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..."
"If you look at what we do, fundamentally, MERS is the mortgagee on behalf of the investor and its assigns, it’s not a whole lot more complicated than that. And that role as an agent is well rooted in the laws of this country. So when you get down to it, and when we get challenged, we typically prevail. We simply take away all the clutter and present what we do, and what the laws actually say, and we get there," MERS CEO Beckmann said in an exclusive profile only in HousingWire magazine..
The CFPB is currently paying close attention to the individuals/small players, as well as the larger institutional mortgage companies. With respect to the small players, the CFPB is looking at the loan officer, real estate agent and developer. A common violation that these smaller firms or individuals commit, in addition to possible violations resulting from social media posts, stems from agreements among themselves. Read More
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s been some time since the mortgage bond world felt shaken to the core. But shaken, right now, it feels, according to several recent conversations I’ve had on the subject. Read More