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Housing News: October 19, 2009 October 19, 2009

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http://moneynews.newsmax.com/streettalk/housing_shiller/2009/10/12/271308.html?ref=patrick.net

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/keeping-up-with-an-avalanche-of-troubled-mortgages-2009-10-15?ref=patrick.net

http://money.cnn.com/2009/10/15/real_estate/foreclosure_crisis_deepens/index.htm?ref=patrick.net

http://themortgagereports.com/2009/10/fha-streamline-refi-changes.html

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Housing News: 10/15/09 October 15, 2009

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Chances Are, Most HAMP Mods Won’t Work: Amherst

Housing in Crisis

Will the Groundhog See a Shadow Housing Inventory?

Square Footage and Median Price Differentials

Foreclosure up 5 percent from summer to fall

Real Estate Bulls and Bears

Fed Can’t Be Blamed For Financial Crisis

Mortgage Assistance Program for Homeowners

Concerns About the Tone of the Market’s Current Advance

Real Estate is: Cyclical, Seasonal and Emotional

Seriously Folks, the Housing Bubble is Back

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TARP or CARP? Are Taxpayers Getting A Fair Deal? October 14, 2009

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TARP or CARP? We hope that TARP’s money is being used wisely in the mortgage sector. According to this Reuters article, 33 TARP recipients missed a dividend payment last month. This includes 15 banks and thrifts who missed a May 15 dividend payment, with 18 more missing a payment for the first time.  

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Out of the 33 banks in question, 11 are in California, one of the worst states affected by the financial and housing crisis. The largest company to miss the dividend payment is the New York based CIT Group Inc. ($71.02 billion)

While the TARP program allows a maximum of six payments to be missed before action is taken, it’s ironic that many of these same banks make an incredible amount of money on overdrafts, late and missed payment fees.

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Housing News: 10/14/09 October 14, 2009

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Push on to expand $8,000 tax credit

Unemployment to remain high for years

Housing in Crisis

No shame in walking away from mortgage

Bulls and Bears of Real Estate

Tilson: Housing “Recovery” is Still the Mother of all Head Fakes

Mortgage Assistance Program for Homeowners

33 banks and thrifts skip August TARP dividend payment

Square Footage and Median Price Differentials

Obama Administration releases new data on Making Home Affordable Program

Help from Fannie and Freddie for Foreclosed Homes

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The Battle in Loan Modification October 13, 2009

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Since the beginning of the year, the Making Home Affordable Program and programs alike have been met with both progressive support and glaring criticism. Supporters believe that the loan-mod programs are ebbing the tide of mounting foreclosures, while critics question the success rate and amount of effort pur forth by banks in these programs. What is certain is that Mortgage Assistance Programs are vital to a recovery in the economy and the housing market. Real estate is Cylclical, Seasonal and Emotional.

 An example of promise is the recent news of the HAMP program achieving 500,000 loan-mods ahead of schedule. Increased pressure has forced banks to speedily follow through with loan-mods with the Administration issuing progress reports periodically. Also, news of banks getting better at processing foreclosures is the silver lining in an otherwise dark cloud.

However, criticism about these programs is mounting; some banks are far behind on the amount of mortgage relief being provided while some borrowers face default even after mortgage assistance. Slow turnaround of paperwork by banks is one of the criticisms about these programs.

With foreclosures mounting and unemployment on the rise, the final outcome on these programs is yet to be seen.

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Housing News: 10/13/09 October 13, 2009

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Treasury to Announce New Program to Avoid Foreclosure

FHA Head Rejects Calls for Higher Down Payments

Housing In Crisis

Mortgage Rates Are Not As Low As Newspaper Are Reporting

Real Estate Mania: Bulls and Bears

Jumbo Loan Rates Dip Below 6%, Lowest in Four Years

Mortgage Assistance Program

Banks Getting Better at Processing Foreclosures

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Mortgage Industry Faces Looming Concerns October 9, 2009

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Heading into the 4th Quarter of this tumultuous economic year, the mortgage industry faces growing problems ahead. While news of Obama’s HAMP program reaching its 500,000 goal of helping homeowners faster than expected is promising, concerns on possible bailouts and underperforming programs continues to threaten the vision of recovery in the housing market. Mortgage Assistance Programs are needed to curtail these concerns before problems become “too big to fail.” We must always remember that Real estate is Cyclical Seasonal and Emotional.

Will the FHA Need a Taxpayer Bailout?

The question about a possible Federal Housing Administration bailout in the near future is the story circulating news desks today. F.H.A. commissioner David H. Stevens sought to dispel concerns about the mortgage giant’s looming problems.

“Absent any catastrophic home price decline, F.H.A. will not need to ask Congress and the American taxpayer for extraordinary assistance – we will not need a bailout,” Mr. Stevens said in a prepared testimony on Capitol Hill Thursday.

Providing lenders with protection against losses as the result of homeowners defaulting on their mortgage loans, the FHA now insures more than 25% of mortgages in the country, up from 3% in 2006. Critics argue that a future FHA bailout is almost inevitable, as the agency’s capital is dangerously close to dipping below the mandated level of 2%. Independent financial consultant Edward Pinto concurs,

“It appears destined for a taxpayer bailout in the next 24 to 36 months,” Edward said. He estimates that the agency faces losses of $70 billion on loans it has already made, short of its current reserves by $40 billion.

Fed Preparing for Commercial Real Estate Mortgage Crisis?

An unpublished Federal Reserve Report leaked in a recent Wall Street Journal article reporting rising defaults in the commercial real estate sector. The unpublished report concludes that U.S. banks are slow to take losses on their commercial real estate loans. Specific servicers reported having only 11 cents in reserves for every $1 in bad loans in the second quarter. 

The NuWire Investor had this to say; “I don’t know what’s worse, the banks skimping on reserves and holding off on reporting losses in hope of revival or the Fed for knowing about the problem and trying to keep it a secret. Someone at the Fed must feel the same way because the report somehow found its way to the media.”

TARP Oversight Group Says Treasury Mortgage Plan Not Effective

The TARP group indicates that the government needs to increase its efforts to help struggling homeowners in this article. There is doubt that the $50 billion loan-modification program will provide the necessary relief to all homeowners it intended at the start of the program. With rising factors of unemployment, and decreasing property values the task becomes more daunting.

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Housing News: 10/9/09 October 9, 2009

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FHA Won’t Need a Bailout says David Stevens

Real Estate is: Cyclical, Seasonal and Emotional

HAMP Reaches 500,000 Modification Milestone

Housing in Crisis

Leaked Document Shows Fed Preparing For Next Mortgage Crisis

Square Footage and Median Price Differentials

New Thinking Needed to Rebuild Housing Market

Mortgage Assistance Program

New Housing Bill Will Force Loan Modification

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Manhattan Apartment Market’s Quick Rebound October 8, 2009

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It’s good to see industry analysts confirming what we predicted roughly two months ago. A recent MSNBC articleindicates a surprisingly quick rebound in the Manhattan apartment market as of late. As consumer confidence builds, stability strengthens in the market as stated in our August Manhattan Condo Report and NYC Square Footage and Median Price Differentials report.

In our August report, we projected a sales activity and property values increase in the months of July, August and September.

Source: AccuriZ.com

The recent MSNBC article indicated a sales increase of apartments and co-ops between 46 and 69 percent from the second to the third quarter, with the number of New York’s unsold apartments falling from the peaks of April. Our projections of a 4th Quarter level of stability are appearing to be valid. In the real estate market there are few trusted sources and AccuriZ has been proven to be an authoritative source consistently.

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Housing News: 10/8/09 October 8, 2009

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Home Sellers in U.S. Cut Prices by $28.4 Billion, Trulia Says

Mortgage Assistance Program

Does America Need 8,000 Mortgage Lenders?

Real Estate is: Cyclical, Seasonal and Emotional

Freedom of Speech is not the same as Freedom of the Press

Square Footage and Median Price Differentials

The Rich Bail Faster on Mortgages

Housing in Crisis

Apartment Glut Keeps Resedential Real Estate ETF in Check

Manhattan apartment market’s quick rebound

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