The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 12/09/10

Today’s News Synopsis:

According to Freddie Mac, 30-year mortgage rates increased to 4.61%. The Labor Department reports jobless claims decreased 4% last week. Clear Capital claims national home prices dropped 5.8% in November. Fitch Ratings forecasts a 10% decline in home prices during 2011.

In The News:

NAHB “NAHB’S Multifamily Production and Vacancy Indices Show Increased Confidence” (12-9-10)

“Serving as leading indicators for the sector, two composite multifamily indices produced from NAHB’s survey of multifamily builders and property managers showed improvement in the third quarter of 2010. The NAHB Multifamily Production Index (MPI) increased to a value of 35.6, up from the 26.6 level reported for the second quarter. This is the highest the MPI has been since 2007.”

Mercury News“Mortgage rate for 30-year fixed loans hits 4.61 percent” (12-9-10)

“Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on a 30-year fixed loan increased sharply from last week’s rate. And it is well above the 4.17 percent rate hit a month ago — the lowest level on records dating back to 1971.”

Housing Wire“Jobless claims fell nearly 4% last week” (12-9-10)

“Initial jobless claims fell nearly 4% last week to 421,000 after coming in at the lowest level in two years a few weeks ago. The Labor Department said the seasonally adjusted figure of actual initial claims for the week ended Dec. 4 decreased by 17,000 from the previous week’s upwardly revised figure of 438,000.”

Housing Wire“Zillow: Home values crater by $1.7 trillion in 2010” (12-9-10)

“U.S. homes are expected to lose more than $1.7 trillion in value this year, 63% more than the estimated $1 trillion lost in 2009, according to Zillow.”

Housing Wire“Double dip in some markets drag home prices down 5.8%: Clear Capital” (12-9-10)

“Home prices in November dropped 5.8% over the previous three months and are down 2.7% from a year ago, according to real estate analytics firm Clear Capital.”

Housing Wire“Fannie Mae survey finds traditional homeownership changing” (12-9-10)

“51% of survey respondents said the housing crisis has not affected their overall willingness to buy a home, 33% said they would be more likely to rent their next home than buy. In January, 30% of Americans surveyed said they would rent a home the next time around.”

Housing Wire“Fitch sees 10% drop in home prices in 2011, negative outlook for MBS” (12-9-10)

“Fitch Ratings expects another 10% decline in home prices in 2011, as the supply of distressed properties continues to weigh down the housing market. Accordingly, analysts maintained the agency’s negative outlook for the residential mortgage-backed securities space and said 53% of all investment-grade RMBS rated by Fitch have a negative outlook.”

Looking Back:

One year ago, Gov. Schwarzenegger signed a bill which ensured that consumers could choose their own real estate service provider when purchasing a foreclosure. According to Zillow, Bay Area properties lost 3 percent of their value during the first 11 months of 2009. 18 percent of FHA loans were either delinquent or in foreclosure. Statistics from Freddie Mac showed that national home prices increased by .9 percent during the second quarter of 2009.

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