Maggie Medved was stuck with her Phoenix house for two years after the market crash wiped out the equity in the property. Last year, as prices in the area rose by the most in the U.S., she and her partner were finally able to sell the 3-bedroom 1950’s style home and move to a larger place.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are set to auction as much as $17 billion of mortgage bonds they acquired before the real estate collapse to meet a regulatory directive, potentially straining demand at the same time the Federal Reserve considers a stimulus pullback.
Transportation consultant Fehr & Peers, studying the commuting habits of California residents last year, got 300 responses from 5,300 postcard surveys sent by mail. Using cellular signals over the same period, Fehr was able to track travel patterns for 76,500 handset users.
The Dutch government’s decision to hold onto U.S. mortgage debt acquired during the 2009 bailout of ING Groep NV has paid off so far as prices of the securities soared, more than doubling in some cases from lows that year.
Shellpoint Partners LLC, the lender backed by mortgage-bond pioneer Lewis Ranieri, canceled a planned sale of U.S. home-loan securities without government backing, saying it would instead sell the loans without packaging them into bonds.