Forbes has a column from Trulia’s chief economist, Jed Kolko, “What Obama’s Re-Election Means for Housing.” Interesting reading, but if you’re lazy here are the main points:
1. More opportunities for refinancing as the Obama Administration is expected to expand programs such as HAMP to more underwater homeowners.
2. New mortgage regulations because Dodd-Frank isn’t going away. We’re still waiting to see how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will define “qualified mortgage” and “qualified residential mortgage” — and what effect that will have on lenders.
3. No changes to the mortgage interest deduction. Gov. Romney proposed capping itemized deductions at $25,000, effectively reducing the MID. (When it comes to the amount of mortgage interest per household, Virginia ranks #3 in the country and Washington, D.C., is #9.)
4. Less of a chance for principal reductions. Gov. Romney had called for principal reductions, but with protections for lenders if a home’s value appreciates. That would have been more palatable to the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which has refused to allow Fannie and Freddie to cut principal without such a clause, as the Obama Administration wants.