April 30, 2010 |
The expiring federal tax credit for home shoppers has put some froth back in the Southland's real estate market: People are ditching work to search for new digs, plundering savings for down payments and striking as fast as they can to sign contracts ahead of the Friday deadline. Buyers can get a tax break of up to $8,000 for first-time purchasers and $6,500 for some current homeowners if they reach agreements by April 30 and seal their deals by June 30. California lawmakers sweetened the package last month by passing a $10,000 credit that kicks in Saturday.
January 6, 2010 |
The number of homes placed under sales contracts tumbled in November from the previous month, presenting fresh evidence that the nascent housing recovery could be poised for a dip in the new year. The National Assn. of Realtors said Tuesday that its pending home sales index -- a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in November -- fell 16% to 96 from an upwardly revised 114.3 in October. But the index still was 15.5% higher than for November 2008, when it was 83.1.
December 17, 2009 |
Home builders broke ground on new residences at a faster clip in November than in October, a positive sign for the housing market and the residential real estate industry. Housing starts rose 8.9% from the prior month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 574,000 units, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. However, that figure represented a 12.4% decline from November 2008. The jump can be attributed in part to a shift in weather patterns, Patrick Newport, U.S. economist for Global Insight, said in a note to clients.
December 11, 2009 |
Interest rates on home mortgages edged higher this week, bouncing off record lows, but fixed-rate loans are still averaging well below 5% for those who are coming out of the recession with solid credit and can muster 20% down. Those lucky borrowers were getting 30-year fixed loans at an average of 4.81% for the week ending Thursday, according to Freddie Mac, the government-backed mortgage buyer and guarantor. On those loans, the borrowers were paying 0.7% of the loan amount in upfront lender fees including so-called points.
July 30, 2009 |
Amid continuing turmoil in the market for commercial real estate, CB Richard Ellis Group Inc. said Wednesday that it had lost money in the second quarter. The Los Angeles company, the world's largest commercial real estate brokerage, said it had a net loss of $6.6 million, or 2 cents a share, compared with a profit of $16.6 million, or 8 cents a share, a year earlier. Revenue was down 27% to $955.6 million.
March 18, 2009 |
The low prices and interest rates stimulating sales of residential real estate have done nothing to help the market for commercial buildings. The big deals for offices, shopping centers and warehouses that dominated much of the last 10 years in commercial real estate have been notably absent in recent months, as developers find they cannot obtain financing to buy or construct new buildings and potential tenants stay put or go out of business.