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Real Estate News Today 6-25-2012


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

Low Appraisals That Don’t Reflect Rising Markets are Ruining Deals
Los Angeles Times | June 24, 2012
Real estate professionals say appraisals sometimes come in thousands of dollars below the price that home buyers and sellers have agreed upon. (A timely article considering the appraisal discussion we’ve been having. ~Anthony)

Senate Set to Approve Flood Insurance Bill
The Hill | June 23, 2012
After years of delay, the problems plaguing a bill to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program are receding.

Housing Experts Offer Ideas on the New Normal in Wake of Downturn
Los Angeles Times | June 22, 2012
What’s considered normal in light of the housing downturn? Home price appreciation of 3% to 5%, 1.6 million household formations a year, and a 65% homeownership rate, according to three economists who offered their housing outlooks Friday at the annual National Assn. of Real Estate Editors conference.

Insight: Wells Fargo’s Mushrooming Mortgage Risk
Reuters | June 22, 2012
The new center of U.S. mortgage lending is a nondescript office building in the American heartland, far from the California subprime lenders and the New York investment banks that drove the housing market into a bust.

Can the Economy Get Healthy Without a Housing Recovery?
Time | June 25, 2012
This spring has been filled with disappointing economic news, but one bright spot has been the possible bottoming out of the housing market.

Tax Rules for Renting Out Your Vacation Home
The Wall Street Journal | June 23, 2012
The tax treatment of summer-home rental income is more complicated than you might expect. Here’s what you need to know. 

More Agents Encounter the Unexpected in Showings
RealtorMag | June 22, 2012
More real estate professionals say they are getting an unexpected surprise when they arrive at foreclosed homes: The homes aren’t really vacant. Squatters are living there and it’s led to some awkward — and even dangerous — encounters, they say. 

Small REO-to-rental investors need financing
HousingWire
In developing strategies for neighborhood stabilization, two issues predominate: the growing need for affordable rental housing and returning vacant foreclosed properties to productive use. At the confluence of these discussions are policy ideas such as REO-to-rental strategies that would convert the inventory of foreclosed properties into affordable rental housing.

How to Use a Self-Directed IRA to Buy Real Estate
Fox Business | May 8, 2012
Difficult economic times have spurred non-traditional methods to save for retirement, and many people are using a self-directed IRA to purchase non-traded assets like real estate. (If you have buyers who would like to buy investment property using their IRA but are not sure how to put it together, this article is a good start. ~Anthony)

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Real Estate News Today 5-18-2012


May 18, 1980, where were you?  I was at our school picnic in Comstock Park (Spokane) when we could see what looked like a nasty storm cloud coming and we were told to head home because Mt St. Helens had erupted that morning and they expected ash to start falling from the sky.  That event changed the way we look at many things from a geologic perspective.  Here’s a great article on Wikipedia.

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

Fitch Predicts Housing Bottom in 2013
HousingWire | May 17, 2012
U.S. home prices could drop another 7.8% before reaching bottom next year, Fitch Ratings said in a report released Thursday.

Congress Extends Federal Flood Insurance Program for 30 More Days
The Times-Picayune | May 17, 2012
The federal flood insurance program got another 30-day extension from the House on Thursday, while some lawmakers continue to work for the long-term extension they say is needed to ensure its stability.

Principal Reductions Won’t Solve U.S. Mortgage Mess
Bloomberg | May 17, 2012
Edward DeMarco, the temporary director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, continues to endure blistering criticism for refusing to allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to pay for large-scale principal reductions for underwater borrowers (those who owe more than their homes are worth) or to facilitate refinancings for those stuck with high interest rate mortgages.

Private Properties
The Wall Street Journal | May 17, 2012
Celine Dion lists a private Canadian island for $29.3 million; Ryan Seacrest is in escrow to buy Ellen DeGeneres’s home for $37 million; a midtown Manhattan duplex lists for $12 million.

Luxury Homes Spur Bidding Wars in L.A. as Market Rebounds
Reuters | May 17, 2012
A week after Christine Lynch listed her house in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles for $3.625 million, she had seven offers. Within 10 days, a deal was reached for the five-bedroom, six-bathroom home — and for $225,000 more than she asked.

De Facto Property Management Creates Agent Risks
RealtorMag | May 17, 2012
When clients must move before their house is sold and they ask you to take care of their property in their absence, it’s tempting to say yes. After all, you want to remain on good terms with them and get the future sale. But saying yes to such a request comes with a slew of pitfalls. (Worth a read! ~Anthony)

Thousands of REALTORS(R) Rally to Support Home Ownership
RealtorMag | May 17, 2012
More than 13,000 REALTORS® attended the Rally to Protect the American Dream this morning in the shadow of the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (Were you there or did you watch it?  What did you think? ~Anthony)
  

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