Government

August 23, 2016

The Middle-Class Housing Crisis

Deepening income inequality across the U.S. is dividing the housing market into winners and losers among renters and owners, the middle class and wealthy, and racial groups.  An annual […]
August 18, 2016

Banks Team Up to Fight (Cyber) Crime

Big banks are revving up efforts to combat cybercriminals targeting the financial-services industry.  Eight of the largest U.S. banks are forming a group that seeks to […]
August 17, 2016

Home Purchase Sentiment Index at All-Time High

Fannie Mae recently reported  that the Home Purchase Sentiment Index rose 3.3 points in July to 86.5, an all-time survey high. An increase in the survey […]
August 15, 2016

Commercial Mortgage Market Still Volatile

Lenders already beset by several issues, including economic and political uncertainty and regulatory pressure to pull back from the commercial real estate market, will be required […]
August 10, 2016

Delinquent FHA Loans Strain Mortgage Industry

An estimated 25% of all outstanding mortgages that were seriously delinquent at the end of the first quarter of this year were insured by the FHA, […]
August 9, 2016

Housing Recovery Still Far From ‘Normal’

Home sales rose to their highest level since before the financial crisis and were 25% higher than a year earlier, according to the Census Bureau.  But […]
August 8, 2016

Democrats and Republicans Differ on Housing

The Democratic and Republican platforms adopted at this year’s party conventions take a more forward-looking approach to housing issues than they did four years ago. But […]
August 5, 2016

Zombie Houses Still Haunt New Jersey Neighbors

A decade after the housing market began its slide into the worst downturn in generations, New Jersey still has about 4,000 homes left empty because of […]
August 3, 2016

Demand for Loans Inching Up; Standards Tighten

The July Federal Reserve Senior Loan Officer Survey shows that banks tightened standards on commercial and industrial (C&I) and commercial real estate (CRE) loans in the second […]