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Senate Banking Committee Holds Hearings on Consumer Finance Regulations

Laying the Groundwork for the Next Administration

Russell McIntyre    |    Housing Policy

Capital

Since the last election cycle, the Senate’s Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs Committee has been one of the least active committees in Congress. From October 2015 through March of this year, the full committee held only a half dozen hearings, three of which were to address the backlog of executive nominations that had piled up over the previous years. Therefore, it was quite a...

National Foreclosure Inventory Falls Year Over Year in March

North Dakota Was the Only State to Post an Increase in Foreclosure Inventory

Molly Boesel    |    Mortgage Performance

Distressed Inventory
  • The foreclosure inventory fell 23 percent year over year in March 2016.
  • The seriously delinquent inventory fell 19 percent year over year in March 2016.
  • All states except North Dakota and West Virginia had a decrease in the serious delinquency rate, but the increase was minimal for each of these states.

The national foreclosure inventory...

U.S. Economic Outlook: May 2016

Single-family Housing: Entering a ‘New Normal?': Purchase Lending To Dominate; Sales ‘Turnover’ May Be Less Than in Past

Frank Nothaft    |    Videos

Dr. Nothaft Play Button

The single-family housing market has taken a long time to fully recover from the Great Recession. While projections for this year show further gains in single-family volume, when will the market get back to “normal,” and what does that “normal” look like?

Let’s start with interest rates. Today’s rates have gone retro (Figure 1)....

Proposition 13 Property Tax Legislation Adds to Challenge in Estimating Future Property Tax Amounts

Underscores Need for Accurate Property Tax Estimating Algorithms

Dominique Lalisse    |    Housing Policy

Histogram

Estimating property tax amounts throughout the United States is a challenging task due to the complexity and differences in taxing agencies across the country. That challenge is even more complicated in areas in which legislation caps tax increases for existing residents.

In 1978, California amended its Constitution to add Proposition 13, officially named the People's Initiative to...

Distressed Sales Accounted for 11 Percent of Homes Sold Nationally in February 2016

Distressed Sales Shares Still Declining in Oil States

Molly Boesel    |    Mortgage Performance

Distressed Sales
  • Of total sales in February 2016, distressed sales accounted for 11.1 percent and real estate-owned (REO) sales accounted for 7.8 percent
  • The REO sales share was 21.3 percentage points below its peak of 27.9 percent in January 2009
  • Distressed sales shares fell in most states, including the oil markets

Distressed sales, which include REO and...

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