“The rebound in the housing market is “eerily familiar to the previous government policy-induced boom that went bust in 2006, and from which the country is still struggling to recover,” says Edward Pinto, who was the chief credit officer at Fannie Mae from 1987 to 1989.
In an opinion article in The Wall Street Journal, Pinto notes that the Federal Reserve’s aggressive policy of quantitative easing has lifted the stock market to record highs and supported strong bond prices. Moreover, he says, housing prices have jumped 8%, the biggest annual gain since 2006.
Pinto, now a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, says that the market value of single-family homes has risen by more than $1 trillion. That “wealth effect” should empower homeowners to spend more, thus boosting the economy….”Twitter