The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 12/09/11


U.S. Mortgage Debt Falls to Five-Year Low as Consumer Wealth Effect Fades
Index Shows Continued Improvement for Apartment and Condominium Market
S&P puts 15 eurozone governments on notice
U.S. household wealth takes biggest hit since 2008
Third straight month of home price declines
Jobless claims drop to lowest level since February
Real Estate Prices Fall in China, Inciting Anger and Applause: Adam Minter
BofA to Settle Mortgage Securities Action for $315 Million
Feds, Banks Postpone Foreclosure Evictions Until 2012

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. In a big story, mortgage debt decreased in the third quarter to the lowest that has been seen in almost five years.  CMBS delinquencies decreased again in November, marking the fourth month in a row to witness a decrease in delinquencies.

In The News:

Housing Wire “CMBS delinquencies decline for fourth straight month” (12-09-11)

“Delinquencies on commercial mortgage-backed securities declined for the fourth consecutive month in November, suggesting this segment of the market is holding up, Fitch Ratings said Friday.”

Realty Times – Mortgage Rates Stay Low Helping to Keep Housing Affordability High” (12-09-11)

“In Freddie Mac’s results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey®, the average fixed mortgage rates remained largely unchanged and near their record lows helping to keep housing affordability high for those borrowers who are in the market.

San Francisco Chronicle – “Mortgage debt at lowest level in nearly 5 years” (12-09-11)

“U.S. mortgage debt, a driver of consumer spending during the real  estate boom, dropped to the lowest level in almost five years in the third  quarter as foreclosures wiped out home loans and housing purchases fell.”

Housing Wire “Consumer sentiment index up again in December” (12-09-11)

“Consumer sentiment rose for the fourth straight month in a preliminary December reading of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan index Friday.”

DS News“Housing Market Sees Signs of Stability: Clear Capital” (12-09-11)

“The housing market may be stabilizing as house prices and REO saturation rates show little change on a quarterly and yearly basis, according to Clear Capital’s most recent Home Data Index.”

Los Angeles Times“Economy boosted by narrowing trade deficit” (12-09-11)

“The U.S. economy, which has been picking up steam recently, got another boost from the latest trade numbers.  The Commerce Department said Friday that the nation’s trade deficit in October narrowed to $43.5 billion, the lowest level since December 2010.”

Hard Money Loan Closed

Rialto, California hard money loan closed by The Norris Group private lending. Real estate investor received loan for $125,000 on a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home appraised for $200,000.

In The News:

Housing Wire“Fitch expects ailing real estate markets to improve” (12-09-11)

“The commercial and residential real estate markets will continue to slide along the bottom into 2012, but will experience more footholds than missteps on the journey.”

Bloomberg – “Solow May Be Seeking to Finance 9 W. 57th, Commercial Mortgage Alert Says” (12-09-11)

“New York developer Sheldon Solow may be seeking about $600 million of financing for 9 West 57th St., his trophy office tower near Central Park in midtown Manhattan, Commercial Mortgage Alert said today.”

DS News – “Bill Proposes Limitations on Deficiency Judgments” (12-09-11)

“Rep. Ed Towns (D-New York) has introduced a new bill to limit the period of time during which a bank can bring deficiency judgments against foreclosed borrowers.”

California Real Estate Investor Events:

The Norris Group will be at the Real Estate Investor Rewind at SDCIA on December 13, 2011.

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.

Looking Back:

The NAR reported pending home sales increased 10.4% in October 2010. According to RealtyTrac, foreclosure sales decreased 25% in the 3rd quarter of 2010. Statistics from the Labor Department showed jobless claims rose 6.3% the previous week. Greg Lippmann of LibreMax Capital predicted national home prices would drop another 10%.

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.

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