A Quizzical Quote From Barney Frank

Here is a story from The New York Times of October 8 that discusses the situation at the FHA: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/09/business/09fha.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2 What I found particularly interesting in this story was a quote from Barney Frank, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee: “I don’t think it’s a bad thing that the bad loans occurred,” he …

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FHA

On Tuesday The Wall Street Journal published an editorial on the FHA (Federal Housing Administration).  I found it to be a good overview of the situation there.  The editorial can be found at this link: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204488304574428970233151130.html I find this FHA situation highly disconcerting, especially in light of how similar situations have played out, and are playing out, …

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The CRE Problem

I would like to highlight an article from last Thursday titled, “Second Wave of the Credit Crisis: Collapsing Commercial Real Estate.” The article gives a good summary of the Commercial Real Estate (CRE) situation as well as makes other interesting observations. CRE is yet another huge, menacing problem area inherent in our current economic situation. …

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A Classic Article Revisited

One of the classic articles of the housing bubble is “America’s House Party” from Time Magazine, June 2005.  It really provides a flavor of the period, as well as provides a perspective of a bubble environment. Here is the link: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1069097,00.html   SPX at 1032.81 as this post is written

Martin Feldstein’s “Underwater” Mortgage Plan – My Comments

In the Saturday edition of The Wall Street Journal, there is an op-ed from Martin Feldstein titled “How to Save an ‘Underwater’ Mortgage.” The editorial provides a good summary of the numbers behind “Underwater” mortgages.  Also, I think the article is beneficial in that it highlights the problem of mortgage defaults and foreclosures, and how “Underwater” mortgages …

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“Underwater” Mortgages and “Strategic” Defaults

This article caught my interest; it is titled “About half of U.S. mortgages seen underwater by 2011”: http://www.reuters.com/article/companyNewsAndPR/idUSN0526831020090805 Apparently their projections for “underwater” mortgages is based upon their forecast quoted in the article: “Covering 100 U.S. metropolitan areas, Deutsche Bank in June forecast home prices would fall 14 percent through the first quarter of 2011, …

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Foreclosures

Here is an interesting New York Times editorial regarding foreclosures.  Please note that I don’t necessarily agree with many of the recommendations, but the editorial does a nice job of summarizing some of the problems: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/02/opinion/02tue1.html?_r=1 “Solving” our residential real estate problems is going to be most difficult, in my opinion.  It is a very complex …

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Redefaults

This was an interesting editorial in The Wall Street Journal a few days ago concerning the “redefault” rate: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124338503008056785.html These statistics are problematical, especially if one believes the economy will stagnate or worsen from this juncture. It also raises the question as to the effectiveness of intervention measures on default rates and housing prices.  Many of the current …

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