An Insider’s Look Into How Secondary Marketing Evaluates LOs

In this webinar we’ll explore the long-term financial impacts of renegotiations, extensions and fallouts, plus basic guidelines to be viewed as a professional by your secondary marketing department

HousingWire Annual Virtual Summit

Did you miss out on HousingWire Annual? We have you covered! Join us virtually on October 25 for a chance to see hand picked sessions from our in-person HousingWire Annual in Frisco. Register now for FREE!

How brokers can help today’s unique borrower

The average borrower has drastically changed throughout the years. More borrowers are self-employed, work remotely and have multiple streams of income. Learn about the tools to assist any borrower quickly and effectively.

Volly’s Grant Moon on challenges facing veterans

In this episode of HousingNews, we are joined by Grant Moon who discusses the difficulties veterans face during the home-buying process and misconceptions about VA loans.

Mortgage

ABS East panel says Shiller wrong on housing bubble call

Everyone agrees: Even higher rates won't impact affordability

A panel of esteemed housing experts speaking at the ABS East 2013 conference underway in Miami disagreed on Robert Shiller's recent call that U.S. housing is in a bubble.

Moderator Howard Esaki, managing director at Standard & Poor's, who himself puts out regular morning emails encapsulating finance news, played a video on Bloomberg of Shiller talking of a housing bubble.

Shiller co-developed the S&P/Case-Shiller Composite-10 Home Price Index and actually said housing was looking bubbly. His words were later moderated in a column in the New York Times.

The panel elaborated on whether or not U.S. housing is actually in a bubble. No one believes it is.

Mark Fleming, chief economist of CoreLogic, said price appreciation is slowing down, and is only correcting for an overshoot in price collapse. He didn't think it would return to the inflated pricing before the housing bust.

"We are certainly not in a housing bubble," said Laurie Goodman who heads up a housing thinktank at the Urban Institute. Both Goodman and Fleming said housing could absorb higher interest rates and remain attractive. Goodman posited that even with a 6% interest rate, affordability would remain at 2000-2003 levels, which were pretty stable compared to 2006-2007.

"I don't see interest rates going to 6% any time soon," she added.

Esaki then addressed the crowd at ABS East, where attendance is at a record high (3,500+) with an estimated 1,000 investors, according to data released by organizer Information Management Network.

Esaki asked for a show of hands: "Do you think there is a housing bubble?"

Not a single hand went up.

Later an audience member pointed out that "no one raised their hand, so maybe we are." The devil's advocate then sat back down and the panel moved on to talk about the slim chance of near-term GSE reform.

Most Popular Articles

Fannie Mae: Mortgage rates and home prices will rise in ’22

Economists at Fannie Mae expect higher mortgage rates and home prices next year due to higher inflation, a tightening of monetary policy, and low home inventory

Oct 15, 2021 By

Latest Articles

Homebuilders growing very concerned about affordability

The NAHB attributes the rise in sentiment among homebuilders to strong consumer demand for homes. But they’re also concerned about rising unaffordability, too

Oct 18, 2021 By
3d rendering of a row of luxury townhouses along a street

Log In

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Please