Today’s News Synopsis:
A Survey from Harris Interactive shows 70% of Americans aspire to homeownership. According to S&P/Case-Shiller, national home prices fell 4.1% in the 4th quarter of 2010. FNC Residential seems to confirm this saying home prices fell 2.2% in December. CB Richard Ellis Group expects office rents to increase this year.
In The News:
Ventura County Star – “Apartments can be good investment as more people rent” (2-19-11)
“While construction in Ventura County has taken a significant hit since the downturn began, shedding about 7,700 jobs from June 2007 to June 2010, the pain has been uneven. Single-family homes have been hit hard and condominiums even harder, said Dawn Dyer, president of Dyer Sheehan Group, a Ventura real estate consulting firm.”
Los Angeles Times – “Homeownership loses its luster” (2-19-11)
“Two-thirds of Americans still see a home purchase as a safe investment, but that’s down from 83% in 2003, according to a study by Fannie Mae. Homeownership has fallen to 66.5% of the adult population, down from 69.2% in 2004. A Harris Interactive polls says 70% of Americans aspire to homeownership, down from 77% a year ago.”
San Francisco Chronicle – “Consumer Confidence Index hits 3-year high” (2-22-11)
“The Conference Board says its Consumer Confidence Index climbed to 70.4 this month, up from a revised 64.8 in January, hitting its highest level since February 2008. It was the index’s fifth consecutive monthly increase. The figure topped economists’ expectations of a reading of 65, according to FactSet.”
CNN – “Home prices near 2009 lows — and may fall more” (2-22-11)
“National home prices fell 4.1% during the last three months of 2010, compared with 12 months earlier, according to the latest report from the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index, a closely watched indicator of market trends. They were down 1.9% compared with three months earlier.”
Housing Wire – “Fitch Solutions subprime credit default swap prices highest since October 2008” (2-22-11)
“Analysts said the firm’s index for subprime swaps rose 5.2% in January on top of increases the prior two months, including a 7.2% gain in December. Fitch said the 2004 and 2007 vintages performed well last month with returns of more than 7% although constant default rates average 20% higher for the swaps from 2007.”
Housing Wire – “Moody’s finds commercial real estate eluding recovery” (2-22-11)
“After three consecutive months of increases, commercial real estate prices fell 0.9% in December, according to Moody’s Investors Service.”
Housing Wire – “Foreclosure sales weigh down home prices in 23 markets” (2-22-11)
“Home prices in 23 U.S. metropolitan areas fell 2.2% in December, the largest one-month drop for fiscal 2010, and a sign that foreclosed properties continue to weigh down home values across the nation, the FNC Residential Price Index revealed Monday.”
Bloomberg – “U.S. Office Rent Growth to Be ‘Modest’ in 2011, CB Richard Says” (2-22-11)
“U.S. office rents will increase for the first time in three years in 2011, with growth ‘modest and limited to key markets’ before a recovery accelerates in 2012, according to CB Richard Ellis Group Inc.”
One year ago, Moody’s reported that commercial property prices increased by 4.1 percent in December. A survey showed that 87 percent of homebuilders expected to lose money due to the new FHA guidelines. Short sales accounted for 15.9% of home purchases in January 2010. Janet Yellen predicted the U.S. economy would perform below potential throughout this year and the next.
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