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SYMPOSIUM ON HOUSING TENURE AND FINANCIAL SECURITY (2019)
Harvard Kennedy School Cambridge, Massachusetts
Homeownership has long been a central pillar of financial security for American families. While considerable debate exists about the factors that influence households’ tenure decisions and the role(s) of housing wealth in household portfolios, homeownership’s inclusion in the American Dream reflects its close association with wealth creation and residential stability. However, a decade after the start of the foreclosure crisis, important questions remain about whether the experiences of the last 10 years have changed anything fundamental in U.S. households’ reliance on homeownership as a vehicle for financial security or in their openness to alternative forms of tenure that combine aspects of owning and renting.
Additionally, emerging issues raise important questions about the future role(s) of homeownership and other forms of tenure in the lives of American families. What barriers currently limit households’ access to homeownership or to other tenure options that offer greater security of tenure and opportunities for wealth generation? How have technological innovation, urban restructuring, growing income inequality, or other recent trends affected tenure outcomes? How will aging baby boomers manage their home equity, and what role will it play in their decisions about how and where to live? What are the long-term consequences of foreclosure and the loss of wealth for affected households? And, what are the implications of these and other questions for housing policy?
To better understand these issues, Fannie Mae and the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies hosted a symposium in March 2019 which examined the evolving relationship between tenure choice, financial security, and residential stability.
Papers from the symposium will be published soon; watch video from the event below (each panel features introductory remarks from the Panel Chair, three paper presentations with a discussant, and a panel conversation).
Panel 1: Homeownership and Wealth
Panel Chair: Ray Boshara (Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis)
The Financial Returns to Homeownership: Assessing the Relative Importance of Capital Gains and Imputed Rental Income in Different Neighborhood Contexts
Authors: Christopher Herbert, Hyojung Lee, Daniel McCue, and Alexander Hermann (Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies)
Discussant: Laurie Goodman (Urban Institute)
Toward a Holistic Approach to Wealth Formation for Lower-Income Households
Author: Patricia A. McCoy (Boston College)
Discussant: Brian McCabe (Georgetown University)
Building Wealth Through Homeownership: A Comparative Study of MHP’s ONE Mortgage Program and FHA
Authors: Elliot Schmiedl and Jake Interrante (Massachusetts Housing Partnership)
Discussant: Roberto Quercia (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Panel 2: Homeownership Sustainability
Panel Chair: Michael LaCour-Little (Fannie Mae)
Long-Term Outcomes of FHA First-Time Homebuyers
Authors: Donghoon Lee (Federal Reserve Bank of New York) and Joseph Tracy (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas)
Discussant: Richard Green (University of Southern California)
The American Dream or Just an Illusion? Understanding Land Contract Trends in the Midwest Pre- and Post-Crisis
Authors: Ann Carpenter (Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta), Taz George (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago), Lisa Nelson (Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland)
Discussant: Keith Ernst (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation)
Wealth Accumulation and Mortgage Distress for Low-Income Homeowners
Authors: Jeffrey Zabel and Allison Wainer (Tufts University)
Discussant: Alexandra Killewald (Harvard University)
Panel 3: Older Adults
Panel Chair: Jennifer Molinsky (Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies)
House Prices and Retirement Saving Behavior
Authors: Patryk Babiarz and Velma Zahirovic-Herbert (University of Georgia)