Below are some of the top national real estate news stories for the week ending November 13, 2009.
Mortgage rates remain below 5% Nationally according to Freddie Mac. The average rate for a 30 year home loan fell to 4.91%, down from 4.98% the previous week.
The National Association of Realtors announced that the recent homebuyer tax credit extension will have an additional benefit to US Armed Forces. U.S. Military, foreign personnel and intelligence service members who were out of the United States for 90 days during any part of 2009 will get an additional year to buy their homes with the tax credit.
National Foreclosure rates dipped 3% on October from September according to RealtyTrac.com. It was the third straight monthly decline. RealtyTrac attributed the decline to improved foreclosure prevention programs.
Investors are moving back into the market to take advantage of greatly reduced prices, according to Move.com.
The Federal Housing Administration announced that it is relaxing its condominium underwriting guidelines as a way of helping the struggling sector ride out the downturn. The move could help boost condo sales by making more FHA mortgages available to buyers.
Fannie Mae announced this week that it is going to give borrowers on the verge of foreclosure the option of renting their homes for a year. This new “Deed for Lease” program will allow owners to transfer title to Fannie Mae in exchange for a one year lease.