The Mortgage Mess
It all started with mortgages. The worldwide real estate boom was driven by an expansion of residential and commercial real estate lending, and so was the crash that led to the global financial crisis. Now Bloomberg's mortgages columns look at that business five days a week from the perspective of investors, lenders, consumers and economists: because it's still all about mortgages.
Melvin L. Watt, the overseer of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is loosening rules that have forced banks to buy back billions of dollars worth of flawed home loans in an effort to spur the housing market.
A U.S. Senate plan for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the most thorough yet for winding down the two mortgage financiers, faces a first test this week with its authors making last-minute changes to gather more support.
The collapse of a Chinese developer in a city south of Shanghai foreshadows a shakeout among the nation’s almost 90,000 real estate companies as the government reins in credit and the housing market slows.