The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 6/14/10

Today’s News Synopsis:

Christopher Cagan from First American predicts a dip in housing prices in the near future. A study from Harvard University seems to show that high unemployment is fueling the foreclosure crisis. Christopher Thornberg of Beacon Economics believes the recession is currently over, but he expects economic conditions to get worse over the next two years. REIS Inc predicts U.S. apartments may lead a rebound in commercial real estate.

In The News:

Orange County Register – “‘Double dip’ decline seen for housing” (6-13-10)

“In the short to near term, I expect a double dip.  This is the logical aftermath of the sugar shot from the Federal first time buyer tax credit.  It borrowed buyers from the future, and we are now going into that future.  Also we are not too far from the end of the traditional SoCal buying season.  I have already seen asking prices reduced 5% or so in May from April.”

Wall Street Journal“Trading Down: Can It Still Bankroll Your Retirement?” (6-13-10)

“Trading down to a smaller home is a retirement-planning staple. According to an April study by the Society of Actuaries, 20% of not-yet retirees say they plan to downsize after the last child leaves the nest.”

Los Angeles Times “Home shortages could develop as recovery unfolds” (6-13-10)

“A housing deficiency isn’t a sure thing, but the potential is certainly there, says David Crowe, chief economist at the National Assn. of Home Builders, who paints a rather ominous scenario in which house and apartment builders won’t be able to keep up with the demand. Wherever the new households come from — adult children moving out for the first time or leaving the nest a second or third time after returning to Mom and Dad’s to weather the economic storm, roommates uncoupling and going their separate ways or young couples starting families — most of them are typically renters. Therefore, the multifamily sector is apt to feel the pinch first, if only because it takes so much longer to build apartments than houses.”

Bloomberg “U.S. Housing Market Recovery Dependent on Jobs Growth, Harvard Report Says” (6-14-10)

“Job growth will be the key factor in whether the U.S. real estate market can extend a recovery after the end of the federal homebuyer tax credit, according to a Harvard University study. High unemployment is fueling the foreclosure crisis and discouraging the household formation that drives property demand, according to the State of the Nation’s Housing report issued today by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.”

Housing Wire“Monday Morning Cup of Coffee” (6-14-10)

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is preparing a nationwide crackdown on mortgage fraud, with arrests expected to count in the hundreds, beginning as early as this week, the Financial Times reported.”

Housing Wire“Negative GDP Growth in Q3? Really?” (6-14-10)

“Thornberg essentially noted in his speech that while the recession is over, for now, we’re not there yet in terms of a sustainable economic recovery. He exhorted attendees to enjoy 2010, as he expects the year to be a relatively good one compared to what we may see in 2011 and 2012.”

Housing Wire“Subprime Mortgage Performance Improving as Delinquencies Drop” (6-14-10)

“The performance of historical subprime mortgages is improving according to two separate reports from Moody’s Investors Service and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). And the rate of homeowners behind on their subprime mortgage is lower across all levels of days past due, albeit at different speeds.”

Housing Wire“Fiserv Sees Buyer ‘Optimism’ Behind Home Price Increases” (6-14-10)

“Home prices trended up in more than 40% of metropolitan areas (155 of 384 markets) in Q409, including markets in California, Ohio, Michigan and Washington DC, according to analysis of price trends by financial data services provider Fiserv. On average, home prices were down 2.5% in Q409 from the year-ago quarter, which Fiserv noted could be due to continued high unemployment levels, rising interest rates and a high volume of distressed property in markets like Florida, Arizona and Nevada. The data studied for the quarterly report is based on the Fiserv Case-Shiller Indexes.”

Bloomberg “Equity Residential May Start California Project Within a Year” (6-14-10)

“Equity Residential, the largest publicly traded U.S. apartment landlord, may start building a new development in California within the next year, Chief Executive Officer David Neithercut said. U.S. apartments may lead a rebound in commercial real estate as the economy adds jobs, property research firm Reis Inc. said in May. Vacancies probably will peak at 8.2 percent in 2010 and start to decline in 2011.”

Orange County Register“Portola Hills homes quickest to sell” (6-14-10)

“The ‘hardest’ O.C. town to find a home to buy in terms of ‘market time’ (supply of homes for sale vs. new purchase deals inked in past month) is Portola Hills at 1.3 months to theoretically sell all for-sale homes at the current buying pace. Or, looking at it another way: quickest to sell. A year ago, this town was at 0.6 months.”

Orange County Register“Home demand off 20% without tax break” (6-14-10)

“March and April’s surge due to the housing credit robbed May and June of normal activity. There is nothing cyclical about the recent swings in demand, but it is making its way back to normal. It should be back on track by July. Demand, the number of new pending sales over the prior month, decreased by 136 in the past two weeks and now totals 3,167. That is after a 603 home drop two weeks ago. For the first time since March 2008, demand is less than the prior year with 485 fewer pending sales.”

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