Why a Better Housing Finance Solution Shouldn’t be the Enemy of the Best Solution
Price rebounds are helping normalize the housing market: rising prices lift borrowers back above water, and price appreciation will encourage more homeowners to sell — which has already started to bring more inventory onto the market. Do these huge price rebounds mean these markets are back to “normal?” Hardly. Many of these rebounding markets are still hung over from the excesses of the bubble, with lots of vacant homes thanks to overbuilding during the bubble and slow household formation since the bubble burst.
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Five key takeaways on America’s housing market
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Mortgage-interest rates are still very low despite the recent spike this year. But you should only buy a house if you can afford it, Duncan said. Investors pose a possible risk.
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Were not designing a system from scratch. In that sense, something similar to the Corker/Warner idea should be the pig iron from which we create the new housing finance plowshare. It would be easier to smoothly transition from Fannie and Freddie to a single insurance entity for mortgages (like the FDIC for bank deposits).
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