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The standard home in Canada now costs twice as much as in the U.S. A plan to rein in the ‘stunning’ boom is a test for both housing markets


In Canada, home sales and new listings fell 5.4% in March, while 30-year mortgage rates in the U.S. have already risen sharply. These actions will “temper demand and get the housing market back into balance,” Kavcic says, but they don’t address the nagging housing shortage in both countries. “If we’re not building enough housing, what we’re going to end up with is less affordable housing—and still not enough of it,” Dworkin says.

Freddie Mac first out of the gate with plans for targeted lending programs


The special purpose credit programs will pertain to Black, Latino and Native American borrowers, according to Pamela Perry, head of Freddie Mac’s single-family equitable housing team. The programs will be announced in the third quarter of this year, Perry said during a fair housing webinar hosted by the National Housing Conference, a mortgage trade association.

Biden nominates Michael Barr as Federal Reserve vice chair


David Dworkin, president of the National Housing Conference, which advocates for affordable housing, suggested that Barr’s understanding of Wall Street gives him the right mix of “centrist expertise and progressive policy views” to win confirmation in a closely divided Senate.

Can Inclusionary Zoning Put a Dent in the Housing Crisis?


The gap between the amount of revenue a building will generate based on rents and what developers need to pay lenders prevent many affordable units before they even begin, according to the National Housing Conference. Without enough tax credits and grants, developers need to take out bigger loans, and many lenders won’t provide them. If the rent is genuinely affordable, the property’s net operating income will often be too low to justify.

Will The Housing Market Crash? Experts Give 5-Year Predictions.


“If we fail to address shortages in housing supply, we run the risk of fueling the fires of inflation rather than extinguishing them. The result could be ‘stagflation,’ a word most of us haven’t used in a generation–-high inflation and economic recession,” says David Dworkin, president and chief executive officer of the National Housing Conference. “This would devastate the housing economy and only exacerbate our current housing supply challenges.”

Inside the government’s feeble fight to end redlining


David Dworkin, a former U.S. Treasury official and State Department veteran during the twilight of the Cold War, compared the Federal Reserve Board to the Soviet Politburo. “A small group of independently powerful leaders who have risen through the ranks defers to a powerful chairman until they don’t,” said Dworkin, now president and CEO of The National Housing Conference, a D.C. nonprofit.

Biden unveils 5 steps to reduce racial bias in appraisals


“The initiatives announced today are critical to eliminating racial bias, improving appraisal accuracy, and opening access to more affordable, sustainable homeownership opportunities for minority borrowers,” said David Dworkin, president and CEO of the National Housing Conference, in a statement. “Accurate and fair appraisals are the foundation of sound mortgage underwriting and sustainable mortgages that equitably serve all Americans.”

Beleaguered house hunters are now watching mortgage rates spike, too


“Given the numbers and additional costs that we’re looking at, the vast majority of first-time homebuyers are going to be pushed out of this market and will have to wait,” said David M. Dworkin, the president and CEO of the National Housing Conference, a nonprofit housing advocacy group. “Most first-time homebuyers — and certainly first-generation homebuyers — are going to struggle,” he said.

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