The buy-vs.-rent calculation, which had shifted in favor of renting during the housing market’s down years, has shifted back again as growing demand for rental units have outstripped the supply. RealtyTrac’s most recent “buy-or-rent” analysis found that housing payments (including mortgage, insurance and property taxes) were lower than the rent on comparable three-bedroom homes in… Read More »

An old song says “love is lovelier the second time around.” Some housing industry executives are hoping lenders will view homeownership the same way when they consider mortgage applications from borrowers who have defaulted on previous home mortgages. Industry estimates peg the number of “boomerang buyers” at close to 5 million – a tempting statistic… Read More »

Foreclosure rates are declining nationally but foreclosure times aren’t, at least not much. It took an average of 604 days to process foreclosures in the fourth quarter, down only slightly from the record high of 615 days in the third quarter. Fourth quarter foreclosures were up 10 percent from the year-ago pace. That’s according to… Read More »

Segment 1: Patrick Stone, President and CEO of Williston Financial Group (WFG) and WFG Title Insurance Company, and Brian Bushlach discuss real estate inventories, market predictions and consumer confidence. Listen Now! http://national.wfgnationaltitle.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/20140805-BRIEF2_A.mp3   Segment 2: Economic expert Patrick Stone speaks with Brian Bushlach about the Zillow – Trulia merger, consumer debt, and the world economy.… Read More »

Patrick Stone, President and CEO of Williston Financial Group (WFG) and WFG Title Insurance Company, and Brian Bushlach discuss employment, confidence levels, and the state of the housing market. Listen Now! http://wfgnationaltitle.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/BRIEF2_A_20140714.mp3   <!– #Title News Radio Interview with Patrick F. Stone: Brian Bushlach’s Business Briefing on FM News 101 KXL Portland and 770-AM KTTH… Read More »