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The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 2/21/12

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Today’s News Synopsis:

The Lender Processing Services said delinquency rates fell last month, but at the same time the economy saw an increase in foreclosures.  Real Estate Brokerage firm Grubb & Ellis Co. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will sell their assets to Newmark Knight Frank’s parent company BGC Partners Inc.  In other news, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac regulators want to create a new mortgage-backed securities market while giving Fannie and Freddie fewer privileges.

In The News:

DS News“Bank and Non-Profit Unite to Provide Homes to Service Members” (2-21-12)

“Operation Homefront, a non-profit which assists families of service members, partnered with Chase to place at least 100 Wounded Warriors, military, and veteran families into permanent residences this year through the Homes on the Homefront programn.

Los Angeles Times“Grubb & Ellis Co. assets sold in Chapter 11 bankruptcy” (2-21-12)

“Venerable commercial real estate brokerage Grubb & Ellis Co. will sell its assets to the parent company of rival Newmark Knight Frank as part of a prepackaged bankruptcy, the firms said Tuesday.”

Housing Wire“Delinquency rate falls in January but foreclosure starts rise: LPS” (2-21-12)

“The delinquency rate on U.S. mortgages monitored by Lender Processing Services ($22.72 0%) fell in January but foreclosure starts rose.”

Realty Times“CFPB Proposes New Form For Mortgage Statements” (2-21-12)

“CFPB will affect real estate financing in matters ranging from disclosures to underwriting to appraisal practices. And that’s just the real estate part. CFPB will also have its hand in the business of credit card companies, credit reporting agencies, automobile financing, payday lenders, and many others.”

DS News“Apraisal Service Delivers 1 Million Reports” (2-21-12)

“a la mode announced February 16 that its DataCourier service reached a milestone of one million appraisal reports delivered since September 1, 2011, the time new Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD) requirements went into effect.”

Housing Wire“FHFA submits plan to build new secondary mortgage market” (2-21-12)

“Federal Housing Finance Agency Acting Director Edward DeMarco sent a plan to Congress on how to fix the nation’s mortgage finance market. His solution is to build a completely new infrastructure for the secondary market while contracting activities at the government-sponsored enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.”

Bloomberg“Seizures Threatened in Massachusetts With Naked Loans Challenge: Mortgages” (2-21-12)

“The highest court in Massachusetts is poised to rule as soon as this month on a foreclosure case that could lead to a surge in claims from home owners seeking to overturn seizures.”

Los Angeles Times“Housing regulator wants Congress to shrink Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac” (2-21-12)

“The regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac wants to gradually shrink the seized housing finance giants and create a new market for mortgage-backed securities to help the private sector to replace them.”

DS News“Ohio Spends $75M to Demolish Neighborhood Blight” (2-21-12)

“Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will use a portion of Ohio’s $335 million reward from the recent national settlement with the nation’s largest servicers for property demolition.

Housing Wire“Fitch downgrades CMBS, including bond holding Credit Suisse US HQ” (2-21-12)

“The lagging performance of certain commercial and multifamily properties, including one containing the Credit Suisse ($27.67 0.77%) headquarters in Manhattan, prompted Fitch Ratings to downgrade nine classes of mortgage-backed securities.”

Hard Money Loan Closed

Compton, California hard money loan closed by The Norris Group private lending. Real estate investor received loan for $125,000 on a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home appraised for $238,000.

California Real Estate Investor Events:

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be at the Riverside Escrow Association today, February 21, 2012.

The Norris Group posted a news event.  Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be at the Real Estate Rewind at FIBI Long Beach on February 23, 2012.

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 1/27/12

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Sources:
Foreclosure Properties Fall to 20% of Home Buys
Loan Modifications Are on the Decline: Moody’s
First-time unemployment claims climb
American economy not healthy yet, but it’s healing
Pending Home Sales Decline Monthly, Rise Annually
Contracts to Purchase Existing U.S. Homes Hold Near 19-Month High: Economy
FHFA home prices fall 1.8% in November
Sales of U.S. New Homes Unexpectedly Decline in December
30-Year Mortgage Rates Rise From Record Low
Fed: Benchmark Rate Will Stay Low Until ’14
California Home Foreclosure Notices Decline 12% as Lenders Change Policies
First Three Bank Failures of 2012 to Cost FDIC $244M
Illinois AG Sues S&P
Eric Schneiderman promises aggressive financial fraud probe
Two banks signal they may join mortgage deal
Senate clears $1.2 trillion debt ceiling raise
Obama Announces New Refi Program in State of the Union Address
Wells Fargo launches pilot programs to clear LA, Atlanta housing inventory
FHFA: Principal reduction would cost Fannie, Freddie $100 billion
Programmers Size Up Bank Borrowers With Algorithms Rather Than FICO Scores

Today’s News Synopsis:

In this week’s video, Aaron Norris gives the news of the week in the world of real estate and other big news of the week.  The Commerce Department said the growth rate for the gross domestic product was averaged to be 2.8% in the last quarter of 2011.  LPS reported a 30 year-over-year decrease in new loan originations in November.  At the same time, loan delinquencies also decreased 25% last month.  In other news, Freddie Mac reported an increase in the average mortgage rate.

In The News:

Bloomberg - “D.R. Horton Reports First-Quarter Profit as Homebuilding Revenue Increases” (1-27-12)

“D.R. Horton Inc. (DHI), the largest U.S. homebuilder by volume, reported first-quarter profit that beat analyst estimates after a year-earlier loss as revenue from home sales rose.”

Housing Wire - “New originations drop 30%, loan delinquencies decline” (1-27-12)

“Low interest rates are spurring some activity in the mortgage market, but opportunities for borrowers with low credit scores are limited, according to the latest Mortgage Monitor Report from LPS Applied Analytics.  New loan originations, overall, fell 30% year-over-year in November, with LPS reporting 537,720 originations in November, compared to 724,364 in December 2010. The report did not include new origination amounts for December 2011.”

CNN Money - “SEC to step up scrutiny of private equity firms” (1-27-12)

“The private equity world is struggling to stay in the shadows.  It’s harder to do so with Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney getting criticized for his private equity roots. If that weren’t enough, the Securities and Exchange Commission says it plans to step up scrutiny of the industry as well.”

Realty Times - “Mortgage Rates Reverse Course on Positive Housing Data” (1-27-12)

“In Freddie Mac’s results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® the average mortgage rates climbed as the housing market ended 2011 on a high note.”

San Francisco Chronicle“Unexpected dip in U.S. new home sales in December” (1-27-12)

“Sales of new U.S. homes unexpectedly declined in December for the first time in four months, capping the slowest year on record for builders.”

DS News - “Michigan, Ohio Lawmakers Propose Large-Scale Demolition” (1-27-12)

“With vacant and deteriorating properties taking a toll on communities throughout Ohio and Michigan, lawmakers from the two states are proposing large-scale demolition as a means of easing the burden of these problematic properties.”

Housing Wire“GDP growth rate of 2.8% for 4Q” (1-27-12)

“Higher readings on private inventory investment, consumer spending and and residential investment led the Commerce Department to estimate the gross domestic product growth rate at 2.8% for the final three months of 2011.”

DS News - “Administration Revamps HAMP to Reach More Borrowers” (1-27-12)

“The Obama administration has announced changes to its flagship foreclosure prevention initiative – the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) – which officials say will expand its reach to more distressed homeowners.”

Housing Wire“January consumer sentiment posts 11-month high” (1-27-12)

“Consumer sentiment climbed to an index level of 75 in January, the best reading of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan survey in nearly a year.”

CNN Money - “Mortgage probe unveiled as foreclosure talks loom” (1-27-12)

“President Obama’s latest probe into the mortgage meltdown will have more power than past efforts, and federal officials say it won’t derail a possible $20 billion settlement for underwater and foreclosed homeowners.”

Hard Money Loan Closed

Riverside, California hard money loan closed by The Norris Group private lending. Real estate investor received loan for $85,000 on a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom home appraised for $135,000.

California Real Estate Investor Events:

Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be at the Advanced Investing Skills and Strategies 2.5 on February 4, 2012.

The Norris Group posted a new event.  Bruce Norris of The Norris Group will be at the 2012 Kick Off Brunch on February 18, 2012.

Looking Back:

The NAR claimed pending home sales increased 2% in December 2010. Statistics from Freddie Mac showed mortgage rates increased to 4.8% the week of January 22, 2011. According to the Labor Department, initial jobless claims climbed nearly 12.7% the previous week. The MLS reported sales of existing houses and condos totaled $15.5 billion in 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 7/28/11

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Today’s News Synopsis:

The sales for existing homes increased 2.4% in June according to Bloomberg.  However, chief economist for Fannie Mae warned this does not necessarily mean a turn-around in the market.  In other news, despite a huge decrease in foreclosures in 84% of U.S. cities, there are still ten cities with high foreclosure rates and thus not indicating a positive turn in the market.

Housing Wire - “Vacant foreclosures in Ohio forming housing black hole (7-28-11)

“Every single vacant, foreclosed property in Ohio is proving to be a black hole that sucks down home prices, sits on the market for significantly longer, blights entire neighborhoods and boggles the mind through the sheer amount of REO volume.”

Bloomberg - “Existing Home Sales in U.S. Rose 2.4% in June” (7-28-11)

“The number of contracts to purchase previously owned U.S. homes unexpectedly rose in June as buyers tried to take advantage of lower prices and borrowing costs.  The 2.4 percent rise in the index of pending home resales followed an 8.2 percent May gain, the National Association of Realtors said today in Washington. Economists forecast a 2 percent drop, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg News survey.

NAHB - “Remodeling Activity Slows Under Economic Uncertainty” (7-28-11)

“The remodeling market slipped under pressure from a sluggish economy according to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI), which dipped during the second quarter to 43.9 from the first quarter result of 46.5. An RMI below 50 indicates that more remodelers report market activity is lower compared to the prior quarter than report it is higher.”

DS News - “Increase in Pending Sales May Not Indicate Market Upswing” (7-28-11)

“The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released its Pending Home Sales Index Thursday, revealing an increase in pending home sales for the month of June,
marking the third of the last four months that the index has increased.”

Inman - “Trulia launches agent recommendation system” (7-28-11)

“Real estate search and marketing site Trulia today launched an agent recommendation system that incorporates endorsements from Facebook friends.”

Realty Times - “Chase, BofA Offer Modifications Without Homeowner Request” (7-28-11)

“JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America are reportedly modifying loans for borrowers who haven’t asked for help, in some cases slashing mortgage balances in half.  The two major banks were among others recently criticized for mishandling federally sanctioned mortgage modifications and slammed for botching foreclosures.”

NAHB - “Federal Proposal Could Raise Refinance Costs For Nearly 25 Million Homeowners” (7-28-11)

“Nearly 25 million homeowners across the country would face more expensive mortgages if a proposal by federal regulators goes unchanged. A proposal released by six federal agencies to implement credit risk retention provisions included in the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act would require homeowners to have at least 25 percent equity in their homes in order to qualify for a lower-rate “Qualified Residential Mortgage” (QRM) for refinancing.”

Mortgage Bankers Association - “MBA Statement on Debt Ceiling Negotiations” (7-28-11)

“‘The Mortgage Bankers Association is very concerned about the implications to the financial system of the United States if the U.S. defaults on its debt. The likely impact to the financial markets, interest rates, and to every family in America will be costly if the ceiling is not raised. We implore policymakers to act swiftly and find a workable solution, given the short time left, to take this step and not put the credit rating of the United States in jeopardy’.”

The Wall Street Journal - “UBS Is Sued for Mortgage Losses” (7-28-11)

“The federal regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on Wednesday sued UBS AG, accusing the Swiss investment bank of costing the two mortgage giants at least $900 million by selling them shaky mortgage-backed securities during the housing market boom.”

Realtor Magazine - “Foreclosures Fall, But 10 Areas Still Hard-Hit” (7-28-11)

“During the first half of the year, foreclosures have dropped in more than 84 percent of U.S. metro areas, RealtyTrac reports. Is this a sign of a turnaround? Not quite, say analysts.”

Looking Back:

Commercial and multifamily mortgage origination increased by 35 percent in the second quarter of 2010. Mortgage application volume decreased 4.5 percent from the previous week, according to the MBA. Freddie Mac reports Americans took out $8.3 trillion in home equity during the second quarter of 2010. The number of foreclosure starts for 2010 was at 1.46m.

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.