HUD Home listings appear to be trending a rise. I think this is due to the lack of FHA lending between 2002-2006. FHA started to gain some steam when the conventional 100% stated income loan started it's demise in 2007. In the last several years we have cycled through refi's and purchases between 2002-2005. The defaults we are seeing now are newer defaults - ones that were bought or refinanced in 2007 or 2008.
Trustee Sale Flips
Infiltrating the Market
Trustee sale flips are slowly gaining their ground and have been for months. I expect to see a larger percentage of these types of investor resales as the FHA anti-flipping ban has been relaxed for a year. Banks seem to be eager to want these things off their books for good and allow all cash investors the opportunity to take over the risk of rekey, evictions, listing and possible declining markets.
Not only do I spend a little time by pulling statistics to add monthly market reports to my blog but I actively work with buyers and sellers in my market.
I also perform 100+ BPOs a month. BPOs are "Broker Price Opinions" which basically help the banks & investors for pricing on their "assets" (homes.) I think this is the perfect way to gain market insight.
I currently carry five real estate designations/certifications (ABR, AHWD, RSPS, SRES & SRS) and I am seeking 4 more by the end of 2010. You may view definitions for those designations right here on my profile!
With the spring buying and selling season upon us, it is essential to start interviewing your potential Realtor to see if they have the current market insight and knowledge necessary to bring to your transaction.