Friday, July 25, 2008

Joel Singer of CAR #78

Bruce Norris is joined this week by Executive Vice President for the California Association of Realtors, Joel Singer. Joel will also be a panelist at the I Survived Real Estate 2008 event. Bruce and Joel discuss how financing helped the huge California boom, the psychology of demand, the trade-up market, cheap money, lending standards, the last boom markets, down payments in last cycles, no documentation loans in this cycle, if lenders compensated too far the other way, lending practices today, the ease of borrowing, the long boom and the consumer forgetting about risk, home ownership for those that can afford it, speculation throughout the system, putting blame on certain groups, the current finance market, FHA, Fannie, and Freddie, seller financing in a down market, simple assumptions of the past, the unlikely chance it will come back, the Wellencamp Wars being phased out by the Garn-St Germain Act, the 203k loan program, the Nehemiah Program, why having skin-in-the-game is required by lenders, FHA loan limits and if they will be permanent, inventory levels in California, what makes a balanced market, sales activity up, if declining in inventory is healthy or if it means retail consumers are pulling their homes off the market, what happened to the median price and why it got hit so hard, the risk of people walking away, the different ways of rescuing people and their homes, the unintended consequences of government fixes, the market not being in full recovery mode just yet. Please see

C.A.R. Executive Vice President Joel Singer has held the Association’s top staff position since November 1989 after serving as C.A.R.’s chief economist and heading the Association’s public affairs department. Singer was instrumental in developing Real Estate Business Services Inc. (REBS), C.A.R.’s for-profit subsidiary, and serves as its president. He also is president and chief executive officer of RE FormsNet LLC. Singer joined C.A.R. in 1978.

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