Uncle Sam IS the Mortgage Market

A few other markers of continued troubles in the housing market for you:

First, Zillow reports 23% of homeowners with mortgages were underwater during the first quarter. Nearly one-third of homes sold in March sold for less than the sellers paid


Mortgage Market Nationalization

In the first quarter, 96.5% of all new mortgages written were backed by either Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or the Federal Housing Administration. A trend that’s been in place since the top of the housing bubble in 2006 has reached its logical conclusion.

The mortgage market in the US has been effectively nationalized.

Addison Wiggin
for The Daily Reckoning