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By Bruce Norris .

The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 10/28/11

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Sources:

Pending Home Sales Decreases by 4.6%
Consumer confidence dips to recession level–Conference Board
New-Home Sales Rise 5.7 Percent in September
Remodeling Double-dip Offers Opportunity for Homeowners
FHFA removes barriers to refinance more borrowers
HUD Offers REO Homes for $100 Down in Select States
State agency foreclosing on borrowers who rent out their homes
Delaware AG Sues MERS

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 events.  Pending home sales decreased this week according to the San Francisco Chronicle, and consumer spending increased 0.6%.  The California Housing Finance Agency has stopped foreclosures on a small group of borrowers renting out their homes.

In The News:

Housing Wire - CMBS defaults fall and spreads tighten” (10-28-11)

“Commercial mortgage-backed securities are benefiting from tightening spreads and a slowing loan default rate, analysts said this week.

Bloomberg - “Consumer Spending in U.S. Rises 0.6%” (10-28-11)

“Consumer spending in the U.S. accelerated in September, helping the world’s largest economy skirt a recession.  Purchases increased 0.6 percent, matching the median estimate of 81 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News, after a 0.2 percent gain the prior month, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. Incomes rose less than projected, sending the savings rate down to the lowest level in almost four years”

Realty Times - “Fixed Mortgage Rates Change Little” (10-28-11)

“Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates changing little for the second consecutive week amid mixed consumer confidence and housing data. Fixed mortgage rates remain near their 60-year lows.”

San Francisco Chronicle - “Pending sales of existing homes fall” (10-28-11)

“The number of contracts to purchase previously owned U.S. homes unexpectedly  fell in September as lower prices and borrowing costs failed to support demand.”

Housing Wire - “Two bankers, one investor sentenced for TARP fraud scheme” (10-28-11)

“A district judge sentenced two executives of the closed Orion Bank and a large investor to prison this week and ordered them to pay a $2 million fine for a scheme to secure millions in bailouts from the Troubled Asset Relief Program.”

DS News“Senators Urge Government to Act Fast to Create an REO Rental Program” (10-28-11)

“Thirty-three senators submitted a letter Thursday encouraging the Obama administration and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to work quickly in developing a program to make vacant foreclosed homes available for rent.”

Inman - “Senators want to see Fannie, Freddie REO plan” (10-28-11)

“As Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac continue to take possession of  foreclosed homes at a rapid pace, Senate Democrats are voicing their  impatience with their management of real estate owned (REO) properties.”

Los Angeles Times - “California state housing agency reverses on foreclosures” (10-28-11)

“A state-run housing agency at least temporarily has suspended the practice of foreclosing on a small number of borrowers who rented out their homes.”

Looking Back:

Research showed the national election years tended to be bad for housing. Wells Fargo said that up to 55,000 of their foreclosures had mistakes.  The 30-year mortgage rate increased to 4.23%, according to Freddie Mac..

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