House prices have fallen by 14.4% in the second quarter of 2012 compared to the same period of 2011, according to the House Price Index (HPI) of the National Statistics Institute (INE). This percentage represents the largest decline in this statistic since it was published in 2008.

This reduction in the house prices is almost two points higher than the experience in the first quarter of 2012, when prices fell by 12.6%. Thus, there were already 17 consecutive quarters in which house prices have negative annual rates. Actually, since this 'CPI housing' started in the second quarter of 2008 (-0.3%). Since then, the trend has not been reversed.

The price decline has been general in the country. The largest decreased occurred in Catalonia (16.5%), Madrid (16%), Basque Country (15.6%), La Rioja (15.2%), Balearic Islands and Cantabria (15%), Aragón and Navarra (14.5%).

Below the national average, are the declines in the Canary Islands and Asturias (14.3%), Valencia (14.2%) Castilla y Leon (14%), Andalusia (13.1%), Galicia (12.7 %), Castilla-La Mancha (11.6%), Murcia (11.4%) and Extremadura (7.4%), Ceuta (12.3 %) and Melilla (13.6%).

 

Source: elmundo.es

 

Federal Housing Finance suits are aimed at Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank

"The federal agency that oversees the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is set to file suits against more than a dozen big banks, accusing them of misrepresenting the quality of mortgage securities they assembled and sold at the height of the housing bubble, and seeking billions of dollars in compensation.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency suits, which are expected to be filed in the coming days in federal court, are aimed at Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank, among others, according to three individuals briefed on the matter.

The suits stem from subpoenas the finance agency issued to banks a year ago. If the case is not filed Friday, they said, it will come Tuesday, shortly before a deadline expires for the housing agency to file claims".

nytimes.com