Carnival of Real Estate Policy, Inaugural Edition

Welcome to the first Carnival of Real Estate Policy.  It seems impossible that the real estate blogosphere has gone so long without talking more about government policy given that real estate is a heavily regulated industry, and the more important organization in real estate is a industry lobby group (NAR).  But for the most part, we bloggers in real estate have spent most of our time and energy talking about the market, about the homebuying process, and about marketing techniques, including social media.  Hopefully, we will start to talk more and more about the policy issues that will have far-reaching consequences for the industry, for consumers, and for government.

As is often the case, posts about policy often cannot be distinguished from posts about politics. One’s political views will inform one’s policy preferences.  As the editor (and host, and chief cook and bottle washer) of the Carnival, I have chosen not to accept posts that I felt were purely political: interested more in scoring points for or against one party or another, or one politician or another.  But it is often impossible to separate policy debates from political ones, so you will find posts you consider to be political; well, I’ve tried. 🙂

Here are the posts for this inaugural edition of the Carnival of Real Estate Policy:

What Comes After the Future of Housing?

Jeff Corbett, Mr. XBroker himself, looks at possible scenarios for Fannie and Freddie based on the comments from the Conference on the Future of Housing Finance.

Recovery Through Policy or Free Markets?

Brian Hickey of argues that what the government needs to do is free up capital and get out of the real estate transaction.

Will the Homebuyer Tax Credit Return?

Jay Thompson, Phoenix Real Estate Guy, discusses the possibility that the $8,000 Homebuyer Tax Credit may be extended once again.

Recovering from the Real Estate Katrina

Rich Bailey, of The Gopher Files, works the disaster analogy.

Rogue Housing Market Recalibrates to the New Abnormal

David Arbit, of Minneapolis Area Assocation of REALTORS and 10K Research, provides numbers that show the Homebuyer Tax Credit merely pulled demand forward.

A Follow Up to the Hot Issue of Reform for Freddie and Fannie

Mark Brian, a REALTOR and blogger from South Carolina, discusses more Fannie and Freddie and what the government should do about them.

The New Housing Policy – Will It Repair the Housing Market?

Linsey Planeta, the broker-owner of M Realty in Orange County, CA, worries about the new housing policy’s impact on the market.

Fannie and Freddie: Into Commercial Real Estate, Out of Residential

My submission to the Carnival, where I look into why I believe the 30-year fixed rate mortgage is on its way out and how that will occur.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this first edition of Carnival of Real Estate Policy.


PS: I just scheduled the next edition for October 3rd; submission deadline is October 1st.  The BlogCarnival link is here:

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Rob Hahn

Managing Partner of 7DS Associates, and the grand poobah of this here blog. Once called "a revolutionary in a really nice suit", people often wonder what I do for a living because I have the temerity to not talk about my clients and my work for clients. Suffice to say that I do strategy work for some of the largest organizations and companies in real estate, as well as some of the smallest startups and agent teams, but usually only on projects that interest me with big implications for reforming this wonderful, crazy, lovable yet frustrating real estate industry of ours.

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7 thoughts on “Carnival of Real Estate Policy, Inaugural Edition”

  1. In response to Notorious R.O.B. and the carnival of real estate.

    Jeff X, great article with some good insight.

    Brian, agree Government needs to get out of real estate at this point and let the market limp back to health.

    Jay, not going to happen.

    Rich, interesting analogy…

    David, not sure I agree, I think the home buyer credit was really necessary to keep the real estate market from collapse.

    Mark, by all means let’s re-package them with a new name – folks will never know.

    Linsey – good points which I have already comment on – great to hear your voice in this important issue.

    Rob, what have you been smoking?

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