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 …
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.
Capital One Home Loans has chosen not to foreclose on any California mortgages. The government applauded TALF for netting $600 million in income. According to S&P, lenders need 13 months on average to foreclose in a judicial state. Altos Research claims home prices decreased 2% in February.
Contrary to many recent forecasts regarding home price declines, Local Market Monitor believes many housing markets have bottomed, and may even improve over the next 2 years. Fitch Ratings reports delinquency rates on CMBS rose to 7.96% in November. American household net worth rose $1.2 trillion in the 3rd quarter.
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.
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 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.
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.
Statistics from 10 primary U.S. cities show that home prices declined by 1 percent. ABA expects economic growth to increase at 3.1 percent through 2010. The U.S. Treasury Department reports that66,465 permanent modifications were made in December. Chris Thornberg forecasts that home prices will dip again in 2011.
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.