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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.

Final Jeopardy for Richard Cordray

Is the CFPB stonewalling?
On April 5, 2017, Richard Cordray, the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, gave his semiannual testimony before the House Financial Services Committee. Chairman Jeb Hensarling spent only minutes grilling the former Jeopardy! champion about CFPB stonewalling employees. But there's more to the story, and this is just the start.
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Does the MBA’s GSE reform plan finally address a key roadblock?

Stevens explains how this plan is different
Nearly eight years of conservatorship turned talks of reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into a myth - one that the industry might discuss but doesn't believe will actually happen. So what’s the main factor stopping GSE reform? No one really understands it. This problem is exactly what the Mortgage Bankers Association is trying to fix.
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Now is the time — Make housing reform a priority

Exclusive op-ed from the president of the MBA
Today, MBA is releasing a plan detailing how a future secondary mortgage market can work – describing a post-conservator end state for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Our proposal includes transition steps detailing how to get from here to there and is the only paper that comprehensively addresses how the reformed secondary market would serve all Americans along the broad continuum of affordable housing needs.
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HousingWire's 2017 Women of Influence nominations are now open!

It's our honor to recognize the most influential women in housing
HousingWire is proud to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Women of Influence, our opportunity to honor the housing industry’s most influential women leaders. Here is much more information on one of our favorite award programs.
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Want to become a mortgage broker? Here are tips on how to get started

What are the common misconceptions?
Mortgage brokers fall into the entrepreneur/startup category of the mortgage finance world. After taking a serious hit in the aftermath of the financial crisis, the industry is seeing a rebound in interest, especially as people think about how much money they can make if they work hard. So do you have what it takes to become a broker? Here's some advice from brokers themselves on where to start.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Industry trade groups tell Senate how to fix financial regulations

MBA, CUNA weigh in on regulatory reforms
The main front for the Republican Party’s push for regulatory reform is in the House of Representatives, where an effort is underway to replace the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act with the Financial CHOICE Act. But the House isn’t the only place where regulatory reform is on the table. Here's a look at what some of the mortgage industry's biggest trade groups want the Senate to do about regulatory reform. All that, and more, in your Monday Morning Cup of Coffee.
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Tesla takes next step in solar energy revolution, unveils new solar panels

Already plans production of solar roof
Tesla, which got into the solar energy business last year with the acquisition of SolarCity, is taking the next step in its plan to revolutionize the acquisition, storage, and use of solar energy with the introduction of its own version of solar panels. What does it mean for the solar energy business? And what does it mean for the mortgage business?
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