Real Estate News Today 2-24-2012

24 Feb

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

Bank of America Breaks With Fannie Mae
The New York Times | February 23, 2012
Bank of America said Thursday that it would no longer sell new mortgages to Fannie Mae, underscoring tensions in a fight between giants of the home loan market over billions in losses in the housing bubble.

Ranieri: The Case for Converting Foreclosures to Rentals
The Wall Street Journal | February 23, 2012
One of the pioneers of the U.S. housing-finance system is strongly endorsing government efforts to convert foreclosed homes into rental properties.

FHFA: 4Q Home Prices Down 2.4%
HousingWire | February 23, 2012
U.S. home prices fell in the fourth quarter of 2011 from a year earlier, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s purchase-only house price index.

MBA: Rising Rental Costs May Drive Home Sales Up
HousingWire | February 23, 2012
Home sales could turn out sunnier than expected this spring based on data coming out of the rental market, according to economists at the Mortgage Bankers Association.

Moody’s: Big Banks Unlikely to Suffer From AG Mortgage Settlement
HousingWire | February 23, 2012
The $25-billion mortgage servicing settlement is expected to result in little financial impact on the nation’s big banks, Moody’s Investors Service said.

JPMorgan Places $72 Billion Bet on Global Homeowners
Bloomberg | February 23, 2012
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) has more than tripled its holdings of mortgage securities without U.S. government guarantees to $72 billion as the nation’s biggest bank bets on borrowers from outside the country it calls home.

Figuring Out How to Attract New Business
New York Times | February 23, 2012
We recently took a step back to look at the clients we have on our roster and how they got there. Interestingly, the majority did not enter our stable via our outbound marketing efforts, our list of targets to go after. Why was that, we wondered. A recent new business initiative may have provided the answer.

Revenue Eases Budget Pain for U.S. States
Bloomberg | February 23, 2012
For the past four years, U.S. states struggled to close more than $500 billion of budget shortfalls caused by the recession, ushering in tax increases, spending cuts and clashes with public-employee unions. With the economy recovering, officials gathering in Washington today for the National Governors Association winter meeting are beginning to face a welcome choice: how to spend extra money.

From the National Association of Realtors®:

How 23 Laws Impact Real Estate
New infographic shows when and how two dozen laws affect the real estate transaction. [This is a pretty good visual aid on all of the different laws that come into play.  Three issues come to mind worth mentioning: 1) This doesn’t even begin to cover state and/or local laws, these are all federal, 2) what a great way to show a Realtor’s value to clients who are thinking FSBO is the way to go, and 3) if you are a newbie or a veteran, I’ll bet there is at least one on here you didn’t know anything about. ~Anthony]
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