Mortgage & Finance

Will less student debt mean more real estate demand?

Americans owe more that $1.5 trillion in student debt and you have to wonder why. In such counties as Germany, Sweden, Brazil, Malaysia, Morocco, and France a college education is simply free while in other countries the cost of a… Read More »

Real Estate Trends in 2021: Where are we going?

Why were home sales so strong in 2020 and what can we expect in 2021? The great thing about 2020 is that the year is over and done. Between a pandemic, business closings, massive levels of unemployment, huge fires, and… Read More »

Why Investors Can’t Find Bank Owned Properties Or REOs In The Midst of a Pandemic

Investors have always liked bank-owned properties or REOs — real estate owned by lenders and insurance programs. That’s because REOs often represent attractive investment opportunities, properties that lenders and insurance companies really want to dump. Given the pandemic economy you… Read More »

Why is mortgage debt not a lot higher?

Americans have a lot of mortgage debt, but is that something to worry about? Any number of news outlets have recently reported that mortgage debt has reached record levels. CNN Business, as one example, explained on November 17th that “low… Read More »

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 »

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