The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 2/22/11

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.”

Looking Back:

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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