Today’s News Synopsis:
In The News:
Fortune – “These 5 Cities Might Be the Next Housing Bubble” (2-23-16)
“The US housing market has been booming. Last year saw the most new home construction since 2007, when the real estate bubble burst. But in 2016, there is some uneasiness. New home construction took a small, 3.8% slip in January, due to the stock market uncertainty and wintry weather.”
Bloomberg – “Sales of Existing U.S. Homes Rise to Second-Highest Since 2007” (2-23-16)
“Sales of previously owned U.S. homes unexpectedly rose in January to the second-highest pace since early 2007, indicating the industry will keep prospering.”
Mortgage Professional America – “Morning Briefing: BoA takes aim at FHA with new 3-per-cent down mortgage” (2-23-16)
“Bank of America has launched a new mortgage product which allows homebuyers to make a downpayment of just 3 per cent with no requirement for mortgage insurance.”
Housing Wire – “Case-Shiller: Housing in dire need of inventory as prices rise” (2-23-16)
“The motivation to build more homes grows as prices continue to steadily increase heading in to the spring-homebuying season.”
Mortgage Professional America – “Google backs out of the mortgage business” (2-23-16)
“Google had barely dipped a toe in the mortgage business, but it appears the tech giant is getting out. Last November, Google launched Google Compare for mortgages, an online tool that allowed home buyers to find and compare home loans.”
Bloomberg – “Morgan Stanley Says U.S. Commercial Real Estate Price Growth Will Be Flat” (2-23-16)
“Morgan Stanley analysts last week predicted U.S. commercial real estate prices would grow by a big fat zero percent in 2016, replacing a previous forecast of 5 percent growth over the course of the year.”
Mortgage Professional America – “The originator business segment making a comeback” (2-23-16)
“They may have been a dying breed in post-recession America but HELOCs are seeing a resurgence, according to one financial analytics firm.”
Hard Money Loan Closed
Hemet, California hard money loan closed. Real estate investor received loan for $129,000 on this single family property appraised for $215,000.
Bruce Norris will be presenting his newest talk Stay Put, Cash Out, Or Change Seats? with NORCALREIA on Wednesday, March 9.
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Bruce Norris will be presenting Cashing in on a Boom: Investing in Quadrant 4 with Bruce Norris in Sacramento on Saturday, March 19.
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Existing-home sales decreased 4.9% with the increase in prices and decrease of supply. This news in addition to the news of decreases in both housing starts and permits led to housing stocks being driven way down. However, at the same time the prices of luxury homes increased 3% in the fourth quarter of 2014.
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