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Opinion, commentary, and analysis on everything that makes the U.S. housing economy tick -- not to mention the ghosts in the machine, too. Written by HW's team of editors and reporters each business day.

These housing experts will answer all of your Trump questions

Join us for a FREE webinar and Q&A
As the guard changes in Washington, so does the housing and mortgage finance industries we rely on for making our living. Do you have questions on what the Trump mortgage nation will look like? The editorial department at HousingWire gathered housing finance experts to answer all your questions. Don't miss your chance to get in on the action, completely FREE.
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Airbnb cashes in on Super Bowl LI

Housing rental prices shoot through the roof
The Super Bowl is almost here and Airbnb users in Houston are capitalizing on the hype. Listings that could go for $100 to $300 the weekend before suddenly jump to nightly prices in the thousands. These photos show the change in price that one weekend can bring.
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Ben Carson confirmation hearing had some bark, but where was the bite?

"Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing"
Ben Carson easily sparked more controversy and concern than any other Department of Housing and Urban Development nominee, and yet when the time finally came to grill the potential future leader of HUD, the original uproar practically dissipated. By the looks of things, Carson as HUD secretary is all but locked in.
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Here are 4 steps Ben Carson should take as HUD secretary

What will be Carson's signature issues be?
Past leaders of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development often embraced one or two signature issues to define their stewardship of the agency. So what area is Future HUD Secretary Ben Carson most likely to focus on? One area will likely be health and housing. If so, here are four steps that Carson can take as future HUD Secretary to help bridge the policy gap between health and housing.
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The war around CFPB Director Richard Cordray

#DefendCFPB
The controversial position Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray sits in is only intensifying as government officials push to have him fired and policy groups urge consumers to defend him. The future of the CFPB and Cordray rests in the fate of two different situations, one of which became one of the top trending hashtags on twitter Monday.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: What does Goldman Sachs expect from Trump administration?

Plus trouble brewing for Canada’s housing market
In the days since the election, observers on both sides of the political divide found themselves shaking their collective heads at the frequency at which the name Goldman Sachs is a prominent feature on the resume of one of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees. So, what exactly does Goldman Sachs expect out of the Trump administration? All that and more in your Monday Morning Cup of Coffee.
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Fact is, no one knows anything about former HUD secretaries

Here’s what you missed about Julián Castro as he leaves office
How many Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretaries have there been total? The correct answer: 16. But don’t worry if you got it wrong, you’re far from alone. Only 24% of people got the question correct on a recent HousingWire quiz. So now that’s clear no one has a clue about the past HUD secretaries, here’s a quick run-down of current HUD Secretary Julián Castro’s time in office before he exits.
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