Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Goldman's $1B FHFA settlement?

Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Goldman's $1B FHFA settlement?

America’s lost decade; FHA fees drag; Mortgage lending, RMBS slow to a crawl

Here’s why the FHFA is not a fan of principal reduction

Who's going to pay for that?

Before you judge Dodd-Frank...

Urban Institute: "Can we really calculate the cost?"

Items Tagged with 'recovery'


More proof housing is headed for a fall

Dismal market can't be blamed on weather
July 24, 2014
With over 7 million Americans working in part-time positions rather than the full-time jobs they would prefer having, and with so many millions more dropping out of the workforce altogether, the case is made… again, that our economic outlook is not rosy as we sloth through the remainder of 2014.
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Worse news, everyone: The economy shrunk 2.9%, the most since 1Q2009

Contraction this severe only happens just before or during a recession
June 25, 2014
The U.S. economy shrunk by 2.9% in the first quarter, far worse than the -1% revision reported May 29. The GDP has never fallen more than 1.5% except just before or during a recession since the government started tracking the GDP quarterly in 1947.
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Is mortgage lending at a turning point?

Capital Economics drills deep, says yes
June 13, 2014

In what looks at first like the longest and most optimistic reach for finding good news in all the bad data, Capital Economics posits the idea that rising house prices are increasing the ability of many households to meet minimum deposit criteria. But on second look they may be on to something, and this isn’t just the usual sunny-side up analysis.

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Two charts show where Americans stand on housing

Americans skeptical of housing recovery
June 4, 2014
Despite economists and housing experts saying that the housing crisis is over, Americans are not so quick to believe.
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Here’s why ADP’s optimistic May jobs report is troubling

Stagnation level job creation may be worse than reported
June 4, 2014
Job creation didn’t come to a standstill in the first quarter despite the fact that the economy shrank by 1%, but the ADP forecast for May job creation is troubling. Despite all the “pent-up demand” traditional pundits have been crowing about, May’s numbers are seriously weak, and that’s coming from an optimistic report.
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Jurow: Tell clients to sell investment properties

Wall Street just doesn’t get what’s wrong with housing fundamentals
June 3, 2014
Capital Preservation Real Estate Report’s Keith Jurow says that the “housing recovery” isn’t slowing – it’s over, and investors buying the pundit optimism are making a mistake.
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Private and residential construction stall out in April

Public project outlays pull construction spending up 0.2%
June 2, 2014
Construction spending rose 0.2% in April from March to as seasonally adjusted annual rate of $953.5 billion, missing the 0.7% expectation by the most in 13 months.
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5 things you must know about housing for the rest of 2014

See what housing insiders are saying
May 28, 2014
The future of housing for 2014 looks a lot different – and a lot darker – than it did at the start of the year, so here are five things to know about housing and where it’s going for the rest of 2014.
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4 maps show exactly what happened after the housing crash

And where the market is in this so-called recovery
May 19, 2014
Here’s a good look at housing prices and where the housing market stands, both in the lead up and aftermath of the housing crash.
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Where is all that investor and all-cash action?

The top housing markets where investors see profit
May 16, 2014
More than four in 10 residential property sales in the first quarter this year were all-cash sales, the highest level since RealtyTrac began tracking all-cash purchases in the first quarter of 2011.
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