Archives for Foreclosure News

Pending Home Sales on the Rise

Although the number of pending home sales in November rose to the highest level in the past 18 months, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) warns that the news probably is not quite as good as it sounds. Although contract signings usually indicate positive movement for a property, agents warn that these days, there are a lot of pitfalls in Read full article »

Cold, Hard Numbers: 21.1

21.1: The percent increase in new foreclosures during Q3 2011. The spike was caused when banks and other lenders lifted the voluntary moratorium on foreclosures implemented in late 2010 in the wake of the robo-signing scandal. Read full article »

More Homeowners Using Delaying Tactics to Slow Down Foreclosures

“If you can’t beat’em, join’em,” the old saying goes. These days, however, borrowers are opting for a variation on the axiom, choosing to at least “slow’em down” if they can’t actually beat their foreclosures. While most lenders cease foreclosure evictions around the holidays, all evidence points to a looming increase in foreclosure volumes over the coming year. However, the actual Read full article »

Now that It’s Passed: The True Cost of the Payroll Tax Cut

Just before Christmas, the United States Congress passed a payroll tax cut bill with only 12 members of Congress actually in the building. The deed was done quickly and with the utmost efficiency – in fact, some of the legislation was not even written until after the bill had already passed. Any congressmen and –women who had gone home for Read full article »

Cold, Hard Numbers: 674

674 days: The average time it takes from missed mortgage payment to bank takeover for lenders to process foreclosures in today's market according to Lender Processing Services. In 2008, the foreclosures took less than half as long. Read full article »

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The Politics of Real Estate

Few industries are as profoundly impacted by the political machinations in Washington as the real estate industry. Whether it's old legislation like Jimmy Carter's Community Reinvestment Act or Barack Obama's massive mortgage bailouts, the U.S. political machine has a huge impact (usually bad) on the business of real estate.

Ideally, we could ignore politics. But here at the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter, we insist on seeing the world with clarity - including the reality of Washington's aggressive involvement in every facet of our business, from mortgage lending to real estate sales license; from loan modification regulations to appraisal requirements... every piece of our business is profoundly impacted by politics. So rather than stick our heads in the sand and ignore reality, readers of the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter choose to be informed and prepared.

About Bryan Ellis

Bryan Ellis is an Atlanta-based real estate analyst and publisher of the widely read newsletter "The Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter". With over 200,000 subscribers - including real estate investors, agents, brokers, appraisers and other real estate professionals - the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter is among America's largest sources of unbiased coverage of politics and public policy for the real estate industry.

Bryan Ellis serves as editor in chief for the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter and is assisted by an extraordinary staff of writers, researchers and editors who are each real estate experts in their own right and who assure that the news we report is well researched, factual, and highly relevant to today's real estate industry.

Bryan is very happily married and has two wonderful daughters. He makes his home in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. You can contact the team at the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter here.