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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.

Trump’s Mortgage Nation – an inside look at HousingWire’s webinar

Experts answer questions about the future of housing
Will Trump repeal Dodd-Frank? Does Cordray have a future at the CFPB? Is GSE reform on the way? Experts from the housing industry answered these questions and more in HousingWire’s webinar, Trump’s Mortgage Nation. Didn’t have time to watch the whole thing? We have you covered. Here are the cherries from the webinar, plus how to still watch it in full.
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Who cares if the Dow hit 20K? Not most of us

Nearly half of American adults don’t own stocks, so why should they care?
On the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, at the offices of investment brokers, and in corporate boardrooms throughout the country, there were hearty celebrations on Wednesday morning as an artificial number hit an arbitrary target. People doffed cheap embroidered hats. They poured Champagne. Frivolity was the order of the day. But for the rest of us, the Dow hitting 20,000 doesn’t mean a damn thing.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Trump shows he's serious about deregulation

Also, The New York Times goes negative on Quicken Loans
Newly installed President Donald Trump gave some indication of his deregulation strategy Friday night, when he signed an executive order seeking to repeal the Affordable Care Act. An executive order doesn't change the existing law, but does change the enforcement of the law, a course of action that could just as easily be applied to mortgage legislation like Dodd-Frank.
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These housing experts will answer all of your Trump questions

Join us for a FREE webinar and Q&A
Hurry, the webinar is today! 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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