Category Archives: Housing Finance & Policy

What the future could look like for U.S. home mortgages

Although the prospects for the U.S. housing finance market are currently bleak, a disciplined remodeling of the residential mortgage market could bring about a slow and steady return of private capital and help borrowers sleep easier at night, said industry executives speaking at a panel discussion during Standard & Poor’s Housing Summit: Boom, Bust and […]

Financing affordable housing panel – S&P Housing Summit

The Housing Summit session  “Financing Affordable Housing: Options in Challenging Market Times” addressed both the similarities and differences in affordable public housing, and the ways in which market conditions have impacted the public housing sector. Valerie White, senior director and analytical manager for Public Finance Housing at Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services moderated the panel.  […]

Going Green at the S&P Housing Summit

Smog-eating tiles mean that roofs never have to go hungry– and other words of wisdom from the S&P Housing Summit green panel There’s no mistaking it. Builders see green building as a market differentiator. As we heard yesterday from Jeff Mezger, president and CEO of KB Home, during Standard & Poor’s Housing Summit in NYC, […]

A call for leadership surfaces in the Blitzer panel – S&P Housing Summit

The U.S. Residential Housing Market:  What’s Next (panel discussion) David Blitzer, the Chairman of Standard & Poor’s Index Committee started with the question “Is owning your own home still a part of the American dream?” and the panel was off. Owning a home these days, many panelists concurred, is akin to “catching a falling knife,” […]

Green has been a silver lining for home builders, but more is needed

The green building market has made all the difference during the downturn in new construction. Despite the decrease in new construction starts, green homes have increased in share—and in value, to be 16% of the market (up from 10% in 2008). Furthermore, in a recent study of builders attending the NAHB’s Green Home Building Conference, […]

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