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The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 2/23/11

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 Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 6/29/10

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.

The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 6/22/10

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.

The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 6/21/10

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.

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