Should the U.S. ban real estate lending?


Lending money to people to build and buy real estate is a risky business that periodically costs taxpayers huge amounts of money. Not only do taxpayers lose as a result of all the tax incentives associated with real estate, but they also pay when the banks that make bad real estate loans go bankrupt.

While there are clear benefits to owning real estate, the business of real estate lending costs America so much that I think we ought to let real estate prices drop to a level at which people can afford it without borrowing.