The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 8/6/10


Today’s News Synopsis:

Non-farm payrolls decreased by 131,000 in July, according to the Department of Labor. HUD’s secretary announced a new program, which will allow borrowers to refinance on underwater mortgages. Barclay’s Capital is taking back their previous estimate of a double dip recession, and now believes we will experience ‘moderate growth’. One-third of U.S. citizens are renting, and more than 14% live in a rental apartment.

In The News:

Housing Wire“U.S. Payrolls Shed More than Expected, Dropping 131,000 in July” (8-6-10)

“Total non-farm payrolls declined by 131,000 in July, worse than a market consensus decline of 70,000. According to the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the firings of temporary workers after 2010 Census efforts edged up to 143,000 in July, declined from 225,000 Census layoffs a month earlier.”

Housing Wire“HUD Secretary Donovan: Refinancing Program Coming ‘Very Soon'” (8-6-10)

“According to a mortgee letter sent out today, the new program would provide additional refinancing options to underwater homeowners starting Sept. 7. To be eligible for the new loan, the homeowner must be underwater but still current on the mortgage. A credit score of 500 or better is required, and the borrower’s existing first-lien holder must agree to write at least 10% of the unpaid principal balance.”

Housing Wire“Barclays Capital Calls off Double-Dip Recession” (8-6-10)

“Analysts at Barclays Capital believe the latest data on the US economy leans more toward ‘moderating growth’ in the last half of 2010, rather than an outright double-dip. Last week’s real gross domestic product (GDP) in the US, which measures the output of goods and services produced by the country’s labor force, grew 2.4% in Q210 from last year, according to the US Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).”

Housing Wire“Apartment Rentals Hit Record Highs in 2010, as More Americans Shun Homeownership” (8-6-10)

“Currently one-third of Americans rent their housing, and over 14% live in a rental apartment. The NMHC represents the interests of rental property investors, such as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Stewart Title and Starwood, to name a few.”

Housing Wire “Navy Federal Introduces 100 Percent Mortgage to Make $7bn Origination Goal” (8-6-10)

“The world’s largest credit union said it’s prepared to originate $7bn in mortgage and refinance originations in 2010, and announced it will offer 100% financing to its members for loans up $650,000. Navy Federal Credit Union said it originated more than $6.2bn in mortgages and refinance loans in 2009. The Virginia-based credit union is the world’s largest, both in terms of total assets ($40bn) and membership (3.4m). Navy Federal serves all current and former Department of Defense military and civilian personnel and their families.”

Housing Wire“Consumer Credit Down for Fifth Straight Month 0.7 Percent For June” (8-6-10)

“Americans are not in the mood to spend as consumer credit outstanding fell once again in June, according to the Federal Reserve, marking the fifth consecutive month of declines. The benchmark fell $1.3bn, or 0.7%, to $2.418trn due mostly to a $4.5bn, or 6.5%, drop in revolving credit, such as credit cards. Non-revolving credit, which includes mortgages, auto loans, and student loans, rose 2.4% to $1.592bln.”

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