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By Bruce Norris .

The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 12/22/11

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Today’s News Synopsis:

DS News reported both 15-year and 30-year mortgage rates are at their lowest on record.  Foreclosures increased over 20% from last quarter despite mortgage delinquencies holding steady.  Bank of America just settled their recent lawsuit with the Justice Department over unfair lending practices.  Claims of unemployment are also at their lowest since April 2008.

In The News:

Housing Wire - OCC: New foreclosures climb 21.1% in third quarter” (12-22-11)

“Mortgage delinquencies stabilized in the third quarter, though new foreclosures jumped 21.1% from last quarter according to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

DS News - “Mortgage Rates…How Low Can They Go?” (12-22-11)

“Mortgage interest rates continue to head south. Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the 30-year fixed-mortgage rate as well as adjustable rate products all sank to new all-time record lows this week, while the 15-year fixed rate settled in to match its historic low.”

Bloomberg - Foreclosures May Push U.S. Housing Rebound to 2013″ (12-22-11)

“Prices for resold homes are down 31 percent since the July 2006 peak, based on the S&P/Case-Shiller Index that tracks 20 major metropolitan areas.

CNN Money - “BofA settles unfair lending claims for $335 million” (12-22-11)

“The Justice Department announced a $335 million settlement with Bank of America Wednesday over discriminatory lending practice at Countrywide Financial.”

Housing Wire - “Jobless claims down to lowest level since April 2008″ (12-22-11)

“The number of initial jobless claims fell further last week to the lowest level in more than three years. The Labor Department said the seasonally adjusted figure of actual initial claims for the week ended Dec. 17 declined by 4,000 to 364,000 from 368,000 the previous week, which was revised upward 2,000.”

Los Angeles Times - “Key consumer confidence index up for fourth straight month” (12-22-11)

“A leading consumer confidence index rose in December, the fourth straight monthly increase, but the stalemate in Washington over extending the payroll tax cut could cut into those gains.  Consumers were much more positive about the overall economic prospects this month compared to November, according to the latest Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Survey of Consumers released Thursday.”

NAHB- “Statement from NAHB Chairman Bob Nielsen on Debate to Extend and Pay for Payroll Tax Deduction” (12-22-11)

“Bob Nielsen, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Reno, Nev., today issued a statement on a congressional plan to pay for extending an expiring payroll tax cut by raising fees charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.”

Inman - “Zillow: US home values to drop about $681B in 2011″ (12-22-11)

“The value of overall homes nationwide has likely dropped just over $681 billion this year, according to property search and valuation site Zillow.”

Housing Wire - “Fitch: US could lose AAA rating by end of 2013″ (12-22-11)

“The United States could lose its AAA sovereign debt rating by the end of 2013 if policymakers fail to make inroads in cutting the federal deficit in the next year and a half, Fitch Ratings said Thursday.”

Hard Money Loan Closed

Norwalk, California hard money loan closed by The Norris Group private lending. Real estate investor received loan for $125,000 on a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home appraised for $205,000.

California Real Estate Investor Events:

The Norris Group posted a new event. Bruce Norris will be speaking at the Real Estate Rewind at IRCA Los Angeles on January 3, 2012.

The Norris Group will be at the Real Estate Investor Rewind at CVREIA on January 10, 2011.

Looking Back:

According to Veros, San Diego home prices were expected to rise 3.5% in 2011.  November 2010 saw an increase in home sales since decreasing significantly in July 2010.  In other news, fewer people were applying for mortgages most likely due to higher rates.  Fannie Mae expected home prices to decline in 2011, although they expected the sale of new homes to decrease and existing sales to increase.  The Obama administration believed the recent robo-signing had resulted in a decrease in foreclosures.

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 7/26/11

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Today’s News Synopsis:

The prices of homes decreased 4.5% year over year, but on a positive note they increased on a monthly basis for two months straight.  The San Francisco Chronicle reported the sale of new homes decreased 1% for the second straight month.  Ocwen Financial created a new loan modification program to help owners whose homes are underwater. 

In The News:

Bloomberg - “Ocwen Financial Offers New Loan Modification Program” (7-26-11)

“Ocwen Financial Corporation has enacted a unique loan modification program designed to help underwater homeowners and investors without rewarding loan delinquency.”

Inman - “A new day for real estate data” (7-26-11)

“FSBOs in the MLS, unauthorized resyndication of real estate listings, a duet with the music industry, analytics vs. privacy, gatekeepers vs. enablers, and copyright violations and protections were among the discussion topics during the first day of an Inman News Data Summit event Monday.”

DS News - “Case-Shiller Index Posts Second Straight Increase” (7-26-11)

“For the second month since recording an official double-dip in home prices, the S&P/Case-Shiller index has posted an uptick.”

Housing Wire“CoreLogic: Nondistressed home prices stabilizing” (7-26-11)

“Nondistressed home prices are stabilizing, and auction filings and the declining shadow inventory should lead to a lower level of distressed sales and less downward pressure on prices going forward, according to a report out Tuesday from CoreLogic.”

Realty Times - “Foreclosure Market Yields Mixed Figures” (7-26-11)

“There was a significant decline in foreclosure filings for the first half of 2011, down 25 percent from the previous six months. Foreclosure activity has also slowed 29 percent from the first half of quarters 2010.”

Mortgage Bankers Association - “MBA Files Comment on Proposed Ability to Repay/Qualified Mortgage Rule” (7-26-11)

“On Friday, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) filed a comment letter with the Federal Reserve on the Board’s proposed rule that would implement amendments to the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) under the Dodd-Frank Act to establish Ability to Repay/Qualified Mortgage requirements.”

San Francisco Chronicle - “New-home sales fell 1 percent in June” (7-26-11)

“Fewer people bought new homes in June, evidence that the housing market remains weak.  Sales of new homes fell 1 percent last month to an annual rate of 312,000, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.”

CNN Money - “Home prices dip 4.5%” (7-26-11)

“May home prices in 20 major cities dipped 4.5% from one year ago, marking a continued decline in the already battered housing market.   The S&P/Case-Shiller report posted declines in both its 20-city composite and its 10-city index, which declined 3.6% year-over-year.”

Housing Wire - “Freddie completed more than 10,000 mortgage mods in June” (7-26-11)

“Freddie Mac completed 10,809 loan modifications in June and a little over 66,000 during the first half of the year, according to the company’s latest monthly volume summary.”

Looking Back:

The Commerce Department new home sales increased 23.6% in June 2010. Statistics from LPS show showed 9.39% of all loans were delinquent by more than 30 days. The national vacancy rate on multifamily properties  decreased to 7.8%, according to BarCap. A survey from Campbell Survey suggested that home prices would continue to fall.

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 7/18/11

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Today’s News Synopsis:

According to NAHB index, confidence for newly-built single-family homes increases two points.  DS News reported former Ohio attorney genereal has been nominated by Obama as the new head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  Republicans John Campbell and Gary Ackerman have introduced a new bill that will increase the loan limits on mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

In The News:

NAHB - “Builder Confidence Gains Two Points in July” (7-18-11)

“Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose two points to 15 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for July, released today. The gain largely offsets a three-point dip recorded in June, and marks the ninth time out of the past 10 months in which the index has held within the same three-point range.”

Inman - “NAR hits second CIVIX milestone “ (7-18-11)

“The National Association of Realtors has met a second milestone in a goal of raising $7.5 million in licensing fees to obtain blanket immunity for multiple listing services and Realtor associations from legal claims by a company that holds several patents on location-based Internet search techniques.”

DS News“Obama Nominates Former Ohio Attorney General to Head CFPB” (7-18-11)

“President Obama on Sunday announced his pick to lead the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – Richard Cordray, former attorney general for the state of Ohio.”

Housing Wire - “Freddie Mac says housing sector unlikely to see double-dip” (7-18-11)

“Despite uncertainty about the debt ceiling and an unemployment rate that remains stubbornly higher than 9%, Freddie Mac said the housing market is unlikely to experience a double dip.”

Realty Times“Real Estate Outlook: Housing Market Struggles” (7-18-11)

“While it might not be at the pace that economists would like, the economy is recovering. Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, reported last week to the Committee on Financial Services, that “the pace of the expansion so far this year has been modest.”

Bloomberg - “BofA Needs $50 Billion Cushion as Mortgage Expenses Swell” (7-18-11)

“Bank of America Corp. (BAC) may have to build its capital cushion by $50 billion and renege again on Chief Executive Officer Brian T. Moynihan’s pledge to raise the firm’s dividend as mortgage losses drain funds.”

Housing Wire - “Freddie Mac offering $1 billion of multifamily bonds” (7-18-11)

“Freddie Mac plans to offer $1 billion of pass-through certificates this week backed by 90 recently originated multifamily mortgages.”

DS News - “Top Lenders’ Early Earnings Point to Continuing Mortgage Losses” (7-18-11)

“JPMorgan Chase kicked off the banking sector’s second-quarter earnings season with a $5.4 billion profit. It was followed by Citigroup’s announcement late last week that it pulled in net income of $3.3 billion during the April-June timeframe.”

Realtor Magazine - “Bill Calls for Extending Jumbo Loan Limits” (7-18-11)

“A bill introduced late last week calls for extending the current conforming loan limits on government-backed mortgages at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for another two years.  The bill, introduced by Rep. John Campbell, R-Calif., and Rep. Gary Ackerman, D-N.Y., would allow the government-sponsored enterprises and the Federal Housing Administration to guarantee or buy mortgages worth up to $729,750 in many neighborhoods.”

Bloomberg - “Builders Push ‘Green’ Homes to Stand Out in Foreclosure-Filled U.S. Market” (7-18-11)

“In the 20 years Ron Betenbough’s company has been building homes in west Texas, he’s always been willing to compete on price. Now, in a market crowded with cheap properties, he’s also touting environmentally friendly construction and energy-saving features.”

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.