On Friday, October 16, the Norris Group proudly presents its 8th annual award-winning black-tie event I Survived Real Estate. An incredible lineup of industry experts will join Bruce Norris to discuss perplexing industry trends, head-scratching legislation, and opportunities emerging for real estate professionals. Proceeds from the event benefit Make a Wish and St. Jude Children’s …
The NAR reports FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac account for over 90% of the mortgage market. New California building codes, known as CALGreen, will be enforced on January 1st. Richard Fisher of the Dallas Federal Reserve believes the low interest rates are doing little to stimulate the economy. Fannie Mae acquired 85,340 REO properties in the 3rd quarter.
The MBA reports independent mortgage bankers and subsidiaries made an average profit of $606 on each loan they originated in the first quarter of 2010. Statistics from the Commerce Department show housing starts fell 5% from May. FHA may soon require borrowers to have at least a 580 FICO score to buy a home with a minimum 3.5 percent down payment. First and second mortgage default rates declined to 3.3% and 2.4%, according to Experian.
A survey from the NFCC shows that only 23 percent of Americans consider strategic default to be acceptable when underwater on a mortgage. Startingtoday, Real Estate Disposition is auctioning more than 350 bank-owned foreclosures in California. According to IAS, national home prices were up 0.9% in April from March. An executive from RealtyTrac believes U.S. foreclosure activity will not stabilize until late 2011.
The MBA reports mortgage loan application volume decreased 2.9 percent last week. The House Financial Services Committee approved a bill to increase capital reserves in the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and reduce risks to its insurance fund.Republicans voted against the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010. New HUD regulations require all new lender applicants must hold at least $1 million.