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U.S. Housing Policy Update: August 2016

Examining the Party Platforms

Terry Theologides    |    Housing Policy, Videos

US Housing Policy Update August 2016


Now that Congress has gone home and the country is in the thick of the political convention season, this month we’d like to take a look at what the parties and their presidential nominees have to say about housing policy.

To be candid, so far, housing has not rated as a first-tier issue for either party. Discussion of housing...

Recent Activity Around Condo Project Eligibility

Shows Regulators/Investors Are Working To Make Condo Lending Easier/More Accessible

Jacqueline Doty    |    Housing Policy

Percentage of Condo Sales by Year

Over the past few months, momentum has been building behind the efforts to standardize and streamline the project review processes that lenders use to determine if condominium projects meet eligibility requirements of the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs).

Currently, condo sales represent about 10 percent of the overall home sales market or roughly 500,000 units per year. In...

Handicapping Brexit

"Winners and Losers"

Sam Khater    |    Housing Policy

30 year wholesale mortgage rate

The world has now had a couple of weeks to get over the shock of Brexit or the decision of Britain to exit the European Union. As week-three begins, global equity, debt and currency markets have stabilized. What does Brexit mean for the US mortgage and real estate markets for the next few months?

Here’s a quick rundown on potential winners and losers in the mortgage and real...

Notes from the Hill: Brexit

What Will Brexit Mean for the U.S. Housing Market?

Russell McIntyre    |    Housing Policy


The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union through popular referendum (‘Brexit’) has dominated the news cycle this past week – disrupting financial markets, flaming populist movements throughout Europe, halting trade corridors, and even influencing the presidential race here in the U.S.

Though the implications of Brexit will reach far and...

Notes from the Hill: Yellen Testimony

The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress

Russell McIntyre    |    Housing Policy


Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen spent two days delivering testimony on The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress following the Fed’s latest policy meeting. Her testimony before the Senate Banking Committee and the House Financial Services Committee was closely watched by market industries both domestically and internationally. Ms. Yellen discussed the...

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