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.
New Federal regulations on real estate appraisals have been released. FHA has chosen to leave the loan limit at $729,750 for 2011. Some builders are experiencing a 15 to 25 percent decrease in construction costs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the unemployment rate increased to 9.8%.
RealtyTrac reports foreclosure filings incrased in 75% of the nation’s metro areas during the first 2 quarters. Statistics from the Department of Labor show unemployment insurance claims fell by 11,000 last week. According to Freddie Mac’s weekly survey, the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage decreased to 4.54%. Fiserv predicts that single-family home prices will fall 4.9 percent during the next 12 months.
The S&P home price index suggests that prices increased by 1.3 percent from April to May. 91 of the top 100 homebuying zip codes are in California. The vacancy rate for rental housing has remained flat at 10.6 percent for the past year. MPF Research reports the number of occupied apartments grew by 215,000 in the 64 largest U.S. markets in the first half of 2010.
The Commerce Department new home sales increased 23.6% last month. Statistics from LPS show show 9.39% of all loans were delinquent by more than 30 days. The national vacancy rate on multifamily properties decreased to 7.8%, according to BarCap. A survey from Campbell Survey suggests that home prices will continue to fall.
The MBA reports independent mortgage bankers and subsidiaries made an average profit of $606 on each loan they originated in the first quarter of 2010. Statistics from the Commerce Department show housing starts fell 5% from May. FHA may soon require borrowers to have at least a 580 FICO score to buy a home with a minimum 3.5 percent down payment. First and second mortgage default rates declined to 3.3% and 2.4%, according to Experian.
According to MDA DataQuick, 8,373 homes closed escrows in the Bay Area last month. Freddie Mac announced the average rate for 30-year fixed loans this week was 4.57 percent. The Federal Open Market Committee expects economic expansion to increase considerably slower over the next couple years than it previously expected. California is currently the second most popular place for foreign home buying.
According to Freddie Mac, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropped to 4.57 percent. International Monetary Fund warns a double dip recession is still possible, despite its prediction that GDP will increase over the next year.Fitch Ratings predicts home improvement spending will increase 3.5% this year. Clear Capital reports national housing prices rose 5.2% during the last quarter.