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What Is A More Livable Community?

The Mortgage Corner pccfarmlandtrust.org There is a budding national movement to build more affordable housing with the growing housing shortage (and homeless) problem. It is just one more facet of the so-called Livable Cities movement begun in the 1980s that … Continue reading

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Has the Housing Market Recovered?

The Mortgage Corner FRED The just-released single-family sales graph highlights a very important fact. New-home sales—especially for single-family residences—are back to historical levels last seen in 2000. The Great Recession and oversupply during the housing bubble caused so much damage … Continue reading

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How to Provide More Housing For Everyone?

ANSWERING THE KENNEDYS’ CALL thelundreport.org I said in an earlier column “that part of the solution to the housing and homeless crisis has to be the responsibility of governments.” But the Silicon Valley giants Google, Apple, and Washington State’s Microsoft … Continue reading

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How Strong is 2019 Housing Market—Part II?

The Mortgage Corner FRED We asked just how strong is the housing market last month with rates beginning to fall again. Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, said he is not overly concerned about the trending drop in existing-home sales reported … Continue reading

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First-Time Homebuyers Are Back

The Mortgage Corner MarketWatch’s Andrea Riquier says first-time homebuyers aren’t doing so bad, if we look at more than the NARealtor’s existing-home sales data. First-timers’ sales data is important because they usually choose so-called “entry-level” homes that are affordable to … Continue reading

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Government Is the Solution Part II—Housing For the Homeless

Popular Economic Weekly thelundreport.org I said in an earlier column “that part of the solution to the housing and homeless crisis has to be the responsibility of governments.” A recent Project Syndicate article by UC Berkeley economist Laura Tyson, and … Continue reading

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Where Goes the Housing Market?

The Mortgage Corner Graph: Econoday We definitely have a housing shortage. Housing construction is unable to keep up with the demand for single-family homes, in particular. Year-on-year, starts are down 1.4 percent with completions, at a 1.188 million rate, down … Continue reading

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Existing-Home Inventory Lowest in 18 years

The Mortgage Corner There aren’t enough home to sell. Sales of previously-owned homes tumbled in December as an ongoing inventory crunch became more worrisome with few homes to sell in parts of the country. Existing-home sales were down 3.6 percent … Continue reading

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