The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 3/31/11

Today’s News Synopsis:

The Office of Thrift Supervision reports serious delinquencies decreases in the 4th quarter of 2010. Riverside was pronounced to be the most likely city to experience further economic trouble. Commercial and multifamily mortgage originations increased 88% in the last few months of 2010. Fannie Mae’s mortgage portfolio decreased by 15% in February.

In The News:

CNN “JPMorgan’s Dimon: No mortgage writedowns” (3-31-11)

“The head of JPMorgan Chase said Wednesday that banks would not consider writing down mortgages for homeowners who can make payments, an idea at the center of talks aimed at fixing the mortgage mess.”

Housing Wire “Chief risk officer Bob Ryan to head up FHA” (3-31-11)

“The Department of Housing and Urban Development tapped Bob Ryan, formerly the chief risk officer at the Federal Housing Administration as its acting commissioner, replacing David Stevens. Stevens departs the FHA Thursday and will run the Mortgage Bankers Association.”

Housing Wire“Fannie Mae’s gross mortgage portfolio drops 15.2%” (3-31-11)

“Fannie Mae said its gross mortgage portfolio fell at a compound annualized rate of 15.2% in February, while the government-sponsored enterprise’s entire book of business fell 0.7%.”

Housing Wire “Jobless claims drop slightly for a third consecutive week” (3-31-11)

“The number of initial jobless claims filed by unemployed Americans fell to 388,000 in the week ending March 26, down from last week’s upwardly revised figure of 394,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.”

Office of Thrift Supervision“Mortgage Performance Slightly Better in Fourth Quarter of 2010; Serious Delinquencies Drop for the Fourth Consecutive Quarter” (3-31-11)

“The quarterly report by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Office of Thrift Supervision showed that 87.6 percent of the 32.9 million loans in the portfolio were current and performing at the end of the fourth quarter of 2010.”

Mortgage Orb“Legislation Dismantles GSEs Piecemeal-Style” (3-30-11)

“Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee have introduced eight targeted bills that, taken together, aim to reduce the government’s involvement in housing and spark a resurgence among private capital.”

Yahoo “Cities Where Things are Getting Worse” (3-29-11)

“Six California cities claim spots on our list of Cities Where The Economy May Get Worse. Riverside took the number one spot, thanks to a high unemployment rate (13.9%) coupled with weak job growth, a hefty number of mortgage loans 90 days or more delinquent (8.21% of all loans) and a projected migration pattern that finds 4,000 residents expected to leave the area this year.”

Housing Wire“Commercial and multifamily mortgage originations up 88%” (3-31-11)

“Commercial and multifamily mortgage originations grew 88% in the fourth quarter of 2010 when compared to 4Q 2009, the Mortgage Bankers Association said in its Fourth Quarter Commercial Real Estate-Multifamily Finance Quarterly Report.”

Housing Wire“Barney Frank says mortgage interest tax deduction is safe” (3-31-11)

“Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said at a House subcommittee hearing Thursday that the mortgage interest tax deduction would be safe. Currently, interest on a mortgage taken out to buy or improve a home can be fully deducted if the amount of the loan is less than $1 million for married couples and $500,000 for singles. Home equity loans taken out for anything else is limited to $100,000 for couples and $50,000 for singles.”

Housing Wire“Freddie Mac mortgage interest rates inch up this week” (3-31-11)

“The government-sponsored enterprise said its primary mortgage market survey showed the average rate for a 30-year, fixed mortgage rose to 4.86% for the week ending Thursday from 4.81% a week earlier. The average rate for a 15-year, fixed mortgage increased to 4.09% from 4.04 the prior week, according to the Freddie Mac survey.”

Housing Wire“Judge dismisses securities fraud case against Freddie” (3-31-11)

“A federal district court judge in New York dismissed a lawsuit filed by Southeast and Southwest Areas Pension Fund and National Elevator Industry Pension Plan — two Freddie investors, who allege Freddie mislead a class of investors after experiencing a $2 billion loss for the third quarter of 2007 by ‘materially misrepresenting Freddie’s exposure to risky mortgage products.'”

Looking Back:

One year ago, Mortgage loan application volume increased by 1.3 percent from the previous week. Vacation home sales increased by 7.9 percent in 2009.  Fannie Mae reported the percentage of seriously delinquent loans increased to 5.52% in January. FHA allowed mortgages to borrowers who sold their residence under short-sale provisions and then purchase a new home without the standard 3 year wait.

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