The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 8/19/11

Sources:
July sales and price report
Mortgage Rates in U.S. Tumble to Lowest in More than 50 Years
Jobless claims up to 408,000 last week
Realtor.com, Yahoo Real Estate trading places in Web rankings
Mortgage servicers bypass foreclosure delays with more short sales
Case against MERS reaches Supreme Court
Fed to Keep Interest Rates Low until 2013
NAHB Study Finds Loan Limit Declines a Discouraging Prospect for Recovering Housing Market

Today’s News Synopsis:

In this week’s video, Aaron Norris gives the news of the week in the world of real estate and other big events. Despite home sales dropping, it was reported they are actually in better shape this year as sales are up from a year ago.  Two Multiple Listing Services in California, CRMLS and SoCalMLS, will be merging to form the largest firm in the United States.

In The News:

Housing WireDelinquencies on commercial real estate loans fall again in July” (8-19-11)

“Delinquencies for securities backed by commercial real estate loans fell in July for the third consecutive month, according to Fitch Ratings.”

San Francisco Chronicle – “Inflation May Embolden Opponents of Fed’s Moves to Spur Growth” (8-19-11)

“Signs that consumer prices are rising even as the U.S. economy slows maydelay additional moves by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke to spur growth.”

DS News “Zillow: Price-to-Income Ratios Still High in Some Markets” (8-19-11)

“While an August report from Capital Economics states that housing values overall are undervalued by 20 percent, Zillow reports that many metro price-to-income ratios are still above their historic averages.”

Rismedia – “Home Sales Down in July but Up Strongly from a Year Ago” (8-19-11)

“Existing-home sales declined in July from an upwardly revised June pace but are notably higher than a year ago, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Monthly gains in the Northeast and Midwest were offset by declines in the West and South.”

Housing Wire – “Ocwen, Altisource extend ties to keep costs down” (8-19-11)

“Two years after the spin-off, Ocwen Financial Corp. (OCN: 12.57 -1.95%) will extend certain services to Altisource (ASPS: 32.30 -3.29%) for an additional 12 months to minimize costs, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.”

Mortgage Bankers Association – “MBA Increases Origination Forecast in 2011, Predicts Greater Drop in Origination Volume in 2012” (8-19-11)

“The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Economic and Mortgage Finance Forecasts released today project $1.1 trillion in residential mortgage origination volume in 2011, roughly $100 billion more than earlier forecasts, as low mortgage rates have brought in higher than expected refinance volume, while purchase volume has been less than anticipated.

Realtor Magazine – “Housing Affordability at Highest in 20 Years” (8-19-11)

“Housing affordability continued to be near record highs in the second quarter, hovering near its highest level in the 20-plus years it has been recorded, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index.”

Inman – “2 California MLSs merge to become largest in nation” (8-19-11)

“Visions of a statewide multiple listing service in California are a stepcloser to reality today, with the California Regional Multiple Listing Service Inc. (CRMLS) announcing a merger that will double its size and make it the nation’s largest, with 68,000 participants and subscribers.”

Orange County Register “August home sales show signs of improvement” (8-19-11)

“For the 22 business days ending August 5 – DataQuick’s latest homebuying report — Orange County saw 2,663 O.C. residences sold — up 4.3% from a year-ago! If the trend continues for the full month of August, this could break O.C.’s 13-month losing streak.”

RisMedia – “Builder Confidence Unchanged in August” (8-19-11)

“Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes held unchanged at a low level of 15 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for August, released recently.”

Looking Back:

Energy efficiency loans hit the skids as many banks saw the risk outweighing the rewards. A White House-created commission looked at possibly increasing the age for retirement benefits with the backing of AARP. California rates were one of the country’s hottest real estate markets for price increases while a PMI Mortgage Insurance Co. report listed 7 California areas (both northern and southern) that would most likely witness price declines 2011 and 2012.

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