Recently, there have been several very good threads from the developers asking the community about their main priorities. Unfortunately, the majority of the people are asking for major overhauls to the Legendary Item system and the PvMP system. As such, those of us who have been asking for a housing update for years are once again in the minority.
I would ask the developers to please give us some improvements to housing before investing the significant time and expense of completely overhauling legendary items and/or PvMP. Surely it would not take much to give us even just a handful of the changes in a thread like this one: http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?t=161639. I think the important thing to remember is that there are housing overhaul threads on this forum dating back to just after release of the game. At the very least, people have been asking for free-form furniture placement (no more hooks) since the beginning.
While housing may not be the first priority of the majority, we have been asking for a housing overhaul since long before legendary items were even on the drawing board. I am not saying any of this to scold or complain - I simply feel that the Age of Housing Reborn should, at long last, become a reality. We need much more than a reversion of the "lockout" aspect of housing, which you are hinting may be the only housing system change in the foreseeable future.
I thank you for taking the time to read this thread - be you developer or member of this fine community. If you agree with me and feel that our hour is at hand, please sign below. Do not let our comments on the "Tell the Community Threads" be nothing but voices crying in the night! Housing is an incredible part of this game and we want to see its greatness restored as much as possible.