The Federal Housing Finance Agency delayed plans to raise the base guarantee fee by 10 basis points on all mortgages securitized by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, giving newly appointed FHFA Director Mel Watt more time to evaluate the changes.
After much fanfare and delay, Rep. Mel Watt was officially sworn in as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Entering his five-year term, Watt becomes the first Senate-confirmed director of the agency.
Currently, Rep. Mel Watt’s, D-N.C., nomination doesn’t have the necessary votes, but the situation remains incredibly fluid. Still, that hasn't stopped policymakers and advocacy groups from dropping breadcrumbs on the confirmation trail.
The greatest guessing game on Capitol Hill appears to be who will lead the conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. However, there's no need to guess when the man best suited for the position is already in office.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finalized clarifications to mortgage rules Wednesday, improving consumer protections in qualified mortgages and mortgage servicing.The corrections, clarifications and amendments were first...
People are listening to real estate economists today in a way that anyone who covered the industry a decade or more ago would not recognize. Smoke is one of the members of this new wave of real estate economists. In fact, Smoke is actually the newest one on the block. The upstart economists at places like Trulia and Zillow are still new, Smoke is just the latest player to join the game..