Aren't things supposed to be slow in December?
Not if you want to buy a house, apparently. Or at least thinking about it...
Zillow's abundant web pages of homes for sale clearly showed that home prices were on the naughty list last year. But getting the word out apparently landed Zillow on the "nice" list somewhere.
I've been thinking a lot about liquidity lately.
Not just because it's the holidays and, as anyone with a house full of Christian (or agnostic, or atheist) children knows, cash flows out to retailers like floodwaters rushing a city built too close to the Mississippi delta, but also because I've been reading a fair amount of mortgage news of late.
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..
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