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How the Fed’s 2008 Mortgage Experiment Fueled Today’s Housing Crisis

(Mises Institute) How should Congress assess the Federal Reserve’s track record as an investor in residential mortgage-backed securities (MBS)? Regardless of Fed spin, it...

Average Mortgage Rate Up for Fifth Straight Week to 6.73%

(AP) The average long-term U.S. mortgage rate rose for the fifth straight week to its highest level since breaching 7% in November, just as...

Real Estate Markets Are Addicted to Easy Money

(Ryan McMaken, Mises Institute) On Friday, residential real estate brokerage firm Redfin released new data on home prices, showing that prices fell 0.6 percent in February,...

More Homeowners Tap Equity Juiced by Soaring Prices

(AP) Homeowners are increasingly tapping their equity, taking advantage of big gains following years of soaring housing prices. Some 333,537 home equity loans were taken...

The Housing Bubble Is Bursting

(Alex J. Pollock, Mises Institute) The 21st century, only 23 years old, has already had two giant, international housing bubbles. It makes one doubt...

Average Long-Term Mortgage Rate Falls a 6th Straight Week

(AP) The average long-term U.S. mortgage rate declined for the sixth straight week, giving potential homebuyers a tiny amount of relief after rates topped...

Average Long-Term Mortgage Rate Falls a Fourth Straight Week

(AP) The average long-term U.S. mortgage rate fell for the fourth consecutive week and have dropped more than three-quarters of a point since hitting...

Credit Rating Agency Warns Recession Could Trigger Property Tax Hikes

(The Center Square) Fitch Ratings said Friday that the outlook for state and local governments was "deteriorating" and an expected recession could put pressure...

U.S. Home Prices Continue to Soften in September

(The Center Square) Home prices slowed in September as higher mortgage rates continued to weaken demand, according to a leading measure of U.S. single-family...

Airbnb Aims to Convince More People to Rent Out Their Homes

(AP) Convinced that the boom in leisure travel is permanent, Airbnb aims to expand its listings by convincing more people to turn their homes...