We've wasted no time in ramping up our magazine coverage via HousingWire Magazine for 2009. With 11 issues planned for this year, we're getting started with a bang -- the Jan/Feb issue, our last bi-monthly issue before we begin monthly publication, is going to begin hitting subscriber's mailboxes this week through next. If you don't subscribe, here's what you need to know: the magazine focuses on in-depth analysis and trends, as well as investigative reports, moreso than the leading-edge news we cover daily on our website. And we've been getting RAVE reviews for our work in the first two issues from subscribers. In the Jan/Feb issue about to hit mailboxes is an exclusive look at what lies ahead for the nation's economic and housing markets, and what it means for mortgage banking this year. A dear colleague, Christopher Whalen over at Institutional Risk Analytics, contributes an insightful analysis of current market conditions and weighs in on where banking liquidity -- and mortgage lending -- is likely to center itself in the months ahead. We've also got interviews with many of the nation's leading economic thinkers on the search for housing's bottom, including Wellesley College economics professor Karl Case, namesake of the Case-Shiller home price indices; and an insightful take on economic change from New York-based history professor Mike Weston. Beyond that, some of the other content in the upcoming issue:
  • an inside look at the motivations behind foreclosure moratoria, and a look at whether they really work
  • an analysis (by the inimitable Linda Lowell) of just how the Treasury and Federal Reserve have tried to bully mortgage rates downward
  • an inside look at how cities are managing a growing number of vacant properties before, during, and after foreclosure
  • a look at the technology behind the mass loan modification push
  • an insider's look at how foreclosure law firms have been cashing in via private equity
That's just for starters. If you don't subscribe to the magazine yet, it's a great way to get the New Year off to an informed start -- and a great way to support what we do each and every day over here at HW central. Click here to get a one-year subscription.