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The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 4/6/11

Mortgage applications dropped 2% from last week, according to the MBA. CoreLogic has developed a tool to determine whether borrowers are overstating their income. A small business tax rule has been reversed by Congress. Borrowers will no longer be excluded from 3 of the 4 Keep Your Home California programs just because they took out a home equity line of credit or did a cash-out refinance.

The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 3/31/11

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.

The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 3/29/11

The Associated General Contractors of America reports California ranked 18th in year over year economic improvement. According to LPS, Option ARM foreclosures currently represent 18.8% of foreclosure inventory. The Congressional Oversight Panel estimates HAMP will avert only 800,000 foreclosures. Statistics from S&P shows home prices decreased 3.1% year over year.

The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 2/10/11

Existing home sales increased 15.4% in the 4th quarter of 2010, according to the NAR. Housing affordability for first-time buyers increased to 69% during the final quarter of 2010, said the CAR. RealtyTrac reports foreclosure filings fell 17% year over year. Kevin Warch resigned from the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

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

Mortgage application volume increased 11.3% from last week, according to the MBA. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are raising risk fees they charge lenders on loans they buy for resale to investors. HOPE NOW reports 1.76 million homeowners received a mortgage modification in 2010. Statistics from DBRS show 50 percent of loan modifications result in re-default.

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