Today we get some insights to what NAMB President Kimber White has to say about the incoming CFPB Director and what’s going on with FHFA. Not sure when we can expect the new CFPB boss to take over or when a decision will be made on the fate of the FHFA boss Calabria. But, both […]
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The House Committee on Financial Services (FSC) held a virtual hearing
last week on ways to provide equitable and affordable housing infrastructure. The
memorandum setting out the hearing's purpose stated that, not only is affordable
housing a crucial part of the nation's infrastructure and a stable asset that boosts
individuals, families, and communities' ability to thrive, but it also
generates construction activity and jobs that stimulate the economy. Prior to the hearing the FSC published 17 draft bills centering around
housing that have been introduced into the current congressional session. They
deal with everything from flood insurance to lead paint abatement to housing on
Native American lands. One proposal, presented as a draft for discussion, is the "Downpayment Toward Equity Act of 2021." It
is of particular interest because it builds on a much discussed housing policy
set out during the presidential campaign.
Incoming data for March has caused Fannie Mae to again
revise its forecast for the year's growth in gross domestic product (GDP). The company's
Economic and Strategic Research (ESR) team said a sharp uptick in the economy
last month followed a weather-related retreat in February. Most evident was a jump in employment
to 916,000 new jobs in March from 468,000 in February, the fastest pace since
August 2020. This growth is expected to continue. Auto sales were also up, and consumer
confidence surveys jumped to their highest levels since the April 2020 downturn.
As a result of these and other heightened indicators, Fannie Mae now sees growth reaching 6.8
percent by the fourth quarter on a year-over-year basis, up from 6.6 percent in
the earlier forecast. Expectations for 2022 are unchanged at 3.0 percent.