The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 12/16/10

Today’s News Synopsis:

6,111 new and resale houses and condos were sold in the Bay Area last month, according to MDA DataQuick. Freddie Mac reports the 30-year mortgage rate has rose again to 4.83%. Statistics from CoreLogic show home prices declined 3.93% in October from July. Three members of congress introduced a bill which may put an end to the use of MERS by GSEs.

In The News:

DQNews “Bay Area November Home Sales, Median Price Down from a Year Ago” (12-16-10)

“A total of 6,111 new and resale houses and condos were sold in the nine-county Bay Area last month. That was down 0.2 percent from 6,122 in October and down 11.2 percent from 6,878 in November 2009, according to MDA DataQuick of San Diego.”

NAHB “Housing Starts Rise 3.9 Percent in November” (12-16-10)

“Nationwide housing starts rose 3.9 percent in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 555,000 units from an upwardly revised number in the previous month, according to newly released data from the U.S. Commerce Department. This marked the first upward movement in new-home production since August, and was entirely attributable to a nearly 7 percent gain in single-family home building.”

Housing Wire“Government guarantee expected for one-third of MBS in 2011” (12-15-10)

“Government-backed bond issuer Ginnie Mae’s share of mortgage-backed securities issuance should reach 32% in 2011, continuing a steady growth seen after the financial crisis of 2008, Deutsche Bank analysts said.”

Housing Wire“Jobless claims down slightly to 420,000” (12-16-10)

“The Labor Department said the seasonally adjusted figure of actual initial claims for the week ended Dec. 11 fell by 3,000 from the previous week’s upwardly revised figure of 423,000.”

Housing Wire“Freddie Mac: mortgage interest rates rose again last week” (12-16-10)

“The government-sponsored enterprise said its primary mortgage market survey showed the average rate for a 30-year, fixed mortgage rose to 4.83% for the week ending Thursday from 4.61% a week earlier. The rate is now at the highest level since May. The average rate for a 15-year, fixed mortgage increased to 4.17% from 3.96% the prior week, according to the Freddie Mac survey.”

Housing Wire“Home prices down for third straight month: CoreLogic” (12-16-10)

“Home prices declined 3.93% in October from the previous three months, the third straight report of declines as any hope for a recovery in early 2011 begins to fade, according to data from CoreLogic (CLGX: 18.26 +1.00%).”

Housing Wire“Bill aims to end GSE affiliation with MERS” (12-16-10)

“Three congressional representatives recently introduced a bill into the House that would gradually phase out the use of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, commonly called MERs, within the government-sponsored enterprises as well as Ginnie Mae.”

Housing Wire“Foreclosure inventories rise as delinquencies drop in November: LPS” (12-16-10)

“Lender Processing Services (LPS: 30.03 -0.23%) said the delinquency rate for loans that are 30 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure was 9.02% in November, down nearly 3% from October and down 15.6% from November 2009.”

Bloomberg “Builders Probably Began Work on More U.S. Houses Following October Plunge” (12-16-10)

“Housing starts climbed 6 percent to a 550,000 annual rate, according to the median estimate of 76 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News. Work slumped in October to the slowest pace since April 2009’s record low. Building permits, a proxy of future construction, may have also increased.”

Bloomberg “Banks Push Fed to Curb Borrowers’ Right to Rescind Mortgages” (12-16-10)

“Mortgage firms are pressing the Federal Reserve to curb homeowners’ right to invalidate loans based on flawed documents — a right consumer groups say is one of the few weapons borrowers have to battle unfair lending.”

Bloomberg “U.S. Foreclosure Filings Drop to Two-Year Low Amid Lender Delays” (12-16-10)

“A total of 262,339 U.S. properties received default or auction notices or were seized in November, down 21 percent from October and 14 percent from a year earlier, RealtyTrac said in a report today. Those were the biggest monthly and annual declines since the Irvine, California-based data company began reports in January 2005. One in every 492 households got a filing.”

Looking Back:

One year ago, the Wall Street Journal reported that people were increasingly willing to abandon mortgage payments for becoming renters. Housing starts climbed almost 9%. The FDIC offered some reprieve from securities accounting rules for the next year. The Bureau of statistics released their real earnings report stating that average hourly earnings fell by .5%.

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