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The High Cost of Washington's Housing Market Price Manipulation Policy

Housing-Market / US Housing Dec 09, 2008 - 09:36 AM GMT

By: Ayn_Rand

Housing-Market

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWant to eliminate the glut of homes? Don't give the government more power--open the borders to immigration.

For decades Washington has been manipulating prices to encourage homeownership and "steer" the economy. To "incentivize" you to buy a house, it made mortgage payments tax deductible, largely exempted homes from capital gains taxes, and created Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. After the stock market tumbled in 2001 and 2002, Washington established a policy of artificially low interest rates that created the illusion of cheap credit; leery of the stock market, and looking for someplace else to put all this easy money, Americans began buying homes in droves.


But eventually the drug-induced high of artificial credit wore off, and out-of-whack housing prices plummeted, sparking the financial crisis. What was Washington's response? It ramped up its price manipulation policy, injecting us with a new round of "easy money" amphetamine: Bush doled out "stimulus" checks, the Treasury began funneling billions into banks, and the Fed started frantically slashing interest rates. And, we are told, this is only the beginning. A new dose of bailouts, interest rate cuts, and "stimulus" giveaways is just around the corner.

Maybe it's time for a new approach. How about we start thinking of ways to address this crisis by getting the government out of the business of price manipulation--and let prices, from home values to interest rates, be determined by people’s free choices and the law of supply and demand?

This will require some unconventional thinking--and here's a suggestion to get us started: free up the housing market by freeing up immigration. That's bound to be controversial, but indulge us for a moment.

Right now the housing market is in disarray. Too many homes built for our current population has sent prices spiraling downward, and millions of homeowners, stuck with mortgages they can't afford and houses they can't unload, are facing foreclosure. Meanwhile, there are millions of peaceful people around the globe eager to bring their wealth, talent, and ambition to this country, but can't because Washington forcibly prevents them from immigrating.

This government-enforced cap on the number of potential home-buyers is just another instance of price manipulation. Imagine if the number of annual immigrants increased from around 650,000 a year to, say, five million. Virtually overnight we would see money pour into the American real estate market, as millions of new businessmen and workers bought and rented homes. Not only would this eliminate the oversupply of houses, we would enjoy the broader economic benefits of welcoming legions of highly skilled and motivated individuals into the American economy.

You might be thinking, "Won't this lead to lower wages or unemployment at a time when we can least afford it?" The history of this country attests to the fact that, in the long run, immigration fosters economic growth. Even in the short run, however, the effect on wages and employment is an open question--it depends on how much capital and entrepreneurial acumen the new immigrants bring and create.

There are many other simple measures we could take to roll back the government's manipulation of prices. For instance, we could eliminate restrictions on bank ownership, which coercively limit how much capital banks can raise.

Besides such quick, immediate steps to end government price distortions, we need a long-term strategy to eliminate all government policies that manipulate prices. We need to eliminate the countless regulatory shackles on financial institutions, which distort market forces and encourage reckless actions. We need to put an end to the government’s crusade to encourage homeownership through Fannie and Freddie, the Community Reinvestment Act, tax code manipulation, and many other avenues. Above all, we need to end the government's ability to set interest rates and create inflationary booms--and their inevitable busts--by phasing out the Federal Reserve and allowing the United States to return to a gold standard.

These would be radical reforms, to be sure--but that's because the government has been radically expanding its price manipulation policies for the better part of a century. We're seeing where that path leads. It's time to start moving in a new direction.

By Yaron Brook and Don Watkins

www.aynrand.org

Yaron Brook is the president of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights. Don Watkins is a writer at the Ayn Rand Center. The Ayn Rand Center is a division of the Ayn Rand Institute and promotes the philosophy of Ayn Rand, author of “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead.”

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Comments

rohit
10 Dec 08, 20:40
Green Card Processing Inefficient

Sir,

Good idea but what you are missing is the fact that legal immigration and the system is completely broken, USCIS (the agency that gives Green Cards is highly inefficient, their efficiency is worse that a govt agency in a third world country). I am a highly skilled legal immigrant. I came to the USA in 1998 and my green card is pending since the last 7 years and I am not alone. There are thousands like me who want to buy a house but are waiting for the GC to arrive. there is a huge backlog of people who don't get GC because of unavailable visas because USCIS wastes thousands of immigrant visas every year.

Thanks


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