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Open commentary on everything impacting the U.S. housing economy. The opinions expressed here represent the author's alone.

Housing finance reform’s gridlock problem: Affordable housing

What is standing in the way of reform?
[Expert commentary] Housing finance reform remains the single largest piece of unfinished business of the housing crisis. And the single biggest factor standing in the way of that business is getting agreement on how to ensure that the GSEs serve all Americans, not just the wealthy.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Are cities finally fed up with Airbnb wiping out local housing?

Plus, the CFPB opens a new office, regulatory sandbox for fintech development
Are cities over Airbnb? Looks like it. Last week, two city councils voted to limit the online home rental services activities in their cities, the latest in a series of moves to reign in the company, which some say are aggravating the housing crisis. That, plus more about the CFPB's new office in your Monday Morning Cup of Coffee.
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Is real estate appreciation shifting west?

Forecasts of higher real estate appreciation continue to tilt west
Just as America's population growth moved west from the Atlantic, real estate appreciation is trending in that direction, too. According to projections from Veros released last month, a graph of the nation's highest-appreciating Metropolitan Statistical Areas through May 2019 might look like a wave cresting towards the West Coast.
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Prepare now for slower growth, consumer headwinds

A traffic jam of uncertainty lies ahead
[Expert commentary] When consumers feel good about their financial future, it tends to be reflected in the housing market. For that reason, it’s hard not to see good things in the recent Consumer Sentiment and Consumer Confidence indices, two key barometers used to gauge the direction of the economy. Yet while the view from the windshield of the economy seems clear, the traffic maps show a good deal of congestion and uncertainty ahead.
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Housing finance reform should fix what’s broken

What does housing finance reform look like?
[Expert commentary] Nearly 10 years after Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were placed into conservatorship, housing finance reform remains the single largest piece of unfinished business of the housing crisis. The failure of Fannie and Freddie, the taxpayer bailout and repayment that followed, and their unresolved conservatorship continue to demand final resolution, even if Congress does not.
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What Realtors need to know about Millennials

And what mortgage lenders should tell them
[Op-ed] A strong Realtor/lender partnership will only make the transaction more successful and the client experience more pleasant. We take time to praise each real estate agent we partner with, and offer accolades and positive reviews. You should too, and here's why.
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