The NAR said existing home sales rose 2.7% in January. The FHA’s REO inventory has increased 47% year over year. A California judge upheld the rights of the Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems to the trust deed, granting MERS the right to foreclose. A Federal Reserve economist predicts the government will soon provide an alternative to the national homebuyer tax credit
The Commerce Department said home construction rose 14.5% in January. Mortgage delinquencies decreased 6.41% in the 4th quarter, according to TransUnion. The FOMC voted to keep rates between 0 to 0.25%.
The MBA reports mortgage applications decreased 5.5% last week. Zillow claims national home prices dropped 2.6% during the 4th quarter of 2010. Bernanke and Geithner said the economy is still having trouble, but have strong hope for stable growth.
Fannie Mae and the MBA predict the housing market will begin a rebound that will last for the next two years, and Zandi predicts 4% gdp growth through 2012. IAS claims national home prices fell 0.8% during the 4th quarter of 2010.
The MBA reports mortgage application volume fell 12.9% this week. According to the Commerce Department, new home sales dropped 7.6% year over year. $1.5 trillion in commercial debt is set to mature by 2014. A total of 58,020 loan modifications have been canceled, said the Treasury Department.
Altera Real Estate forecasts an increase in interest rates for 2011. Hope Now reports mortgage lenders completed nearly 1.65 million permanent loan modifications in November. President Obama signed the National Credit Union Stabilization Act.
According to MDA DataQuick, 6,698 houses and condos closed escrow in the Bay Area last month. Also, 34,239 houses and condos were sold statewide. BarCap expects that of all the subprime mortgages still current and originated in 2005, 70% will default.
Standard & Poor claims U.S. home prices rose 0.8 percent in April. According to the MBA, independent mortgage bankers and subsidiaries made an average profit of $1,135 on each loan they originated in 2009. Congress is still debating over legislation that would eliminate the HVCC in 90 days if passed. The House voted 409-5 to extend the closing deadline for the tax credit to Sept. 30.
According to the MBA, the level of commercial/multifamily mortgage debt outstanding decreased to $3.31 trillion in the first quarter. The NAR reports existing home sales decreased by 2.2 percent last month. California home sales increased 1.2 percent last month. An amendment to the Wall Street Reform Bill being debated today in Congress would eliminate the hotly contested Home Valuation Code of Conduct.
436,000 people have dropped out of the mortgage modification program since March 2009. A survey from Grant Thornton LLP shows that 45% of bankers expect economic conditions to improve over the next 6 months. According to CoreLogic, national housing prices increased 2.6% in April 2010 compared to April 2009. Analyst Meredith Whitney believes the U.S. housing market will experience a second recession.