Real Estate News Today 2-22-2012

22 Feb

Today’s news that may be of interest to you:

FHFA Releases Plan for Freddie, Fannie Exit
The Washington Post | February 21, 2012
A federal housing regulator on Tuesday released a plan for beginning to scale back mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — just as the Obama administration is pressing the taxpayer-backed companies to do more to help homeowners.

Grubb & Ellis Files for Bankruptcy
HousingWire | February 21, 2012
Commercial real-estate firm Grubb & Ellis filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it faces liquidity problems and $30 million in debt that matures on March 1. Financial brokerage firm BGC Partners agreed to acquire the Santa Ana, Calif.-based firm with a $30 million credit bid.

Critics: Fed’s housing push crosses a line
The Washington Post | February 21, 2012
Senior Federal Reserve officials are injecting themselves into a noisy debate over how to solve the housing crisis, drawing criticism from some lawmakers who say the Fed has no business straying from its traditional role as the U.S. central bank.

Should Mortgage Rates Even Be Lower?
The Wall Street Journal | February 21, 2012
Mortgage rates are the lowest on record. But by a key historical measure, they should be even lower. Over the past year, a wide gap ripped open between the mortgage rates house hunters see and a benchmark interest rate investors demand to buy bonds backed by home loans.

Delinquency Rate Falls in January But Foreclosure Starts Rise: LPS
HousingWire | February 21, 2012
The delinquency rate on U.S. mortgages monitored by Lender Processing Services fell in January but foreclosure starts rose.

Under Volcker, Old Dividing Line in Banks May Return
New York Times | February 21, 2012
The Volcker Rule, and its limitations on bank trading, may have the unintended effect of dividing the world back into investment banks and commercial banks. The unusual twist here is that Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley may end up stuck on the wrong side of the fence, treated under the law as commercial banks instead of the investment banks they once were.

Moderate Growth Projected for 2012
DSNews | February 21, 2012

Overall, growth is expected to continue for the year, but at a modest rate, according to the Fannie Mae February 2012 Economic Outlook report.

IRS Releases the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2012 | February 16, 2012
The Internal Revenue Service today issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” ranking of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes ranging from identity theft to return preparer fraud.

From the National Association of Realtors®:

The 10 Most Popular Housing Markets
Find out which real estate markets garnered the most clicks at last month.

Is the Downsizing Trend Fading?
New homes built in 2011 were bigger in size and had more amenities and features compared to homes built in 2010, new Census data shows.

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