Trending Thursday: Housing, mortgage finance getting a break from Washington?

Trending Thursday: Housing, mortgage finance getting a break from Washington?

Plus untying Fannie, Freddie and the whole Gordian knot of conservatorship

Existing home sales crater in April, falling 3.3%

Spring buying stalls out after strong March performance

It's official: NYDFS Superintendent Ben Lawsky stepping down

4 years as leader of “long reach” New York financial regulator
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Zillow: Rents gallop past home values in April

Rents grew at 4% annually while home values saw 3% growth
Trey Garrison
Rents for residential housing in the United States grew at their fastest pace in two years in April, surpassing home values. There’s good news and bad news in this, and a growing gap to come. Want to know more?
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Redfin: Sara Stevens’ new take on homeownership

With homeownership at a new low, Redfin digs deeper on what’s happening
Trey Garrison
A year ago Lorraine Woellert was a reporter for Bloomberg, where she told the story of Sara Stevens, daughter of a guy who knows a little about homeownership and mortgages. Now that Woellert is at Redfin, she revisited the issue and the daughter to look at what's really happening in housing.
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How to read a potential homebuyer's mind

Chart shows how relationships play into the decision
Brena Swanson
Chase just released a new survey with insights into what goes on in a potential homebuyer’s mind when making the decision to buy a new home. As an added bonus, it shows how intensely relationships play into housing choices.
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Do millions of Americans face impending housing peril?

Rising rents, lack of credit could displace potential borrowers
Pamela Patenaude
The homeownership rates for younger households, a traditional source of strength for the housing market, have especially registered precipitous declines. What’s behind the plunge?
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Homeownership rate falls to lowest since 1993

Economists question whether tumble will continue or has bottomed out
Trey Garrison
The homeownership rate continued its multi-year slide, falling to a rate not seen since 1993. Are we near the bottom and there’s nowhere to go but up, or does the slide continue? Let’s find out.
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Gallup: Americans not as optimistic about homeownership

So what changed?
Brena Swanson
Although Americans are generally more positive about homebuying, they remain less optimistic than they were during most of the past two years. But the reason for the trepidations could be going away.
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Piketty’s Folly: Wrong on inequality, wronger on homeownership

Turns out housing the best way to build wealth
Trey Garrison
Homeownership, as it turns out, is doing a better job at building generational wealth than most anything else. It's almost as if there’s a flaw in popular socialist economic theory.
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Fannie Mae: Consumers think it’s easier than ever to get a mortgage

Optimism boosted by strong employment levels
Brena Swanson
Consumer optimism about the economy is falling right in line with the upcoming spring home-buying season, as new Fannie Mae survey results show how strongly people now feel about housing.
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What forces are driving millennials home?

4 charts explain the situation of young workers
Brena Swanson
Millennials are slow to enter homeownership, opting lately to go with the cheaper option of living with their parents. A new study attempts to answer what forces might be driving millennials home.
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Homeownership hits 20-year low in 4Q14

Level buoyed by delinquencies
Homeownership in the fourth quarter hit a 20-year low. Here's what's happening.
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