If you’re a control freak, it can be difficult to let the free market make the decision on what your “magnificent” rehab is really worth in a five-minute period of time. As a control freak myself, it took several auctions using our own inventory to realize sometimes the market said our property was worth more …
Two Wall Street firms claim housing prices will continue to fall through the present quarter. REIS reports the national office vacancy rate fell to 17.5% in the first quarter. A Harris Poll shows 22% of U.S. homeowners are having difficulty making their mortgage payments. A new RealtyTrac feature allows users checking home listings to see how much equity each property has.
This week Bruce is joined by Sean O’Toole. Sean is president and founder of ForeclosureRadar. He has successfully purchased and flipped over 150 commercial and residential properties in foreclosure. He has leveraged the software industry for 15 years to make a trustee sale business. The Mission of ForeclosureRadar is “to bring transparency, efficiency and honesty …
The FHFA claims 30-year interest rates averaged 4.85% in January, and home prices fell 4% year over year. House Republicans intend to end anti-foreclosure programs put in place by President Obama. The Commerce Department said new home sales decreased 13 percent in Janurary.
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
The MBA reports $110 billion in commercial and multifamily mortgages were originated in 2010. 36,500 mortgages were modified through government and proprietary programs in December, according to Fitch Ratings. Altos Research announced plans to release a new, forward valuation model for real estate. S&P claims 80% of the loan modifications that took place over the last 3 years defaulted again within 2 years.
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 Commerce Department reports housing starts decreased in December. However, Fannie Mae expects housing starts to triple by 2013, and the nation’s largest home builders announced plans to increase activity by 10%. RealtyTrac claims foreclosure starts in California decreased 33% in 2010.