Today’s News Synopsis: Foreclosure starts are at their lowest in almost 6 years according to RealtyTrac. Mortgage rates remain relatively flat at 3.53% for 30-year rates and 2.77% for 15-year rates. The FHA has been labeled as “high-risk” by the Government Accountability Office due to its rapid expansion in the area of mortgage finance. In …
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Today’s News Synopsis: The Mortgage Bankers Association reported an increase in mortgage applications by as much as 18% from last week, the highest they have been since 2009. Home prices in Southern California are at their highest they have been in 20 months according to recent data released by DataQuick. Things are not looking good …
MDA DataQuick reports 19,412 houses and condos sold in Southern California last month. Freddie Mac believes home sales will rise 5% in 2011. President Barack Obama revealed the White House’s deficit reduction plan, which aims to reduce the nation’s deficit by $4 trillion in 12 years. Home Depot sales show Americans are doing more home improvement.
The Office of Thrift Supervision reports serious delinquencies decreases in the 4th quarter of 2010. Riverside was pronounced to be the most likely city to experience further economic trouble. Commercial and multifamily mortgage originations increased 88% in the last few months of 2010. Fannie Mae’s mortgage portfolio decreased by 15% in February.
14,369 new and resale houses and condos sold in Southern California last month, according to MDA DataQuick. A survey shows the majority of large fund managers do not expect interest rates to increase in the near term. ForeclosureRadar said default notices in California decreased 29.6% year over year. A study from NAHB economists shows that a family earning $80,000 per year who buys a $200,000 house will receive $41,138 in tax benefits over the entire term of home ownership.
In The News: Housing Wire – “Principal Real Estate Investors optimistic for economic recovery in 2011” (12-29-10) “Principal Real Estate Investors expects the Republican gains in Congress, stabilizing commercial real estate values, stronger corporate earnings, higher personal savings rates and the dynamics related to quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve will fuel economic growth in …
Governor Schwarzenegger signed a bill protecting homeowners, with lender approval, from deficiency judgments. 30-year mortgage rates dropped to 4.27%, said Freddie Mac. President Obama refused to sign the Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act, which would have allowed federal and state courts to recognize notary signatures from other states. Realtytrac users will soon be able to view sales prices, sale dates, and other sorts of information on foreclosure sales.
Property values in 20 U.S. cities increased 3.2% from last year, according to the S&P index. FHFA reports 30-year, fixed mortgage rates decreased to 4.7% in August. The House of Representatives has proposed a new bill which may allow 30 million homeowners to refinance at current interest rates.
Servicers made over 120,000 proprietary loan modifications in July, and 36,695 HAMP modifications. Pending home sales increased 5.2 percent in July, according to the NAR. MBA reports 30+ day commercial delinquencies increased to 8.22 percent in the second quarter. Freddie Mac’s weekly survey shows mortgage rates dropped again to a rate of 4.32%.
The CBIA reports 2,454 new homes and condominiums were closed statewide in June, compared to 3,848 a year earlier. A survey from Trulia shows that 68% of renters believe they will have to wait at least two years before even considering buying a home. According to HUD, 616,839 HAMP modifications have been canceled and 434,716 modifications have been made permanent since the program began. The Congressional Budget Office expects the Troubled Asset Relief Program to cost a total of $66bn.