Which Presidetial candidate will benefit the real estate professional the most?

Mortgage and Lending

Barack Obama  Hillary Clinton John McCain

I love to get my fellow "Rainers' opinions so here is a question I'd love some response on

Regardless of who you actually vote for (I'm not asking you to reveal that) which Presidential candidate do you think will be best for a Mortgage or Real Estate Professionals career.

A. Hillary Clinton
B. Barack Obama
C. John McCain

If you choose to answer then why?

I will reveal who I think will be more beneficial on  my personal Ken Henderson blog post later this week as I don't want to seem like I endorse any candidate.

However I'd love the community to chime in on this and give their perspective. Thanks for your input!

Comments (13)

Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life
Ken - Warren Buffett:-)  Actually, I'm not sure.   I haven't heard anything from any of the above that would instill confidence in me that they have any semblance of a pulse on the Real Estate Market.  I think we are going to have to handle this one ourselves Ken...
Apr 17, 2008 07:25 AM
Tara Colquitt
Tara Colquitt, The Credit Woman, LLC - Philadelphia, PA
Credit Counselor
Ken: I totally agree with Jason. I eagerly awaited the debates and fell asleep on them. I don't think I missed much. But I did appreciate how Obama tried to stay on the topics of importance.
Apr 17, 2008 08:33 AM
Mitchell J Hall
Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn


I don't know as President who will be better for my real estate career. I think real estate and politics are local. However as a real estate broker in NYC both Bill and Hillary Clinton have been great for my real estate career.

Bill Clinton opened an office in Harlem several years ago. His presence was a strong catalyst for the resurgence and real estate boon in Harlem these last several years. It is still underway with new zoning on 125th street.  I've been selling townhouses and condos in Harlem ever since.

As a Senator from NY Hillary Clinton fought for federal funds for lower Manhattan after 9/11 after Bush reneged. Bush created a new corrupt bureaucracy called Homeland Security that didn't think the Statue of Liberty or Manhattan was a target of terrorists. 

Hillary also was able to get funds from the federal transportation bill to turn a 30 year old dilapidated elevated rail tracks abandoned by railroad companies into an outdoor elevated park The High Line.

Because of this public park some of the briskest real estate development in years is taking place along the High Line now. It runs through Hells Kitchen, Chelsea and The Meat Packing district. Now three of Manhattan's hottest and desirable neighborhoods. I have been selling  new condos with new park views.

Apr 17, 2008 09:23 AM
Eric Kodner
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes - Minnetonka, MN
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island

Regardless of whether one of the candidates jumps out at you as being "good for real estate" or not, we know one thing.  The economy is a mess right now, following eight years of a GOP president who had a majority behind him in Congress.  

The GOP likes to portray their opponents as "tax and spend", fiscally irresponsible bureaucrats.  But the truth is, the budget deficit has grown bigger under Bush than any other president in history.  You don't reward a party that has mismanaged the economy this badly by voting in their standard bearer for four more years of misery.

Apr 17, 2008 09:49 AM
Eleanor Thorne
Equity Resources - Cary, NC
Equity Resources 919-649-5058
Like Sardi - I'll be voting soon here in NC.  I think it's a shame the votes for Florida and Michigan did not count -because I think Hillary would be further ahead.  I've just spent 30 minutes reading comments about how "Obama will be easy to beat." and frankly, after last night's debate those comments might be accurate.  Like Mr. Kodner - and Mr. Hall - I agree that the GOP has done a poor job, a really really poor job.  I also agree with Mr. Hall that the Clinton's had a solid economic plan that worked.  I don't have enough info on Obama's plan - but it needs to be STRONG!
Apr 17, 2008 11:01 AM
Patrick Johnson
Windermere - Bellingham, WA

I agree with Jason in the first post. We are and should be on our own with this. If you want to see how any of the "goverment should fix this" people fare, look at any big city run by Democrates. Their business and housing are in the worse shape around the country because of taxation and limitation. I am not a fan of Bush, but he did produce the longest streak of consecutive months of economic growth EVER that didn't stop until ohhhhhh.....after 2006, and we all know who was elected then. 

Mitchell, I am glad that the market is great for you, if we can just get Billary to move everywhere to revitalize area that would be good.........eww, nevermind LOL

Apr 18, 2008 02:33 PM
Mitchell J Hall
Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn
Patrick, I'm afraid if they get elected they will drop NY in a NY minute. lol
Apr 19, 2008 02:09 AM
Gynell Stalford - Texas Cert. Appraiser *****FHA & FLAGSTAR APPROVED*****
Metroplex Appraisal Services - The FHA Appraisal Shop - Frisco, TX

Great question. Again no easy answers. I'm not an Obama supporter. He just doesnt have the knowledge and experience that position demands. We shall see...........

Apr 30, 2008 03:27 AM
Eric Kodner
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes - Minnetonka, MN
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island

Patrick, if Bush gets credit for the run upwards in economic growth, then he has to take credit for what is happening today.  I don't think a president can have it both ways. 

Part of those "consecutive months of economic growth" was built on the largely-unregulated mess we call a mortgage meltdown that is happening today.  It was a house of cards.

Apr 30, 2008 03:35 AM
P. Campbell
Metro Development Group - Rochester, NY


This has little to do with race or political stance and more to do with my gender. As a woman I know I will not be agreed with by many but I'll voice my thoughts here, however comical they may be.

At the risk of sounding like anything other than a woman talking about natural preferences, I have heard and seen enough of Ms. Clinton. Not that she hasn't done a great job as Senator. We need a fresh start and a fresh approach. We need a new voice (and I mean that literally). It seems horribly politically incorrect to say, but I would like to hear another voice yelling promises through my television despite the fact that they may never happen in my lifetime.

I also secretly want to continue blaming men for all the world's problems and don't want to break the pattern by having a woman thrown into the mix of an already brewing pot of mess. In years to come our kids may honestly think that Hilary had something to do with the astronomical cost of fuel...if there is still any left around then.



Apr 30, 2008 03:55 PM
Ron Avneri
Seattle, WA
Financial Professional


Jul 29, 2008 05:10 AM
Earl Johnson
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Great post... I don't have a clue but I know the status quo is not something I endorse.  With new legislation hitting the books on a monthly basis I do not believe Washington knows either.  The bottom line is our economy needs to turn around and economic stability in the middle class is the only thing that will be positive for our country and our industry.  I believe we are the life blood of a thriving and growing economy.

Personally, I like to stand on altruistic issues.  So I am endorsing Obama... for now...

Aug 08, 2008 03:12 PM
Jeff Polonsky
loansnjobs.com and EasyWayToShop.Com - Mill Creek, WA

if you go by conventional wisdom, a Republican would be better geared towards people of the "self employed" side of business. Like one of the posters said above, the debate process should be a good one. Once they are in full swing, the issues that matter more to us in this industry may be a bit more clear. COnventional wisdom - DId I say that. I sound like my father. WOW.

Great question

Aug 11, 2008 10:12 AM