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Case Shiller: Thoughts From Around The Web

Optimists



AP



A wave of foreclosures is forcing down home prices in most major U.S. cities. But economists and real estate agents are noticing what they call a key first step for any housing recovery: a drop in the glut of homes for sale in markets hit hardest by foreclosures.



If we were to see several consecutive months of supply getting smaller, it would point to an improving housing market, said Celia Chen, senior director…

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Added by Howard Bell on April 28, 2011 at 9:44pm — No Comments

Mortgage Bankers Weekly Update: Mortgage Applications Decrease as Rates Jump



 We all know whats happening to the single family home markets. Over supply and shadow inventory and the subsequent price declines will continue until fear is overcome and inventory is soaked up.



The kinds of issues that led to a boom bust in housing did not take place with multi family. There was no build out leading to over supply and the lender market was much more rationlized. Little of the kind of lending that led to so many foreclosures, ultimately driving home…

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Added by Howard Bell on March 30, 2011 at 6:25pm — No Comments

Green Landlording: Getting Tenants to Go Green

Getting Tenants to Go Green.

As property managers, we can't insist on behavioral changes. Going green can be a tough sell to a renter. After all, a building is only as green as the people who manage and live in it. Managers are key players and can encourage activities that reduce consumption and waste. The catalyst is education.



We Are All Stakeholders

You need to demonstrate the benefits. Tenants can be…

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Added by Howard Bell on March 23, 2011 at 5:06pm — No Comments

Freddie Mac Weekly Update: 30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage Drops to 5 Percent

 

30-year fixed-rate mortgage: Averaged 4.95 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending February 24, 2011, down from last week when it averaged 5.0 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 5.05 percent. .



The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage: Average 0.7 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.27 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.40 percent.



Five-year indexed hybrid…

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Added by Howard Bell on February 24, 2011 at 8:25pm — No Comments

Is Search An Early Market Indicator

Real Estate Porn

The search bunny keeps on going



Its interesting that online search for real estate is as strong as ever. Sales are miserable, people are afraid to buy. They no longer know what value and they have no job security. So, why is search so strong. Realtor.com President, Errol Samuelson notes that Online search is a critical measure of interest in real estate, especially now that more than 90 percent of buyers search for their homes…

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Added by Howard Bell on February 23, 2011 at 6:22pm — 2 Comments

Freddie Mac Weekly Update: 30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage Drops to 5 Percent

 

30-year fixed-rate mortgage: Averaged 5.0 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending February 17, 2011, down from last week when it averaged 5.05 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.93 percent.



The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage: Averaged 4.27 percent with an average 0.7 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.29 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.33…

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Added by Howard Bell on February 17, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Mortgage Bankers Weekly Update: Mortgage Applications Decrease as Rates Jump

Mortgage Bankers Association for the week of 2/16/2010



Market Composite Index: (loan application volume) a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 9.5 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased 7.9 percent compared with the previous week.



Refinance Index: decreased 11.4 percent from the previous week and is… Continue

Added by Howard Bell on February 17, 2011 at 6:59pm — No Comments

Mortgage Bankers Weekly Update: Mortgage Applications Decrease as Rates Jump

Mortgage Bankers Association for the week of 02/09/2010



Market Composite Index: (loan application volume) a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 5.5 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased 3.9 percent compared with the previous week.



Refinance Index: decreased 7.7 percent from the previous week



Purchase Index:… Continue

Added by Howard Bell on February 10, 2011 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Freddie Mac Update: 30-Year Mortgages Rise to Highest Level Since April 2010

30-year fixed-rate mortgage: Averaged 5.05 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending February 10, 2011, up from last week when it averaged 4.81 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.97 percent.



The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage: Averaged 4.29 percent with an average 0.7 point, up from last week when it averaged 4.08 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.34 percent.



Five-year…

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Added by Howard Bell on February 10, 2011 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Fannie Mae Raises Borrowers Costs

Costs Will Increase For Buyers Regardless Of Credit Worthiness



Beginning April 1, 2011 Fannie Mae will implement a higher interest rate to borrowers even if they have a perfect credit score for all loans term over 15 years. Freddie Mac will change its fee structure changes on of March 1st.



Loan Level Price Adjustment

Borrowers will be charged either a higher interest rate derived from the size of… Continue

Added by Howard Bell on February 9, 2011 at 7:07pm — No Comments

Case Shiller: Will We Double Dip

Case Shiller report shows a deceleration in the annual growth rates in 17 of the 20 MSAs. Housing generally leads the economy out of a recession. This time its not, housing is simply suffering. Not only is money tight but job creation is still a big hurt. In some cities, the decline over the last year was quite sharp.



David M. Blitze,chairman of S.&P.’s index committee tells the NY Times that a double-dip could be confirmed before spring. He goes on to say the series is now…

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Added by Howard Bell on February 2, 2011 at 3:55pm — 2 Comments

Freddie Mac Weekly Update: Bond Yields Rise and So Do Mortgage Rates



30-year fixed-rate mortgage: A…

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Added by Howard Bell on January 27, 2011 at 7:08pm — No Comments

Mortgage Bankers Weekly Update: Applications Decrease

                                             Mortgage Bankers Association for the week of 01/5/2010



Market Composite Index: (loan application volume) d ecreased 3.9 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the prior week. For the week ending December 31, 2010, this index increased 2.3 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis.



Refinance Index: decreased 7.2 percent from the previous week and the seasonally adjusted Purchase… Continue

Added by Howard Bell on January 27, 2011 at 7:08pm — No Comments

Mortgage Bankers Weekly Update: Mortgage Purchase Applications Increase

Mortgage Bankers Association for the week of 01/12/2010



Market Composite Index: (loan application volume) increased 2.2 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index increased 47.5 percent compared with the previous week



Refinance Index: increased 4.9 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 3.7 percent from one week…

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Added by Howard Bell on January 24, 2011 at 12:04am — No Comments

Freddie Mac Weekly Update: Mortgage Rates Down for Second Week

30-year fixed-rate mortgage: Averaged 4.71 percent with an average 0.8 point for the week ending January 13, 2011, down from last week when it averaged 4.77 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 5.06 percent.



The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage: Averaged 4.08 percent with an average 0.7 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.13 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.45 percent…

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Added by Howard Bell on January 24, 2011 at 12:04am — No Comments

Mortgage Bankers Weekly Update: Mortgage Refinance Applications Increase

Mortgage Bankers Association for the week of 01/12/2010



Market Composite Index: (loan application volume) increased 2.2 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index increased 47.5 percent compared with the previous week



Refinance Index: increased 4.9 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 3.7 percent from one…

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Added by Howard Bell on January 15, 2011 at 10:48pm — No Comments

Freddie Mac Weekly Update: Long and Short- Term Mortgages Drop This Week

30-year fixed-rate mortgage: Averaged 4.77 percent with an average 0.8 point for the week ending January 6, 2011, down from last week when it averaged 4.86 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 5.09 percent.



The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage: Averaged 4.13 percent with an average 0.8 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.20 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.50 percent.



Five-year… Continue

Added by Howard Bell on January 15, 2011 at 10:48pm — No Comments

Freddie Mac Weekly Update: Mortgage Rates Stable



30-year fixed-rate mortgage: Averaged 4.86 percent with an average 0.8 point for the week ending December 30, 2010, up from last week when it averaged 4.81 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 5.14 percent.



The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage: Averaged 4.20 percent with an average 0.8 point, up from last week when it averaged 4.15 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.54…

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Added by Howard Bell on January 5, 2011 at 9:11pm — No Comments

Mortgage Bankers Weekly Update:Mortgage Applications Increase the Week After Christmas

Mortgage Bankers Association for the week of 01/5/2010



Market Composite Index: (loan application volume) d ecreased 3.9 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the prior week. For the week ending December 31, 2010, this index increased 2.3 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis.



Refinance Index: decreased 7.2 percent from the previous week and the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 3.1 percent from one week… Continue

Added by Howard Bell on January 5, 2011 at 9:10pm — No Comments

Rent Vs Buy Today

NAR Existing Home Sales



Existing home sales which are completed transactions that include single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 5.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.68 million in November, but are 27.9% below the cyclical peak of 6.49 million in November 2009, which was the initial deadline for the first-time buyer tax credit. Median existing single-family home prices rose year-over-year in 77 of 155 metropolitan areas and fell in 76…

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Added by Howard Bell on December 29, 2010 at 7:10pm — No Comments

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