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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.

J. Ronald Terwilliger: Momentum for housing policy change is growing

The right to housing is universal and this is why
J. Ronald Terwilliger is the retired Chief Executive Officer of Trammell Crow Residential. Terwilliger's philanthropic focus is largely on housing; the need to provide decent affordable housing. His foundation is hosting an event this week in Dallas and this is a preview of what is expected to happen.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Facebook ends easy racial discrimination in housing ads

Trump chooses possible cabinet members
After Facebook recently came under fire for allowing racial discrimination in its housing ads, it is now fixing the problem. Also, as the new administration takes over, President-elect Donald Trump seeks to fill his cabinet. Here are his top choices. And look out New York – more regulation could be coming your way.
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Home Depot's Veterans Day project reflects housing's commitment to service members

Happy Veterans Day!
It’s interesting that this year Veterans Day fell in the same week as Election Day. Election Day is always the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, while Veterans Days is annually honored on Nov. 11. We wanted to highlight just one example of the countless ways the housing finance industry works to support veterans.
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An open letter to our next presidential administration

Former Ginnie Mae president Joseph Murin
As President-elect Donald Trump and his team begin the arduous task of transitioning, it's important that as he addresses his long list of campaign promises he does not forget housing, says Joseph Murin, former president of Ginnie Mae. "This is a plea for this administration not to underestimate the importance of the housing and real estate industry to America’s economy. It is way past the time for our industry leadership to stop kicking the proverbial can down the road."
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What's next now that Republicans control the Presidency and Congress?

Are Dodd-Frank and the CFPB on the chopping block?
While much of the country’s attention is focused on the seemingly unexpected election of Donald Trump, it shouldn’t be lost that the Republican Party also maintained its control of the House of Representatives and the Senate in this election. Now one party will control the legislative and executive branches of the government for at least the next two years. So what does that mean for the financial services industry, given the seismic changes the industry has seen in the last eight years?
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How a Trump presidency will shock the mortgage industry

How long will the CFPB survive?
The PHH ruling that put the CFPB under the authority of the president seemed like a nonevent given a Clinton victory — it’s not like she was going to disband the regulatory agency birthed by Elizabeth Warren. Any change to the status quo was kicked down the road by at least four years. Except Trump won. And Republicans now control the Senate and the House. Read this expert commentary from HousingWire Editor Sarah Wheeler.
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Here's the housing story (or lack thereof) of the 2016 election

How housing didn't matter in this campaign
Well America, we made it. We survived the most ridiculous, insane, over-the-top, depressing, and ultimately underwhelming campaign in modern political history and we made it. It’s #ElectionDay. So considering that we focus on housing here at HousingWire (hence the name), we felt it important to look at how housing mattered (actually it didn’t) in this election cycle.
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Want to disrupt the mortgage industry? Ask the decision makers

Here's who will drive this disruption
Throughout Digital Risk's recent "Break the Glass" Executive Women’s Sonoma Summit, attendees brainstormed how and why disruption in the mortgage industry should be spearheaded by one of the most influential, highly educated and fiscally responsible consumer groups – women. Who would better understand the differences, needs and wants of the major purchase decision makers than women?
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: How did alleged serial killer get his real estate license?

Election Day is right around the corner!
The story is still developing on alleged serial killer Todd Kohlhepp, 45 and a registered sex offender living in South Carolina. But there is one key fact about Kohlhepp that is leaving those following the story shocked: How did Todd Kohlhepp get a real estate license? Here’s a brief recap on the developing story.
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Fannie Mae CEO reveals "next frontier" of mortgage lending

Here is the next big idea
The recent launches of initiatives such as the Day 1 Certainty program, the student loan venture with SoFi and progress with affordable lending under the HomeReady program underpin Fannie Mae's dedication to increase mortgage lending. Even so, you’d be hard pressed to guess the next big thing in lending. And now you don’t have to.
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