Norris Bruce
Jan 24, 2011

The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 1/24/11

Today’s News Synopsis:

The CBIA reports total building permits issued during 2010 increased 23% from 2009. Statistics from Trulia show that owning a home is cheaper than renting one in 72% of the largest cities in the United States. Commercial property values rose 0.6% in November, according to Moody’s.

In The News:

Los Angeles Times“Estimate of mortgage interest tax deduction’s effect on federal deficit is lowered” (1-23-10)

“$88 billion less in revenue losses are now projected over the next three fiscal years — than the committee estimated early in 2010.”

CBIA “It’s Official: 2010 is Second-lowest Year on Record for Homebuilding in California” (1-24-10)

“CBIA said just 44,601 permits were issued statewide last year for new homes, apartments, condominiums and townhomes, up 23 percent from 2009, but down 31 percent from 2008, which had held the distinction of the second-lowest total on record with 64,962 permits issued. Records began being kept in 1954 with the lowest yearly total set in 2009 with 36,421 permits issued.”

Inman “Cheaper to buy than to rent in 72% of largest U.S. cities” (1-24-10)

“Despite the rising number of renters across the country, it is cheaper to buy a home rather than rent one in 72 percent of the 50 largest cities in the U.S., according to an index released by real estate search and marketing site Trulia.”

New York Times“Mortgage Giants Leave Legal Bills to the Taxpayers” (1-24-10)

“Since the government took over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, taxpayers have spent more than $160 million defending the mortgage finance companies and their former top executives in civil lawsuits accusing them of fraud.”

Housing Wire“Moody’s CPPI rose 0.6% for November, down 4.3% since May” (1-24-10)

“The price of commercial property rose 0.6% in November, marking the third-consecutive month of gains following sharp declines for the previous three months, according to Moody’s Investors Service.”

Housing Wire“Campbell Surveys: Strong distressed property sales bookend robo-signing debacle” (1-24-10)

“First-time homebuyer activity remained relatively strong last month, though still near historic lows, as purchasers rushed to close transactions before interest rates rise further, according to housing industry consultancy group Campbell Surveys. In December, the firm’s HousingPulse distressed property index shows these transactions make up 47.2% of the market, up from 44.5% in November and nearly matching the 47.5% peak reached in September.”

Housing Wire“JPMorgan: Annual homes sales must average 5.5 million to absorb liquidations” (1-24-10)

“JPMorgan Securities said existing home sales need to average about 5.5 million units a year to absorb a projected 2.25 million to 2.5 million in liquidations.”

Orange County Register – “Demand for O.C. homes jumps 10%” (1-24-10)

“Demand, the number of new pending sales over the prior month, increased by 10% in the past two weeks, adding an additional 194 homes, and now totals 2,154 pending sales. That’s virtually identical to 2009 when it posted 2,146. Last year, there were 393 additional pending sales, but everybody was poised to take advantage of the $8,000 first time home buyer tax. From here, expect demand to continue to improve as the market prepares to enter the spring market, the strongest time of the year for Orange County housing.”

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