Thomas Sowell on the Housing Boom and Bust
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Edward Dodson
I am only now reading Professor Sowell's book on the housing boom and bust. I concur with much of what he has to say about the manner in which government and regulators have intervened in an attempt to achieve socially-engineered outcomes. I experienced these problems as manager of the residential mortgage lending program for a large commercial bank and later working as a market analyst and business manager at Fannie Mae.

Despite the pressure exerted on us at Fannie Mae to meet "mission-driven" objectives expanding minority home ownership, the approach taken up until 2005 (the year I retired) was always quite measured, with one great exception: the decisions almost every year to increase the maximum loan limits in response to rising property prices. In this sense, Fannie and Freddie accommodated the speculation-driven land markets that drive the residential property markets, generally.

Professor Sowell has nothing to say regarding the most important reason why the supply of land in some markets falls as prices are rising. As land prices climb fewer and fewer people have the liquid savings to make a sizable down payment toward purchase of a residential property. The financial sector responded by introducing private mortgage insurance as a substitute for cash equity in the purchase. Mortgagors pay the annual premiums to protect the mortgage investor from a good portion of the loss that occurs in the event of default and resale of a property acquired by means of foreclosure.

Milton Friedman, referred to in this exchange, know what to do about the problem of the boom-to-bust character of land markets driven by credit-fueled speculation. Friedman echoed the words of Henry George (and Adam Smith) in supporting an annual tax on the full rental value of land. Every parcel of land has some potential rental value that, if publicly collected, would bring down land prices (theoretically close to zero because there is no imputed income stream to be capitalized into a selling price).

Tame our land markets of speculation and hoarding, and many of the problems described by Professor Sowell will disappear. Land markets will then be cleared by the price mechanism in the same way as markets clear for labor and capital goods.
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Allen Manor
Dr. Sowell nails it regarding the "creative financing". I bought my first house in 2000 in the L.A. area and the array of finance options offered to me were bewildering in terms of number and unbelievable when it came to terms. The lenders had a loan designed for any sort of buyer, and if they didn't have one, I bet they would create one. I was actively encouraged by lenders to assume loan terms that at the time seemed totally irresponsible and reckless and now seem criminal to me. None of it "felt right" and praise God I had the wisdom to stick to conventional terms despite their incessant pressure. Many sadly didn't and when the crash hit they were stuck and that's how we ended up in the mess we were in.
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