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Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Dallas Conference Explored Housing, Urban Economics

Residential real estate prices rose sharply throughout the United States following the onset of COVID-19 in early 2020. While property owners received a capital gains windfall, first-time buyers and renters have struggled with reduced affordability.
Dallas Fed Economics

After the Bust, the Long Road to Housing Finance Reform

The Treasury recently released a plan proposing several administrative and legislative changes aimed at returning Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to the private sector after more than a decade of federal control.
Dallas Fed Economics

COVID-19 Mortgage Relief—The Role of Income Support

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a large number of furloughs, layoffs, reductions in hours worked, and wage cuts. Anticipating that many homeowners would consequently have problems paying their monthly mortgage bill, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ordered all mortgage servicers of federally backed debt to provide forbearance to any homeowners affected by the crisis. In addition, bank regulators encouraged lenders to forbear and restructure mortgages for borrowers affected by the shutdown, actions that staved off an immediate wave of foreclosures. At the end of the ...

COVID-19 Exposes Mortgage Market Vulnerabilities that Led to Volatility, Fed Intervention

The COVID-19-induced financial market shock in March 2020 significantly disrupted the market for agency mortgage-backed securities.
Dallas Fed Economics

The Long Road to Housing Finance Reform: 'Are We There Yet?'

Over the past decade, broad-based legislative reforms for housing finance have proven elusive. However, reflecting lessons from the financial crisis, a political consensus has emerged on how Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should operate.
Dallas Fed Economics

Fed’s Mortgage-Backed Securities Purchases Sought Calm, Accommodation During Pandemic

We explore the Federal Reserve’s purchases of agency MBS—mortgage bonds guaranteed by Ginnie Mae, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—and related market dynamics during the pandemic, including why mortgage rates fell to historic lows.
Dallas Fed Economics

Highly Indebted FHA Borrowers at Special Risk as COVID-19 Forbearance Ends

The situation appears most urgent for those borrowers who entered the crisis with a high debt load and little room to financially navigate without forbearance.
Dallas Fed Economics

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Banking Trends: The Growing Role of CRE Lending

Commercial real estate has grown dramatically as a share of U.S. economic activity and is banks? largest lending category, particularly for small and midsize banks. It is also the riskiest part of bank portfolios. James DiSalvo and Ryan Johnston provide a primer. First in a series.
Banking Trends , Issue Q3 , Pages 15-21

Rent Inflation Expected to Accelerate Then Moderate in Mid-2023

With housing price moderation, it is important to assess the implications for rent inflation and OER inflation and, in particular, whether they may soon ease and help slow overall inflation.
Dallas Fed Economics

Inflation in Services Likely to Rise Further Despite Slowing Goods Prices

Given rising demand for in-person services, the slow pass-through of surging house prices to rent and owners’ equivalent rent (OER), and higher health care worker wages, services inflation is likely to increase further.
Dallas Fed Economics



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