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Real Estate Today 9-20-2012


10 best states for first-time homebuyer help
MSN Real Estate | September 2012
Achieving the American dream has long been associated with owning a home. Yet for many of today’s would-be homebuyers, economic uncertainty has called that dream into question.  (OK experts, here is your chance to shine!  What great programs do we have available to first-time homebuyers in the Northwest? ~Anthony)

Some Markets See Inventories Cut Nearly in Half
RealtorMag | September 19, 2012
The number of homes for sale in the last year is falling the most in California, with eight of the top 10 biggest drops in inventories in the last year from metro areas in the Golden State. Many California metros are also seeing asking prices on the rise in the last year, too. (One NW area metro makes the list – which one is it?)

U.S. Banks on High Alert for Cyberattacks
Columbus Dispatch | September 19, 2012
A financial-services industry group warned banks yesterday to be on heightened alert for cyberattacks after Bank of America Corp. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. experienced unexplained outages on their public websites.

U.S. May Have Paid $1B in False Claims
The Washington Post | September 19, 2012
Report finds HUD may have paid hundreds of millions of dollars in mortgage aid to homeowners who did not qualify for the help.

Housing Recovery Nuanced at the Local Level
The Wall Street Journal | September 19, 2012
Today’s existing-home sales numbers from the National Association of Realtors, paired with today’s Census data on housing starts and a boost in builder confidence from earlier this week, paint a picture of housing on the mend.

Meet the New Boss: Big Data
The Wall Street Journal | September 20, 2012
At more and more companies, the hiring boss is an algorithm, as jobs that were once filled on the basis of work history and interviews are left to personality tests and data analysis.

Incomes Fell or Stagnated Last Year
The Wall Street Journal | September 19, 2012
The income of the typical U.S. family fell or was flat in almost every state last year, with the drop particularly steep in places where the economy has been hit hard by the housing bust.

Real Estate Investors Plan to Purchase More Homes in U.S.
BusinessWeek | September 20, 2012
Almost two-thirds of U.S. residential real estate investors plan to buy as many as or more homes in the next 12 months than they have in the past year even as prices rise, according to a survey released today.  

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Real Estate Today 8-21-2012


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RE/MAX: Inventory Poses Biggest Threat to ‘Year of Recovery’
DSNews | August 20, 2012
Looks like the dragon will have to step aside: 2012 is now “The Year of the Housing Recovery,” according to RE/MAX.

HomeGain: Home Sellers More Successful With Real Estate Agent
HousingWire | August 20, 2012
Some homeowners may have a strong preference for selling their own properties, but a new poll by HomeGain suggests having a real estate agents improves a person’s odds of offloading their home.

Expectation for Prices to Rise Deters Would-Be Sellers: Survey
DSNews | August 20, 2012
After surveying more than 1,800 active home sellers, Redfin found that some of its customers are holding back from selling now because they believe patience will pay off in the form of higher offers for their home.

Going in Circles: The Merry-Go-Round Economy
The Wall Street Journal | August 21, 2012
Since the recession ended three years ago, the U.S. economy has felt at times like a roller coaster, ready one moment to fly off into full-blown recovery, then taking a sudden, gut-wrenching plunge back toward recession.

New Jersey looks to speed foreclosures on abandoned homes
HousingWire | August 20, 2012
A New Jersey state senate bill that would allow financial firms to expedite the foreclosure process on abandoned, vacant homes is advancing after making it out of committee. (This seems to me like it could be a great idea, as long as it’s uncontested and vacant. Your thoughts? ~Anthony)

Exclusive: New Bill Brings Better Housing Benefits for Veterans
DSNews.com | August 20, 2012
While the bill, passed by the House and unanimously by the Senate, has a primary focus to extend healthcare to those affected by Camp Lejeune’s drinking water, it also makes breakthrough changes that provide much needed reform to the VA Loan program, a program that has been in service since 1944.

Housing Update from Ashley Garner
The KCM Blog | August 21, 2012
The good news is the recovery of the Real Estate Market is unfolding exactly as it should and exactly as we have predicted.

The Spokane Association of Realtors Annual “Fill the Fridge” Food Drive is coming up (Sept. 6-7) to benefit Second Harvest.  Check out the SAR Food Drive Map showing the Albertsons locations and the store captains.  Volunteer now to fill a shift, or Second Harvest always accepts cash donations.

 
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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 7-23-2012


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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 7-18-2012


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A borrowers guide to the mortgage application
MSN | July 2012
A mortgage application’s purpose is to help the lender decide whether to lend money to the borrower. But the industry-standard Uniform Residential Loan Application, also known as Fannie Mae Form No. 1003, is more complicated than that straightforward intent might suggest.  (This author provides a good overview of the 1003 loan application.  The comments below the article are pretty good too, some good thoughts and a few chucklers. ~Anthony)

U.S. Economic Fears Shift Back Home
The Washington Post | July 17, 2012
For much of the year, economists worried about the impact of the European slowdown on the U.S. Now, analysts say the fast-approaching “fiscal cliff” poses the biggest threat.

The Economy Stinks, But Housing Keeps Picking Up
The Wall Street Journal | July 17, 2012
As the broad economy continues to struggle, the housing market — one of the most beleaguered pockets of the economy for years — continues to exhibit signs that the worst is in the past.

How to Hunt for Talent on Social Media
The Washington Post | July 16, 2012
Many employers now use the sites to vet applicants. But they can also be used to actively seek out promising candidates.

Treasuries Rise Before Bernanke on Slower Growth Bets
Bloomberg | July 18, 2012
Treasuries rose, pushing 10-year yields toward a record low, before Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke starts his second day of testimony to Congress amid speculation the U.S. economic recovery is faltering.

Fighting back against lowball home appraisals
MSN | July 2012
Record-low interest rates are a boon for homebuyers and homeowners seeking to refinance. But low appraisals are making it difficult or even impossible for some borrowers to take advantage.  (The author provides what seems like some good information but I wonder: Is it realistic? ~Anthony)

Ten Apps Every Homebuyer Should Have
Fox Business | July 18, 2012
When it comes to staying organize and efficient during the home-buying process your best tool might already be in your pocket: your smartphone. Whether you are buying a house, getting a mortgage or doing some remodeling, here are 10 must-have real estate apps.

Homeownership: The American Dream
The KCM Blog | July 18, 2012
As a real estate professional, it’s important to understand, and remind yourself, that homeownership really is the American Dream and your job is be the guardian and guide to make that dream a reality. This is especially important in a market where some people may be misinformed about the benefits and possibilities of buying a home.  (I’ll say it again, the folks at KCM write a wonderful blog.  If you’re in the real estate industry, this one is worth reading. ~Anthony)

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Real Estate News Today 7-12-2012


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It’s a hot mess
The Washington Post | July 12, 2012
Investigative reporter Jeff Rossen and his team set up hidden cameras during a heat wave. They rented a house in New Jersey and had three certified A/C experts inspect they system. It was in excellent condition. Then an A/C expert set up a common, easy-to-fix problem: a simple broken wire that shuts the unit down. He said he would charge less than $200 to fix it. (Would any of my agent or contractor friends like to take a shot at this one?  To avoid getting scammed, what would you suggest different than what this reporter says? ~Anthony)

Housing Passes a Milestone
The Wall Street Journal | July 11, 2012
The housing market has turned—at last. The U.S. finally has moved beyond attention-grabbing predictions from housing “experts” that housing is bottoming. The numbers are now convincing.

Home Price Gains at Risk in Distressed Markets
Inman News | July 11, 2012
Asking prices for for-sale homes nationwide have risen in the last four out of five months, but the biggest market gainers also have foreclosure backlogs putting those increases at risk, according to a monthly report from real estate search and marketing site Trulia.

Chase Analysts Expect Home Prices to Rise 12% by 2016
HousingWire | July 11, 2012
JPMorgan Chase analysts expect national home prices to rebound 12% over the next four years.

How Much Money Do You Need To Invest In Real Estate?
San Francisco Chronicle | July 11, 2012
Thanks to the continued mess in the housing market, prices on all types of real estate are getting lower and lower. Those low prices have made it easier for average people to add these assets to their investments.

California Homeowner Bill of Rights Signed Into Law
DSNews | July 11, 2012
The Homeowner Bill of Rights so far consists of a series of related bills containing provisions that prohibit certain practices by lenders that have been attributed to the state’s foreclosure crisis.

Has Housing Hit Bottom on Your Street?
The Wall Street Journal | July 11, 2012
There’s a growing consensus that the U.S. housing market, as measured by broad national indicators such as home sales, home construction and prices, has hit bottom. It may not get much better soon, but it probably won’t get much worse, either.

So How Much Money Do You Need to Retire?
Ted C. Jones Blog | July 10, 2012
When completing my Master’s degree at Texas A&M, we had an outstanding professor whose favorite axiom was “When you make more money you are simply broke at a higher level.” There was a lot of truth in that statement, but unfortunately, most Americans will not get any raises when they retire as they have not saved enough. So how much do you need to save to retire at the same standard of living?

Regarding the short sale risks discussion we’ve had going on, another response came in yesterday that I hadn’t considered: ”
Other risks to Buyers is in waiting for the (short sale) approval process and if that approval never comes, buyers may miss out on taking advantage of the current climate (low low interest rates).  If while waiting, rates go up even ¼ % and lender never approves the (short) sale, any perceived savings in a short sale transaction will be completely gone with higher interest rates for buyers property they ultimately purchase.”

This is Anthony talking again.  Please understand I’m not saying short sales should be avoided. I’m simply suggesting buyer/seller/agent awareness of the risk potential.  There are still GREAT values out there in short sale situations.  Just think and plan ahead and overcommunicate. 

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