The Norris Group Real Estate News Roundup 9/21/10

Today’s News Synopsis:

Loan originations increased 25% from 2008, according to the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council. The Commerce Department reports new home and apartment construction rose 10.5% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 598,000. Zillow claims interest rates fell again to 4.25%.

In The News:

San Francisco Chronicle “More mortgage loans – first time since ’05 peak” (9-21-10)

“U.S. mortgage lending rose for the first time in four years in 2009 as a decline in borrowing rates spurred refinancings, according to regulatory data. The number of loans originated climbed 25 percent to 8.95 million from 2008, according to a report released Monday in Washington by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council. Refinancings rose 66 percent to 5.76 million, while loans to purchase homes dropped 11 percent to 2.78 million. Home-improvement and multifamily-dwelling loans also fell.”

Los Angeles Times“Home construction jumps 10.5% in August” (9-21-10)

“Construction of new homes and apartments rose 10.5% in August from July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 598,000, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. That’s the highest level since April.”

Housing Wire“Flattened Ginnie roll rates in 2Q could mean slower prepays: Credit Suisse” (9-21-10)

“The amount of Ginnie Mae-held loans rolling from 60 days to 90 days delinquent slowed in the second quarter, after spiking last year. According to research from Credit Suisse, this could signal slower involuntary prepayments going forward. The Ginnie Mae share of agency fixed-rate issuance dropped to 33% in August, from 36% in July. Its total 30-year gross and net issuances in August were $28.8 billion and $22.7 billion respectively, both down from $31.4 billion and $15.2 billion in July.”

Housing Wire“CRE investment gearing up, but analysts don’t expect comeback until 2012” (9-21-10)

“Trouble in the commercial real estate sector is not likely to be resolved until the economy picks up and job creation boosts demand for office, retail, hotel and other commercial properties, according to a Standard & Poor’s commentary released Monday. Even though the market research firm sees a trough in some CRE subsections, overall improvement isn’t expected until at least 2012.”

Housing Wire“Zillow: 30-year, fixed rates reach another low at 4.25%” (9-21-10)

“Interest rates continue to set all-time lows, as Zillow reported its Mortgage Marketplace showed the average rate for a 30-year, fixed mortgage is currently 4.25%. The real estate information firm said the rate if down seven basis points from 4.32% the week earlier and at the lowest level since the report launched in April 2008.”

Housing Wire“Home sales level off in August after recent plunge: RE/MAX” (9-20-10)

“August home sales dropped 0.5% after plummeting in July, according to real estate franchise RE/MAX. Home sales are still down 17.9% from August of last year. While some real estate agents reported increased showings, few have translated into closed transactions after the expiration of the homebuyer tax credit at the end of April.”

Bloomberg “Fed Under Pressure Amid Confusion Over New Easing” (9-21-10)

“Federal Reserve officials are under pressure to avoid creating confusion among investors about any new effort to spur the U.S. recovery. The Federal Open Market Committee, which meets today, triggered a stock selloff with its last statement on Aug. 10 as investors took it as a signal the economy will falter. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index tumbled 7.1 percent during the two weeks following the statement after reaching a three-month high on Aug. 9. The MSCI World Index fell 7.3 percent.”

Orange County Register“CA. mortgage defaults climb 4th month in row” (9-21-10)

“Notices of default filings in California, the first step in the foreclosure process, climbed for the 4th month in a row in August, up by 16.6% from July and 16% from August, 2009, ForeclosureRadar reports. Homes in the state that went back to lenders were up 20% over July and 0.8% from August last year. Foreclosure sale cancellations were down 11%. The inventory of bank-owned homes went up 3.63% from last month and 8.28% year over year.”

Orange County Register“Fed keeping cheap money policy” (9-21-10)

“the pace of recovery in output and employment has slowed in recent months. Household spending is increasing gradually, but remains constrained by high unemployment, modest income growth, lower housing wealth, and tight credit. Business spending on equipment and software is rising, though less rapidly than earlier in the year, while investment in nonresidential structures continues to be weak. Employers remain reluctant to add to payrolls. Housing starts are at a depressed level. Bank lending has continued to contract, but at a reduced rate in recent months.”

Inman “Survey: Home-price outlooks sour in Q3” (9-21-10)

“Ninety percent of real estate agents and brokers expect home prices to either fall or stay the same over the next six months, according to a survey by online real estate marketing site HomeGain. HomeGain conducted the survey from Sept. 7-14, with participation from more than 1,100 real estate agents and brokers and 2,600 homeowners nationwide.”

Looking Back:

One year ago, the federal government claimed it had plans to “tinker” with mortgage interest reporting. First American estimated that California had approximately $30 billion dollars worth of bad home loans. A review of over 24 million credit files showed that people with good credit scores were more likely to ‘strategically default’. Lennar Corp. forecasted a profitable year, despite a bad 3rd quarter.

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