The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 10/20/10

Today’s News Synopsis:

Mortgage application volume decreased 10.5% from last week, said the Mortgage Bankers Association. RealPoint reports CMBS delinquencies increased 1.3% in August. The Federal Reserve’s Beige Book shows economic growth continued in September. Fannie Mae expects total economic growth for this year to equal approximately 2.5%.

In The News:

Mortgage Bankers Association“Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey” (10-20-10)

“The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) today released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending October 15, 2010. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 10.5 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index also decreased 10.5 percent compared with the previous week.”

North State Building Industry Association“CA Mechanic’s Lien Law – Be Current on the Changes, eff 1/1/11” (9-1-10)

“This presentation will provide critical updates to builders, suppliers, and subcontractors regarding changes in California Mechanic’s Lien Law that will take effect beginning January 1, 2011. The importance of the changes cannot be overstated – claimants will lose their lien rights if the changes are not taken into account on active construction projects after the first of the coming year.”

Los Angeles Times“Investors pressure Bank of America to buy back bad mortgages” (10-20-10)

“Several major investment firms are moving to force Bank of America Corp. to buy back bad mortgages that were issued by Countrywide before the lender was acquired by the financial giant.”

Housing Wire“Architectural billings positive for first time since 2008: AIA” (10-20-10)

“The Architectural Billings Index indicated a growth in design activity in September for the first time since January 2008. The index reached 50.4, according to the American Institute of Architects which released its data Wednesday. The index was 48.2 in August and has increased for four consecutive months.”

Housing Wire“CMBS unpaid balances reach $62.19 billion, CRE CDO delinquencies up” (10-20-10)

“In its monthly delinquency report, Realpoint said the delinquent unpaid balance for CMBS last month rose 1.3% to $62.19 billion from $61.39 billion in August. The gain of $801.2 million in September is higher than the previous two months, but below the average of $3.14 billion a month during the first half of 2010, according to Realpoint. A year ago, the delinquent unpaid balance was $31.73 billion.”

Housing Wire“Beige Book shows modest growth in economy” (10-20-10)

“The economy continued growing between September and early October but at a modest pace, according to the Federal Reserve. Still, the Beige Book, which gathers anecdotal evidence of economic conditions in the dozen Fed districts nationwide, showed lingering weakness in the housing market with lower home sales in most districts.”

Housing Wire“Fannie Mae puts 2011 economic growth at 2.5%” (10-20-10)

“In its October economic outlook, the government-sponsored entity’s economics and mortgage market analysis group said the economic outlook remains clouded. The GSE sees growth of less than 2% as 2010 closes, with modest gains in the first half of next year and a ‘strengthening’ in the second half of next year.”

Bloomberg “Apartment Rents Rise in U.S. West as Foreclosures Boost Apartment Demand” (10-20-10)

“Apartment rents rose across the U.S. West and South for the third straight quarter as record foreclosures boosted demand for rental housing, RealFacts said. The average asking rent climbed to $958 a month from $950 in the second quarter, according to a report released today by the Novato, California-based research company. It declined 0.7 percent from a year earlier.”

Looking Back:

One year ago, RealtyTrac’s Rick Sharga believed that approximately 450,000 to 500,000 repossessed properties had not yet been placed on the market. Default notices in California had decreased by 10.3 percent from the previous quarter and had increased by 18.5 percent from the previous year. The Commerce Department reported that housing and apartment construction increased by .5 percent with 1 month.

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