Welcome to the first Carnival of Real Estate Policy. It seems impossible that the real estate blogosphere has gone so long without talking more about government policy given that real estate is a heavily regulated industry, and the more important organization in real estate is a industry lobby group (NAR). But for the most part, we bloggers in real estate have spent most of our time and energy talking about the market, about the homebuying process, and about marketing techniques, including social media. Hopefully, we will start to talk more and more about the policy issues that will have far-reaching consequences for the industry, for consumers, and for government.
As is often the case, posts about policy often cannot be distinguished from posts about politics. One’s political views will inform one’s policy preferences. As the editor (and host, and chief cook and bottle washer) of the Carnival, I have chosen not to accept posts that I felt were purely political: interested more in scoring points for or against one party or another, or one politician or another. But it is often impossible to separate policy debates from political ones, so you will find posts you consider to be political; well, I’ve tried. 🙂
Here are the posts for this inaugural edition of the Carnival of Real Estate Policy:
Jeff Corbett, Mr. XBroker himself, looks at possible scenarios for Fannie and Freddie based on the comments from the Conference on the Future of Housing Finance.
Brian Hickey of Teardowns.com argues that what the government needs to do is free up capital and get out of the real estate transaction.
Jay Thompson, Phoenix Real Estate Guy, discusses the possibility that the $8,000 Homebuyer Tax Credit may be extended once again.
Rich Bailey, of The Gopher Files, works the disaster analogy.
David Arbit, of Minneapolis Area Assocation of REALTORS and 10K Research, provides numbers that show the Homebuyer Tax Credit merely pulled demand forward.
Mark Brian, a REALTOR and blogger from South Carolina, discusses more Fannie and Freddie and what the government should do about them.
Linsey Planeta, the broker-owner of M Realty in Orange County, CA, worries about the new housing policy’s impact on the market.
My submission to the Carnival, where I look into why I believe the 30-year fixed rate mortgage is on its way out and how that will occur.
Thanks to everyone who participated in this first edition of Carnival of Real Estate Policy.
PS: I just scheduled the next edition for October 3rd; submission deadline is October 1st. The BlogCarnival link is here: http://blogcarnival.com/bc/eprof_39138.html