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Real Estate News Today 8-2-2012


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RBS: Underwater mortgages hold steady without eminent domain
HousingWire | August 1, 2012
A higher percentage of underwater borrowers are still making payments, specifically in areas considering eminent domain to seize the loans and write down principal, according to research from the Royal Bank of Scotland

CA Homeowner Bill of Rights ignores logic
HousingWire | August, 2012
While some of the California Homeowner Bill of Rights provisions are reasonable, given the recent problems resulting from an unprecedented wave of foreclosures in the state, many others will needlessly interfere with a process that has mostly worked as intended.

What Cities are Best for Seniors?
USA Today | August 1, 2012
Seniors looking for the best city to grow older in may be better off flocking to the Midwest than sunny Florida, according to a recent report.

How to Navigate Today’s Mortgage Doc Maze
Bloomberg | August 1, 2012
If you want a chance of grabbing a sub-4 percent mortgage the latest challenge is being prepared to run the document gauntlet and become a supplicant to the underwriting gods.

Smaller U.S. Banks Seeking Exemption From CFPB Mortgage Rules
Bloomberg | August 2, 2012
Community banks are lobbying the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to be exempted from two forthcoming regulations on mortgages.

City of Spokane works to bring down ‘silos’
Spokane Journal of Business | August 2, 2012
You can’t see it when driving along Spokane Falls Boulevard, but according to Jan Quintrall, the silos are coming down at City Hall.

Recent moves hint of a housing recovery
Spokane Journal of Business | August 2, 2012
After years of looking for any sign that the housing market was doing anything other than bumping along the bottom, indications that a recovery is under way have emerged.

Most second homes would escape new 3.8 percent tax
InmanNews | August 1, 2012
The warm summer weekend at the lake brought out sailors, wake boarders and even some old-time slalom water skiers. The discussion on more than one dock also focused on an additional tax on second homes.

And today in the “just for fun” category,
we offer you the Olympic medal standings from NBCBy the way, how do you feel they’re doing on their coverage?  They seem to be getting more criticism than praise. Thanks for reading our newsletter today!

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Real Estate News Today 7-31-2012


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The Difference Between Excellent and Perfect
The KCM Blog | July 31, 2012
Why does a buyer or seller look for a real estate professional in today’s new market reality? There’s plenty of information readily available for them to look at and analyze as they’re going through the process.

MBA: Multifamily/commercial mortgage originations swell 25% in 2Q
HousingWire | July 31, 2012
Multifamily mortgage originations helped commercial/multifamily origination volumes grow 25% in the second quarter from the year-ago period, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s quarterly survey.

Subprime Auto ABS Grows As Lenders Chase Margins: Credit Markets
Bloomberg | July 30, 2012
Sales of bonds tied to payments on subprime car loans are accelerating at the fastest pace in five years as investors seek high yields amid speculation the Federal Reserve will keep interest rates at record lows until mid-2015.

U.S. Housing Recovery Tested as Economy Tempers Optimism
Bloomberg | July 30, 2012
While orders for new homes are rising at the fastest rate in two years and housing may be a net contributor to the economy’s expansion for the first time since 2005, slowing job growth, tight inventories and a backlog of foreclosures threaten to put the brakes on a comeback.

How Forgiveness Fits in Housing-Fix Toolkit
The Wall Street Journal | July 30, 2012
Policy makers are wrestling with a dilemma about the overhang of mortgage debt from the housing bust: to forgive or not to forgive?

Some at Fed Are Urging Pre-Emptive Stimulus
The New York Times | July 30, 2012
On the eve of the Fed’s policy-making committee meeting, members who favor more stimulus argued that the likely path of the economy was enough reason for action.

Congressional Leaders Near Budget Deal to Keep Government Running
The Washington Post | July 30, 2012
Temporary spending agreement would keep it running for the first half of the next fiscal year.

Is Housing Recovery Real? Not Everyone Is Convinced
NPR | July 31, 2012
Housing, the sector that led us into the recession, now looks to be one of the brighter spots in the economy. Homebuilding is at its highest level in nearly four years. More homes are selling, and at higher prices.

Yesterday we had an article about a company that is customizing the term of their homes loan to fit the clients desires.  We had two responses that I wanted to share from loan officers:

From CL: I do this all the time….I give them an excel sheet that lets the customer design their own.  They can change the principal monthly amount and see how much sooner than can pay off their mortgage based on their own timeline and needs.  VERY effective and also shows them sometimes the cost is not worth the expense of a refi unless they want rate bragging rights!!

From DB: It is currently is available!!!
1.       Borrowers on home loans do not have prepayment penalties today on the vast majority of loans.
2.       Borrowers can make additional Principal payments any time therefore,  reducing the loan balance, therefore retiring the loan at any point in time they desire. 
You just made you designer loan.
3.       We currently offer, 10, 15 20, 25, 30 and 40 year loans, with no prepayment penalties, the ability to pay extra every month, every other month, once a year,  etc….
4.       We offer the borrowers various amortization schedules so they can set the payoff date—VERY few ever follow through, they drop back to the easiest payment so they can do whatever with the “extra” cash.

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Real Estate News Today 7-30-2012


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Designing your own mortgage
Chicago Tribune | July 27, 2012
Here’s an appealing idea: What if you could design your home loan so the house is paid off exactly when your kids go off to college or when you retire? Or if you could refinance for 10, 12 or 17 years, instead of the standard 15- or 30-year terms on most fixed-rate mortgages?  (I’m curious if any of the loan officers or bankers reading this offer this kind of option.  Are borrowers showing interest?  If you are a borrower, is this something you would be interested in doing? ~Anthony)

The Economy’s Impact on Housing
The KCM Blog | July 30, 2012
With the economic recovery sluggish at best, many ask what impact this has on housing. Over the last several years, most economists believed that housing would not recover until the overall economy recovered. However, it now seems that the housing sector may be a driving influence in the recovery. Here are four reports released in the last 30 days affirming this point.

Housing Isn’t a Horror Show Anymore
The Wall Street Journal | July 27, 2012
Housing is finally contributing to economic growth in a sustained way.

Why Do Investors Pay Higher Mortgage Interest Rates?
The Wall Street Journal | July 27, 2012
Investors pose added risks to lenders—and they pay the price.

Chicago Considers Eminent Domain to Seize Underwater Mortgages
HousingWire | July 27, 2012
The idea first came under consideration in San Bernardino County, Calif. Venture capital firm Mortgage Resolution Partners is pitching the idea to several cities across the country.

Where Homes Are Selling the Fastest
Realtor Mag | July 27, 2012
The average number of days homes are spending on the market has dropped by nearly 10 percent nationwide in the last year, according to June housing data from Realtor.com.

Home Owners Torn on Strategic Default: Right or Wrong?
RealtorMag | July 27, 2012
Forty-five percent of Nevada home owners recently surveyed say “there is nothing wrong” with walking away on your mortgage obligations, according to a new report, “Face of Foreclosure,” released by the Nevada Association of REALTORS®. On the other hand, an equal number of home owners say home owners have a “legal and ethical obligation to pay their mortgage if they can.” 

Warren Buffet Wants Your Mortgage Payments: Street Whispers
The Street | July 30, 2012
Few Americans are aware of it, but Berkshire Hathaway has been quietly positioning itself to take over an important role played by Bank of America in the mortgage market.

Another Top-10 List: Largest Asking Price Increase
Jones on Real Estate Blog | July 25, 2012
The big story in housing is actually two stories (which are related): 1. Rising Listing Prices 2. Shrinking Inventory  (A fine analysis from Dr. Ted Jones on why listing prices are going up. ~Anthony)

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Real Estate News Today 7-23-2012


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Property Investments Get Pricier
The Wall Street Journal | July 21, 2012
Real-estate investment trusts have soared in recent months—but there are still pockets of opportunity.

Real Estate Funds Lead the Pack, Can It Last?
USA Today | July 22, 2012
The housing market may finally be coming back, with home prices rising again and mortgage rates at record lows.

Millions of Older Americans at Risk of Foreclosure
CNN Money | July 20, 2012
A growing number of older Americans are falling into serious mortgage debt, with more than three million borrowers over the age of 50 at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure, according to a recent report from the AARP.

Wanted: A 15-Year Home Loan
The Wall Street Journal | July 22, 2012
Average rates on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages have been below 3% since May, leading more borrowers to consider swapping their current home loan for one with a 15-year term.

Safeguard, Freedom Alliance to give away homes to military families
HousingWire | July 20, 2012
Safeguard Properties
and Freedom Alliance are working with banks and lending institutions to provide homes for military families without the burden of a mortgage.

Apartment Rents: No Place But Up, Setting the Foundation for Rising Home Values
Ted C. Jones Blog | July 23, 2012
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the U.S. is adding 2.8 million people each year (and that is predicated on an assumed low net-in migration scenario). New residential building permits have averaged less than 600,000 per year for the past 48 months. Admittedly, there was residual excess inventory from the housing bubble, but that has been absorbed. As a result, rental rates are going up. How much rents are increasing is a function of the local market and comparative supply and demand.

Election Year Puts Housing on Hold
Fox Business | July 23, 2012
Here are some of the issues still on the table as we enter into the second half of 2012.

Geithner Set to Defend Actions on Libor, Wall Street Reform Before Congress
The Hill | July 22, 2012
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will be mounting a defense of the financial reform law and his own stint running the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as ongoing scandals cast renewed clouds over Wall Street.

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Real Estate News Today 7-20-2012


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Fore Sale: The Golf Housing Bust
The Wall Street Journal | July 19, 2012
Prices at luxury private golf communities are crashing, done in by rampant overdevelopment, the economic downturn and waning national interest in the sport. Golf courses are being shrunk and some home lots are being sold for $1.

U.S. Banks Haunted by Mortgage Demons That Won’t Go Away
Reuters | July 19, 2012
Lenders like Bank of America Corp and Wells Fargo & Co say they are facing mounting pressure to buy back bad mortgages they sold to investors, signaling that banks’ home-loan headaches could continue for years.

Behind the Numbers: Home Sales Fall, Led By Cheapest Homes
The Wall Street Journal | July 19, 2012
Most of the housing news lately has been positive, so Thursday’s news of a 5.4% drop in June’s existing home sales was a bit of a surprise.

Zuckerberg is Not the Only One Who Can Get Super Low Mortgage Rates
CNBC | July 19, 2012
After seeing Mark Zuckerberg has scored a 1.05 percent mortgage rate on his $6 million California home, we have just two questions: Why does he need a mortgage? And where can I get one like that? (I would LOVE to hear a mortgage loan officer’s thoughts on this one. ~Anthony)

Are the Real Estate Bellwethers Finally Ringing? Check out the Numbers
Forbes | July 19, 2012
In case you’re still a nonbeliever that housing has finally crawled its way into recovery mode, ask yourself: What are the bellwether indicators of the early stages of a rebound? You can probably rattle them off.

U.S. Housing Poised to Boost Economy
Reuters | July 20, 2012
The U.S. housing sector is poised to boost economic growth. While existing home sales fell 5.4 percent in June from May, other indicators suggest a recovery is under way. A flip to a positive impact after dragging on GDP for five years will give lawmakers a chance to change distorting housing market policies.

Personal Information, Password Theft on the Rise
RealtorMag | July 19, 2012
Hacked personal information online, including stolen passwords, has soared 300 percent during the first four months of 2012, according to a study by Experian CreditExpert and Opinion Matters. 

Short sales more rewarding than REO: RealtyTrac
HousingWire | July 20 2012
The market is trending towards short sales as lenders lean more heavily on disposition methods that aid distressed homeowners while making it easier for lenders to resell homes that have spent less time in a state of distress, RealtyTrac vice president Daren Blomquist told HousingWire Thursday.
 

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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 7-6-2012


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I posted an article in my Today’s News on June 14 about a California mortgage company that was lobbying for municipalities to use of the powers of “Eminent Domain” to grab mortgage notes from investors.  The idea is that then the muni can “write down” the principal to make sure the homeowner stays in the property and/or it doens’t become blighted.  The idea has gained some traction in California among a couple of cities, but not everyone is in favor of the concept (see first article below).

Upside? The city or town could have more control over the property, more control over how it is maintained by forcing the owner’s hand, and even could foreclose on the property when they deem it desirable for other purposes if the owner is behind on payments.

Downside? The city or town could have more control over the property, more control over how it is maintained by forcing the owner’s hand, and even could foreclose on the property when they deem it desirable for other purposes if the owner is behind on payments. 

What if it were your house? Feedback is always welcome at acarollo@stewart.com

Cities in California Consider Using Eminent Domain To Seize Mortgages
New York Observer | July 5, 2012
Officials in San Bernardino County cities Ontario and Fontana, citing blighted neighborhoods and communities, propose using the state’s eminent domain power—most commonly used to seize land from homeowners and re-allot it for public use—to acquire underwater mortgages (loans that exceed current property value) and decrease the loan principle to match the current property value. (See also “Seizing mortgages via eminent domain profits few” from HousingWire. ~Anthony)

New Agency Plans to Make Over Mortgage Market
The New York Times | July 5, 2012
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, seeking to improve fairness and clarity for borrowers, is moving to establish its legitimacy and quiet its critics.

U.S. Hiring Seen Stuck in Low Gear in June
Reuters | July 5, 2012
U.S. employers likely quickened the pace of hiring last month but not enough to allay worries that Europe’s debt crisis is shifting the economy into low gear.

Some U.S. Metros ‘in the Clear’ of Housing Crisis
MSNBC | July 3, 2012
Nearly 30 cities have been designated “in the clear” of the housing downtown, according to a report today by Trulia, although real estate experts in some of those markets reacted to the apparently good news with conservative-sounding forecasts for their areas – or with downright skepticism.

To Play the Game To Win You Need to Know the Rules-
Why the Economic Recovery Continues to Stumble
Ted C Jones Blog | July 6, 2012
Last week I spoke in Las Vegas and thought of the myriad of games that people can play and hopefully win in the casinos.  Each game has a set of rules that the player needs to have full working knowledge of to optimize their potential outcome.  Without this full understanding of the rules, most people simply avoid those games.  

States use mortgage settlement funds to fill budget gaps
HousingWire | July 5, 2012
It’s a controversy that has been brewing in several states: Some state leaders are using funds from the $25 billion mortgage servicing settlement to fill gaps in their budgets, Bloomberg reported. (This seems similar to the tobacco settlement a few years back where very little of the money recieved by states actually went to helping folks that were impacted or harmed by the tobacco industry. Similarly, some states are using the mortgage settlement money to get them over a budget hump rather than helping homeowners stay in homes or helping those who were actually harmed. ~Anthony)  

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