Before the housing crisis, only about 10 percent of U.S. real estate transactions across the country failed to close. Now, with the tightened reins of the lending industry, it is more common for about a third of purchases and sales to fall through.
Since the housing market bubble burst, Michigan's own real estate maket has suffered greatly and taken almost a year before showing any signs of recovery. But now with it on the slow climb back up, some real estate experts think the recovery could be short lived if banks and homeowners can't get on the same page.
If there is one thing that has the entire nation on edge it's the uncertainty of the fiscal cliff. With the federal budget still in limbo, homeowners who are still paying on mortgages they may not be able to afford fear that soon, the coming of the New Year could mean an increase in their taxable income.
New housing data indicates that short sales are become more and more common as an alternative to possible foreclosure. A short sale occurs when a property owner sells for less than the amount owed on their mortgages. A short sale may enable a property owner to preserve their credit rating and avoid a default on their mortgage.