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Goldilocks and The Three Credit Bears

Is Credit Too Tight, Too Loose or Just Right?

Mark Fleming    |    Housing Trends, Mortgage Performance


One of the most pressing issues in housing finance today is the availability of credit. The lack of access to credit has been cited as a reason for the slower-than-hoped-for growth in home sales. The often cited Federal Reserve Loan Officer Survey tells us whether lenders are tightening or loosening credit, but tells us much less about the overall level of availability of credit....

A New Source of Shadow Inventory

Rising Rates May be Driving a Substantial Increase in the Shadow Inventory

Mark Fleming    |    Mortgage Performance


Last week, I wrote about the rise of housing obsolescence and shadow demand as one of the possible reasons for weak housing demand. Home sales aren’t increasing because even though there are buyers ready to own a home, they...

The Rise of Housing Obsolescence and Shadow Demand

Inventory of Existing Homes For Sale May Be Increasingly Non-Desirable

Mark Fleming    |    Housing Trends


This week, new and existing home sale estimates for March were released by the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Association of Realtors (NAR). New home sales were down 13.3 percent and existing home sales...

Slow Money Is Replacing Fast Money

The Single-Family Residential Rental Asset Class Is Maturing Quickly

Mark Fleming


This week, I attended the IMN Single Family Aggregation: The REO-to-Rental Forum in uncharacteristically overcast and drizzly Scottsdale, Ariz. The fact that there are now conferences for single-family residential institutional investors speaks volumes about the increasing maturity of...