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Real Estate News 7-19-2012


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Washington to unveil voter registration on Facebook
KHQ | July 17, 2012
Facebook users in Washington state will have something else to brag about to their online friends: that they registered to vote on Facebook. (I doubt that this will increase voter fraud as it is not much different that the current online voter-registration that Washington has.  However, when a business advertises on Facebook, they can do incredibly targeted advertising,  Look for Facebook to begin allowing the option of targeting your ad campaign to “registered voters”.  Political advertising is very lucrative and if they are given the opportunity to gain a share of that market, they will make a run at it. ~Anthony)

Brett-led groups buy buildings on Havermale Block
Journal of Business | July 19, 2012
A pair of real estate investment groups headed by Spokane sports team owner Bobby Brett recently bought two three-story buildings, a one-story former garage structure, and 27,600 square feet of parking in the historic Havermale block downtown, says Chris Batten, a commercial real estate broker involved in the transactions.

U.S. Bank Passes on Overheated Commercial Property Markets
HousingWire | July 17, 2012
Top-ten mortgage originator U.S Bank is passing on commercial real estate opportunities in certain markets at risk of overheating because of new construction.

Bernanke Warns Against ‘Fiscal Cliff’
The Washington Post | July 18, 2012
Fed chairman reasserts his bleak assessment of economic growth.

Job Gains Need to Be Wind Under Housing’s Wings
The Wall Street Journal | July 18, 2012
Housing–long the intensive-care patient of the U.S. economic recovery–is finally showing life just as other sectors look winded. But the progress might be short-lived if the labor markets don’t pick up steam.

Is Housing Back From the Dead?
BusinessWeek | July 18, 2012
Could it be? A housing bottom? Have we finally worked through the worst aftershocks of the biggest asset bubble in recent memory? After a four-year slump, the U.S. housing sector finally appears to be recovering. For real this time.

When Foreclosure Affects Children
DSNews.com | July 17, 2012
Parents going through foreclosure may see it as a nightmare, a broken promise of the American Dream. Many might try to hide the stress and the effects of foreclosure from their children to keep them from worrying. However, researchers from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) are saying that children may actually suffer because of foreclosure more than anyone.
(If you know me well, you know that I love kids and I hate child abuse. That said, the researchers in this study have essentially pinned an increase on child abuse on the real estate industry by suggesting that foreclosures are tied directly to child abuse.  It seems to suggest that if foreclosures go up and child abuse goes up, then the one must be the cause of the other.  I believe that other socioeconomic factors are probably associated with child abuse, which in turn exacerbates the situation. One doesn’t necessarily lead to the other. Read the article yourself and tell me your thoughts. ~Anthony)

Is Instagram Real Estate’s Next Frontier?
RealtorMag | July 18, 2012
The Instagram app makes it easy for amateur photographers with smartphones to create works of art.  Some real estate firms are taking advantage of the app’s popularity and using it to accentuate their listings. 

 

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Real Estate News Today 7-17-2012


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Is There a 3.8% House Seller Tax in the Health Care Bill?
The KCM Blog July 17, 2012
The political rhetoric surrounding the presidential election has renewed the debate about the Administration’s Health Care Bill. We are again getting many questions about a possible 3.8% tax on home sales that some claim is in the bill. To answer these questions, we have decided to re-run a blog we posted earlier this year. – The KCM Crew

Residential Home Prices, Rents and Inflation
Ted C. Jones Blog | July 17, 2012
Housing should not be viewed from a short-term perspective given transaction costs. Nor should home values be analyzed in a vacuum since you must live someplace. And since housing is truly a long-term asset, inflation comes into play.

Foreclosure review program befuddles borrowers
Reuters | July 16, 2012
So far, fewer than 5 percent of the potential beneficiaries – 214,000 – have requested a review of their cases, a number critics say confirms their suspicion that the process was designed to protect banks, not help consumers.

White House Skeptical of Plan to Seize Mortgages by Eminent Domain
The Wall Street Journal | July 16, 2012
The Obama administration has concerns with a proposal—backed by a one-time major fundraiser to President Barack Obama—that would use eminent domain to seize and restructure mortgages.

With Low Supply, Asking Prices Rise for Fifth Straight Month
The Wall Street Journal | July 17, 2012
Home sellers are staying on the sidelines this summer, which is helping to firm up prices in more U.S. housing markets.

Phoenix Sets Pace in National Real Estate Recovery
CBS MoneyWatch | July 16, 2012
The Phoenix metro housing market is seeing a rise in home prices and a decline in the number of houses on the market, putting the area ahead of most other U.S. cities on the road to recovery, according to real estate experts.

Fitch: Surging Housing Stats Good News for U.S. Homebuilders
Reuters | July 17, 2012
Builder and investor enthusiasm are both surging, though U.S. housing metrics have not entirely kept pace so far, according to Fitch Ratings in its latest ‘Chalk Line’ report.

Five Mortgage and Housing Trends in Summer 2012
Fox Business | July 16, 2012
After an encouraging spring homebuying season, it’s time to cross your fingers and hope the momentum carries through the summer. Home prices have stabilized in many cities, but certain areas could still see a decline in values — especially those in judicial foreclosure states.

Many More Homeowners Using Obama Refinance Plan: Regulator
CNBC | July 16, 2012
The number of underwater homeowners refinancing through an Obama administration anti-foreclosure program has picked up sharply since its expansion late last year, according to figures a housing regulator released on Monday.

A comment that came in yesterday which I found amusing:   “Why on earth does Billionaire Zuckerberg NEED a $6 million home mortgage?  Pay the thing off and save $60,000!  Is he just trying to improve his credit score?  He can do that with a Macy’s card.  Apparently, having money and knowing how to manage it are two separate concepts.”  (Comment based on an article in my blog yesterday about Mark Zuckerberg’s 1% home loan. ~Anthony)

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Real Estate News Today 7-2-2012


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

It pays to be proactive in a short sale
Chicago Tribune | June 22, 2012
Under new guidelines set down by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, underwater borrowers who are seeking to sell their homes for less than what they owe must now receive decisions from their lenders within 60 business days. But if they are not careful, floundering borrowers can cause delays beyond the two-month deadline. (This article has some good tips for agents and sellers alike on short sale pitfalls to watch out for. ~Anthony)

How health insurance mandate will work
CNNMoney | June 29, 2012
Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the health insurance mandate, most Americans must be insured starting in 2014 or pay a penalty. The penalty will be assessed on your tax return and administered by the IRS. But exactly how is a big question.

Congress Votes for 5-year Extension of Federal Flood Insurance Program
The Washington Post | June 29, 2012
Failure to renew the program would have been a blow to the fragile housing market because potential homeowners in flood-susceptible areas would be unable to close on mortgages or refinance loans.

FHA Rescinds Tough New Credit Restrictions on Loan Applicants
Los Angeles Times | July 1, 2012
The withdrawn policy change, which had been scheduled to take effect Sunday, would have affected borrowers with collections or disputed-bill accounts in their credit files.

Pay for Health Insurance or Pay the Penalty?
Houston Chronicle | June 29, 2012
Now that the Supreme Court upheld it last week, some small companies could opt to go a route that will save them thousands of dollars each year.

A Sober New Reality in Credit Downgrades for Banks
The New York Times | July 1, 2012
When a consumer’s credit score drops, it is hard to recover financially. Wall Street firms could face the same fate.

Timing the Market: 5 Signs It’s the Right Time to Buy or Sell
Trulia | June27, 2012
I’ve long marveled at how the prospect of buying or selling a home can transform the most patient poetry professor or the sweetest Sunday school teacher into a fast-talking, number-crunching, negotiator extraordinaire. Or, rather, it can make these sorts of people *think* they need to talk and act like wheeler-dealers! In my experience, this mostly involves ranting about “leaving money on the table” while they secretly quiver with the fear of making a mistake! 

(An excellent article and worth reading.  This has some great points worth passing along to clients that ask about timing the real estate market. ~Anthony)

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Real Estate News 6-29-2012


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

Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare: What It Means, What Happens Next
Forbes | June 28, 2012
The  Supreme Court’s decision today leaves in place a highly complex law, many of whose most expensive provisions kick in in 2014. Here’s what to expect

After Foreclosure, ‘Octomom’ Still Believes in Homeownership
The Wall Street Journal | June 28, 2012
Nadya Suleman, the mother famously known as “Octomom,” is working to raise funds for a new house.

Nunziata: It’s a Great Time to Refinance Your Mortgage
CNBC | June 28, 2012
According to eMarketer, an estimated 92.5 million adult Internet users will use online coupons in 2012 to save hundreds of dollars per year. Yet nearly four million Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac borrowers could stand to save hundreds of dollars per month refinancing their home mortgages under new programs that were not available until just a few short years ago. 

Most Borrowers Still Wary of Reverse Mortgages
The New York Times | June 28, 2012
The bureau, in a report released Thursday, said that the number of reverse mortgages had fallen since a peak before the financial crisis, but that the agency was seeing renewed interest.

Fed’s Fisher Says Housing Market Has `Bottomed Out’
Bloomberg | June 28, 2012
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher said he believes low mortgage rates have helped bring an end to the slump in U.S. housing.

‘Dead’ Listings Get a New Life
RealtorMag | June 28, 2012
The big drop in inventories of homes for-sale is helping once-expired listings finally get sold. Sellers are finding relisting their properties may offer them more luck now than a few months ago, real estate professionals report. 

Are Appraisers ‘Scared’ to Report Rising Prices
RealtorMag | June 28, 2012
Real estate professionals and mortgage loan officers say that appraisers seem to be reluctant to report price appreciation occurring in numerous spots across the nation, and it’s complicating sales transactions, The Real Deal reports. 

Rental Market Attracting Residents Despite Price Increases: Survey
DSNews.com | June 28, 2012
The rental market appears to be doing more than just sustaining its health. After surveying property managers, TransUnion found that increasing prices aren’t keeping tenants away.

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Real Estate News Today 6-28-2012


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

Supreme Court upholds Obamacare individual mandate as a tax
Yahoo! News | June 28, 2012
In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Supreme Court decided to uphold his signature health care law’s individual insurance mandate in a 5-4 decision, upending speculation after hostile-seeming oral arguments in March that the justices would overturn the law. The mandate has been upheld as a tax, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the liberal wing of the court.  (Love it or hate it?  Most folks seem to feel strongly one way or the other. ~Anthony)

Mortgage Seizures Create ‘Very Serious Concerns,’ Sifma Says
The Wall Street Journal | June 27, 2012
Wall Street’s largest lobbying group is objecting to the use of eminent domain by municipalities to seize mortgages packaged into bonds so the loans can be shrunk to aid homeowners who owe more than their properties’ values.

After Years of False Hopes, Signs of a Turn in Housing
The New York Times | June 27, 2012
Announcements of a housing recovery have become a wrongheaded rite of summer, but after several years of false hopes, evidence is accumulating that the optimists may finally be right.

Government-Backed Loans Went to 6,300 Delinquent Taxpayer
The Wall Street Journal | June 28, 2012
More than 6,300 homeowners who owed millions of dollars in federal taxes received government-backed mortgages in violation of a federal policy, according to a report by a federal watchdog.

Provo, Raleigh Ranked as Best U.S. Business Cities
Reuters | June 27, 2012
Provo, Utah, the home of Brigham Young University, displaced Raleigh, North Carolina, as the best U.S. city for business in a new ranking released on Wednesday.

House to Add Student Loans, Flood Insurance in Highway Bill
San Francisco Chronicle | June 27, 2012
U.S. House and Senate negotiators are finalizing agreements to combine a multiyear highway bill with a one-year freeze on government subsidized student loan interest rates and a reauthorization of flood insurance programs.

Are Banks ‘Hoarding Foreclosures’?
RealtorMag | June 27, 2012
Recent housing surveys are showing an uptick in home prices, particularly in cities in warm-weather “sand states” that had been hard-hit during the housing slump, such as in Phoenix, Las Vegas, Miami, and Tampa. But some housing experts worry that the lift in prices may be temporary due to banks “hoarding foreclosures.”

The Biggest Growth Spots in the Next 20 Years
RealtorMag | June 27, 2012
Small to mid-sized cities will likely be the “biggest winners in the housing market two decades from now,” predicts Stan Humphries, Zillow’s chief economist. Some of these cities will be near large metro areas while some may be more distant and include small to mid-sized cities in college towns too, Humphries adds. (Guess who makes the list?  Whoop whoop! I love this town. ~Anthony)

Educational moment
I’ve seen several articles lately (including the one directly above) that use the term “exurb”.  It’s a new one to me, so I looked it up.  Here’s the definition: “a region or settlement that lies outside a city and usually beyond its suburbs and that often is inhabited chiefly by well-to-do families”
(from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exurb)

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Real Estate News Today 6-22-2012


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

Larry Ellison to Buy Island in Hawaii
The Wall Street Journal | June 21, 2012
Larry Ellison, the billionaire chief executive of Oracle Corp., was identified Wednesday as the buyer of the bulk of the Hawaiian island of Lanai. 

McMansion Creep: Homes Rising in Size
The Wall Street Journal | June 21, 2012
Big homes are back in style. That’s the headline from the American Institute of Architects‘ first-quarter Home Design Trends Survey.

Bidders Get Feisty Over Foreclosed Homes
NPR | June 21, 2012
For-sale homes in California are sparse, even in areas with high foreclosure rates. It has led to buyers like Jennifer Bryant, who is willing to throw money at just about anyone willing to sell her a house.

Home Sales Report Brings Mixed News
The Washington Post | June 21, 2012
The nation’s fledgling housing recovery, if you can call it that, has bumbled along in fits and starts, each step forward usually followed by a step backward, each piece of good news littered with caveats.

Courting the Chinese Buyer
The Wall Street Journal | June 21, 2012
Buyers from China are pouring billions into residential property—and developers are courting them with everything from feng shui to lucky numbers.

Fannie, Freddie Ease Short-Sale Rules For Military
The Wall Street Journal | June 21, 2012
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have agreed to allow military members who are ordered to switch bases and who are still current on their mortgages to sell their homes through a short sale — one in which the homeowner sells the home for less than the outstanding mortgage amount.

Regulators Set Foreclosure Compensation
The Wall Street Journal | June 21, 2012

U.S. bank regulators said banks could be forced to pay up to $125,000 per customer to compensate borrowers who were subject to foreclosure-processing errors. 

White House threatens to veto HUD budget cuts
HousingWire | June 21, 2012
The Obama administration said it would veto a bill that would cut the Department of Housing and Urban Development budget by $3.9 billion from last year.

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