Economist Commentaries Archive

Final QRM: Good for Consumers and Private Capital

After nearly three years of deliberation, regulators have finalized an important rule that impacts housing.  The Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM) rule avoids an onerous and costly down payment requirement for consumers and gives creators of mortgage backed securities one...

REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey: Highlights

REALTORS®’ assessment of market conditions  in September and their outlook for the next six months declined  in September compared to August and also for the same month last year , according to data from the  September 2014  REALTORS® Confidence...

Falling Oil Prices, REALTOR® Expense

Oil prices have tumbled in the past month, and the reasons are due to supply and demand.  North Dakota is producing oil like mad, now the second biggest oil producing state after Texas, surpassing Alaska.  On the demand side,...

Housing Affordability for August

At the national level, housing affordability is down from a year ago for the month of August as higher prices make it less affordable to purchase a home despite rates having another slight decline. Housing affordability is down from...

Rapidly Diminishing REO Foreclosure Sales

The number of foreclosed home sales has been rapidly falling and could essentially vanish by next year.  Those who specialize in foreclosure sales should therefore look towards other line of business. In August, foreclosed sales comprised only 6 percent...