The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 10/26/10

Today’s News Synopsis:

The MBA estimates total originations in 2011 will be $400 billion less than the total for 2010. According to MDA DataQuick, 83,261 Notices of Default were recorded at California county recorder offices during the 3rd quarter. Lender Processing Services is releasing a new valuation model that brings listing and pending sale data into the equation. The FHFA claims U.S. house prices increased 0.4% in August.

In The News:

Mortgage Bankers Association“MBA Sees Growth in Purchase Originations, Drop in Refinancing, and Weak Overall Economic Growth in 2011” (10-26-10)

“The Mortgage Bankers Association expects to see mortgage originations fall from an estimated $1.4 trillion in 2010 to slightly under $1 trillion in 2011. The drop will be driven by a decline in refinance originations, but the industry will see an increase in purchase originations. The economy will grow at a slow pace but with no significant job growth until 2011. The increase in purchase originations will be driven by modest increases in home sales and stabilizing home prices. In contrast, MBA refinance originations are expected to fall steadily as mortgage rates gradually increase throughout 2011 and 2012.”

DQNews “California Mortgage Defaults Rise in Third Quarter” (10-26-10)

“A total of 83,261 Notices of Default (“NODs”) were recorded at county recorder offices during the July-through-September period. That was up 18.9 percent from 70,051 in the prior quarter, and down 25.5 percent from 111,689 in third-quarter 2009, according to San Diego-based MDA DataQuick.”

Los Angeles Times“Consumer confidence rises only slightly in October” (10-26-10)

“Americans’ confidence in the economy rose only slightly in October from September, according to a monthly survey, as they continue to grapple with job worries. The Conference Board, a private research group, said Tuesday that its Consumer Confidence Index rose to 50.2 from a revised 48.6 in September.”

CNN “Home prices sag in August” (10-26-10)

“Home prices fell 0.2% from July after five consecutive months of gains, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller composite index of 20 metro areas. However, prices rose a modest 1.7% compared with a year earlier, the housing group reported Tuesday.”

Housing Wire“Mortgage fraud index suggests shift toward property crime: Interthinx” (10-26-10)

“Mortgage fraud risk remained ‘essentially unchanged’ in the third quarter of 2010 compared to the second and down from a year ago, according to Interthinx’s Quarterly Mortgage Fraud Risk Index. Interthinx reported the risk index for 3Q at 144, down 0.9% from last quarter and 1.4% from the same time last year.”

Housing Wire“U.S. declines on Transparency International corruption index” (10-26-10)

“The financial and the foreclosure crisis have contributed to the United States’ decline on a global corruption index, released by the watchdog group Transparency International. The U.S. ranked 22nd of 178 countries with a score of 7.1 on the 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index, down from 19th last year.”

Housing Wire“New LPS valutaion model uses multiple listing services from NAR database” (10-26-10)

“Lender Processing Services (LPS: 27.59 +2.91%) unveiled a new valuation model for realtors that brings listing and pending-sale data into the equation.”

Housing Wire“Zillow: National 30-year FRM rates remain flat week-over-week” (10-26-10)

“The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage remained flat from last week ending at a 4.14% national average the week of Oct. 20-26, according to the Zillow Mortgage Marketplace weekly update.”

Housing Wire“FHFA house prices up 0.4% in August, down from year-ago” (10-26-10)

“U.S. house prices increased 0.4% in August, almost regaining the 0.7% revised decrease in July, but fell more than 2% from a year ago, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency monthly House Price Index.”

Looking Back:

One year ago, on October 9th, a judge ruled against a lender, wiping out a $461,263 mortgage debt. Goldman Sachs estimated that government interventions had sustained prices by 5 percent above what they would be. According to CAR, a total of 530,520 escrows closed in California during September 09.

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