One thing that hasn’t been underreported in housing in 2014 is the crushing amount of student debt out there, but Nick Timiraos looks into just how much it impacts housing and mortgage finance in the Wall Street Journal.
The student debt crisis is a hot topic right now in Washington D.C. Following President Barack Obama's executive order Monday, Senator Elizabeth Warren’s, D-Mass., student debt legislation could also see more movement in coming days.
Once again, reports are streaming in about how student debt is ruining the housing recovery. But this time, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau weighed in on one of the biggest factors blocking household formation.
Taking out a loan to finance an education is the new American dream. With more citizens needing higher education to get a job, and the price tag on that education going up, the market is now desperately out of whack. The outcome? Mortgages in the U.S. are taking a backseat to student loans.
People are listening to real estate economists today in a way that anyone who covered the industry a decade or more ago would not recognize. Smoke is one of the members of this new wave of real estate economists. In fact, Smoke is actually the newest one on the block. The upstart economists at places like Trulia and Zillow are still new, Smoke is just the latest player to join the game..