Mortgage Delinquencies Drop Two Straight Months

By Mike Colpitts Mortgage delinquencies fell for the second consecutive month in July and are down 11% for the last year, signaling a major improvement for the U.S. housing market, according to Lender Processing Services. Loans that are 30 days or more past due made up just 7.03% of home mortgages. The decline in late payments is positive news for the market beleaguered by the foreclosure crisis, with more than 2-million homes in the … [Read more...]

Top 10 Real Estate College Towns

Investors and parents shopping for rentals for college students might realize a sharp increase in rents when students go off to college this fall. Rents on homes and apartments rose an average of 4% in the U.S. in the last year, and higher rents are expected. Realtor.com released its second annual round-up of the top 10 college towns to consider investing in real estate. Topping the list are Boston, Massachusetts and Washington D.C., which … [Read more...]

Formal Foreclosures Fall 21 Straight Months

By Mike Colpitts Formal foreclosures fell for the 21st straight month in July as repossessions on U.S. residential properties ran into additional snags. Lenders completed 53,654 foreclosures during the month, a 1% fall from June and a 21% drop from a year ago, according to RealtyTrac. Bank owned REO activity also fell on an annualized basis in 38 states and the District of Columbia. Some of the biggest drops in foreclosed property sales … [Read more...]

Mortgage Delinquencies Jump

By Mike Colpitts Homeowners in trouble on their mortgages jumped as more homes joined the long line of defaults in May showing another sign the U.S. economy is weakening, according to real estate analytics company Lender Processing Services. The slim 1.1% monthly jump in defaults is a troubling sign for the  U.S.  housing market, still struggling to get out of its rut. But the rate at which homeowners are losing homes to foreclosure or bank … [Read more...]

Recovery Pushes Foreclosures Lower 3 Months

By Mike Colpitts In a sign the U.S. housing market is on the road to recovery, foreclosures dropped for the third month in a row in April, despite a traceable increase in repossessions along the eastern U.S. coast. Initial notices of default were filed against 188,780 residential properties, the lowest since July 2007. Final bank repossessions (REOs) dropped for the third straight month in April, down 7% from March. Lenders completed … [Read more...]

U S Foreclosures Drop Huge

By Mike Colpitts Formal foreclosures or homes that were repossessed by their lenders accounted for 830,000 U.S. homes in 2011, a huge drop of 24% from 2010, according to real estate data research firm CoreLogic. The decline comes as a result of moratoriums enacted by the nation’s five largest mortgage lenders to study damage from the robo signing scandal, and other judicial delays in many areas of the country. CoreLogic also says that 1.4 … [Read more...]

2012 New Jersey Housing Market

Reeling from a major decline in home prices, New Jersey homeowners are hoping that the worst of the real estate crash is over. But a massive inventory of foreclosures that have not yet been formally taken back by the banks sit vacant waiting as part of the shadow inventory to be accounted for by lenders. The resiliency of New Jersey industry and its location between New York City and Philadelphia puts the state in a potentially strong … [Read more...]

Shadow Inventory Slides to 2009 Levels

By Mike Colpitts The inventory of homes not yet foreclosed but regarded as unsellable as they are held back from the market known as the shadow inventory has dropped to January 2009 levels, according to real estate data firm CoreLogic. California, Florida and Illinois, where foreclosures are at some of the highest levels in the U.S. account for more than a third of the shadow inventory. New York, Texas and New Jersey make up another half … [Read more...]

Foreclosures Show Positive Fall

By Kevin Chiu Foreclosure filings dropped 14% in November experiencing a positive fall as default notices, scheduled bank auctions and bank repossessions hit their lowest level in a year, according to RealtyTrac. However, some of the hardest hit states, including California, Arizona and Massachusetts posted year-over-year increases in November. Foreclosure auctions, the final step in the painful foreclosure process reached a nine month … [Read more...]

GMAC Rewards Underwater Homeowners

By Mike Colpitts As one of the U.S. most troubled mortgage lenders, GMAC Mortgage, once ranked as one of the top producing mortgage companies in the nation is offering troubled underwater homeowners cash bonuses in exchange for making mortgage payments on time. The program will be offered to a pilot group of military veterans to encourage them to avoid defaulting on their homes. Loan Value Group, a New Jersey firm, creates an incentive … [Read more...]