Affordable Housing Finance (Palgrave Macmillan Studies in by K. Hawtrey

By K. Hawtrey

This article explores the vexing challenge of housing exclusion and the comparable monetary fallout, which has come into sharp aid because the onset of the housing-led worldwide credits quandary. The e-book appears on the dimensions of reasonable housing finance, compares present coverage methods within the US, united kingdom and Australia, and works in the direction of strategies.

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6 Summary, by country, of 2008 official support measures (all currency in billions) Source: Adapted from Bank of England, Financial Stability Report, Number 24, October 27, 2008. ($10 billion), Morgan Stanley ($10 billion) and Merrill Lynch ($10 billion), Bank of New York Mellon ($3 billion), and State Street ($2 billion), as well as US Bancorp, Suntrust, Washington Mutual, National City, Countrywide, First Horizon, Indy Mac, Wachovia, PNC, Regions Financial, Fifth Third, and Keycorp. Regarding the US response, it is significant to observe that this was the second major US taxpayer-bailout in 20 years; the other had resulted from the US Savings and Loans crisis in the 1980s.

1 shows how the pattern of US lending shifted sharply after 2003, from traditional prime loans toward subprime loans. The business model of lenders in the US had shifted; lenders were collecting lucrative fees just for writing new loans. 1 US mortgage originations by product, 2001–2007 Source: Adapted from Inside Mortgage Finance, 2008 Mortgage Market Statistical Annual. Figures show percent share of all mortgage originations. The Financial Dimension 29 the deals made their cut, then passed the risk onto a third or fourth party.

Reduced effective access to the labor market is often a corollary of housing exclusion, for those who are job-seeking. Lower cost housing is generally geographically concentrated in areas of low employment, which in turn can markedly reduce the job prospects of households in those localities: the “spatial concentration of unemployed people may hamper contacts with those who have a job; in this way, no information is exchanged on job openings” (Van Kempen and Priemus, 1999). In a vicious circle, poor job prospects reduce lifetime earnings and the capacity to meet long-term housing costs.

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