President Barack Obama’s 5th annual State of the Union Address contained over 6,500 words and only mentions housing twice, but the industry received enough of a mention for insiders to just run with it.
Housing is a strong catalyst for current economic growth, prompting mortgage experts to urge policymakers about the need for comprehensive housing finance reform this fall. But other fiscal headwinds and policy considerations could take precedence, delaying the housing fix once again.
The National Community Reinvestment Coalition released its own proposal for creating a future secondary mortgage market this week. Fearing a market without robust credit access, the nonprofit revealed a white paper on GSE reform.
A number of advocacy groups locked at the elbows this morning to call for widespread changes in the financial markets, in step with expected policy changes to financial regulation set to be unveiled by the Obama Administration on Wednesday. The new initiative is called Americans for Financial Reform, and includes members from all types of interest groups, from former Soros fund managers, to AARP legislative policy directors to firms such as the National People's Action.
People are listening to real estate economists today in a way that anyone who covered the industry a decade or more ago would not recognize. Smoke is one of the members of this new wave of real estate economists. In fact, Smoke is actually the newest one on the block. The upstart economists at places like Trulia and Zillow are still new, Smoke is just the latest player to join the game..
Typically, for a process and a product that depends largely on human effort, if you want a higher quality product, you have to pay more. The best doctors, chefs, mechanics and attorneys all make more than the market average. Nevertheless, lenders, AMCs and Fannie Mae all expect appraisal quality to increase even as appraiser fees decrease. Read More