Monday, December 27, 2010

Las Vegas Home Sales Continue to Fall

Despite a stabalization of median home prices in Las Vegas, NV - home sales have dropped significantly from the same period in 2009. The chart below shows the trends for Median Home Price and Home Sales from November 2008 through October 2010:
Is there any relief in sight? We will continue to monitor this area in the coming months. Check our blog after the 1st of the year.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Fairfax County Median Home Price Dips

After some positive signs of home sales prices rising in Fairfax County, VA during the summer months - things seem to be slumping again. See the chart below:

After reaching a recent high in June, we have seen a steady monthly decline since that time. Is this just a seasonal adjustment as sales have slowed in the Fall or a trend? This bears watching in the coming months.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Las Vegas, NV Median Home Price Leveling Out

So what does it mean that the Median Home Price for Las Vegas has leveled out over the last 12 months?

See the chart below.

Will Buyers sell? Even though the median price has stayed at the relatively same level for the last 12 months - seasonal sales have continued to drop from 2009 levels in 2010. In March 2009, there were 2,425 homes sold as compared to 1,588 homes sold in March 2010.

What does it all mean?

Monday, July 12, 2010

Home Values Are Rising!

The news is improving in some places. Below is a chart tracking the Median Home Price in Arlington County, VA for the last 18 months or so. When comparing May 2009 (where Median Home Price was $456 K) and May 2010 (where Median Home Price was $520 K) we have seen a nice increase.

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We hope this positive sign shows in other places around the country in the remainer of the summer.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Are Things Looking Up in Harris County?

After reaching a post 2007 low in January, the median home price and home sales in Harris County, Texas bounced back in March. Is this a long term trend?

Take a look at the chart below:

Notice that the March 2010 sales figure returned to apporximately the same level as March 2009. We will continue to monitor this trend (if it is a positive trend in future months). What are your thoughts?

Friday, June 11, 2010

Conventional Mortgage Originations Drop!

The title of my blog post today is not necessarily a big surprise but the magnitude of this drop may be surprising to you. My chart below shows the monthly Conventional loan originations (Purchase and Refinance combined) from January 2009 to April 2010. When comparing January 2009 to January 2010, you can really see how drastic the drop has been in Conventional loan originations.

In January 2009, there was 389,460 Conventional loans as compared with January 2010 at 260,326 loans. See the chart below.

We will monitor this and see what happens over the summer.

Friday, March 26, 2010

FHA Leading Originators: January 2010 versus prior year

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The table above lists the leading FHA mortgage originators for January 2010. For each mortgagee in this list, the lending volume for January 2009 is included to illustrate the year over year change.

The data shows both Wells Fargo and Bank of America are bigger and have greater market power. Much of the increase for Wells can be attributed to the acquisition of Wachovia and much of the increase for Bank of America are the result of acquiring Countrywide. A similar contribution to increased market share and higher ranking applies to MetLife Bank, who acquired First Horizon's mortgage offices and PNC who acquired National City. Later on we shall see if these bank institutions can maintain their upward momentum. Meanwhile, JP Morgan is not only giving up market share to their competitors, they are giving up FHA originations in an increasing mortgage market segment.

The accomplishments of Quicken, Metrocities, Suntrust, PHH, and Primelending reveal new leaders in the realigned FHA mortgage market.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Wells Fargo Mortgage is tuff to beat!

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The map image shows the retail mortgage market share rankings of Wells Fargo Mortgage in all counties. The bright red colors represent first position in the market. The mortgage data includes all FHA home purchase mortgages for 2009.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Down Goes Conventional Purchase Mortgages!

We are tallying up thee totals for 2009 conventional mortgages.  The chart below shows the mortgage data we collected.  The total number of conventional purchase mortgages continues to reach new lows.  You are feeling it in your sales but hang on!  This year will be a bottom and an up tick should be visible soon!.

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Later posting will identify emerging mortgage markets in the U.S. hopefully it is a market near you!.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Cherry Creek Mortgage Wins Colorado FHA Gold

Cherry Creek Mortgage captures first place among all FHA mortgage originators in Colorado for 2009. Cherry Creek, previously ranked third in FHA originations, edged out a lead over Wells Fargo Mortgage.

The data table below shows the FHA mortgage lending volume and market share of the top 10 FHA originators in Colorado for 2009 and their changes over the prior year.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Hot FHA and VA Mortgage Market in DC and Northern Virginia

Northern Virginia and DC metro are witnessing a robust and growing FHA and VA mortgage origination market.   The chart below shows continuous growth in FHA and VA mortgage originations in the DC and Northern Virginia division of the Washington Metro area.  Each month experienced an increase in mortgage originations over the same month in the prior year. Perhaps this snow storm will result in a backlog at closing offices and court recordings.

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Other Note (not very related):
While we dig out of from the snow storm in Northern Virginia, there are not going to be many mortgage closings today. Court houses are closed. People cannot get to their settlement offices. Would a mortgage lender fail to extend a closing deadline by a few days on account of snow?. Anyone who knows of a loan deal to fail because of this storm, let us know about it in a reply post.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Colorado Conventional Mortgage Market Contracting While FHAVA Expands

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The chart above shows the monthly number of conventional purchase mortgages captured from 22 metropolitan area counties in Colorado since January 2005.  The trend shows a continuous contraction of sales for this mortgage product in Colorado since through December 2009.

The next chart (below) shows the number of monthly FHA and VA mortgage originations from all areas of Colorado since January 2005.  The trend shows continuous growth in sales of government insured purchase mortgages. 2009 was the best of the past 5 years for FHA and VA mortgage products in Colorado.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Wells Wipes Out the Mortgage Competition in Colorado!

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Wells Fargo Mortgage, with more than a 17 percent share, is the conventional mortgage origination leader in Colorado for 2009.  No other lender appears to come close.  The combined mortgage originations of  Bank of America and Countrywide hardly read 7 percent of the market.  Two local lenders, namely Cherry Creek and Megastrar Financial, both from Denver, have accumulated an impressive share of mortgage sales in Colorado up against the large national lenders.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Top Conventional Mortgage Lenders for 2009

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The report  above shows the leading conventional mortgage originators for 2009. The data includes mortgage recordings collected as of January 20, 2010.  More mortgage data will be added for 2009 however the leading lender in the nation, Wells Fargo, is likley to be sustained after all data is collected and tabulated.

MetLife Bank and Quicken Loans have moved into the TOP ten leading lenders in 2009.  Wachovia (who was aquired by Wells) and Natonal City were former members of the elite TOP ten mortgage lenders.

Later will shall publish the leading Conventional mortgage lenders for 2009 in the state of Colorado.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Top VA Mortgage Lenders for 2009

The chart above shows the leading VA mortgage lenders for 2009.  Note that Bank of America acquired Countrywide, MetLife Bank acquired most mortgage operations of First Horizon Home Loans, Taylor Bean Whitaker is bankrupt, and National City was acquired by PNC Financial. These institutions may have recorded mortgages under names prior to their aquisition dates. Mortgage Investors Corp specializes in refinance mortgages.  

One big winner for the year include Bank of America who increased their VA mortgage market share from 1.9% in 2008 to 4.94% in 2009. Mortgage Investors Corp also showed renewed strength by doubling their market share  in 2009 to nearly 3.00% and moving from 15th in the nation to 4th in the nation in VA mortgage origination (wonder what they would be if we only considered refinance mortgages?). We have report products that tell you that!

Later will shall publish the leading Conventional mortgage lenders for 2009.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Top FHA Lenders for 2009


The chart above shows the leading FHA mortgage lenders for 2009.  Note that Bank of America acquired Countrywide, MetLife Bank acquired most mortgage operations of First Horizon Home Loans, Taylor Bean Whitaker is no longer originating mortgages, and National City was acquired by PNC Financial. These institutions may have recorded mortgages under names prior to their aquisition dates.

Later will shall publish the leading VA mortgage lenders for 2009.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Bailouts and Social Services

When I applied for handicapped parking I had to go to Nassau County Social Services. You wouldn't believe what I saw there. It was like a candy store for free money, and it doesn't matter whether or not you deserve it (or even need it). Just to make sure that they give away the maximum amount of free money they have digital signs advertising every program imaginable. Here for food stamps? What about aid for paying utilities? Need housekeeping? Help managing your finances? Temporary housing? Medical transportation? Do you know how to give other people's money away? We're looking for people to work here.

I didn't see AIG, Lehman Brothers and Bank America on the line, but I think that's because they have a VIP entrance with valet parking.

I want what AIG got. A TRILLION DOLLARS. Don't forget the food stamps, housecleaning, handicapped parking and special housing. I'm not asking for much. I'm a capitalist, so the government should send me free money just like they do with the other capitalists. Then I can give myself the bonus I deserve.

No wonder people want to come to America. This is truly the land of opportunity. You can earn a billion dollars here. Or, you can lose a billion dollars and the government will give you 2 billion to make up for it (plus housekeeping, food stamps and handicapped parking).

So tell the world that in America the streets are paved with food stamps and entitlement programs. Universities offer programs in giving other people's money away (and the coursework is very easy, too). But lets make sure that we let lots of illegal immigrants in, because someone has to work in order to pay for all this.

Whatever happened to welfare reform? Shouldn't all those executives at AIG be sweeping streets to pay for their welfare? For a trillion dollars we should make them clean up America with a toothbrush.

I have the ultimate idea to support capitalism. The US should insure stock trades. Stocks can go up, but they can never go down. Just imagine what that would do for the stock indexes.

A blog follower sent me the above viewpoint. The author requested that his/her name be withheld.