Existing-home sales improved in January from the previous month by 4.3 percent, pointing to improved sales in 2012 if the trend holds. NAR’s forward-looking pending home sales index, with a 2 percent gain in January, also points to sales growth. The latest pending sales level, at 97.0, is at its highest in the last five years, not counting the spikes caused by the home buyer tax credit in 2009 and 2010.
Regarding the article “Fed Advocates REO Rental Program” (Daily Real Estate News, Jan. 5, 2012), the Fed needs to ease the restrictions for investor loans to investors that have good credit and maintain more than four mortgages in good standing. We have lots of potential buyers in our marketplace, but because they have four or more loans, they are prevented from purchasing. It’s a ridiculous restriction and inhibits small business. Loans to qualified investors were not the mortgage problem.