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.
Melvin Luther Watt quietly slid into his office as the first appointed director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. It was the end of last year, in mid-December. Christmas was coming and the markets were in the middle of the harshest winter in years. As he took over the office of Acting Director Ed DeMarco — himself the unassuming lightning rod for the nation’s housing policy — Watt gave no indication of what he intended to do with his new position; arguably the most powerful job in mortgage finance..
Crowdfunding has swept through large verticals of consumer finance, including student loans and credit card debt. And so, naturally, in a market of rising property values, the real estate market is the latest frontier for crowd-based financing. Read More
Like oxygen, warehouse lending is one of the mortgage industry’s essential life-supporting elements. And fortunately, the warehouse segment is in much better health today than it was six years ago, as we are back up to around 70 warehouse lenders at my last count. Read More