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Where is housing finance reform?

Neither side of the aisle should be happy
Brena Swanson
Housing finance reform is likely to take a backseat as Washington D.C. adjusts to its latest members. But regardless, President Obama’s former chief economic advisor Gene Sperling said, “Neither side should be happy with the [housing finance] status quo.”
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Everyone agrees there must be housing finance reform

The problem is that no one can agree on the how of it
Trey Garrison
Housing finance reform is a nut that still can’t be cracked because of a lack of consensus among those involved, but most agree the status quo can’t continue.
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New legislation will break apart and sell Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

House Democrats introduce new GSE reform measure
Jacob Gaffney and Ben Lane
The bill winds down Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s current activities and revokes their charter, but allows them to be sold and recapitalized as entities with different business plans without any of their current unique powers.
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Former Fannie Mae exec: Mel Watt needs to take charge of GSE reform

Offers own 5-point plan for housing finance reform
Ben Lane
On the eve of Watt’s first opportunity to speak about GSE reform, a former Fannie executive is calling on Watt to use his authority as FHFA director to improve access to housing immediately.
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Rep. Delany: Time to end government’s role in setting price of mortgage finance

Mortgage finance plan combines private capital with government muscle
Ben Lane
Representative John K. Delaney, D-Md., cites the government’s “mispricing of risk” as a significant contributor to the financial crisis and says, “We have ample evidence of what happens when the government distorts the massive mortgage market.”
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FHA Commissioner: Government should act as backstop to private capital

Carol Galante shares her views on housing's future
Christina Mlynski
FHA Commissioner Carol Galante argued this week that housing finance reform needs to be a top priority to keep the housing recovery on track.
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