Where the economy lives: Insights from the recent housing conference Thursday, May 24 Julia Coronado Last week’s Rutgers Center for Real Estate-Pulte Group joint conference on housing at the New York Stock Exchange brought together homebuilders, bankers, investors, policymakers and academics. Despite headwinds incuding rising interest rates and lower homeowning tax advantages, industry participants remain optimistic. More...
Urban Revival
Mortgage markets that function. Or not. Global perspectives, part I Thursday, May 17 Stephen Malpezzi “Cities are built the way they are financed,” said Bertrand Renaud, the doyen of global housing finance analysts. My early experience taught me that often the best empirical economics comes not from running regressions or solving equations but from carefully looking around and listening. More...
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Thoughts (and pizza) from a new Center for Real Estate instructor Thursday, May 10 George H. Jacobs I recently completed my third course as an instructor in Real Estate Development in Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Management, and specifically part of the Center for Real Estate. I am delighted with the quality and ambition of our students, encouraged by what I see in the next generation. More...
Maybe. Or maybe not. Thursday, May 3 Julia Coronado The financial press and Fed interest-rate policy makers are watching warily as the yield curve flattens, historically a gauge of recession within one to two years. Looking at what the curve does and doesn’t tell us, we conclude there are no flashing signs yet. More...
Urban Revival
Comparing U.S. home mortgage markets, historically and globally Thursday, April 26 Stephen Malpezzi Many housing finance issues are embedded in institutions and practices so familiar it’s hard to imagine life without them. The 30 year fixed rate mortgage? Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? No recourse beyond house equity in default? No prepayment penalties? Part 1 of a series steps back compare these and more with other times... More...
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