• Houston Real Estate Surges on Foreign Interest by

    As I’ve noted in prior posts, foreign interest in U.S. real estate has been exceptionally positive for the housing market. While post-recession interest from foreign entities has focused near exclusively on boutique property listings, major finance entities have nevertheless been particularly keen on America’s urban property. Norway’s Sovereign Wealth Fund invested $600 million in commercial property throughout Boston, New York, and Washington, DC, largely out of anticipation of their exceptional value growth potential. Considering that trinity of East Coast cities are nationally recognized as job hubs, it’s likely that Norway’s Sovereign Wealth Fund was staking claim on areas whose job growth outlook would run in tandem with property demand.

  • Inventories are Turning the Corner in Runaway California Markets by

    The hottest housing prices in the nation at last are encourage more sellers to list their homes, promising more sales and cooler price hikes in the weeks come.

  • Big Mortgage Lenders Rush to Present More Evidence in Court by

    Attorneys and corporate legal teams representing more than a dozen major mortgage lenders and investors in the United States rushed to Federal District Court in Manhattan during a cold Tuesday night to file a last-minute pleading in a case that could push Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase and other financial giants to shell out billions of dollars to settle investors' claims.

  • Fannie and Freddie to Allow Mortgage Modifications Without Documentation by

    The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is ready to streamline the mortgage modification process for hundreds of thousands of borrowers in the United States. According to a statement by acting FHFA director Edward J. DeMarco, who has been a polarizing figure in the housing market recovery, delinquent and underwater mortgages guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could be modified in a no-doc fashion starting in July.

  • Details Emerge on No-Doc Loan Modification Program by

    After July 1st, 2013, borrowers who are late on their mortgages guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac may see a letter from their servicer explaining their eligibility for the new Streamlined Modification Initiative (SMI). According to the official press release by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the program aims to add a simplified option for homeowners to save their homes from default and foreclosure.

  • Cerberus Seeks to Bankroll Investor Landlords by

    (Reuters) - Private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management wants to provide financing to small investment firms that are buying foreclosed homes as part of a long-term bullish bet on the housing recovery, according to four sources familiar with the situation.


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