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
A Survey from Harris Interactive shows 70% of Americans aspire to homeownership. According to S&P/Case-Shiller, national home prices fell 4.1% in the 4th quarter of 2010. FNC Residential seems to confirm this saying home prices fell 2.2% in December. CB Richard Ellis Group expects office rents to increase this year.
The CBIA reports total building permits issued during 2010 increased 23% from 2009. Statistics from Trulia show that owning a home is cheaper than renting one in 72% of the largest cities in the United States. Commercial property values rose 0.6% in November, according to Moody’s.
The CBIA reports housing production decreased 28% in October. National existing home sales declined 2.2%, and California home sales declined 3.5%, according to data from the NAR and CAR. Zillow claims interest rates fell again after last weeks sudden gain. Statistics from Lender Processing show foreclosures fell 36% in October.
California government agencies got rid of 37,300 jobs in September. NAR reports existing home sales increased 10% last month. 47.5% of sales performed by agents last month were from distressed homes. U.S. home prices decreased 1.5% from a year ago, according to CoreLogic.
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.
Freddie Mac announced the average rate for 30-year fixed loans sank to 4.58 percent this week. According to the NAR, pending home sales decreased 30 percent from April. President Obama is expected to sign the extension to the home buyer tax credit. RealtyTrac reports that foreclosure sales took up 31% of all home sales in the US through Q110.
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.
According to the NAHB, both demand and production of apartments increased from Q1 2009. Freddie Mac reports rates on 30-year fixed mortgages fell to 4.72 percent this week. RealtyTrac claims U.S. foreclosure activity decreased by 3 percent in May. Household net worth rose by 2.1 percent in the first quarter.
The chief economist of the NAR predicts the housing recession will bottom this summer. Doug Duncan, the chief economist for Fannie Mae, believes housing demand will not balance with new household formation and housing starts until 2013. According to Fitch Ratings, subprime RMBS delinquencies fell to 44.8% in May. Terradatum Inc reports home and condominium sales increased by 50 percent from last year.