A panel of industry analysts, insiders, and experts brought together for a recent mortgage-banking conference expressed hope for the housing market but cautioned that the rate of recovery will vary greatly depending on location. Eric Fox, vice president of statistical and economic modeling for Veros Real Estate Solutions, said price-to-rent ratios, demographic trends, and affordability combined with other variables such as schools and neighborhoods will determine the pace of recovery for local real estate. But, despite the number of factors affecting individual markets, the gathered analysts said now is a great time to buy a home due to high affordability and mortgage rates near record lows. More here.