Jacob Gaffney

Jacob Gaffney

Jacob Gaffney is the Editor-in-Chief of HousingWire and HousingWire.com. He previously covered securitization for Reuters and Source Media in London before returning to the United States in 2009. While in Europe for nearly a decade, he covered bank loans and the high yield market, in addition to commercial paper, student loan, auto and credit card space(s). At HousingWire, he began focusing his journalism on all aspects of the housing and mortgage markets.

ARTICLES

How much money should you have in savings before becoming a mortgage broker?

Mortgage brokers can make a killing, but it takes some time
While the industry is slow to adopt sexier elements, such as tech advancements and digital processing, there is one way to lure great talent — tell them how much money they can make if they work hard. Yet, it takes time before those first paychecks start to roll in. But how long? And how much money should you have in savings before becoming a mortgage broker?
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FDIC unveils Dodd-Frank alternative for "better" bank regulation

Reducing risk to taxpayers named as one motivation
Speaking at the Institute of International Bankers Annual Washington Conference, FDIC Vice Chairman Thomas Hoenig said that while Dodd-Frank is well intended, the regulations are too burdensome for all banks, "especially smaller banks." So here's what the FDIC wants to do, instead.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Trump targets CFPB funding for greater control

Is his election slowing down affordable housing? California thinks so
President Donald Trump's budget proposal reportedly includes a big change for the CFPB. We have the details for you. Plus, will the Fed raise rates in March? Here's one way to get a clue. Also, did the Oscars get its first HUD joke? Twitter thinks so. And Trump's election appears to be costing California some much-needed affordable housing.
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Guess who just joined the HousingWire free Appraisal webinar?

Hint: He works with the largest mortgage finance entity in the nation
HousingWire is hosting a free webinar next week on the state of the appraisal industry in 2017. We are already getting flooded with questions and, lucky for all of us, Zach Dawson, the director of collateral strategy at Fannie Mae, will join us. Here's how to sign up!
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Fannie Mae CEO: G-fee pricing is in the "right zone"

No one is complaining about the free stuff, either
One of the larger shifts this quarter, although profits remain flat, is earnings from guarantee-fees now outpace portfolio investments. In other words, Fannie Mae is now making more money off of business it is doing rather than business it once did.
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Freddie Mac CEO: 4 ways to turn around the supertanker

This is how to manage $2 trillion in assets
One thing that gets little coverage is how effective Freddie Mac CEO Donald Layton managed his team, which runs $2 trillion in assets. So, it seemed appropriate to find out his formula for retaining top staff and keeping the foot soldiers motivated. Layton puts it down to 4 ways they helped turn around this “supertanker.”
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