Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Basis of Presentation and Significant Accounting Policies Level 2 (Policies)

Basis of Presentation and Significant Accounting Policies Level 2 (Policies)
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2012
Basis of Presentation and Significant Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Consolidation, Policy [Policy Text Block]
Consolidation and Basis of Presentation
The interim unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements of the Company have been prepared in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC. Certain information and note disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, have been condensed or omitted according to such SEC rules and regulations. Management believes, however, that the disclosures included in these interim condensed consolidated financial statements are adequate to make the information presented not misleading. The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and notes thereto included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011. In the opinion of management, all normal and recurring adjustments necessary to present fairly the financial condition of the Company at June 30, 2012 and results of operations for all periods presented have been made. The results of operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 should not be construed as indicative of the results to be expected for the full year.
The condensed consolidated financial statements of the Company have been prepared on the accrual basis of accounting in accordance with GAAP. The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires us to make a number of significant estimates and assumptions. These estimates include estimates of fair value of certain assets and liabilities, amount and timing of credit losses, prepayment rates, the period of time during which the Company anticipates an increase in the fair values of real estate securities sufficient to recover unrealized losses in those securities, and other estimates that affect the reported amounts of certain assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities as of the date of the condensed consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of certain revenues and expenses during the reported period. It is likely that changes in these estimates (e.g., valuation changes due to supply and demand, credit performance, prepayments, interest rates, or other reasons) will occur in the near term. The Company's estimates are inherently subjective in nature and actual results could differ from its estimates and the differences may be material.
The condensed consolidated financial statements of the Company include the accounts of all subsidiaries; inter-company accounts and transactions have been eliminated. Certain prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current period presentation.
Real Estate, Policy [Policy Text Block]
Investment in Real Estate, Net
Beginning in early 2012, the Company began investing in single family residential properties with the intention of renting the properties. Real estate is recorded at acquisition cost, allocated between land and building. In making estimates of fair values for purposes of allocating purchase price, the Company utilizes information obtained from county tax assessment records to develop regional averages. Building depreciation is computed on the straight-line basis over the estimated useful lives of the assets. The Company generally uses a 27.5-year estimated life with no salvage value. For properties purchased subject to an existing lease, the assets are recorded at fair value, allocated to land, building and the existing lease. Any difference between fair value and cost is recorded in the income statement. The lease value is amortized over the expected benefit period (i.e., the lease term).
The Company evaluates its long-lived assets for impairment periodically or whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that its carrying amount may not be recoverable. If an impairment indicator exists, the Company compares the expected future undiscounted cash flows against the carrying amount of an asset. If the sum of the estimated undiscounted cash flows is less than the carrying amount of the asset, the Company would record an impairment loss for the difference between the estimated fair value and the carrying amount of the asset.
The lease periods are generally short term in nature (one year or less) and reflect market rental rates. Gross rental income and expenses applicable to rental income are reported in the statement of comprehensive income in other income and other operating expenses, respectively. Expenditures for ordinary maintenance and repairs are expensed to operations as incurred and expenditures for significant renovations that improve the asset and extend the useful life of the asset are capitalized and depreciated over their estimated useful life.
Refer to Note 2 to the Consolidated Financial Statements in the Company's 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K regarding additional significant accounting policies.