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President Obama Has a Lot to Say About the Housing Market

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On Tuesday, August 6th, President Obama spoke in Phoenix, Arizona at Desert Vista High School, explaining his vision to promote home ownership in America. He praised reform of the financial systems and talked about the reckless practices that led to the housing crisis.

A visual representation of his vision can be seen if you follow this link:

Then, on Wednesday, August 7th, he sat down with Zillow CEO, Spencer Rascoff, to answer questions submitted via social media outlets.

The President said that the plunge in home prices in the midst of the recession hurt a lot of families. He said that home ownership is the quintessential dream of all Americans and that we must help homeowners who have seen their homes lose value. He said it is critical that we put his plan in motion to help healing across the markets in the housing industry.

He said we need to learn from the lessons of the past and work together to build a stronger housing market. He explained that Fannie May and Freddie Mac need reform and that we need to get the private sector involved. Reforming Fannie May and Freddie Mac would help protect taxpayers and provide immediate relief to allow homeowners to refinance now. This would be good for the economy, as it would allow those who are refinancing to earn back some of their lost equity, or to free up funds to re-invest in the economy. Obama recognizes that it isn’t good for the government to be so involved in the housing industry. He admitted that Fannie May and Freddie Mac got too big and it wasn’t healthy for the housing market.

The President also said that the government is working on simplifying the mortgage process and mortgage documentation forms so that all homeowners will know exactly what they are getting into and what they are signing.

He  also discussed the fact that interest rates have ticked up, yet the housing market has been quite robust. He said that although there has been steady growth, he recognizes that the housing market is still soft because the job market is still soft. As long as unemployment remains high, then interest rates will remain low. He stressed the point that ALL homeowners should be allowed to refinance while the rates are low. He even joked about Michelle and himself being able to benefit from the low rates. He said that this would give homeowners an opportunity to start building back some of the equity they lost in the housing recession.

Additionally, the Obama addressed the need for more affordable rentals and talked about the need to turn foreclosed, abandoned properties into affordable rentals. He explained how immigration reform could bring a trillion dollars into the economy and the housing market. If the government can carry out immigration reform, then many more people not only begin paying taxes and fines, but would also have a need for housing.

Later, he addressed the college debt issue for young people who are not able to purchase homes as they are paying off student loans. He said that the reduction of student loan rates would in turn help the housing market.

If the President can implement even half of what is on his visual plan it will make for a more robust, active, and stable real estate market. Only time will tell!

Let me know if you watched the interview and what you think of it.


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2 Responses to “President Obama Has a Lot to Say About the Housing Market”

  1. I had already listened to this….he keeps plugging away.

  2. Dick Armbruster says:

    You asked what I think of what the head clown says regarding housing. First of all this recession did not have to happen…He wants bigger government. Government had the oversite of the banks, Fannie, Freddie, FHA and government allowed this mess to take place in the first place. Why would we trust anything the government has anything to do with…..Just because Obama says something does not make it true as many would believe… Why now is he speaking about housing????..Why now is he speaking about unemployment??? He has had over five years to do something about the housing mess and the economy and the unemployment problems and he has done nothing except point fingers at people that don’t agree with him….He is trying to make fundamental changes in nearly all of our institutions without knowing what the outcome will be….all he wants to do is tax, tax, tax….he has not said anything at all about how government helped get us into the mess we are still in……and he wants more government intrusion into more and more of what we do as a society….and there is not a corporation that he likes except for ones with union workers or owned by Warren Buffet….he is anti business for sure…he will not be satisfied until he has determined a maximum amount of earnings for an individual on a yearly basis……. I don’t trust a thing he says, I don’t believe any thing Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid says…….they have all lied to us way to many times…………as for Fannie and Freddie, these are both institutional partnerships with government and private enterprise. Government has their hands all over these two institutions and still something happened wrong….these are also institutions that have paid back a lot of the money the government loaned them…..yet, he wants to make changes to institutions that have made it possible for many millions of people to have the ability to finance a house…..sorry, I don’t trust this guy at all…..

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