Pam Patenaude is the president of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America's Families. Patenaude is also the former director of housing policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Patenaude served as HUD assistant secretary for Community, Planning and Development during the George W. Bush Administration. She brings more than twenty-five years of experience in housing, community economic development, real estate, and public policy.
The platforms of the two major political parties are a good barometer of the prevailing sentiments of the base of activists in each party. Public opinion polls, on the other hand, provide a broader measure of public attitudes, especially in regard to the nation's attitudes to housing.
With Christmas only days away, it’s time to fire off my “housing wish list” to the North Pole. I know from good sources that Santa and the elves are exceptionally fast workers, so it’s never too late, even when making requests on a subject as complex as our nation’s housing system.
Unless remedial action is taken, rising rents will continue to act as a barrier to homeownership for many families who will be unable to accumulate the funds necessary for a mortgage down payment. Here's why we can't sit around and do nothing about it.
The troubling conditions in housing should be a top-tier issue in the 2016 presidential campaign. Yet, so far this primary season, the word “housing” has barely passed the lips of the presidential candidates of either party. That needs to change and here's why.
The homeownership rate has dropped to the lowest point in 19 years, as families continue to reel from the collapse of the housing market. Looking ahead, tougher underwriting standards and new regulatory requirements are likely to put homeownership out of reach for many and make rental housing the only option.
It’s no secret that fear of put backs continues to have a dampening effect on the housing market. Despite recent efforts by the Federal Housing Finance Agency to put some boundaries around put-back risk, many mortgage originators remain skittish about lending to families with less-than-pristine credit.
A key question is whether a rigid reliance on credit scores, at the expense of meaningful underwriting of the borrower, is worth the price of diminished access to mortgage credit. Does this reliance make sense when the most risky and objectionable products (such as “no doc” loans and “interest-only ARMs”) have been effectively banned from the marketplace?
Eight years after we began recognizing women for their influential work in the expanding housing and mortgage finance ecosystem, a traditionally male-dominated field, our Women of Influence list is bigger and better than ever! This year, we honor 85 women who are making lasting achievements in each sector of the housing economy. Read on to learn more about these accomplished women and the strides they are making in their industry segments.
The financial world at large is experimenting with changing its workforce culture in ways not fathomable 10 years ago. For example, in 2011, the dress code for female workers at UBS came to light with unflattering results. In it, the Swiss bank instructed female employees on not just how to dress and how to smell, but also preached the importance for ladies to apply lotion after taking showers. Fast forward to today and fellow Swiss bank, Credit Suisse has now created an official role to boost equal opportunities and create a fair treatment environment. Has the American mortgage industry made similar progress?
The conversation around student loan debt and its economic impact on Millennials, those born from 1980 to 1998, has some questioning whether the future of the American Dream is in jeopardy. The nation’s student loan debt has soared to $1.4 trillion, surpassing credit cards in becoming the largest source of personal debt outside a mortgage.