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Real Estate Today 8-28-2012


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Lots of great information brought to you by the humble crew at Stewart Title of Spokane.  The distressed home market is trending down, the apartment boom may be ending, and check out the two good homebuyer articles at the bottom.  Plus today you get bonus reader feedback!  Thanks for reading and feel free to forward to a friend.

Return of the Jumbo Mortgage
The Wall Street Journal | August 27, 2012
For home buyers eager to snap up luxury homes at low interest rates, lenders are bringing back the supersized loan.

Why Home Prices Are Rising: The ‘Distressed Share’
The Wall Street Journal | August 27, 2012
Tuesday’s measure of June home prices from the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city index is likely to turn positive when compared with one year ago for the first time in two years, according to a forecast by Zillow Inc. (The S&P Case-Shiller did in fact turn positive, see S&P Case-Shiller: Home prices up across the board ~Anthony)

Consolidation of Small Banks on Rise
The Washington Post | August 27, 2012
Shrinking profit margins, tepid loan demand and low interest rates are placing pressure on small and medium-sized banks to merge. (This it true, but sad to see.  We need both the large and the small to serve all sectors.  Consider this quote from the article: “Whereas large national banks have little trouble hiring more accountants and lawyers to manage compliance with new regulations, community banks find it difficult to absorb those costs.” While we are in a recovery, that doesn’t mean it’s a recovery for all.  Still rough seas out there. ~Anthony)

California Enacts Law to Levy Heavy Fines for Blight
HousingWire | August 27, 2012
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday forcing owners of foreclosed and vacant homes to maintain the property or face up to a $1,000 fine per day of violation.

Trulia vs. Zillow: The Battle for Online Real Estate
CNBC | August 27, 2012
Trulia is the latest website daring the public to buy its shares, hoping to raise $75 million in the very competitive world of real estate listings.

As Housing Recovers, Will Apartment Boom End?
CNBC | August 27, 2012
The latest reports on new and existing home sales seem to indicate that the housing market is beginning to find its footing again. While most believe the recovery will be slow, U-shaped, and bumpy, the free fall appears to be over for both sales and prices.

Homebuyers: Do you know what you are buying?
Real Estate Settlement Observer | August 27, 2012
While this would seem to be obvious, purchasers should pay close attention to exactly what they are buying.  I am not referring to inspection issues, I am referring to something that seems obvious, but does occasionally come up as a problem. Here are some real scenarios where an individual bought something that was not exactly what they were expecting. (Worth noting: The author is in the East Coast market and mentions the buyer getting a location survey.  We don’t get many home buyers in Spokane wanting to pay for a location survey but it’s not a bad idea. All solid advice here. ~Anthony)

Top 5 homebuyer regrets
Inman News | August 27, 2012
In life, and in real estate, there are decisions that, if we had them to do over again, we might do x, y or z differently. But all in all, we are not too upset about how things turned out. “C’est la vie,” as they say.

Feedback from a local mortgage broker on yesterday’s edition:

Survey article about disclosure and privacy – It is IMPOSSIBLE to provide an accurate quote to an online request.  Yes, I know plenty of online lenders keep providing quote forms and replies but that’s solely a marketing gimmick. Consumers demand online and anonymous (the privacy issue) quotes but it’s not possible.  Even with a full loan application and credit report it is sometimes difficult to provide an accurate quote. 

The truth? We can provide 100% guarantee on the FEES involved with a transaction because those don’t change (per law) – but there is FULL flexibility in rate and points until such time as the loan is locked. And that doesn’t happen until full application. 

So the trouble consumers get themselves into is relying upon the low fee, low rate quote from Zillow or other online lead generator and then the rate changes once the application is submitted and approved.  That rate change often times far outweighs any fee differential between two lenders. 

Truth – consumers can’t get a valid and accurate quote unless they have made a full loan application and paid for the credit report. And that’s the law.  And the process of applying is so painful that it’s rare anyone does fully apply at more than one lender.

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Real Estate News Today 6-27-2012


 

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

Orbitz Thinks Mac Users Have More Money. Sooner or Later Hackers Will Too
Forbes | June 26, 2012
Orbitz Worldwide has come to the conclusion that Mac users surfing its site would likely go for a higher-end hotel and decided to cut to the chase: it is experimenting with displaying different, and more expensive, hotels for users searching from a Mac, instead of a Windows desktop, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.  (This is fascinating to me.  Thanks to a wonderful reader in Seattle for passing this along! ~Anthony)

Small Business Owners, Avoid These Five Crippling Branding Mistakes
The Washington Post | June 26, 2012
These lessons from TOMS Shoes, Apple and Virgin should guide the way as you mold your company’s reputation.

A Look at Case-Shiller, by Metro Area
The Wall Street Journal | June 26, 2012
Home prices showed fresh signs of stabilization in April, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller indexes. A key gauge of U.S. home prices was up 1.3% in April from the previous month.

Why Home Prices are Rising Again (According to Case-Shiller)
The Wall Street Journal | June 26, 2012
It wasn’t hard to see this coming: Home prices rose in April after a spring that brought more buyers chasing fewer homes.

Biggest U.S. Banks Curb Loans as Regional Firms Fill Gap
Bloomberg | June 26, 2012
The biggest U.S. banks are extending less credit amid a faltering economic recovery as regional lenders step in to fill the gap. 

S&P Says U.S. Faces 20-percent Risk of Double Dip
Reuters | June 26, 2012
The United States faces 20-percent odds of a return to recession, rating agency Standard & Poor’s said on Tuesday, although it said a slow recovery remains the company’s baseline forecast for the world’s biggest economy.

Agencies Set Mortgage-Servicing Rules for Military
BusinessWeek | June 27, 2012
U.S. regulators released rules for mortgage servicers that are designed to help members of the military get information needed to sell their homes or modify loans when they are forced to relocate.

Economists Predict Where Home Prices Are Heading
Realtor Mag | June 26, 2012
A majority of more than 100 economists and real estate experts say that home prices will likely bottom by 2013, according to the Zillow June 2012 Price Expectations Survey. 

Top 10 cities for retirement
Chicago Tribune | June 14, 2012
Deciding where to retire presents an exciting challenge. The best cities for retirement need to offer appealing amenities — good quality of life, ample health care options and plenty of things to do — on a fixed-income budget. (Another article that names Spokane, WA as a great place to retire! This was sent to me by a retirement-savvy Spokane reader. ~Anthony)

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Real Estate News Today 5-30-2012


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

Largest March to April Listing Price Increase – And Year-Over-Year Listings Dropped in 141 of 146 Metros
Ted C. Jones Blog | May 30, 2012
Realtor.com, which has more than 4.2 million active residential listings, each month tallies the top 10 metros for the largest increase in median listing price.  Changes in asking prices are typically correlated with changing market conditions, and once again these indicate a recovering housing market.

Does Case-Shiller Show a Market Bottoming Out?
The Wall Street Journal | May 29, 2012
Tuesday’s S&P/Case-Shiller home-price indexes show a market in which U.S. home prices are still falling, but not as dramatically as in previous months. (Here is a related article:
Home Prices Hit New Lows in 5 Cities from The Washington Post ~Anthony)

Getting the Best Refinancing Deal
The Wall Street Journal | May 25, 2012
There has never been a better time to refinance your mortgage. Rates are at record lows. The government is devising new programs to help homeowners. The economy and job market are improving, albeit slowly.

City Law Freezes Foreclosures in Washington DC
HousingWire | May 29, 2012
The Washington, D.C. foreclosure system remains frozen 18 months after the city council passed a law that made it possible to void a future filing.

Expiring Mortgage Debt Relief Act Fuels Strategic Default: Survey
DSNews.com | May 29, 2012
A foreclosure prevention agency found that the pending expiration of the Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 is prompting struggling homeowners to strategically default on their loan.

DEBUNKED: Walmart Does Not Make Your Home Value Go Down
Business Insider | May 29, 2012
Wal-Mart opponents have long claimed that the store lowers home values in the surrounding area. The argument is that the bright lights, traffic and pollution a Walmart brings hurts the neighborhood. (Whether you are a fan of Walmart or not, you have to admit they are huge: 16 Facts About Walmart That Will Blow Your Mind from Business Insider ~Anthony)

Gunman Holds Brokerage Hostage
RealtorMag | May 29, 2012
A gunman held several real estate professionals hostage at Prudential Executive Group Real Estate office in Valparaiso, Ind., on Friday in a stand-off with police, before the gunman ended up shooting and killing himself, police said. 

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