Rental prices are taxing lower-income families, with some Americans spending 30% to 50% of their monthly incomes on housing. And while multifamily properties are currently in construction, the trend of higher prices is far from over.
The talk of whether there is now a new bubble in housing is becoming cocktail-party discussion fodder yet again. But is there actually a bubble? Yale economics professor and co-namesake of perhaps the most popular housing price index (the S&P/Case-Shiller HPI) weighs in on the topic this weekend in an op-ed in The New York Times.
U.S. consumer confidence hit a brick wall in recent weeks as concerns over the potential tapering of the Federal Reserve’s monetary stimulus and recent spikes in mortgage interest rates drew more attention.
“Nearly every part of the real estate process has been transformed by technology except for home financing. Getting a mortgage is still manual, frustrating and confusing,” said Nick Stamos, CEO and founder of Sindeo..
Legacy insurers are headed toward solid ground, with some experiencing their first full year of profitability since the housing crash. New entrants, meanwhile, are raising capital, entering the fray and gaining market share. Read More
First, I’m not suggesting totally yanking FICO or Vantage Scores or anything like that. What I am recommending is the adoption of other models that would equally, or even more effectively, determine who can repay a loan. Read More