Thursday, August 20, 2009

Record Number Late on Mortgage Payments

As the media announces that the recession is over it's hard to ignore the record number of American's stumbling to make their mortgage payment.

The delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit residential properties rose to a seasonally adjusted rate of 9.24 percent of all loans outstanding as of the end of the second quarter of 2009, up 12 basis points from the first quarter of 2009, and up 283 basis points from one year ago, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) National Delinquency Survey.
The delinquency rate breaks the record set last quarter. The records are based on MBA data dating back to 1972.

The delinquency rate includes loans that are at least one payment past due but does not include loans somewhere in the process of foreclosure. The percentage of loans in the foreclosure process at the end of the second quarter was 4.30 percent, an increase of 45 basis points from the first quarter of 2009 and 155 basis points from one year ago.
The combined percentage of loans in foreclosure and at least one payment past due was 13.16 percent on a non-seasonally adjusted basis, the highest ever recorded in the MBA delinquency survey.
“While the rate of new foreclosures started was essentially unchanged from last quarter’s record high, there was a major drop in foreclosures on subprime ARM loans. The drop, however, was offset by increases in the foreclosure rates on the other types of loans, with
prime fixed-rate loans having the biggest increase. As a sign that mortgage performance is once again being driven by unemployment, prime fixed-rate loans now account for one in three foreclosure starts. A year ago they accounted for one in five....” said Jay Brinkmann, MBA’s Chief Economist.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Price Solves Inventory Problem:Dalton Sells Out

Maybe it was the tax break or maybe it was just the heady rush of shouting a number higher than the guy next to you, but that auction really worked out for the Dalton this past weekend. All 34 condos on the block sold (one of the units at the site was already in escrow). Debi Roks, a project manager for auction company Kennedy-Wilson, tells us the event was standing room only. She couldn't share specific prices, but everything went for under the latest asking prices (unshockingly), which were between $349,000 for a 684 square feet loft with one bath and $779,000 for a 1,721 square feet two bedroom, two and a half bathroom condo with a rooftop deck. Starting bids ranged from $165,000 to $395,000. For the inside scoop on Pasadena Real Estate and Pasadena Foreclosures visit our friends at

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Foreclosure Wave Continues to Grow

From Matt Padilla at the O.C. Register: Foreclosure wave gathers momentum
“To say there is a second wave implies the (current) wave has receded,” [Sam Khater, senior economist, First American CoreLogic] “I don’t see that the wave has receded.”
Foreclosure Wave Click on graph for larger image in new window.

This graph is from Matt based on data from American CoreLogic.
Khater said ... federal and state efforts have mostly delayed foreclosures, preventing few. ... So to tune out the noise, just look at the 90-day rate. In Khater’s view it shows “one giant wave.”

90 day delinquency rate: "everything 3 months late or more. Likely includes most all Foreclosures in Process. The categories are not separate."

Foreclosure Rate is actual foreclosures in process: "Everything with NOD and Trustee's Sale filing."

REO Rate: "Everything foreclosed but still held by bank or servicer. This category is separate from other two."

Mr.Mortgage Summary:Expect to see more home inventory come on the market in the next two years. It takes 12-14 months after a payment is missed to actually get listed by a realtor for sale as an REO. With the unemployment rate at 10% give or take that is a lot of new folks entering the foreclosure line. This will pressuree prices in market that were the former bubble states.

reposted from Calculated Risk.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Finding a Loan For Investment Property

Finding the Best Mortgage for an Investment Property

If you are considering buying properties either to hold as investments or to sell then you need to look at mortgages and mortgage rates differently. In order to make the most amount of profit you need to borrow as little as possible. Remember: the most important aspect in the process is retaining the capability to turn the property around to the buyers without causing you payments in the. Thankfully, there are several ways you can mortgage these investment properties to your benefit.

What Can You Afford?

Take a moment to review your current financial status. If you can afford to make the down payment on a property, you may want to go ahead and do so. You will be able to use the equity to both build your profits and the number of subsequent investment properties.

Finding The Best Mortgage

Since you want to spend as little money as possible when buying properties to sell, you will want to acquire a mortgage that requires minimal financial output during the time period in which you are trying to sell the property. This means looking for loans with low initial interest rates or loans that pay off the interest first too. For example, if qualified, you may want to go with a no deposit loan through which you would be lent 100% of the property value provided that you can demonstrate a solid savings history. The initial mortgage payments will be smaller than they would be in a traditional mortgage agreement and you will be able to purchase the property a lot sooner.

Also, a hybrid loan- one in which the interest is fixed for a period of time and then becomes adjustable- is another good option for investment property holders, and works well for those either concerned about the future movement of interest rates or investors that don’t want to take a particular stance.

How to Get the Best Loan for Your Needs

When you find a property that you want to invest in, it is important to discuss financing options with a variety of banks and lending institutions. Be sure to explain your plan for the property as well as what you are prepared to contribute monetarily. Keep in mind that it is best to work with a lender that has a background in working with investment property holders as they will often be better suited to serve your needs.