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Logan Mohtashami

Benzinga Columnist

October 30, 2014 5:18 PM
Let be honest here. Why are mortgage purchase applications near 21st century lows with rates  near 4% and home ownership rates at a 19 year l ...
October 15, 2014 2:20 PM
With the violent drop of the 10 year note in the past two days (from 2.28 percent to 1.95 percent), traders can expect changes in the mortgage rates o ...
September 18, 2014 1:39 PM
On this date last year I shared a chart with CNBC’s Diana Olick, which indicated how far removed home builders were from economic reality. Tit ...
August 18, 2014 1:00 PM
  Logan Mohtashami, Benzinga Contributor Simply put, the lack of recovery in housing demand is directly related to the a ...
July 08, 2014 1:45 PM
    As the housing selling season winds down with the end of spring and the beginning of the summer months, it is a good time t ...
June 18, 2014 11:22 AM
At the recent Chicago Booth Conference in Los Angeles, Professor Amir Sufi and I had an opportunity to discuss his  excellent ne ...
May 07, 2014 7:33 AM
    There are 5 simple and obvious reasons  why the financial media and housing pundits got it wrong in terms of  ...
April 15, 2014 4:36 PM
Nick Timiraos from the Wall Street Journal   https://twitter.com/NickTimiraos Nick Timiraos ‏@NickTimiraos Zelman existing ...
March 21, 2014 8:56 AM
Today the NAR came out with the Existing home sale numbers and the year over year action looks soft: http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2014/03/ ...
February 24, 2014 10:20 AM
For 2013, one of the main stories in housing was the cool down in existing home sales numbers over the second half of the year, in spite of the rela ...
January 27, 2014 2:25 PM
              Are tight lending standards the go-to fall guy in this economic cycle?  It would ...
December 30, 2013 10:46 AM
2014 Housing Prediction             A tale of 2 halves with lingering questions, characterizes ...
December 03, 2013 4:52 PM
  The use of Eminent Domain to seize mortgages sounds odd? Local governments seizing private investment in order to enhance the economic val ...
October 24, 2013 10:49 AM
Recently we saw that the mortgage purchase application number had its first negative year over year number on the 4 week moving average.   ...
August 26, 2013 9:40 AM
   Now that we are mid-way into August and 1% plus mortgage rates are  fully into the system it's time to take another look at th ...
July 18, 2013 4:54 PM
      Summer is in full swing so  I’ve got my binoculars out.   The season is a great time to go hunti ...
June 14, 2013 10:37 AM
 For the past few weeks I have been tweeting out the term Refi pipeline destruction. This means that though there were many loans that were ...
May 07, 2013 8:11 AM
  A recent comment by the Chief economist of the NAR that housing is "stuck " reflects his concern that the low inventory of homes ...
May 07, 2013 8:11 AM
  A recent comment by the Chief economist of the NAR that housing is "stuck " reflects his concern that the low inventory of homes ...
March 25, 2013 9:23 AM
Baa Baa Black sheep have you any wool? Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full. This old nursery rhyme runs through my head as I sit down to write. So here ...
February 27, 2013 8:59 AM
     For years Americans have seen the drying up of homes for sale.  The drought has been harsh. Last year I wrote many article ...
February 08, 2013 3:03 PM
  Mortgage debt refinancing has been a strong point in the mild recovery the United States is experiencing.     Many Ameri ...
January 17, 2013 7:53 AM
The long awaited Qualified Mortgage Rules finally came in last week and while reading them I think I fell asleep 4 times because it really was a big s ...
December 31, 2012 11:49 AM
We have seen much action in the 2012 housing market , some of it surprising and some not unexpected. However, the main trend that I have noted since ...
December 31, 2012 11:39 AM
Both Republicans and Democrats love the Bush Tax cuts like Augusto loved Willy Wonka's Chocolate river http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdSORiSa ...
December 04, 2012 1:05 PM
Imagine for a second that a U.S bank allows a home buyer to buy a home with these two main core lending standards: 1. A minimum 620 Fico score 2. ...
November 05, 2012 3:00 PM
Vested interest in financial bubbles is common in all levels of a society. Nobody wants to tell you the party isn't real or no one wants to send ...
October 26, 2012 1:14 PM
A recent Pew research report showed that 39% of young adults ages 18-34 have returned home to live with their parents, after struggling to support t ...
September 26, 2012 9:59 AM
NAR Chief economist Lawrence Yun recently said, “"To be sure, the pendulum swung too far the wrong way when prices were high and loans were easy f ...
September 04, 2012 8:57 AM
Now we all know how dysfunctional our political system is in terms of getting things passed than can help or reform our economy and long-term debt pro ...