The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 2/1/10

Today’s News Synopsis:

The MBA reported there is a $1.45 trillion balance of outstanding mortgages held by non-bank investors. SIGTARP predicted a second housing bubble. Fannie Mae’s mortgage delinquency rate increased to5.29% in November 2009. U.S. home construction spending decreased by 2.7 percent in December.

In The News:

Mortgage Bankers AssociationOnly 13 Percent of Non-Bank Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Debt to Mature in 2010; Seven Percent in 2011″ (2-1-10)

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) today released the results of its 2009 Commercial Real Estate/Multifamily Survey of Loan Maturity Volumes. The survey indicates that the volume of commercial and multifamily mortgage debt maturing in 2010 and 2011 is relatively low.  Of the $1.45 trillion balance of outstanding mortgages held by non-bank investors, only 13 percent of the total ($183.9 billion) will mature in 2010 and 7 percent ($99.8 billion) in 2011.  The survey also found that maturities vary considerably by the type of investor holding the loan.”

Mortgage Bankers AssociationWells Fargo/Wachovia, PNC/Midland and Berkadia Lead National Rankings of Commercial/Multifamily Servicing Volumes” (2-1-10)

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) today released its year-end ranking of commercial and multifamily mortgage servicers as of the end of December 31, 2009.  On top of the list of firms is Wells Fargo/Wachovia Bank with $473.8 billion in U.S. master and primary servicing, followed by PNC Real Estate/Midland Loan Services with $322.9 billion, Berkadia Commercial Mortgage with $217.9 billion, Bank of America Merrill Lynch with $131.7 billion, KeyBank Real Estate Capital with $128.5 billion, and GEMSA Loan Services LP with $102.3 billion.”

Housing WireSIGTARP Warns of Second Housing Bubble” (2-1-10)

“The Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), which oversees the federal government’s economic recovery program, called for reform to prevent government bailouts in the future and warned of a government-induced second housing bubble.”

Housing Wire“Officials Contend FHA is Going to be OK” (2-1-10)

“Despite a huge growth in business over the past few years, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) says its huge portfolio, now worth $750bn, is safely managed as the firm becomes comfortable with dealing with risk.”

Housing Wire “VIEWPOINT: Waiting for the Fed to Withdraw” (2-1-10)

“The Fed will end the program by March 31 at $1.25trn. There is still chatter, however, about what circumstances would prompt the Fed to resume MBS purchases after March 31. It boils down to two things: a substantial re-weakening in home sales and prices or an excessive spike in mortgage rates.”

Housing Wire“Fannie Mae Serious Mortgage Delinquencies Rise Above 5%” (2-1-10)

“The government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) Fannie Mae (FNM: 1.03 +7.29%) reported a serious delinquency rate for its mortgage portfolio of 5.29% in November 2009, the latest month of data, the highest in recent memory. That number grew from 4.98% in October and more than doubled the 2.13% in November 2008, according to its monthly summary.”

Bloomberg “MetLife Cut by Fitch on Commercial Real Estate Losses” (2-1-10)

“MetLife Inc., the largest U.S. life insurer, was downgraded by Fitch Ratings on the prospect of losses tied to investments including commercial real estate holdings.”

Inman “Home construction down in December” (2-1-10)

“The rate of U.S. home construction spending nationwide fell year-over-year and month-to-month in December, according to a report released today by the U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce. Spending for December dropped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $268.7 billion, a 2.7 percent drop from $276.2 billion the month before, and a 10.3 percent drop from $299.4 billion in December 2008. This rate is a projection of a monthly spending total over a 12-month period, adjusted to reflect typical seasonal fluctuations in construction activity.”

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