Real Estate Trends

New Trends that have an impact on real estate such as the $8,000 First time homebuyers credit, The Treasury buying long term bonds to lower interest rates and miscellaneous other real estate questions.

There are currently 9 blog entries related to this category.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac begin roll out of new Streamlined Modification Program

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 at 11:56am. 49 Views, 2 Comments.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac begin program to help distressed borrowers

According to DSNews that you can read here:

Rather than delay assistance to borrowers, Freddie Mac stated it is making the program immediately available to all eligible borrowers across the country, according to a release. In an email, Fannie Mae also confirmed the program is already available. As part of the program, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac borrowers who are at least 90 days delinquent but no more than 720 days past due may be eligible for a modification that does not require the borrower to submit financial or hardship documentation.

Check to see if your loan is owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac and an explanation of Who Really Owns Your Home Loan.

The Program was originally announced…

Rental Home Scam puts Zillow and the National Association of REALTORS on alert

Monday, May 6th, 2013 at 4:40pm. 92 Views, 0 Comments.

Another Rental Home Scam

Just a little bit more sophisticated where the scammer used Zillow to act as a Real Estate Agent that you can read here.

The scene isn’t as far-fetched as it may seem. Recently, Bailey learned that a scammer scraped his rental listing and reposted it at a lower rent on Zillow, where the original listing was already posted. A prospective renter then found the fake Tobyhanna, Pa. listing posted on rental site HotPads; which Zillow owns and feeds listings to and contacted the scammer.

After hearing from the renter, the scammer corresponded through email with her, using Bailey’s name, an email address with Bailey’s name in it, and a phone number bearing Bailey’s area code.

It's a pretty old scam and it's actually happened to me before…

Las Vegas Case-Shiller Report for October 2010

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 at 10:17am. 1165 Views, 0 Comments.

Home Prices in U.S. Cities Decrease more then Forecasted

Latest Case-Schiller report shows Las Vegas year over year median home prices decreased 3.57%, overall index decreased .08%. Chicago leads the way with a year over decrease of 6.48% followed by Atlanta with a 6.19% decrease.

Full Story at Bloomberg that you can Read Here.


The Case-Shiller index of property values fell 0.8 percent from October 2009, the biggest year-over-year decline since December 2009, the group said today in New York. The decrease exceeded the 0.2 percent drop projected by the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News.


Really no surprise since most economists seem to always forget the impact of Government subsidies and their effect on the real estate market. …

Las Vegas Home Sales Did NOT sink 27% in July!

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 at 9:53am. 648 Views, 2 Comments.

National Association of Realtors reports 27% drop in Resale Homes

Nationwide... this is not for Las Vegas Home Sales. BIG Difference....

Here is the national news being echoed on every business channel there is:

Housing Slump Clouds U.S. Recovery

By P. Parameswaran (AFP) – 4 hours ago

WASHINGTON — US home sales are plunging despite rock-bottom mortgage rates as high unemployment prevents people from buying houses and threatens to curtail economic recovery.

Existing-home sales plunged for the third straight month by a whopping 27.2 percent in July to levels unseen in more than a decade, an industry group said Tuesday.

Sales of single-family homes, townhomes and condominiums dropped to 3.83 million units from 5.26 million units in June, said the National…

FHA About to Get Tougher for Las Vegas Home Buyers

Sunday, August 15th, 2010 at 12:26pm. 749 Views, 1 Comments.

FHA Gets Tougher on Mortgages

New Changes for FHA loans are expected to be taking place soon that includes requiring higher credit scores, reducing seller contributions allowed and increasing the monthly premium. In Las Vegas, Buyers using FHA Loans accounted for approximately 27% of all single family residential closings in the Las Vegas Homes July Sales Report.

Of interest will be the impact new down payment requirements will have. The New proposals would include requiring borrowers to have at least a 580 FICO score to qualify for the 3.5% down payment. Borrowers with FICO scores below 580 will have to put down 10%. Still very affordable with today's Las Vegas home prices and in many cases, cheaper then paying rent.

From the Wall Street Journal:

FHA Gets…

Foreclosures Climb in 75% of Metro Areas

Saturday, July 31st, 2010 at 9:57am. 679 Views, 0 Comments.

Real Estate Hangover

Interesting Article in going over the latest results from tracking foreclosures Nationwide:

Foreclosures Climb in 75% of Metro Areas Via

By Les Christie, staff writerJuly 29, 2010: 3:32 AM ET

NEW YORK ( -- Foreclosure filings climbed in 75% of the nation's metro areas during the first half of 2010, according to a report issued Thursday.

RealtyTrac, an online marketer of foreclosed homes, said that California, Florida, Arizona and Nevada continue to lead the nation in the rate of foreclosures. Las Vegas was the worst-hit city.

Pay Attention to the Interview with Meredith Whitney Predicting a Double Dip in Housing:

Key Phrases:

  • Unemployment driving today's foreclosures. 
  • Banks Releasing…

Investigation into Big Investment Firms Providing Misleading Information to Credit Rating Agencies Launched

Monday, May 17th, 2010 at 3:48pm. 1079 Views, 0 Comments.

Investment Firms selling Mortgage Backed Securities being Investigated

What happens when you have a Giant Pool of Investment Money looking for "Safe" investments with high Credit Agency ratings?

To keep it as simple as possible, Hundreds of Billions of dollars are released and made available to make housing loans available. Demand creates lax lending standards and new exotic home loans. Anybody who can sign a document is given a home loan even if they don't make enough money to pay it back. So called Real Estate Investors go out and make speculative purchases on multiple home purchases even though they will never cash flow on the rental market. New Home builders build away, selling out tracts of subdivisions even before a foundation is poured - Adding to the…

HUD temporarily lifts 90 Day Flip Rule

Friday, January 15th, 2010 at 10:05pm. 1656 Views, 0 Comments.

BREAKING NEWS from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

For those of you recently searching around for Las Vegas Homes For Sale.. you may have noticed an increase in the number of homes available for sale that are not Short Sales or Bank Owned Homes that are flips.

These properties have been popping up being offered for sale by Cash Rich Investors that have purchased Bank properties at the Trustee Sales or various other means such as bulk deals. Throw some lipstick on them and put them right back up for sale for a nice little profit.

No dealing with a bank for an answer... Great, Right??

Well... Great until you see the 90 day flip rule disclosure and no FHA loan buyers accepted. Great if you are a cash buyer or know of one of the few…

First Time Homebuyers Tax Credit for 2009

Saturday, March 28th, 2009 at 4:19pm. 1753 Views, 6 Comments.

First Time Homebuyers Tax Credit for 2009

We've been getting a lot of calls lately with questions pertaining to the new $8,000 first time homebuyers tax credit that was passed in the stimulus bill. It's easy to get confused with all of the information out there comparing it to the 2008 Tax Credit so I'll try to keep it as simple as possible. Let's forget the 2008 Tax credit bill which was really structured as a loan that had to be paid back. I think it's pretty safe to say it was not very successful despite all of the promotion from sales minded entities.

The 2009 first time homebuyers tax credit does not have to be paid back. But of course.... there are requirements.

Keep in mind that I am a Realtor® and not an Accountant or Tax Advisor. All the "What If"…