Talk of the housing market, housing affordability, credit availability — really anything having to do with most Americans' single largest investment — has been conspicuously absent from the political conversation in this election cycle. Voters, however, tend to vote with their pocketbooks, and their homes take up an awful lot of space in those cluttered bags.
"The biggest problem is that no candidate has any idea what to do about fixing housing. It was easy eight years ago because the plans were about stabilizing the housing market and helping those at risk of foreclosure because of temporary economic distress. Candidates are really good at pushing emergency solutions and one-time programs," said Jaret Seiberg, financial services policy analyst at Guggenheim Securities.