This is the first such bold prediction post I've seen so far. It comes from Frontdoor.com.
The link to that site is here, and below I'll copy a shorter version from another site which just so happens to be the National REALTOR Association website.
* Sellers will continue to face falling home values in the new year because they’ll be competing with banks and builders who are slashing prices to sell off the still-huge inventory of foreclosures and new homes.
* The Obama administration will act on its plan to crack down on abusive lending practices.
* Mortgage holders in danger of losing their homes will receive more assistance from a variety of programs since the Senate's Joint Economic Committee has predicted two million foreclosures in 2009.
* Banks' restructuring should bring increasing calm, making loan modifications and short sales easier to obtain. Eventually this will lead to a decrease in the number of bank-owned properties on the market.
* Mortgage applications will continue to receive a comprehensive review, requiring borrowers to provide extensive income and debt documentation. Those with the best credit will get the best rates.
* The foreclosure crisis has created wiser consumers, with a deeper understanding of real estate, mortgages, and credit enabling better decision-making going forward.
* Green is good with increasing numbers of buyers opting for smaller homes that are within walking distance of school and work.
* Buyers and sellers will be more and more tech savvy, relying on tools like video, webcasts, and mobile search. Consumers and practitioners will benefit from being ahead of the curve.
* Prices will be low as will interest rates, creating great buying opportunities, and likely, inspiring reluctant buyers to make their move.
* The recession will end and buyers will regain confidence in the market.
I basically agree with five of these predictions, and I'm not either comfortable or confident enough with the rest. Read from the link above to get the whole take on each.