across the nation 28.3% since June 2006, according to the latest LPS home price index.  According to Housing Wire, more people were hired in the mortgage industry than were laid off in the third quarter.  According to Inman, NAR recently admitted overestimating the number of homes sold.

In The News:

DS News  “LPS: Prices Are 28.3% Below Peak in Mid-2006” (11-14-11)

“National home prices have been on the decline since June 2006 with a few bursts of increases, which Lender Processing Services  (LPS) attributes to seasonal trends. Overall, prices have declined 28.3 percent since their peak in June 2006, according to LPS’ home price index.”

Realty Times “Real Estate Outlook: Wealth Gap Related to Housing” (11-14-11)

“Housing has always been linked to wealth in one fashion or another, but now the latest indicators from the Pew Research Center show that housing has been one of the prime reasons for ‘divergent wealth trends’.”

Bloomberg “Home Prices in U.S. May Droop 8%, Pimco’s Simon Says: Tom Keene” (11-14-11)

“U.S. home prices will probably decline an additional 6 percent to 8 percent before bottoming, Pacific Investment Management Co.’s Scott Simon said.”

O.C. Register – “Pending housing deals up in October” (11-14-11)

“The latest Orange County home inventory report from Steve Thomas of says that as of Nov. 10  …’Demand, the number of new pending sales over the prior month, continues to bounce around the 2,900 level since mid-September. In the past two weeks it increased by 60 homes and now totals 2,914. … There are 244 additional pending sales this year compared to last year at this time, 8% stronger. This will of course translate to an increase in year over year sales at the end of the year’.”

Realtor Magazine – “Meausured Improvement in Commercial Sectors Expected” (11-14-11)

“Despite sluggish economic growth and continuing concerns over high unemployment and the struggling housing market, the modest but steady improvement in commercial real estate in 2011 is expected to continue into 2012 and 2013, analysts told REALTORS® yesterday.”

Housing Wire “Mortgage hirings outpace layoffs in 3Q” (11-14-11)

“Hirings in the mortgage industry outpaced layoffs in the third quarter, according to a new report compiled by MortgageDaily.  Total layoffs for the period hit 2,502, compared to 5,404 layoffs in the second quarter. ”

Inman – “NAR acknowledges overestimating home sales” (11-14-11)

“Potential problems with NAR’s benchmarking methodology were first reported by the blog Calculated Risk in January, and further detailed in a report by analysts with CoreLogic that concluded NAR may have overstated home sales by 15 to 20 percent.”

Housing Wire“BofA mired in billions of mortgage litigation” (11-14-11)

“Bank of America (BAC: 6.025 -2.98%) more than tripled its litigation expenses resolving mortgage problems from Merrill Lynch and Countrywide Financial Corp. in 2011, but they appear to be making at least some progress.”

DS News “California Expands Its Homeowner Relief Program” (11-14-11)

“California’s Keep Your Home California program is relaxing some of its eligibility restrictions and increasing the amount of assistance it provides struggling homeowners.”

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