US Government Provides Funding For 95% Of Mortgages
According to this article, Recent Developments in Mortgage Finance, in the October 26, 2009 edition of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco newsletter, the US government (via Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae) are now providing unprecedented support for the US housing market by "owning or guaranteeing almost 95% of the new residential mortgage lending." In other words, the US government is currently providing the funding for 95% of all residential mortgage loans. Therefore, when you hear that "the banks are starting to lend again", what is really happening is that the banks are operating as little more than glorified loan brokers by selling nearly all their loans to the federal government via Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae (see the graph below courtesy of the FRBSF).
The article concludes "With the vast majority of current mortgage lending now intermediated in some form by the GSEs, it will be difficult for the housing market to return to normal." What this means is that it is going to be nearly impossible for the housing market to be weaned off of artificial and unsustainable government support. The end result will be disastrous when the government "market proppping" is eventually discontinued. That is why I know for sure that the housing market is not recovering. What we are seeing is a mirage created by artificial artificial support. Even the mirage is not that pretty, so the reality is that much worse. The US housing market will continue to suffer for the next several years with the worst to come within the next 3 years.
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