The Commerce Department reports the economy grew by 2.4%. Altos Research predicts home prices will continue to decrease through the rest of the year. According to FinCen, suspicious activity reports for mortgage fraud in 2009 increased by 4% from 2008. Legislation for the Section 502 single-family rural housing program is headed to the President to be signed back into law. The program allows 30-year originations to purchase households or renovate currently owned ones with zero down payment at the time of application.
436,000 people have dropped out of the mortgage modification program since March 2009. A survey from Grant Thornton LLP shows that 45% of bankers expect economic conditions to improve over the next 6 months. According to CoreLogic, national housing prices increased 2.6% in April 2010 compared to April 2009. Analyst Meredith Whitney believes the U.S. housing market will experience a second recession.
A survey from the NFCC shows that only 23 percent of Americans consider strategic default to be acceptable when underwater on a mortgage. Startingtoday, Real Estate Disposition is auctioning more than 350 bank-owned foreclosures in California. According to IAS, national home prices were up 0.9% in April from March. An executive from RealtyTrac believes U.S. foreclosure activity will not stabilize until late 2011.
According to the NAR, Existing home sales increased 7.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.77 million units in April. The CIRB reports permits were pulled for 3,314 total housing units in April. Statistics from CAR show California home sales decreased 8.1 percent in April. The Federal Reserve doesn’t intend to sell any of its assets until after it begins raising interest rates.
Pending home sales increased by 8.2 percent from January to February. A new rule will require all new lender applicants for FHA programs to possess a minimum net worth of $1 million. According to LPS, the average loan in foreclosure is 401 days delinquent. A proposed bill, House Resolution 4935, will prohibit mortgage servicers from holding another mortgage on a property that also secures the serviced mortgage.
California citizens planning to buy within the next 3 months may be able to take advantage of both a state and federal tax credit. The Commerce Department reports that construction spending decreased by 1.3 percent across the United States. The delinquency rate for CMBS loans increased to 7.61% in March. The delinquency rate for single family mortgages increased to 4.08 percent in February.
According to the NAR, vacation home sales increased by 7.9 percent in 2009. Mortgage loan application volume increased by 1.3 percent from last week. Fannie Mae reports the percentage of seriously delinquent loans increased to 5.52% in January. FHA does allow mortgages to borrowers who sell their current residence under short-sale provisions and then purchase a new home without the standard 3 year wait.
The Obama administration announced a new program for homeowners in foreclosure. The Fed bought a total $8.26bn of MBS from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Ginnie Mae. Freddie Mac reports the 30-year FRM rate increased to 4.99 percent this week.
The FDIC sold $1.8bn of residential mortgage-backed securities. The Federal Reserve bought a total of $10bn worth of mbs. More than 25 percent of the home owners who received trial modifications have been removed from Obama’s program. Approximately 462,000 new unemployment claims were made last week.
Based on results from a recent poll, 68 percent of U.S. citizens support the government’s involvement in the housing market. Fannie Mae announced plans to buy 150,000 to 200,000 delinquent loans from MBS trusts this month. Economist Jan Hatzius believes that we will not see an interest rate increase any time in the near future. Realtors advise that staging is a critical component of selling a home.