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Trending Thursday: Conservatorship will never die

Plus Democrats are unhappy on how regulators are handling diversity
Trey Garrison
People upset with Fannie and Freddie and the FHFA? Check. Counterintuitive survey on financial outlook for minorities? Check. Congressfolks saying the regulators are dropping the ball on diversity? Big check. Read on, traveler.
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Exclusive: Redfin’s chief economist answers 5 tough questions

Nationalizing the GSEs, the silver bullet for Washington policy and more
Trey Garrison
HousingWire met up with Redfin’s chief economist, Nela Richardson, and discussed a host of critical housing and mortgage finance issues. Punchy, short and sweet — here are five quick answers to some hard questions.
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Caution: GSE reform could have serious unintended consequences

Guest blog by former Ginnie Mae president Joseph Murin
Joseph Murin
Former Ginnie Mae president Joseph Murin knows first-hand how important the government backstop to the mortgage industry is…and it’s not just for lenders. Without the government guarantee for mortgages, it will be the consumer who suffers most, Murin says.
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Senate banking committee passes massive regulatory relief bill

Big implications in legislation for housing and mortgage finance
Trey Garrison
The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs passed “The Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015” on Thursday, which will, if it makes it through the bill-making grinder and gets passed into law, bring big changes to the red tape the mortgage finance industry is tied up in.
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Trending Thursday: Housing, mortgage finance getting a break from Washington?

Plus untying Fannie, Freddie and the whole Gordian knot of conservatorship
Trey Garrison
A lot of changes could be on the horizon for housing, mortgage finance, Fannie, Freddie and the whole housing shebang. Here's the latest from Washington and beyond.
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MBA's Stevens: Time for a clarification on Fannie, Freddie reform

Protecting GSE role in housing supersedes profit-focused shareholders
David Stevens
Right now, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are providing liquidity in the secondary market for residential mortgage in the absence of private capital. The unbalanced dependence here puts the entire system on untenable ground and presents enormous risks to taxpayers.
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Mr. Lew and Holder: Tear down this wall of secrecy on Fannie, Freddie profit sweep

Support or oppose ‘3rd amendment sweep’
Trey Garrison
You can oppose or support the third amendment sweep. You can be for or against the recapitalization of the GSEs. But no one, in good conscience, can support keeping the American people in the dark as to why.
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Former FDIC chair unleashes sharp critique of Fannie, Freddie treatment

William Isaac says Treasury sweep of profits puts taxpayers at risk
Trey Garrison
The sweep of Freddie and Fannie profits to Treasury puts taxpayers at a great risk of having to bailout the GSEs if, as FHFA's OIG suggests, profitability goes south. The latest sounding the warning? The former head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Think he's right?
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Congresswoman wants to put Fannie, Freddie profits in escrow

Introduces bill to force action on GSE reform
Trey Garrison
A congress member wants to put profits from the government sponsored enterprises in escrow. Is it so crazy it just might work?
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Do we really need laws protecting the 30-year mortgage?

These guys say yes, yes we do
Trey Garrison
Three New England congressmen have introduced legislation designed to protect the fixed-rate 30-year mortgage and, they say, shield American taxpayers from future bailouts by reforming the housing finance system. Think it's a good idea?
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