California Governor Schwarzenegger announced a new home buyer tax credit. The Mortgage Bankers Association reports that mortgage applications have increased by .4 percent since Christmas. The FOMC confirmed plans to buy $1.25 trillion in mortgage-backed-securities from Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and Ginnie Mae. Eugene Ludwig believes that commercial real estate losses will break historical records in 2010.
Research from NAR shows that most small-scale, exterior home modificaitons, such as door replacements and wood deck additions, are the most profitable at resale. The Federal Reserve’s commercial/multifamily mortgage debt decreased by 0.8 percent from the second quarter 2009. Radar Logic estimates that housing will continue to have trouble in 2010, but does not believe that a second collapse will occur.According to ForeclosureRadar.com, foreclosure cancellations in California climbed 40% in November.
The MBA’s weekly mortgage survey shows that loan application volume increased by 8.2 percent, on a seasonally adjusted bases, from last week.The FHA expects 24 percent of all loans insured in 2007 to default. The Federal Reserve’s FOMC announced that it will not buy the full $200 billion debt amount that it had previously planned to take. BarCap reports that the 30-plus day delinquency rate increased to 5.5 percent in October.
Research from the Construction Industry Research Board shows that the number of home building permits taken in August was down 5 percent from July. The NAR reports that existing home sales decreased by 2.7 percent from July to August. A study showed that foreclosure prevention laws in California have failed to significantly help home owners. The Federal Reserve intends to continue its stimulus plan and will continue to buy mortgage securities.