Bulk Government Foreclosure Sales Start

By Mike Colpitts The U.S. government is starting to sell-off its massive over-supply of foreclosed homes to investment equity firms at major discounts in a controversial trial program that could result in the future sale of hundreds of thousands of similar homes for pennies on the dollar. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced the start of the sales under a pilot program in the hardest hit metropolitan areas, including Los … [Read more...]

Foreclosures Increasing on Home Equity Losses

Home equity losses are increasing the number of foreclosures as millions of Americans are becoming upside down in their houses, and more are joining the ranks daily. Being upside down in your house can be a nightmare. More homeowners are finding themselves in this precarious position, and by growing numbers homeowners are walking away from the mortgage that just got too high to pay. Americans are showing a sort of panic in many places over … [Read more...]

Real Estate Investment Pays Off Over Years

Investment real estate has made more millionaires in America than any other form of investing, a survey by Housing Predictor shows. Millions are made in investment real estate. The majority of the wealthiest families in the Nation have made their fortunes investing in real estate. Many start out investing in simple single family homes, parlay the profits into a duplex or other forms of real estate and discover wealth in investment real … [Read more...]

Weak U.S. Dollar Gives Foreign Buyers Edge

By Robert Jones With real estate prices in most U.S. cities heading south, many would-be sellers are looking south for their salvation. They're also looking north, east, and west – any place, where there might be buyers with wads of currency that isn't colored green. The weak dollar may be emboldening foreigners to buy in this country, despite the bad real estate news that has found its way into every international news source. Foreign … [Read more...]

Navigating the New Year

By Brad Risen Economist Happy New Year! It's 2009, the year that America will go head to head with the U.S. economy like no other since the Great Depression. So enjoy your New Year's punch now. You'll need it! I have never been a pessimist. I grew up thinking and being the serial optimist. But the World has changed and things are going to be rough in 2009. Millions of Americans will lose their jobs. Millions more will lose their homes. … [Read more...]

Home Mortgages and Refinancing

Mortgage rates have been on their way down after the Fed cut the prime rate to near historic lows in an effort to help stabilize the economy. More than 5-million homeowners are facing re-adjustments in their adjustable rate mortgages nationally in 2009 and 2010, and the drop in home borrowing rates will provide the difference for many homeowners between being able to refinance their mortgages. Rates on conventional 30-year mortgages now hover … [Read more...]

Is Now the Right Time to Buy a Condo?

Is it Really Time to Buy a Condo? By Robert Jones Inventories are rising, prices are falling, investors are bailing out, and developers are getting desperate. For someone with a little extra cash, this may look like the perfect time to buy a new-construction condo. After all, you’re getting a brand-new building with slick finishes and great amenities at a fraction of what it would have cost a year or so ago. Seems like a no-brainer, … [Read more...]

Record Low Mortgage Rates Trigger Loan Increase

By Mike Colpitts All-time record low mortgage rates triggered a revival in applications for home financing. Both refinances and new home mortgage applications were up for the first time in three weeks as homeowners and home purchasers returned to the market in greater numbers. Applications saw a large pick-up, despite the Labor Day holiday. The market composite index, a combination of both refinancing and new mortgage purchase applications … [Read more...]

Sub Prime Loan Damage Limited

Hundreds and perhaps thousands of local real estate markets scattered throughout the U.S. are insulated from the sub-prime loan crisis and as a result are not suffering from fall out of the sub-prime fiasco, according to the latest Housing Predictor study. The sub-prime crisis is revealing itself to pale in comparison to the U.S. Savings and Loan Fraud Crisis of the late 1980's, the study shows. More than four dozen markets, varying in … [Read more...]

Mortgages Slow Despite Rate Drop

By Ryan Jackson A drop in mortgage rates did little to slow another decline in mortgage applications for the second straight week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Home loan applications fell as interest borrowing rates on the 30-year fixed rate mortgage decreased to an average of 3.80% on fully executed mortgages. The drop in rates was the first in more than a month after borrowing rates have seen an upward trend since hitting … [Read more...]