America is about to complete the second week of a massive government shutdown, with lenders still reporting that it has had little impact on the origination process. However, an article in The Wall Street Journal noted that there are three ways the shutdown could slow housing:

“There’s a ripple effect,” said Paul Abreu, a lawyer who handles real estate closings in Norton, Mass. “The longer this drags on, you’ll start to see more and more anecdotal stories about closings that haven’t happened. But those are second- and third-order effects in many cases.”