MBA and several trade organizations sent a letter to Congress asking them to consider a longer-term solution to the National Flood Insurance Program, which is set to expire at the end of the month. Also last week, the Supreme Court set oral arguments for December 9 in Collins v. Mnuchin, the case that will determine the constitutionality of the FHFA's independent director structure.
This morning’s Monday Report features stories that confirm the housing markets remain hot, regardless of location or political preference; what that might mean for down payments; and a housing survey that, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, was obsolete the moment it was released.
Even before the onset of the pandemic, retail properties were under the microscope. Practitioners spoke about the United States being “over-retailed” compared to other countries, about a shift to experiential retail with a focus on services rather than goods, and about how the rise in e-commerce is a challenge to bricks-and-mortar.
During the first three months of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 11 million households fell behind on their rent or mortgage payments and 30 million individuals missed at least one student loan payment, according to new research released today by the Mortgage Bankers Association's Research Institute for Housing America.