As the housing market recovers from its worst downturn since the Great Depression, the time is right to re-assess the role of homeownership in American society. How did we go off-track? What must we do better? What are the crucial elements of sustainable homeownership?
The name Elizabeth Warren is one with diverging commentary attached to it. On paper, Warren is an Oklahoma native with a degree from George Washington University, a job teaching law at Harvard University and a close connection to her family. She was senate majority leader Harry Reid's head watchdog over the government's $700bn bailout fund and is considered "one of us" by consumer advocates, labor unions and academics alike.
Kermit Baker is the chief economist for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, he analyzes business and construction trends in the US economy and examines their impact on AIA members and the architectural profession.
Despite federal intervention in the housing market and credit freeze that might not have had the desired effect thus far, certain signs of stabilization appear to be thawing, according to a new housing report.
"While it is too soon to tell whether housing markets will stabilize in 2009, conditions that could support a recovery are taking shape," like increased housing affordability and more balanced housing supply and demand, according to a housing report by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies.
The Federal Reserve should buy long-term Treasury securities, said President of the Dallas Federal Reserve, Richard Fisher, on Monday.
"I assure you the Federal Reserve has not abandoned the wisdom of Milton Friedman or Walter Bagehot or any of the other established patron saints of central banking," Fisher said in a speech at Harvard University. "But these are complex, trying times...we are the nation's central bank and we are duty bound to apply every tool we can to clean up the mess that has soiled the face of the financial system..."
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