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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.

Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Housing takes center stage at SXSW

Mortgage finance finally rubbing shoulders with the IT crowd
“How do we make real estate sexy like South By Southwest is,” Sean Dobson, chairman and CEO of Amherst Holdings, joked at his company’s session at the renowned conference in Austin. The data and analytics company for the real estate industry is on an extremely short list of housing-affiliated companies attending the two-week conference, and who else but HousingWire would be there to cover it all? No one, that's who. Click to read the exclusive coverage!
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LendIt Wrap: We're missing the trillion-dollar opportunity in the commercial real estate market

Will tech give us a chance to play catch-up?
The takeaway from LendIt is that commercial and multi-family real-estate technology is extremely nascent and poised for disruption although not without challenges, and that competition in the space is only likely to grow as computing power and machine learning models improve to meet the challenges. 
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Where does housing finance reform stand right now?

And here's what's stopping reform
Attendees at Goldman Sachs’ housing and consumer finance conference took a break from talks of regulatory change, alternative asset classes and raising capital funds for a low-key lunch served in the same room. As attendees unwound from the back-to-back panel sessions, they sat and listened to five experts try to unwrap the mess that is housing finance reform.
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LendIt: Election years can disrupt fintech, too

Time for a “regulatory sandbox” for startups?
A recurring theme through all the presentations during the day at LendIt was an eagerness on the part of all representatives and their staff to hear from and engage with key players in the fintech industry. Our main takeaway from the day’s discussions on regulation is that the representatives and regulators are listening.
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This is why loosening Dodd-Frank won't stop real estate growth

Or dent the homeownership rate
The Trump administration recently signed an executive order to scale back the massive Dodd-Frank law. Many advocates are concerned its repeal could lead to another recession. However, it's important to understand that the executive order does not repeal the act. Here's what the executive order does mean for the housing market.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Trump budget threatens housing?

Is the Fed ready for a March rate hike?
Priorities during this administration could create problems for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s assistance programs as more focus is placed on military spending and less on housing. And the market is expecting the Fed to raise rates in March, however a week and a half still remain before the FOMC meeting, during which time anything could happen.
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Clayton Holdings exec: Observers see regulatory sea change but no end to Dodd Frank

Here's the news and mood at SFIG Vegas
The mood at the Structured Finance Industry Group Vegas conference this week was definitely upbeat. Despite the positive signs, however, panelists and the attendees weren’t ready to place a bet on when the private market will significantly expand, what form de-regulation will take or how quickly it will occur. Here’s what they did discuss.
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Industry welcomes Ben Carson as 17th HUD secretary

Starts immediately
Ben Carson officially holds the title of the 17th secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, immediately starting his reign at the helm of the housing agency. His first day comes a little more than a month after President Donald Trump was sworn into office, and the industry is ready to make up for lost time.
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