The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 3/15/11

14,369 new and resale houses and condos sold in Southern California last month, according to MDA DataQuick. A survey shows the majority of large fund managers do not expect interest rates to increase in the near term. ForeclosureRadar said default notices in California decreased 29.6% year over year. A study from NAHB economists shows that a family earning $80,000 per year who buys a $200,000 house will receive $41,138 in tax benefits over the entire term of home ownership.

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

Freddie Mac reports mortgage rates have dropped again, and are now at 4.87%. Jobless claims decreased 5% last week, according to the Labor Department. California lawmakers are supporting a bill that would prevent servicers from foreclosing on borrowers in the process of applying for a loan modification. The House Financial Services Committee may end FHA’s short refi program.

The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 2/23/11

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

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