The Science of Real Estate:

Assessing risk. Engineering returns.

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Josh Marrow
Joshua Marrow, PE has been practicing structural engineering for over 16 years. He speaks and writes frequently on managing seismic risk, and serves as the current co-chair of the ASTM committee tasked with reviewing and updating the seismic risk assessment guide and standard practice.
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Increasing property prices hurt affordability for prospective buyers trying to get into the market, at the same time they also help homeowners feel wealthier and may keep boosting profits for developers. The housing recovery is going to continue. Income levels are going up, rates are at least not going up anymore, and prices are stabilizing, so all that blends into a good picture for affordability. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-backed home loan insurance and brokerage corporations, have been in huge financial trouble for many years. Both have obtained billions in taxpayer-funded loans. However, Fannie has published its first profit since 2008 and declined any federal loans for the time being.
Posted by Camille B | Wednesday, June 25 2014 at 1:46AM ET

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