Market conditions ripe for buyers

Multiple reports and forecasts suggest than buying a home in 2012 might be a good idea, as market conditions have made the investment the most affordable it has been in over a decade, according to MarketWatch.
Multiple reports and forecasts suggest than buying a home in 2012 might be a good idea, as market conditions have made the investment the most affordable it has been in over a decade, according to MarketWatch. [More]


Industry group calls for changes to manufactured homes lending regulations

An industry group has called certain laws that are currently in place a burden to prospective homeowners who are trying to purchase manufactured homes, HousingWire reports.
An industry group has called certain laws that are currently in place a burden to prospective homeowners who are trying to purchase manufactured homes, HousingWire reports. [More]


FHA loan originations down, default rate increases

The rate at which borrowers were seriously delinquent on Federal Housing Administration home loan payments increased slightly in December, the Department of Housing and Urban Development reports.
The rate at which borrowers were seriously delinquent on Federal Housing Administration home loan payments increased slightly in December, the Department of Housing and Urban Development reports. [More]


Firm anticipates rise in field services demand

A recent report from Field Asset Services anticipates 2012 to be a very busy year for the field services industry.
A recent report from Field Asset Services anticipates 2012 to be a very busy year for the field services industry. [More]


Reports indicate improvements in commercial real estate

Real Capital Analytics recently released a report indicating that commercial property sales increased 57 percent in 2011, as activity spiked in the retail property and garden apartment sectors, reports Bloomberg.
Real Capital Analytics recently released a report indicating that commercial property sales increased 57 percent in 2011, as activity spiked in the retail property and garden apartment sectors, reports Bloomberg. [More]


Industry experts gain confidence in housing market

A growing number of real estate experts are gaining confidence in how capable properties are able to sell in the current housing market, reports the National Association of Realtors.
A growing number of real estate experts are gaining confidence in how capable properties are able to sell in the current housing market, reports the National Association of Realtors. [More]


Fed weighs in on principal reductions

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has said that the principal reduction of mortgages could greatly aid the recovery of the housing market, but only if the measure was correctly structured.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has said that the principal reduction of mortgages could greatly aid the recovery of the housing market, but only if the measure was correctly structured. [More]


FHFA: Home prices increase marginally in November

On a seasonally adjusted basis, home prices rose modestly in November from the month before, but fell by roughly the same margin from a year earlier.
On a seasonally adjusted basis, home prices rose modestly in November from the month before, but fell by roughly the same margin from a year earlier. [More]


Interthinx uncovers key lending issues from 2011

Two significant issues with quality control programs used by mortgage lenders have been identified by Interthinx, and the company states that they could pose as major risks to the industry during 2012.
Two significant issues with quality control programs used by mortgage lenders have been identified by Interthinx, and the company states that they could pose as major risks to the industry during 2012. [More]


Foreclosure purchases make up reduced share of home sales, report finds

A recent report from the foreclosure data firm RealtyTrac indicates that in 2011 nearly 20 percent of all residential sales during the third quarter were for foreclosed houses.
A recent report from the foreclosure data firm RealtyTrac indicates that in 2011 nearly 20 percent of all residential sales during the third quarter were for foreclosed houses. [More]