In The News: Housing Wire – “Principal Real Estate Investors optimistic for economic recovery in 2011” (12-29-10) “Principal Real Estate Investors expects the Republican gains in Congress, stabilizing commercial real estate values, stronger corporate earnings, higher personal savings rates and the dynamics related to quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve will fuel economic growth in …
According to the CIRB, building permits were pulled for 3,088 housing units in May. Statistics from Freddie Mac show the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.69% last week. Several large banks, such as JP Morgan, are hiring thousands of mortgage officers in preparation to make more loans. TIGTA estimates the IRS awarded $26.7 million to fraudulent home buyer tax credit claims.
Research from the Office of Thrift Supervision and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency show that the number of U.S. homes in foreclosure have passed the 1-million mark.The NAR reports that existing homes sales increased by 7.4 percent in November. According to IHS Global Insight, U.S. home prices increased by 0.2 percent during the 3rd quarter of 2009. Barclay’s predicts that the unemployment rate will reduce to 9.1 percent by the end of 2010.