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The Norris Group’s Bruce Norris to speak at MBA’s first Single-Family Rental Finance Summit

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Bruce Norris, The Norris GroupARLINGTON, Va. — The changing single-family rental market is a hot topic that’s grabbed the attention of Wall Street as the rental market evolves in the wake of the nation’s housing crisis.

Bruce Norris, president of The Norris Group, will serve as a panelist at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Single-Family Rental Finance Summit 2014, the first MBA conference of this type. The summit is set for April 22 in Arlington, Va.

Norris will speak on a panel titled “LENDERS: Financing options — What’s Available to Owners/Aggregators of Single-Family Rentals?” Panelists will provide a run-down of the products currently available to investors and where they are seeing interest.

Norris will join Rick Sharga, executive vice president of Auction.com, and Paul E. Sveen, managing partner of Pantelan Real Estate Services, on the panel.

He predicts a lively discussion.

“In our panel there will be some discussion on where the single-family rental inventory is going to come from in the future,” Norris said, “and I think we will probably disagree on where that will come from.”

Norris has been an investor in residential properties for more than 30 years. His company, The Norris Group of Riverside, Calif., is known for having a pulse on what’s happening in the California residential real estate market and also invests in the housing market. In 2005, the firm wrote a report titled “The California Crash,” that predicted the large home price declines and sharp rises in foreclosures that hit the Golden State about three years later.

The Norris Group finances single-family purchases for small real estate investors — those buying properties one at a time to renovate and flip, hold as rentals, or those building new properties.

The MBA summit will to bring together owners, lenders, investors, government officials and others, with the goal of ensuring the evolving single-family rental market gets the attention it deserves.

Attendees will learn about the history of the single-family market with CEO perspectives. Topics will include future inventory and where it will come from; financing options; government policies; and the future of institutional participation.

For more information about The Norris Group, visit thenorrisgroup.com. Reporters seeking interviews with Bruce Norris before or after the event should contact Aaron Norris at (951) 780-5856. For more information on registration and the event, see the Mortgage Bankers Association events section. 

About Bruce Norris

Bruce Norris is an active investor, hard money lender, and real estate educator with more than 30 years experience. Bruce has been involved in over 2,000 real estate transactions as a buyer, seller, builder and money partner.

About the MBA

The Mortgage Bankers Association represents the real estate finance industry. It strives to balance the interests of diverse stakeholders, from Main Street to Wall Street, spanning all aspects of real estate finance, including commercial, multifamily and residential.  For more information, visit mba.org.

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The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 6/16/11

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Today’s News Synopsis:

NAHB reported that the U.S. Commerce Department released new numbers reporting that housing starts increased 3.5% in the month of May.  CNN reported that the number of filings for foreclosures fell for the 8th month in a row, while DSNews reported that the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage are collaborating to help prevent foreclosures.  On another positive note, the sales and prices of homes were the same this month as in April, showing a positive trend.

In The News:

Inman“Mortgage rates level off at 2011 lows” (6-16-11)

“Mortgage rates leveled off this week at or near their lows for the year after declining for eight consecutive weeks, Freddie Mac said in releasing the results of its latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey.”

RisMedia“Monthly Housing Market Trends Point in a Positive Direction” (6-16-11)

“Home sales and prices were both nearly the same as April in the May 2011 RE/MAX National Housing Report when compared to the same time last year. ”

DSNews“CoreLogic Launches New Property Condition Report” (6-16-11)

“California-based CoreLogic, a provider of information, analytics, and business services, now helps regulated financial institutions meet the federal Interagency Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines for lending decisions via its new property condition report.”

NAHB - “Housing Starts Gain 3.5 Percent in May” (6-16-11)

“Nationwide housing starts rose 3.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 560,000 units in May, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Commerce Department. The gain partially offsets a larger decline that was registered in April.”

Inman“California sales, prices sag in May” (6-16-11)

“Sales of existing single-family homes in California fell 5.8 percent from April to May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 471,480 units, according to statistics collected by the California Association of Realtors from 90 Realtor associations and multiple listing services.”

Housing Wire - “Bair floats combining mortgage servicer consent orders with AG settlement” (6-16-11)

“Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair said there is a possibility the servicing standards from both the recently signed consent orders and the ongoing negotiations with the 50 state attorneys general can be combined.”

CNN Money“Foreclosures fall for 8th straight month” (6-16-11)

“Foreclosure filings experienced their eighth straight month of declines, according to RealtyTrac.”

Housing Wire - “Jobless claims fell to 414,000 last week” (6-16-11)

“Initial jobless claims fell last week, coming in well below most analysts’ estimates and remaining higher than 400,000.  The Labor Department said the seasonally adjusted figure of actual initial claims for the week ended June 11 decreased about 3.7% to 414,000 from 430,000 the previous week, which was revised upward by 3,000 claims.”

Los Angeles Times“California home sales fall 13.3% in May” (6-16-11)

“Sales of homes in California plunged 13.3% in May from the same month a year ago, when tax incentives were fueling the market, according to real estate research firm DataQuick of San Diego.”

DSNews“Freddie: 30-Year Fixed Rate Ticks Up for First Time in Nine Weeks” (6-16-11)

“Freddie Mac released its weekly survey of mortgage interest rates Thursday, which showed that the 30-year rate edged up 1 basis point while the 15-year rate dropped 1 basis point.”

DSNews“Wells Fargo and U.S. Mayors Form Foreclosure Prevention Alliance” (6-16-11)

“The U.S. Conference of Mayors and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage have joined forces to create a national alliance focused on foreclosure prevention, property disposition, homeownership promotion, and community development.”

Looking Back:

The Commerce Department reported housing starts fell 10% from April of 2010. According to the MBA, mortgage application volume increased 17.7 percent from the prior week. Fitch Ratings Ltd. predicted that most borrowers who received lower mortgage payments under a federal government program would default within 12 months. New home sales were down 27% in May of 2010, according to a John Burns Real Estate Consulting builder survey.

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 4/27/11

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Today’s News Synopsis:

If passed, a new California bill will require lenders to make a decision on mortgage modifications before beginning the repossession process. According to the Census Bureau, the national home vacancy rate fell to 2.6% in the first quarter. A study from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business shows that 35% of mortgage defaults in the U.S. were strategic during September 2010.

In The News:

Mortgage Bankers Association“Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey”z (4-27-11)

“Mortgage applications decreased 5.6 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 22, 2011.”

Los Angeles Times“California bill ending ‘dual track’ foreclosures faces key vote” (4-27-11)

“A proposed law facing a key vote in Sacramento on Wednesday would require lenders in California to make a decision on mortgage modifications for delinquent homeowners before beginning the repossession process, in effect ending “dual track” foreclosures in the state.”

Bloomberg - “Home Vacancies Fall in First Quarter as Foreclosures Stall” (4-27-11)

“The U.S. home-vacancy rate, a measure of the share of properties empty and for sale, fell to 2.6 percent in the first quarter as foreclosures slowed amid a lender backlog in processing paperwork. The rate, down from 2.7 percent in the fourth quarter, is based on 2 million vacant properties for sale out of 74.5 million residences, the Census Bureau said today.”

Inman - “FICO to walkaways: You’re on our screen” (4-27-11)

“A study by researchers at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business found that during last September alone, 35 percent of mortgage defaults in the U.S. were strategic — up sharply from 26 percent in March 2009.”

Bloomberg - “Fed Says Recovery is ‘Moderate’; Bond Buying to End in June” (4-27-11)

“Federal Reserve policy makers said the economy is recovering at a ‘moderate pace’ and a pickup in inflation is likely to be temporary, as they agreed to finish $600 billion of bond purchases on schedule in June.”

Looking Back:

One year ago, The S&P Index showed home prices increased in February. Speculators believed the Federal Reserve would keep interest rates at the 2010 low. The LexisNexis Mortgage Asset Research Institute reported that fraud increased by 7 percent in 2009. According to the FHFA, the average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) of $417,000 or less was 5.09% during April 2010.

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 4/6/11

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Today’s News Synopsis:

Mortgage applications dropped 2% from last week, according to the MBA. CoreLogic has developed a tool to determine whether borrowers are overstating their income. A small business tax rule has been reversed by Congress. Borrowers will no longer be excluded from 3 of the 4 Keep Your Home California programs just because they took out a home equity line of credit or did a cash-out refinance.

In The News:

Mortgage Bankers Association“Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey” (4-6-11)

“Mortgage applications decreased 2.0 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 1, 2011.”

MDA DataQuick“Use of FHA Loans Declines; VA Loan Use Up from Last Year” (4-4-11)

“In February, 33.3 percent of the purchase mortgages used in those 20 metro areas were FHA-insured, down from 34.2 percent in January and 38.2 percent in February 2010, according to San Diego-based DataQuick Information Systems. Last month’s figure was the lowest since FHA loans made up 33.0% of the purchase loan market in November 2008.”

Inman - “CoreLogic tools automate income verification” (4-5-11)

“Data aggregator and analytics company CoreLogic is offering mortgage lenders free 30-day trials of its real-time income validation tool, IncomeAdvisor. IncomeAdvisor is designed to help lenders determine whether borrowers are overstating their claimed income”

Los Angeles Times“Tax rule that would’ve hurt small business is repealed” (4-6-11)

“All businesses would have had to file tax forms for every person or company with whom they did more than $600 worth of business in a year. Small businesses protested, saying they would be buried in paperwork, so Congress is reversing course.”

San Francisco Chronicle - “Mortgage aid offered to those who cashed out equity” (4-6-11)

“The California Housing Finance Agency said Tuesday that people will no longer be excluded from three of the four Keep Your Home California programs just because they took out a home equity line of credit or did a cash-out refinance.”

Housing Wire“Undercover investigation reveals mortgage scammer tactics” (4-6-11)

“Four fair housing organizations released findings Wednesday from a yearlong undercover investigation uncovering loan modification scammer-tactics victimizing homeowners.”

Looking Back:

One year ago, a Fannie Mae survey showed that approximately two-thirds of Americans still preferred to own a home. Independent mortgage bankers and subsidiaries made an average profit of $890 on each loan they originated in the fourth quarter of 2009. The National Bankruptcy Research Center claims that bankruptcies could total over 1.5 million in 2010. According to Reis Inc, rent prices declined by 1.6 percent from 2009.

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 3/23/11

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Today’s News Synopsis:

The Commerce Department said single-family home sales dropped 16.9% in February. However, a survey from Bloomberg shows many economists believe home sales probably increased in February. Mortgage applications increased 2.7% last week, according to the MBA.

In The News:

MBA - “Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey” (3-23-11)

“Mortgage applications increased 2.7 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 18, 2011.”

NAHB - “New-Home Sales Hit Record Low in February” (3-23-11)

“Sales of newly built, single-family homes declined 16.9 percent in February to a record-low seasonally adjusted annual rate of 250,000 units, according to figures released today by the U.S. Commerce Department.”

Bloomberg - “Sales of New U.S. Homes Probably Rose in February After Slump in January” (3-23-11)

“Purchases, tabulated when contracts are signed, climbed 2.1 percent to a 290,000 annual pace after slumping 13 percent in January, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg News survey of 77 economists. Even with the gain, sales are close to the record-low 274,000 pace reached in August.”

Housing Wire“Architectural design industry making slow recovery: AIA” (3-23-11)

“The Architecture Billings Index increased slightly, up to 50.6 in February from 50 in January, according to American Institute of Architects data released Wednesday.”

Bloomberg - “Foreclosure Terms May Pose ‘Moral Hazard,’ State Attorneys General Say” (3-23-11)

“The settlement offer ‘appears to reach well beyond the scope of our enforcement role, and, in some instances, far exceeds the scope of the misconduct which was the subject of our original investigation,’ according to the letter, which was verified by Brian Gottstein, a spokesman for Cuccinelli.”

Housing Wire“SEC clears shareholder vote for foreclosure reviews at major banks” (3-23-11)

“The Securities and Exchange Commission upheld a New York City pension funds request that big bank shareholders will get to vote on whether or not those vested financial institutions conduct foreclosure reviews.”

Housing Wire“FDIC’s Bair: Dodd-Frank will strengthen smaller banks” (3-23-11)

“Reforms under the Dodd-Frank Act will go further to benefit smaller community banks than the ineffective rules established just before the crisis, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair said before the Independent Community Bankers Association Tuesday.”

Orange County Register – “Forecast: Calif. home prices to rise 23%” (3-23-11)

“All told, Beacon is basically projecting that California home prices will jump 23% in five years ($57,800) – from a typical selling price of $256,136 in 2010 to $323,368 in 2015. Depending on one’s view, that projected 2015 pricing would be equal to the highest since 2008, back at early 2004 levels – or still 38% off the 2007 peak.”

Looking Back:

One year ago, existing home sales decreased by 0.6 percent within one month. The California senate approved of a new homebuyer tax credit. Nothaft claimed the 30-year fixed mortgage rate would reach 5.6 percent by the end of 2010. The Los Angeles-based home builder, KB Homes, experienced a profit loss beyond which was previously expected.

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 3/17/11

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Today’s News Synopsis:

Statistics from the MBA show outstanding commercial/multifamily mortgage debt  fell by 0.5% in the 4th quarter of 2010. FHA mortgage delinquencies decreased about 7% year over year. According to MDA DataQuick, 4,991 new and resale houses and condos sold in the Bay Area during February. Also, 27,320 new and resale houses and condos were sold statewide last month.

In The News:

MBA - “Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Debt Outstanding Fell by $67 billion, 2.7 Percent in 2010, Driven by CMBS Declines” (3-17-11)

“The level of commercial/multifamily mortgage debt outstanding decreased by 0.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010, to $2.4 trillion, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) analysis of the Federal Reserve Board Flow of Funds data. On a year-over-year basis, the amount of mortgage debt outstanding at the end of 2010 was $67 billion lower than at the end of 2009, a decline of 2.7 percent.”

Housing Wire“Senate committee delays foreclosure mediation bill again” (3-17-11)

“The Senate Judiciary Committee delayed voting on a bill that would authorize bankruptcy courts to establish a mediation program in foreclosure cases nationwide. It is the second delay in as many months.”

Housing Wire“FHA delinquencies drop due to higher quality mortgage origination” (3-17-11)

“The serious delinquency rate for mortgages in the Federal Housing Administration portfolio declined about 7% in the first quarter of 2011 from one year ago. The 8.29% rate dropped from 8.9% a year earlier, according to a quarterly update from the FHA. In the fourth quarter of 2010, the delinquency rate was 8.84%.”

MDA DataQuick“Bay Area Housing Market Stuck In Neutral; Investors, Cash Buyers Active” (3-17-11)

“A total of 4,991 new and resale houses and condos sold in the nine-county Bay Area last month. That was up 0.5 percent from 4,966 in January but down 0.9 percent from 5,035 in February 2010, according to San Diego-based DataQuick Information Systems.”

MDA DataQuick“California February Home Sales” (3-17-11)

“An estimated 27,320 new and resale houses and condos were sold statewide last month. That was down 1.4 percent from 27,706 in January, and down 2.8 percent from 28,111 for February 2010. California sales for the month of February have varied from a low of 20,153 in 2008 to a high of 48,409 in 2004, while the average is 32,117. DataQuick’s statistics go back to 1988.”

Housing Wire“Jobless claims drop 4%” (3-17-11)

“The number of initial jobless claims filed by unemployed Americans fell 4% last week to 385,000 initial claims filed on an seasonally adjusted basis, according to the most recent Labor Department survey.”

Housing Wire“Small investors play big role in healing housing market” (3-17-11)

“Small, local investors who earn less than $100,000 a year are playing a major role in the housing recovery by acquiring distressed REO properties, fixing them up and renting them out to future buyers.”

NAHB - “Young Home Buyers Will Lead Housing Market Recovery, Says NAHB” (3-17-11)

“Generation X –young families and adults ages 31 to 45 – are likely to lead the home buying recovery as it gets underway, according to real estate experts who spoke at an educational webinar produced by the National Association of Home Builders”

Housing Wire“RE/MAX: February home sales down 3%” (3-17-11)

“February home sales dropped 3% from one year ago, but increased from January, according to the RE/MAX national housing report.”

Looking Backing:

One year ago, the CBIA reported that new home sales decreased by 12 percent from January of 2009. Mortgage loan applications decreased by 1.9 percent from the previous week. HOPE NOW made over 99,000 modifications in January 2010, and HAMP made over 50,000.

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 3/9/11

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Today’s News Synopsis:

Mortgage applications increased 15.5% last week, according to the MBA. UCLA economists predict California’s unemployment rate will remain above 10% until 2013. Freddie Mac’s level of REO properties has grown 145.7% over the past two years. Obama threatened to veto bills terminating the Federal Housing Administration’s Short Refi and the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Emergency Homeowner Loan Program.

In The News:

Mortgage Bankers Association“Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey” (3-9-11)

“Mortgage applications increased 15.5 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 4, 2011.”

Los Angeles Times“California labor market recovery to go more slowly than predicted, report says” (3-9-11)

“The state’s unemployment rate will remain in double digits until early 2013, according to a report slated for release Wednesday by UCLA’s Anderson School of Management . That’s three months later than the university’s economists forecast in December, as California’s weak housing market continues to weigh on the region’s recovery.”

Housing Wire“AARP sues HUD over reverse mortgage foreclosures” (3-9-11)

“A reverse or Home Equity Conversion Mortgage allows the borrower, who must be at least 62 years old, to convert a portion of the equity in the home for cash. No repayment is required until the borrower no longer uses the home as a principal residence or does not meet the obligations of the loan, often in the event of death.”

Housing Wire“Cleveland Fed economist calls for toxic asset bad bank” (3-9-11)

“James Thomson, vice president and financial economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, believes regulators can ease the pain of future financial meltdowns by creating a bad bank to acquire all toxic assets, including underperforming mortgages.”

Housing Wire“Freddie Mac implores mortgage servicers to reach borrowers early” (3-9-11)

“Freddie announced it will use a new scorecard to measure how its mortgage servicers perform beginning in the third quarter. The change is part of a wider revamp of how Freddie will manage its 1,400 servicing companies and monitor how they put troubled mortgages through the loss mitigation process.”

Housing Wire“Freddie Mac hires two REO servicers to help handle rising inventory” (3-9-11)

“The partnership is designed to manage expected increases in REO inventory, Freddie Mac said. At the end of February, the GSE said,the level of its REO properties grew 145.7% in just two years. In 2008, REO inventory was 29,346 compared to 72,093 homes in 2010.”

Housing Wire“Obama threatens to veto bills killing foreclosure programs” (3-9-11)

“The House Financial Services Committee voted last week approving two bills that would terminate the Federal Housing Administration’s Short Refi and the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Emergency Homeowner Loan Program.”

Bloomberg - “Hotel Purchases Will Soar on Rising Room Rates, Jones Lang LaSalle Says” (3-9-11)

“Hotel rates will gain this year as a recovery in business travel fills more rooms, lodging companies including Marriott International Inc., the biggest hotelier in the U.S., said yesterday in Berlin. Leisure travel is also rebounding after consumers trimmed spending during the recession. Revenue per room in the hotel industry rose worldwide in 2010, according to researcher STR Global.”

Looking Back:

Capital Economics claims that U.S. home values are 20 percent undervalued. Yields on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage securities fell to record lows. Trulia reports that 19 percent of homes had a price reduction last month. Real estate appraisers claim that Obama’s new foreclosure program encourages fraud.

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 3/2/11

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Today’s News Synopsis:

The MBA reports mortgage applications fell 6.5% last week. HUD said mortgage delinquencies declined in January. Wells Fargo predicts California economic growth will remain slow this year.

In The News:

Mortgage Bankers Association“Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey” (3-2-11)

“Mortgage applications decreased 6.5 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 25, 2011.”

Sign On San Diego“San Diego, Orange counties lead state growth” (3-2-11)

“Job growth in San Diego and Orange counties will help lead California into economic recovery, but the statewide growth rate will remain ‘painfully slow,’ according to a study released Tuesday by the economics group at Wells Fargo Securities.”

Inman - “HUD ramps up grants to fair housing groups” (3-2-11)

“Federal housing regulators are boosting grant funding by 48 percent to fair housing groups and nonprofit agencies that educate the public about housing and lending discrimination laws and help catch violators.”

Bloomberg - “BofA, Citigroup Say Mortgage Database Draws Scrutiny in Foreclosure Probe” (3-2-11)

“Earnings at Bank of America, the largest U.S. lender, may suffer materially if using Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems or MERS is found to be invalid, according to a regulatory filing last week. Citigroup and PNC said fines or other penalties may result from investigations into MERS and allegations of faulty foreclosure practices.”

Office of Thrift Supervision“Thrift Industry Reports First Annual Profit Since Financial Crisis Began” (3-1-11)

“The U.S. thrift industry posted a profit of $6.6 billion in 2010, the first profitable year for the industry since 2006, the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) reported today.”

Housing Wire“CMBS delinquency slows most since financial crisis, still hits record high” (3-2-11)

“The delinquency rate on commercial mortgage-backed securities increased 5 basis points to 9.39% in February, the smallest monthly gain since the financial crisis in 2008, according to analytics firm Trepp.”

Housing Wire“Obama administration sees unsettled home prices keeping market down” (3-2-11)

“In its latest housing scorecard released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Treasury Department, the administration said mortgage delinquencies in January continued to decline from record levels seen at the beginning of 2010.”

Housing Wire“Fed’s Beige Book shows muted results in housing, finance” (3-2-11)

“Overall economic activity continued to expand at a modest to moderate pace in January and early February, although the housing and financial markets outlook was muted, according to the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book.”

Bloomberg - “Treasury Lobbies Congress to Save Housing Assistance Programs” (3-2-11)

“Congress is weighing whether to eliminate programs that have helped fewer homeowners than promised. About 1.5 million households have begun trial mortgage modifications through HAMP, down from initial projections of 3 million to 4 million.”

Looking Back:

One year ago, 68 percent of U.S. citizens supported the government’s involvement in the housing market. Fannie Mae announced plans to buy 150,000 to 200,000 delinquent loans from MBS trusts. Economist Jan Hatzius believed we would not see an interest rate increase any time in the near future. Realtors advised that staging is a critical component of selling a home.

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 2/8/11

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Today’s News Synopsis:

Fannie Mae and the MBA predict the housing market will begin a rebound that will last for the next two years, and Zandi predicts 4% gdp growth through 2012. IAS claims national home prices fell 0.8% during the 4th quarter of 2010.

In The News:

Bloomberg - “New-Home Recovery Seen in U.S. as Post-Super Bowl Selling Season Kicks Off” (2-8-11)

“The chief executive officers of six of the 10 largest U.S. homebuilders cited the potential of a sales comeback in the spring, traditionally their strongest season, during conference calls in the last four weeks. Housing forecasts from Fannie Mae and the Mortgage Bankers Association show the new-home market will begin a rebound that will last through at least 2012.”

Housing Wire“Millions of homeowners still at risk as economy heats up: ASF panel” (2-8-11)

“Zandi expects GDP growth of close to 4% this year and in 2012. He also projects jobs growth in 2011 to more than double last year’s roughly 1.25 million new private sector jobs, climbing to about 2.5 million to 3 million. The unemployment rate should end 2011 south of 9%, dropping to lower than 8% by the end of 2012.”

Housing Wire“Fed opens comment on Dodd-Frank regulation of nonbank firms” (2-8-11)

“The Federal Reserve Board has opened the public comment period on a proposed rule that, if implemented, would allow regulators to pull certain nonbank firms under the Fed’s regulatory scope by declaring them systemically important to the financial system.”

Housing Wire“IAS: House price index drops in 4Q, despite gains in South” (2-8-11)

“Integrated Asset Services’ home price index fell 0.8% during the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to 3Q but gained 0.9% when compared to the year-ago quarter — a slight gain attributed mostly to the government’s homebuyer tax credit boost.”

Housing Wire“Investors seen as key to stablizing housing market” (2-8-11)

“A panel at the American Securitization Forum in Orlando, Fla., said that the best buyers for distressed sales are housing investors, not owner-occupants. Further, the role of the former is seen as key to keeping the economy on track, they say.”

Housing Wire“Dallas Fed CEO says he’ll dissent if quantitative easing returns” (2-8-11)

“Richard Fisher, CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, said he’s hard-pressed to imagine any type of scenario where he would vote for more quantitative easing by the Federal Open Market Committee.”

Housing Wire“KBW finds meaningful decline in January mortgage prepayments” (2-8-11)

“Total prepayments for Fannie mortgage-backed securities dropped to a constant prepayment rate of 19.3% from more than 25% in December and 26% in November. The CPR is the ratio of mortgages prepaid in a certain time period. CPR for Freddie fell to 21.5% from 28.5% in December and 30.6% in November.”

Orange County Register“Why lenders are wary of trusts” (2-8-11)

“many lenders will not fund into a trust. Typically if a lender will or will not do something it has something to do with either their ability to foreclose at a later date if need be, or cost. In the case of the living trust it is a case of both.”

Looking Back:

One year ago, the U.S. Treasury Department reported 66,465 permanent loan modifications over 8 months. Delinquencies on prime jumbo loans increased to 10 percent in one month. Distressed property sales increased in Dana Point and Laguna Beach. Unemployment in the U.S. construction industry increased to 24.7 percent in January.

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 2/7/11

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Today’s News Synopsis:

The MBA reports $110 billion in commercial and multifamily mortgages were originated in 2010. 36,500 mortgages were modified through government and proprietary programs in December, according to Fitch Ratings. Altos Research announced plans to release a new, forward valuation model for real estate. S&P claims 80% of the loan modifications that took place over the last 3 years defaulted again within 2 years.

In The News:

Mortgage Bankers Association“MBA: Strong Fourth Quarter Drives 2010 Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Bankers Originations 36 Percent Above 2009 Levels” (2-7-11)

“Mortgage bankers originated $110 billion of commercial and multifamily mortgages during 2010 – an increase of 36 percent from 2009″

Mortgage Bankers Association“MBA: Only 11 Percent of $1.4 trillion of Non-Bank Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Debt Set to Mature in 2011″ (2-7-11)

“Of the $1.4 trillion balance of outstanding commercial/multifamily mortgages held by non-bank investors, only 11 percent of the total ($155 billion) will mature in 2011, and 9 percent ($125 billion) in 2012″

Press Enterprise“Surveys project Gen Y’s impact on for-sale and rental housing” (2-7-11)

“Gen Y forms a large consumer group–even a bit larger than the Baby Boomers, according to a report published by Meyers LLC, an Orange County based real estate research company. Meyers cites a report by the Marcus and Millichap commercial brokerage that 20-to-34 year olds constituted a 65 percent share of job gains in 2010.”

Washington Post“Republicans call for swift action to weaken Fannie and Freddie” (2-7-11)

“Republicans unveiled a four-point outline of how they want to overhaul the nation’s troubled mortgage system, including shrinking the number of mortgages owned by the troubled companies.”

Housing Wire - “Mortgage modifications drop 57% from 2009 peak: Fitch” (2-7-11)

“Servicers modified 36,500 mortgages through government and proprietary programs in December 2010, down 57% from the peak of 86,500 in April 2009, according to Fitch Ratings.”

Housing Wire“Altos unveils forward-looking valuation model” (2-7-11)

“The AltosEvaluate forward valuation modeling forecasts changes in a property’s sale price three, six, or 12 months into the future based on the strength or weakness of any local real estate market.”

Housing Wire - “BarCap reveals a new mess in mortgage servicing: Remittance reports” (2-7-11)

“For modified loans, remittance reports are not specifying the exact amount of forgiveness, forbearance and the recapitalization of principal. But they are added to the cash flows, confusing investors who can only see a hole of information between the beginning and ending loan balance.”

Housing Wire“Fannie Mae multifamily funding drops 14% in 2010″ (2-7-11)

“Fannie Mae financing for multifamily properties in 2010 dropped 14% compared to 2009, with substantial decreases in funding to manufactured housing communities and senior housing.”

Housing Wire“S&P: Loan mods fail to keep distressed borrowers afloat” (2-7-11)

“The New York-based rating agency said 80% of the loans cured by a modification in the time period stretching from 2007 to 2010 defaulted again within 24 months.”

Housing Wire“FDIC will base insurance charges to banks on risk, not deposits” (2-7-11)

“Banks that take more risk with their investments will be forced to pay more in insurance costs to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., according to rules finalized on Monday.”

Bloomberg - “REITs Seek to Lure Pension-Fund Money From Private Equity” (2-7-11)

“The National Association of REITs found that a portfolio 30 percent invested in commercial property shares delivered a higher return relative to one more heavily tilted toward private-equity funds, based on a study to be published today on the group’s website.”

Housing Wire - “U.S. Homeowners in Foreclosure Process Were 507 Days Late Paying” (2-7-11)

“U.S. homeowners in the foreclosure process were an average of 507 days late on payments at the end of last year as lenders handled a record rate of mortgage delinquencies, Lender Processing Services Inc. said today.”

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.