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Refinancing upside down mortgages under HARP could get wider range - 06/30/09 10:00 PM
Discussions are underway as we speak. The Federal Housing Finance Authority, or FHFA, is tossing the idea around since the original intent of HARP, or Home Affordable Refinance Program, isn't doing much good at all. Currently it can only refinance loans up to an LTV, or loan-to-value, of 105%. In the areas that were mauled the worst during this housing nosedive, like Las Vegas and large regions in Arizona, California, Florida, that limit is far too strict, helping only a few borrowers. By the way, FHFA is overseeing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. FHFA is actually toying with an LTV of (2 comments)
Las Vegas new homes sell a little better in May - 06/25/09 07:32 PM
Changes for the better are hard to come by for home builders in Southern Nevada, as marketing their product continues to face an uphill battle. In the meantime the resale home sector is getting a lot of attention from buyers and real estate investors thanks to the low price structure there, that being the main reason for the yawning disparity. Both are struggling equally with tight mortgage guidelines, scarce down payment accounts and the adverse effects of the high unemployment here.The May housing report, fashioned by Home Builders Research, does offer some hope for new homes, namely in the number of (2 comments)
Housing demand poised to return on account of echo boomers - 06/23/09 11:51 PM
Even though it looks like the slumping real estate market is showing some signs of improvement, like here in Las Vegas bank REOs in the lower half of the marketplace are selling briskly, there remain steep hurdles to overcome before it can be declared healthy again. Mortgage funding is hard to come by, many homeowners are upside down and unemployment is high, just to mention some of the obvious problems. But if the focus is shifted over into the near future, then there is some reason to be optimistic about what's to come. Here is why. Harvard University's Joint Center for (8 comments)
Upper half of the housing market feeling the heat now - 06/19/09 10:20 PM
Early on in this real estate meltdown the subprime mortgage drew all the attention with its high foreclosure rates. As the default numbers mercilessly accelerated in the lower half of the market the prices in this category headed in the other direction, at an increasing pace. To many optimistic housing observers, including yours truly, the overall damage would largely be contained in the lower end. The argument went that prime borrowers knew how to budget better, that they had other investments to rely on in case of trouble, that they already were familiar with what home ownership entailed, and so on. (12 comments)
Is the mortgage industry on the mend? - 06/16/09 11:14 PM
Maybe it is if the focus is on the mortgage-backed securities market. More specifically on privately-issued mortgage bonds. Just a few months ago there was hardly any market for them at all, and if there were one, the prices of them were on life support. But now this particular sector is stirring. At least a little bit. Mortgage bonds secured by 30-year fixed-rate prime paper issued in 2006-07 traded for 55 cents on the dollar in March, reports Amherst Securities Group, a dealer and market maker in mortgage-backed securities. That was then, now the same paper is going for almost 80 (8 comments)
Creative mortgage lending to help Palms Place - 06/13/09 07:09 PM
Luxury high-rise condos and condo-hotels were all the rage in Las Vegas only a few short years ago. Developers couldn't put them up fast enough on the Strip and elsewhere in town to satisfy all the demand. And of course there was all sorts of mortgage money available to grab a unit or two for one's portfolio. Life was good then. Today that rosy picture has seen a tragic makeover. Demand for the product has waned, mortgage funding has practically dried up and hundreds of units sit out there vacant. Palms Place, a 599-unit luxury tower, obviously lost its patience in (6 comments)
Southern Nevada resale housing inventory falls in May - 06/09/09 10:31 PM
Another whiff of optimism over the local real estate market blew into the Las Vegas valley this week. Any small improvement anywhere in the industry stats is nowadays welcomed with wide-open arms. So, let's take it. In the latest statistical report on the housing market here just released, the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors, or GLVAR, discloses that the inventory of homes fell by 9.3% from the same time last year. Moreover, there were 21,181 units in it in May, about 1,000 less than in April when the number stood at 22,112. This statistic has remained alarmingly high despite the (2 comments)
Las Vegas near the top for most undervalued housing markets - 06/04/09 09:56 PM
Let's go right to it. In the 10 Most Undervalued cities Las Vegas placed third, according to IHS Global Insight. The firm put the report together by analyzing household incomes, historical prices and housing densities and then arrived at statistically normal home prices which were subsequently weighed against actual values of a city. The difference either placed the area in the overvalued or undervalued category. In this study, Las Vegas median home price was determined to be $140,000, meaning it is 40.9% undervalued. That is a high number. It's hard to say if this is good news or the other kind (4 comments)
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