Mortgage credit to impact housing next year

Expect more frustrated sellers as lenders tighten standards

Well. The elections are over, and the outcome had no detectable impact on the financial markets. Far more important than the switch in congressional control is President Bush’s transfer of national security policy from Neo-Con hands to Daddy’s bailout team — grounds for optimism for the world ahead. However, we’re not interested in the world, we’re interested in money; not the House but housing, and the bond market much prefers pessimism to optimism.

There were no noteworthy economic data released this week, but the bond market and mortgages improved by a chart-pattern whisker.