Last week we reasoned that it would be years before housing activity would return to levels seen in the mid-2000s. That's not such a bad thing; the mid-2000s proved to be an unsustainable bubble market.

We also said markets are on the mend, which is why we expect 2012 to be a more active and a more remunerative year for those of us in the real estate and mortgage businesses. Even CoreLogic, which has a history of focusing on negative data, recently reported that improved employment, more liquid households, and record home affordability levels could ignite a minor housing recovery in 2012.

Not to pat ourselves on the back, but we've been beating the drum for a sustained housing recovery (not a minor one) since the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2011. We didn't embrace this position because of any special prescience; it was just a matter of understanding basic economics. Markets drop only so far and then they rebound. The data last year suggested the bottom was near and markets were set to turn. That's proving to be the case, and we expect that to continue being the case for this year and years to come.

Courtesy of Jessica Regan.

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