This week Bruce Norris is joined again by James Spiotto. Off-air Bruce and James were talking about the trustees’ responsibility and mandate. One of the things Bruce read about was the Board of Trustees Responsibility had to do with CalPERS, and from reading it he realized it boxed them into something that seemed so confining …
The government has yet to agree on a budget. If they cannot agree on a budget before Monday, many jobs will be put on hold, and many government sponsored programs will temporarily stop functioning. CMBS delinquencies fell to 8.74% in March, according to Fitch. The due date on taxes for property owners has been extended for 1 day.
RadarLogic claims national home prices declined 3.8% in December. California added 100,000 jobs in February. Freddie Mac completed 23,017 loan modifications in January and February. Jerry Brown’s bid to dissolve around 400 redevelopment agencies may make a come back in a compromise on tax increases.
The Commerce Department said single-family home sales dropped 16.9% in February. However, a survey from Bloomberg shows many economists believe home sales probably increased in February. Mortgage applications increased 2.7% last week, according to the MBA.
The SEC may charge top executives of Fannie and Freddie with violations related to the financial crisis. RCA claims commercial real estate defaults dropped to 4.28% in the 4th quarter. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports Southern California rents rose by 1.3% in February. According to Freddie Mac, 30 year mortgage rates fell to 4.76% this week.
FHA extended HARP until June 30, 2012. The Supreme Court of New York ruled in favor of MERS, confirming it’s ability to foreclose on a mortgage and assign it. An attorney general accused Meredian Financial of tricking homeowners into believing it was their current mortgage company and took fees for refinancing services that never transpired. California home values decreased 4.25% for the year ended January, according to MDA DataQuick.
The Commerce Department said home construction rose 14.5% in January. Mortgage delinquencies decreased 6.41% in the 4th quarter, according to TransUnion. The FOMC voted to keep rates between 0 to 0.25%.
Million dollar home sales in California increased by 21%, according to MDA DataQuick. Freddie Mac reports mortgage rates increased over 5% this week. The Treasury said half of all renters spend over 33% of their income on housing.