Housing Double Dip revealed as New Sales plunge 17% m/m down 28% y/y to record low ~ Let the TBTF Games Begin!
Update at end of post
American Homeowners are Home Alone while Benny and the Feds continue to PROTECT TBTF BANKS as their ONE AND ONLY MANDATE.
New sales of single-family homes fell nearly 17% in February from a month earlier, coming in well below analysts’ estimates and at the lowest level recorded….
…February sales are down 28% from a year earlier….
And as we have been saying til we’re blue in the face, it is now NATIONWIDE:
In the Northeast in February, new homes sales cratered, falling 57% from January, according to the joint release from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Okay you say, how about prices? What is the delta, the RATE of change? It is ACCELERATING TO THE DOWNSIDE~lowest price since December 2003~
…The median sales price of new homes sold last month was $202,100, down nearly 14% from January, representing the largest monthly decline yet….
Tiny Tim and Bankster Ben have been in full save the banks, ‘extend and pretend’ on housing mode for THREE YEARS.
And where has that gotten the REAL ECONOMY~ The Main St economy? Absolutely nowhere.
Where has that gotten the TBTF? They will still fail if they take the losses they NEED to take, but they have lots of nice bonuses and dividends (Except for BofA which is the redhaired stepchild and is allowed to wither on the vine sans dividends) and Jamie Dimon was even able to produce a $20Billion line of credit for ATT to become Ma Bell, again.
The economy on Main St will NOT RECOVER until housing is addressed in a MEANINGFUL way that allows consumers to correct their balance sheets.
You know, the way the TBTF are allowed to. The way CRE is allowed to. The way every Wall St firm is allowed to, by RESTRUCTURING THE DEBT. HOLC or real mods, pick your poison.
Or we can keep IGNORING the real problem and let the banks who MADE THE STUPID LOANS be the ONLY ONES who get off with NO LOSSES TAKEN while the US consumer continues to struggle for years under the housing morass as Ben prints to infinity and beyond like a deranged Buzz Lightyear.
Update: Oh lookee here!! Chris Whalen says FAN FRED are hiding ANOTHER 100B in losses on their books! But TPTB and TBTF are claiming writing down homeowners principal will cost taxpayers? Bullshit. And don;t EVEN talk to me about moral hazard after the shxt the Fed is doing for the banks.
…Both investors and Congress need a lot more details about the purchases of defaulted loans by Fannie and Freddie. We need to know exactly how many dud loans have migrated back to the GSEs, what their loan loss reserve is, how much of that loan loss reserve is “covered” by the MIs and how much “capital” the MIs have against these exposures. The GSE are letting dead loans sit on their books in part to avoid recognizing the losses, an event that would drive many of the MIs into bankruptcy. If you look at how slow the process of final loss recognition by Fannie and Freddie is proceeding, then you’ll understand why the publicly disclosed loss rates reported by Fannie and Freddie have been falling.
Instead of demanding insurance payments, the GSEs are doing everything in their power to keep the MIs looking like going concerns so that they can count the MI “receivable” as a good asset. This is why the GSEs direct LTV based LLPAs to the MIs, to keep some cash flowing their way, and…
If there was a proper mark-to-market on the MIs (like all proper insurance/reinsurance businesses do), then the MIs would be massively insolvent. The GSEs would have to take another huge amount of capital from Treasury. Geithner and the GSEs are trying to avoid it, and to date are getting away with it….
like ZZ Top said~IT’S BAD, IT’S NATIONWIDE (& QE isnt doing JACK about it)
…Eleven of the markets hit their lowest point since the housing bust, in 2006 and 2007: Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, Phoenix, Portland, Ore., Seattle and Tampa, Fla.
The damage from the real estate bubble now spreads well beyond the Sun Belt, where new homes cropped up at a frantic pace during the mid-2000s. In many places, prices are expected to keep falling for at least the next six months….
Housing: MERS gets nailed – Judge rules MERS cannot transfer mortgage rights, “MERS’s position that it can be both the mortgagee and an agent of the mortgagee is absurd, at best.”
Update 3: Case Caption for those inclined:
In re: FERREL L. AGARD, Debtor
Case No. 810-77338-reg
UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
Update 1: Read this piece at NakedCapitalism for more background on the horror of MERS. It was a work around for the TooBigToFail as they didnt have time for pesky County Recorder’s offices and processes and fees in their rush to securitize the shxt out of the entire country. Rife for fraud and property theft is the system the TBTF and MERS have created. It must be ended or no property is safe IMO.
FINALLY!!! Look for sudden legislation to appear tucked in a bill..per Judge’s ruling:
“It is up to the legislative branch, if it chooses, to amend the current statutes to confer upon MERS the requisite authority to assign mortgages under its current business practices.”
watch the Congress Critters carefully…especially those RE lovers like Isaakson..
…“MERS’s theory that it can act as a ‘common agent’ for undisclosed principals is not supported by the law,” Grossman wrote in a Feb. 10 opinion. “MERS did not have authority, as ‘nominee’ or agent, to assign the mortgage absent a showing that it was given specific written directions by its principal.”…
…“MERS and its partners made the decision to create and operate under a business model that was designed in large part to avoid the requirements of the traditional mortgage-recording process,” Grossman wrote. “The court does not accept the argument that because MERS may be involved with 50 percent of all residential mortgages in the country, that is reason enough for this court to turn a blind eye to the fact that this process does not comply with the law.”…
Thanks for telling it like it is Rick! Keep up the great work!!
Clips courtesy of CNBC, MRC, and CommonSenseCapitalism
Judicial Branch saves US Private Property Rights, MASS Supreme Court throws out ‘securitized servicer foreclosures’ by Wells and US Bank in Ibanez, LaRace cases
Update: Full ruling here. And some appropriate theme music from Judas Priest~
Update 2: From the ruling:
Focusing first on the Ibanez mortgage, U.S. Bank argues that it was assigned the mortgage under the trust agreement described in the PPM, but it did not submit a copy of this trust agreement to the judge. The PPM, however, described the trust agreement as an agreement to be executed in the future, so it only furnished evidence of an intent to assign mortgages to U.S. Bank, not proof of their actual assignment. Even if there were an executed trust agreement with language of present assignment, U.S. Bank did not produce the schedule of loans and mortgages that was an exhibit to that agreement, so it failed to show that the Ibanez mortgage was among the mortgages to be assigned by that agreement. Finally, even if there were an executed trust agreement with the required schedule, U.S. Bank failed to furnish any evidence that the entity assigning the mortgage–Structured Asset Securities Corporation–ever held the mortgage to be assigned. The last assignment of the mortgage on record was from Rose Mortgage to Option One; nothing was submitted to the judge indicating that Option One ever assigned the mortgage to anyone before the foreclosure sale. [FN19] Thus, based on the documents submitted to the judge, Option One, not U.S. Bank, was the mortgage holder at the time of the foreclosure, and U.S. Bank did not have the authority to foreclose the mortgage.
Continues after the break:
Another update, courtesy of CR and Diana Olick, HUD says no talks underway for another FTHB tax credit. Good, it is useless:
Diana Olick at CNBC contacted HUD today: Another Home Buyer Tax Credit?
[A] HUD spokesperson … responded: “No news here…there are no discussions underway to revive the credit.”
Here’s a song for anyone suffering through HAMP or HousingHell-
Above the post update- from Sunday:
HENRY: But in May, you said we are beginning to turn the corner (on housing). Can you still say that? Are we still turning the corner when these numbers are so awful?
DONOVAN: Ed, compared to where we were — and I am talking about where we have been for the last 18 months, the housing market, no question was significantly better. The issue now and what we are focused on is the future.
Shaun Donovan, HUD Chief, was telling America Sunday that HAMP worked just fine! I cannot even laugh at that having been in the Eighth Circle of Hell known as the HAMP application process.
So 500,000 people were strung along, paid on time, and were then kicked off the program and out of their houses much worse off financially and emotionally, and that was fine, right Donovan? the important thing was to protect TBTF from taking hit on inventory flooding markets right ? Man these folks pixx me off. And just how did that work out? WE ARE IN THE EXACT SAME POSITION!
In fact, it is worse. NOW homeowners no longer TRUST these half axxed Govt programs, they KNOW we are being strung along, so now WALK AWAY is in the minds of the middle class, FAIR GAME. You MORONS are BREAKING the PARADIGM!
Continuing the ‘doing everything but the right thing’ meme, HUD is rolling out another iteration of help for homeowners that shovels tax $ to TBTF without actually, you know, HELPING the actual homeowners.
Maybe this will be done as the MS White Paper suggested which I think makes sense. If not, it is a drop in the bucket of overflowing programs that just prop up TBTF and do nothing to address the underlying issue: consumer balance sheets MUST be fixed to get the economy growing again, period.
According to a mortgagee letter sent out today, the new program would provide additional refinancing options to underwater homeowners starting Sept. 7. To be eligible for the new loan, the homeowner must be underwater but still current on the mortgage. A credit score of 500 or better is required, and once refinanced and insured by the FHA. The new refinanced loan must have a loan-to-value ratio of no more than 97.75%.
The borrower’s existing first-lien holder must agree to write at least 10% of the unpaid principal balance, and it must bring the borrower’s combined loan-to-value ratio on that first mortgage to no more than 115%. The existing refinanced loan cannot be an FHA-insured one.
Over the last 18 months, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has insured 30% of purchases and 20% of refinances in the housing market. During that time, FHA also helped 1.1m homeowners refinance and insured 1.4m mortgages. More than 80% of those were for first-time homebuyers.
Donovan said the refinance program will target the growing number of underwater borrowers, who owe more on their mortgage than their home is worth…
God Bless America. I hope this saves some homes for some families. TBTF does not need anymore of our tax $ they are sitting on over a trillion already.
Update: Oh look, Trez has decided GSE backed mortgages, will NOT be aLLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM! tHE EXACT OPPOSITE OF WHAT needs to happen, sorry damned caplock! I dont have time to fix it, here you go:
KBW said the FHA refi program is unlikely to have “any meaningful impact” on agency MBS, because only 8% of Freddie Mac and 14% of Fannie Mae mortgages have LTVs in excess of 100%. Additionally, the firm noted the Treasury Department has said the government would not consider allowing the GSEs to write-down underwater mortgages.
So IOW it is another BS head fake program to slow inventory. They wont be happy until housing takes the economy down again, it is already happening. The stupid it burns!
Update: Heh! Warren was at the WH yesterday when we were posting, lol., the ‘professional’ left will go ballistic if they pass over Warren, but hey they appointed the CARLISLE GROUP TO RUN GM!!! BWAAAAHAA! CHANGE!! HAAAAA!!!
Elizabeth Warren, whom many Democrats want to see nominated as head of a new consumer financial agency, met with White House officials on Thursday.
The Obama administration has repeatedly said Warren is under consideration as the inaugural head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was a centerpiece of the president’s effort to overhaul financial regulations.
“The president believes that Elizabeth Warren is a champion for middle class families and consumers and she, among others, is a strong contender for this position,” said White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage. “The president has not yet made a decision and no announcement is imminent….
Tim and Larry are terrified of Warren getting the spot as the first chief of the Consumer Protection Board. She won’t toe the line. I hope she gets it, she is the only one telling Tim, hey your plans are EPIC FAIL!