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According to CoreLogic, shadow inventory levels increased to 2.1 million units in August. TransUnion reports mortgage delinquency rates fell to 6.7%. Data from Campbell Surveys shows the current foreclosure problems are significantly delaying closings.
Attorney General Brown is interfering with Ally Financial’s mass foreclosure operation, and may force the company to cease all foreclosure activity in California. Multiple government agencies have put out statistics on home sales. Freddie Mac’s total mortgage portfolio decreased 5.2% last month. Thirty-day delinquent inventory fell to 9.22%, according to LPS. S&P predicts the current level of shadow inventory will take 40 months to clear.
Mortgage loan applications decreased 1.4% this week. FHFA reports national house prices fell 0.5% in July. HAMP converted 33,342 trial modifications into permanent status last month. The Bush tax cuts may end soon.
According to the CBIA, sales in new-home communities of 10 units or more were 32 percent below April 2009. MDA DataQuick reports 8,264 homes closed escrows in the nine-county Bay Area last month. Statistics from Freddie Mac show the average 30-year frm rate increased to 4.75 percent this week.The number of suspected mortgage fraud activities reported to law enforcement grew 5% during fiscal year 2009.
MDA DataQuick reports A total of 22,270 new and resale houses and condos closed escrow in Southern California last month. According to the NAHB, builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family decreased this month. Having a home with a view is on the top 10 list of preferences for 44.5 percent of men. Morgan Stanley’s research has lead the company to conclude that low mortgage rates will prevent a double dip in prices.
The Employment Development Department reports California unemployment remained at 12.6 percent from March. According to MDA DataQuick, 37,481 new and resale houses and condos were sold statewide last month. Nearly 75 percent of the 1.2 million homeowners who started the loan modification program in March 2009 have dropped out. The Senate voted 59-39 to pass the financial services bill formerly known as S. 3217, the Restoring American Financial Stability Act.
The NAHB reports that builder confidence increased from Q1 2009, but is still low. The MBA’s weekly survey shows that mortgage application volume increased by 3.4 percent. According to Freddie Mac, of all borrowers who had 30-year FRMs, 75% refinanced into a new 30-year FRM. Barclays estimates that foreclosure shadow inventory should peak during the summer of 2010.
Freddie Mac’s weekly survey shows that mortgage rates dropped this week. According to MDA DataQuick, 4,853 new and resale houses and condos closed escrow last month in the Bay Area. The U.S. Treasury claims that its foreclosure prevention program has cut mortgage payments for approximately 947,000 homeowners. S&P estimates there are approximately 947,000 houses in shadow inventory, which will take nearly 3 years to sell.