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Real Estate Today 8-23-2012


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You’ll find some great reading this morning including Ted Jones’ view of real estate investing in college towns, a couple of good articles on the effect of short sales on home prices and the overall market, and a warning on the coming fiscal cliff from the Washington Post.  The article that most surprised me?  Fannie Mae REOs not getting to market. 

Fannie and Freddie Short Sale Change; LO-Realtor Comments; Specified Pool Primer
Mortgage News Daily | August 22, 2012
Statistics can be useful, sometimes not. On the “useful” side, the MBA will release its weekly mortgage applications index for the prior week. But how many of those retail applications actually close?

College Towns for Investing
Ted C. Jones Blog | August 23, 2012
With an estimated 14.4 million college students, University and College towns are fertile rental markets. But with the housing bubble and the lowest interest rates in 50 years, investing in rental housing in these locales can be lucrative.

New FHFA Short Sale Cap May Equal Big Losses on Some Second Liens
HousingWire | August 22, 2012
The new $6,000 limit Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage servicers will be allowed to pay out to second-lien holders is on par with some values but well below others.

CBO: Recession Likely if ‘Fiscal Cliff’ not Averted
The Washington Post | August 22, 2012
The U.S. economy is hurtling toward a recession if Congress fails to avert a series of tax hikes and budget cuts by January, the Congressional Budget Office said, warning that a fiscal impasse would have consequences even more dire than previously forecast.

Will Short Sales Hit Home Prices?
The Wall Street Journal | August 22, 2012
A new relief program for distressed homeowners may have unintended consequences.

Analysis: Investors Driving Recovery as Activity Surges
DSNews.com | August 22, 2012
A recent analysis from John Burns Real Estate Consulting suggests that investors may be the biggest driving force in the housing recovery.

Nearly half of Fannie Mae REO unable to reach market
HousingWire | August 22, 2012
Only half of the previously foreclosed homes owned by Fannie Mae are either on the market or being prepared for sale. The remaining properties are currently locked away in some step of the foreclosure system.
‘Luxury’ Foreclosures Soar
RealtorMag | August 22, 2012
For the past two years, foreclosure activity has been increasing on higher-end homes at a faster pace than lower-end homes, says Daren Blomquist with RealtyTrac, a company that tracks foreclosure housing data.

Based on the lead article (second paragraph), I have a reader who asks: Do real estate agent readers feel that 40% of their contracts do not close?  If it’s not 40%, what is the number?  What about lenders and
purchase applications vs. refi applications? (In the just for fun category,
I also enjoyed the very first paragraph of that same article.  It made me smile. ~Anthony)

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Real Estate News 8-6-2012


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Company dedicated to hiring veterans
KXLY | August 5, 2012
Nearly 14 percent of veterans after September 11 are unemployed in Washington state. But a Spokane company is working hard to change the statistic. (Great story about a local company doing what they can to put these folks to work.  I love it. ~Anthony)

How Long Does It Take To Close A Mortgage?
Mortgage Report | August 5, 2012
The influx of new loans has not just lenders at capacity, but title companies and appraisers, too. It’s rendered the “30-day close” somewhat of a rarity. It’s tough to close a loan in 30 days anymore — especially with the amount of paperwork that can be required.  (Some good insight here for a consumer.  I’d like to know if you think it’s an accurate picture of what it takes for a 30 day close. ~Anthony)

Wealthy Home Sellers Capitulate, High End Prices Drop
USA Today | August 4, 2012
Even the rich aren’t immune to the pressures of the housing market. Prices for homes listed at $1 million or more have fallen 20% this year, according to RealtyTrac.

Jobless States: The Top 10
The Washington Post | August 3, 2012
Here’s a look at the top 10 states with the highest unemployment rates.

Why Buffett Is Betting Big on Housing
The Wall Street Journal | August 3, 2012
What does Warren Buffett see that no one else does? He just made an outsize bid on ResCap loans, the latest example of his bet that the housing market represents a great investment opportunity.

Is the Real-Estate Rebound for Real?
The Wall Street Journal | August 3, 2012
The numbers point to a lasting recovery in the housing and commercial-property markets. Here’s how to invest wisely.

Zillow and Other Sites Broaden Their Mission to Include Businesses
The New York Times | August 5, 2012
For the first few years of its existence, the only thing Zillow cared about was getting people to come to its real estate Web site to snoop on the market value of neighbors’ homes and other properties. Over 34 million visitors a month now do so.

To Rent or Own: How Consumers Decide Between the Two
DSNews.com | August 3, 2012
In a study to examine what factors would drive a person to rent or own in their next move, Fannie Mae found that a mix of demographics and attitudinal drivers were key, while negative housing events appears to do little to thwart would-be buyers.

 

 

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Real Estate News Today 7-24-2012


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Judge Rules: Agent Not Liable for Buyer’s Injuries
RealtorMag | July 23, 2012
A home buyer sued his real estate agent after he broke his ankle, wrist and elbow while previewing a home for sale. However, a judge last week ruled that the real estate agent was not liable for home buyer Michael Davies’ injuries.

Home Values Post First Year-Over-Year Increase Since 2007
Bloomberg | July 24, 2012
Home values posted their first year- over-year increase since 2007 in the second quarter as the U.S. property market began to lift off a bottom, Zillow Inc. said.

Geithner Says Extending Tax Cut for Wealthy Irresponsible
Bloomberg | July 24, 2012
U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said President Barack Obama is “absolutely committed” to letting tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans expire as scheduled at the end of this year.

Moody’s: National Eminent Domain Program Would Push Jumbo RMBS Losses
HousingWire | July 23, 2012
Should proposals being considered in some California areas to seize underwater mortgages be adopted nationwide, mortgage bond investors could see defaults rise by more than 30%, according to new Moody’s Investors Service analysis, leading to losses.

Fannie Mae Cuts 2012 GDP Growth Forecast
The Wall Street Journal | July 23, 2012
Fannie Mae has cut its U.S. gross domestic product growth projection for the year, citing an uncertain job market and weak consumer spending.

Avoid These 6 Recipes For Business Disaster
The Wall Street Journal | July 23, 2012
Why would anyone want to know the formula for failure? Because you may be blind to the fact you are already following it, says guest columnist Mike Michalowicz.

Commercial Continues to Lead Rebound
RealtorMag | July 23, 2012
Two recent reports highlight the strength of the commercial market.

Opposing world views battle for housing future
HousingWire | July 23, 2012
The national debate about the future of the American home is already shaping up to be an epic battle between two different ideologies.

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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 6-22-2012


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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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Today’s Real Estate News 6-20-2012


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

Multifamily Property Values Rise 25%: Freddie Mac
HousingWire | June 19, 2012
After reaching their trough in the first quarter of 2010, multifamily property values rose 25% over the course of the past two years, Freddie Mac said Tuesday.

The Myth of the National Housing Market
The Wall Street Journal | June 19, 2012
The housing boom and bust gave rise to the myth of a “national” housing market. After all, prices rose in almost every part of the country until 2006, when they began dropping from coast to coast.

Builder Buys Big Southern California Development Site
The Wall Street Journal | June 19, 2012
Luxury builder Toll Bros. Tuesday closed on a massive swath of land in Orange County, Calif., a market that appears to be rebounding from the housing crash.

Fed Expected to do More Stimulus
The Washington Post | June 19, 2012
Central bank is expected to extend “Operation Twist” program that would lower long-term interest rates.

Violent crime reduction equals billions in home value gains
HousingWire | June 19, 2012
A 10% reduction in violent crimes could result in billions of dollars in home price appreciation for several major cities, according to a study from the Center for American Progress. (Is it the reduction in crime that increases home values, or is it the increase in home-ownership that accomplishes both a reduction in crime and an increase in value? ~Anthony)

Watch for more on the ongoing appraisal discussion tomorrow!

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