Mortgage & Finance

Joe Biden and the wonderful problem of FHA success

Of all the problems faced by the incoming Biden Administration the FHA isn’t one of them. In fact, the venerable mortgage insurance program is a huge success. It insures the mortgage financing for 8.3 million households. It’s the go-to program… Read More »

What happens with the Fed after the election?

With all eyes focused on the presidential election there’s been little attention paid to the Federal Reserve and its make-up. The intersection with the presidency is close, especially for whoever takes office in January. The new president will have an… Read More »

Who will help the renters? And the landlords?

America will choose a new President and other leaders in the coming week and whoever is elected will face the worst economic situation since the 1930s. There are no easy or obvious answers for the many issues that must be… Read More »

Housing: What Might Change If Biden Wins

In the battle of Biden vs. Trump a lot of settled and not-so-settled housing sector rules and doctrines will be at stake. If Trump wins the move toward less regulation can be expected to continue while a Biden victory would… Read More »

How A Biden Presidency Could Change Real Estate

What happens if the major polls are right and the upcoming election results in a change of administrations, if Trump is out and Biden is in? How might the housing sector change? One place to look is the 2020 Democratic… Read More »

Elections, real estate, and the limits of presidential power

Election-year promises are a wonderful thing but it’s best to take such pledges with a grain of salt. The reason is not that politicians lack plans and positions, but rather that election vows often conflict with hard-wired programs that are… Read More »

Presidential Vote Winner to Face Big Real Estate & Mortgage Issues in 2021

The election season is in full swing and the outcome for one side or the other is hardly assured. What’s certain is that big problems will be in place after the Inauguration regardless of who wins. How will the winner… Read More »

Will mortgage rates remain stable for the next few years?

Have we entered a new mortgage financing era, a time when rates are largely stable and only move within a small band for years to come? There’s an argument to be made that long-term rate stability is being embraced. Borrowers… Read More »

Massive real estate equity cushion creates big investor opportunity

There’s little doubt that the COVID-19 virus has reshaped the economy and that the pandemic’s various impacts will take years to sort out. That said, one of 2020’s great oddities has been the strength of the residential real estate market…. Read More »

underwater mortgage

Why real estate investors want underwater properties

At first “underwater” properties may not sound especially attractive but a home that’s submerged today can be instantly attractive with new ownership. “Underwater properties are sometimes hidden gems, homes and land with lots of potential for savvy investors,” explained Rick… Read More »

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