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How does a new stimulus check impact housing?

In today’s HousingWire Daily episode HW+ Managing Editor Brena Nath joins HousingWire Editor in Chief Sarah Wheeler to discuss the biggest topics coming across the HousingWire news desk. Nath and Wheeler review the recent announcement of another round of stimulus checks and examine how this could impact the housing market. The pair also discuss why three brokers are gearing up for a potential battle in court with United Wholesale Mortgage and highlight what economists say is ahead in 2021.

For more background on what is discussed, here is a preview of today’s interview, lightly edited for length:

HousingWire: What is something that we should all be watching right now regarding the news?

Sarah Wheeler: I think the biggest news over the weekend was the stimulus bill going through. There was a lot of hand-wringing over the last month as many wondered the eventual shape of the bill. However, they did get it done, and we now have a stimulus bill. I think many people have focused on the $600 coming through to American households, which is certainly a big part of it, and that’s just a stimulus check. But for our audience, we really want to examine the impact on homeowners or renters looking to become homeowners, which is what we’re doing a deep dive on today. Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity, wrote an op-ed piece for HousingWire last week discussing what he hoped the stimulus bill would include. One of the interesting things in his take on that was that he felt like there should be money for low-income homeowners. There have been quite a few things for unemployed renters but not so much for homeowners based on how much money they make, yet that could greatly impact our industry. 

The HousingWire Daily examines the most compelling articles reported from the HousingWire newsroom. Each afternoon, we provide our listeners with a deeper look into the stories coming across our newsroom that are helping Move Markets Forward. Hosted by the HW team and produced by Alcynna Lloyd and Victoria Wickham.

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Hosted by the journalists behind the headlines, HousingWire Daily examines the most compelling mortgage, real estate, and fintech articles reported from the HousingWire newsroom.

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