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GSE reform captures political attention

Mid-term election cycle brings housing reform into focus
Christina Mlynski
As Capitol Hill enters the mid-term election year, policymakers are scrambling to be the first to propose and pass legislation for housing reform to get one up on the competition.
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FHFA directs GSEs to restrict force-placed insurance practices

Limitation of practices may squeeze lenders, taxpayers
Christina Mlynski
The Federal Housing Finance Agency is directing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to restrict forced-placed insurance practices, which is a follow up from a notice the agency published in March regarding its views on such practices.
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FHFA watchdog sounds alarm on $4.6B loss

GSE fails to recover losses from strategic defaulters
Christina Mlynski
"I think it reinforces the current nature of mortgage finance policy, which is not to hold borrowers responsible. This isn’t just about Freddie, but it’s also about these borrowers sticking it to the taxpayer," Mark Calabria of the Cato Institute said.
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GSE conforming loan limits could adjust again

Is the housing market ready for a lower ceiling?
Christina Mlynski
Policymakers are contemplating a reduction in the maximum size of home loans that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are allowed to acquire, hoping this change will reduce the government’s dominant footprint in the mortgage market.
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Foreign affairs could stall housing reform

Competing priorities shift Congressional focus
Christina Mlynski
Housing is a strong catalyst for current economic growth, prompting mortgage experts to urge policymakers about the need for comprehensive housing finance reform this fall. But other fiscal headwinds and policy considerations could take precedence, delaying the housing fix once again.
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Mel Watt unqualified to lead FHFA

Kerri Ann Panchuk
The president’s reported pick of Congressman Mel Watt, D-N.C., to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency is likely to be stalled by the simple fact that...
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Debate over mortgage interest deduction shows a great divide

Brena Swanson
The housing market is on an upswing and mortgage interest rates are low, making now the perfect time to tweak the mortgage interest tax deduction, Mark...
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Analyzing newly elected Elizabeth Warren's power as a senator

Kerri Ann Panchuk
A little more than a year ago, Elizabeth Warren was known only in the financial services space as the potential first director of the Consumer Financial...
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Industry reps sound off on CFPB mortgage lending proposals

Justin T. Hilley
Industry representatives say they welcome the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s efforts to simplify mortgage lending for borrowers, but worry that the bureau is unwittingly causing future...
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Some housing calls from New York

Jon Prior
Preeminent housing watchers made some interesting calls on the first day of the Mortgage Bankers Association secondary market conference.The first was Lewis Ranieri, one of the...
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