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The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 6/8/11

Today’s News Synopsis: Inman news reported that home prices actually rose in April and May after bottoming out the month before, despite reports of double-dipping.  Housing Wire says the Treasury Department should not expect the money back it paid to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  Mortgage applications saw a decrease of .4% according to the …

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The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 4/12/11

81 percent of respondents to a Pew Research Center’s survey believe housing is the best investment a person can make. California foreclosure sales increased 35.1% in March, according to ForeclosureRadar. Altos Research claims home sale inventory rose 2.97% last month. HUD is being sued over a rule requiring a property heir to pay the full mortgage balance to keep the home, even if it exceeds the value of the property.

The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 10/4/10

GMAC Mortgage, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America may have to reconsider past evictions due to poor foreclosure processing procedures. According to the NAR, pending home sales rose 4.3% in August. The CAR expects 2010 home sales to be 10% lower than the total number of sales in 2009. 10.2% of all mortgages in the nation’s top-100 most populated areas are over 90 days delinquent.

The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 8/17/10

Statistics from MDA DataQuick show 18,946 new and resale homes were sold in Southern California in July. Frank Nothaft of Freddie Mac announced that refinancing activity has accounted for over 80% of conventional loan activity. National housing starts increased by 7.1 percent last month, according to the NAHB. The MBA expressed concerns that recent policy changes restricting seller concessions went too far and may damage the industry.

The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 7/30/10

The Commerce Department reports the economy grew by 2.4%. Altos Research predicts home prices will continue to decrease through the rest of the year. According to FinCen, suspicious activity reports for mortgage fraud in 2009 increased by 4% from 2008. Legislation for the Section 502 single-family rural housing program is headed to the President to be signed back into law. The program allows 30-year originations to purchase households or renovate currently owned ones with zero down payment at the time of application.

The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 4/12/10

According to First American CoreLogic, distressed home sales in Orange County are selling 34 percent under the typical market place.Altos Research reports a 0.5 percent in the national median home price. A modification becomes permanent through HAMP after the borrower makes all three monthly payments during the trial period. Fiserv estimates that home prices will not return to the past peak levels until 2025.

The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 12/18/09

DQNews reports that a total of 35,860 new and resale houses and condos were sold in California during November. The median selling price for Bay Area homes fell by 0.8 percent last month. According to First American Corelogic, approximately 1.7 million homes are in shadow inventory. Deutsche Bank expects that U.S. home prices will decrease another 10 percent.

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