The twelve Federal Reserve Districts weighed in on how their individual markets are doing, painting different housing market conditions. Residential real estate activity was split between them, with sales of existing homes and construction of new homes generally expanding or holding steady in about half of the districts.
Eminent domain at its core is used to seize land to build public necessities; however, when the very company pushing for the product is dropping the ball, it is hard to jump on board the idea that eminent domain is a good idea.
Purveyors of the idea that eminent domain can be used to assist homeowners in distress are facing new allegations that their plan is to profit, not to help. A recent analysis in Richmond, CA is the latest to fuel the fire.
Saddled with legacy systems and burdened with changing regulations, the mortgage industry has been slow to adopt digitization compared to many other industries. Now, however, the industry must provide more transparency to regulators and satisfy consumers while managing tighter margins. In this perfect storm, there’s only one lifeboat — a digital process.
Has the Great Recession launched a new era of renting versus buying that will eventually result in a nation where more people rent their homes than purchase them? Or is the increase in renters these days due to an “over-correction” in the market? According to the latest “State of the Nation’s Housing” report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, the U.S., in less than a decade, lost all its homeownership gains of the last 20 years.
Armed with an overall measure of housing market performance relative to long-term trend; an accompanying metric explaining whether that market is overheated or not; and importantly a way to attribute deviations in home prices precisely to selected market variables, market participants would be in a better position to take precautionary actions to limit their exposure in highly volatile markets.