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What Do Runaway Home Prices Mean for the US?

Don Layton • October 6, 2021

On September 28, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the regulator of Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and the Federal Home Loan Banks, reported its monthly index of house…
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Five Insights from 25 Years of Remodeling Research

Kermit Baker • July 21, 2021

I recently retired as Director of the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies, a position that I have been extremely fortunate to hold since its…
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The Return of Substandard Housing

Kermit Baker • February 27, 2013

The magnitude of the housing bust that began in the middle of the past decade is well documented, with a 75 percent plunge in housing starts, 45 percent decline in existing…
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How Deep Is the ‘Economic Moat’ Around the Two GSEs?

Don Layton • September 18, 2019

When policymakers focus on legislative reform of the two major government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), a core principle widely espoused is to increase competition, to get…