Friday, December 28, 2012
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Russians, Brazilians, Canadians among foreigners active in buying area real estate » Naples Daily News Mobile
NAPLES — International homebuyers aren't so foreign any more in Southwest Florida.
They're coming from more countries these days, including Russia, Brazil and even China.
"We are seeing new countries represented," said Craig Jones, vice president of marketing for Premier Sotheby's International Realty in Naples. "We are seeing a real uptick in the Russian buyer. That's at the top end. That's a true luxury, high-net-worth buyer and we are seeing the same thing from Brazil."
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Potential buyers now have something they haven't had in a long time: urgency (save for a few months when the government was paying people to buy homes with a first-time home-buyer tax credit). This next year will be the first time since 2006 where prices ended the previous year in positive territory. Surveys already show that buyers' expectations of future home prices have improved throughout the past year. Read more: http://blogs.wsj.com/developments/2012/12/18/2013-how-rising-prices-could-boost-housing-demand/
As 2012 comes to an end, most real estate professionals sit on the edge of their seats, anticipating the outcome of the fiscal cliff and how it will affect the housing market going into 2013. Read more: http://www.housingwire.com/news/what-2012-housing-market-trends-are-suggesting-2013?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+housingwire%2FuOVI+%28HousingWire%29#.UNF9h6y3PFo
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
Metrocenter, once one of Arizona's most successful malls, hope mixed-use projects can breathe new life into the struggling shopping center.
The New York-based Carlyle Development Group plans to submit a rezoning application to the city in early 2013 to turn the mall into a mixed-use project, which would stretch the offerings beyond only retail. Read more: http://www.azcentral.com//community/phoenix/articles/20121205new-owner-puts-metrocenter-mission.html
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012
Fueled by a $370 billion jump in the value of household real estate, household net worth grew $1.7 trillion in the third quarter to $64.8 trillion, the Federal Reserve reported Thursday in its quarterly Flow of Funds report.
And, while the value of owner-occupied household real estate increased, total residential mortgage debt fell $85.8 billion. As a result, owners' equity increased almost $390 billion. Homeowners' equity as a percentage of the value of the real estate rose to 44.8 percent, the highest level since 2007, according to the report. Read more: http://www.dsnews.com/articles/home-values-up-in-3q-per-fed-report-2012-12-06
Although short sales continue to be utilized more and more as an alternative, RealtyTrac suggested the trend may change if the Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 does extended.
According to RealtyTrac's Q3 foreclosure and short sales report, short sales increased quarterly and yearly by 15 percent and 17 percent, respectively. Out of all residential sales, short sales represented about 22 percent of the total in Q3. Read more: http://www.dsnews.com/articles/realtytrac-short-sales-increase-in-q3-2012-12-06
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The Phoenix City Council will not vote on the historical status of a famous Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house in east Phoenix until at least Jan.16.
Councilman Sal DiCiccio said Wednesday that the extension will allow for more time to accomplish two goals for the David and Gladys Wright House in Arcadia: to continue searching for a sole buyer who will preserve the home and to challenge preservationists and supporters of the house to begin raising funds to save the house for good. Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/community/nephoenix/articles/20121204phoenix-wright-house-no-vote-before-january.html
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Citigroup Job Cuts: Bank Plans To Slash 11,000 Jobs In Aim To Save As Much As $1.1 Billion Per Year - The Huffington Post
* Cuts include technology and support jobs around the world
* Consumer banking due for 35 pct of restructuring charges
* Company expects annual expense savings of $1 billion
* Stock rises 4 percent on news
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2012/12/05/citigroup-job-cuts_n_2243975.html?utm_hp_ref=daily-brief?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=120512&utm_medium=email&utm_content=NewsEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief
National gains for rentals still grew faster than asking prices for homes in November, but in certain metros, the trend was reversed, Trulia reported Tuesday.
According to data from Trulia, rent prices in November increased by 5.6 percent year-over-year, while
prices for homes were up 3.8 percent, representing the biggest increase so far this year.
Even though rents stayed improvements, asking prices in 14 of the 25 largest rental markets managed to post greater increases compared to rents, the data provider revealed. Read more: http://www.dsnews.com/articles/asking-prices-for-homes-surpass-rents-in-certain-metros-2012-12-04
Despite reports of improvements in home prices and sales, Radar Logic argued that upon closer examination, the housing market is not doing as well as assumed.
As of September 25, 2012, Radar Logic's RPX composite price increased 5.2 percent year-over-year across 25 metro areas, according to the company's monthly housing report. In addition, sales activity has gone up by 12.3 percent over a one-year period. Read more: http://www.dsnews.com/articles/radar-logic-questions-strength-of-recovery-2012-12-04
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
PHOENIX — A city councilman says he wants to delay a decision on whether to designate as historic a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house here.
Councilman Sal DiCiccio, who represents the Arcadia district in this city where the David and Gladys Wright House is located, said the delay would allow time to start fundraising to purchase and preserve the iconic house with views of Camelback Mountain. Read more: http://m.usatoday.com/article/news/1744629
Metro Phoenix's median home price climbed 5 percent in October after four months of remaining flat.
The region's median price of an existing house reached $157,000 in October, up from $150,000 during the previous few months, according to Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business. Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/mobile/www/article.php?url=http://www.azcentral.com/business/realestate/articles/20121203phoenix-area-home-prices-rise-again.html
CoreLogic Reports 25 Percent Monthly Drop in Foreclosures in October | Mortgage News | Daily National and State Headlines
CoreLogic has released its National Foreclosure Report for October that provides data on completed U.S. foreclosures and the overall foreclosure inventory. According to CoreLogic, there were 58,000 completed foreclosures in the U.S. in October 2012, down from 70,000 in October 2011 representing a year-over-year decrease of 17 percent. On a month-over-month basis, completed foreclosures fell from 77,000 in September 2012 to the current 58,000, representing a decrease of 25 percent. As a basis of comparison, prior to the decline in the housing market in 2007, completed foreclosures averaged 21,000 per month between 2000 and 2006. Completed foreclosures are an indication of the total number of homes actually lost to foreclosure. Since the financial crisis began in September 2008, there have been approximately 3.9 million completed foreclosures across the country. Read more: http://nationalmortgageprofessional.com/news32697/corelogic-reports-25-percent-monthly-drop-foreclosures-october
Historically, the "hard to finance" borrower was one with a risk-filled profile, usually consisting of late payments, low or sporadic income, and credit indicators that suggested an unwillingness or inability to manage one's debts. In the 1970s and 1980s, these borrowers were led to private money investors. Typically, these investors were high net worth individuals building portfolios of first and second trust deeds arranged at very low loan-to-values (LTVs) with substantially higher interest rates. The brokers who arranged these loans were later dubbed "hard money" lenders. As time evolved and credit markets became aware of the huge opportunity that existed in this segment, the "hard money" lenders were replaced with Wall Street firms creating mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and the business was renamed the far more innocuous "sub-prime" or "non-prime." Read more: http://nationalmortgageprofessional.com/news32705/jumbo-lending-today%E2%80%99s-environment
Clear Capital released a new market report Tuesday, tracking home prices through the end of November. Nationally, quarterly price gains were cut by more than half compared to readings from the month before. For November, home prices edged up just 1 percent. Read more: http://www.dsnews.com/articles/reo-sales-diminish-to-under-20-of-overall-home-clear-capital-2012-12-04
The Center for Responsible Lending, a nonprofit group dedicated to protecting homeownership, and the Financial Services Roundtable, a group of representatives from the nation's largest financial institutions, have come together to ask Congress to extend the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act, which will otherwise expire at the end of this year. Read more: http://www.dsnews.com/articles/lenders-and-homeowner-advocates-unite-in-support-of-extending-mortgage-debt-forgiveness-act-2012-12-03
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