Mark Zandi Doesn’t Understand Housing Very Well

By: Monday October 1, 2012 10:17 am

Court jester economist for power Mark Zandi tried to pull a fast one by readers of the Washington Post, by actually making the argument, in the face of all evidence to the contrary, that the Obama Administration successfully fixed the foreclosure crisis. He has to make a mental leap in order to do this, claiming that the state of the housing market in 2012 is directly related to foreclosure mitigation and housing market programs from 2009. Of course, we know the causes of the housing market “recovery” and they have nothing to do with those programs, and everything to do with over-speculation by institutional investors who have bought up massive amounts of foreclosed properties.

 

Housing Prices Keep Falling Unabated

By: Monday May 9, 2011 9:30 am

The hopes of recovery continue to be dashed by the reality of the nation’s sagging housing market. Home prices fell sharply in the first quarter of 2011, the largest drop in three years.

Merkley Offers Comprehensive Fix for Mortgage Market, Includes Bankruptcy Reform

By: Tuesday January 18, 2011 2:20 pm

At a press event in North Portland in front of the home of a family struggling to avoid foreclosure, Senator Jeff Merkley unveiled a six-part plan to fix the housing market and rebalance the relationship between borrower and lender. The plan includes what Merkley calls “lifeline bankruptcy,” which is basically the cramdown proposal to allow bankruptcy judges to modify the terms of primary residence loans.

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