Items Tagged with 'housing finance reform'


  • Housing finance reform should fix what’s broken

    What does housing finance reform look like?
    [Expert commentary] Nearly 10 years after Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were placed into conservatorship, housing finance reform remains the single largest piece of unfinished business of the housing crisis. The failure of Fannie and Freddie, the taxpayer bailout and repayment that followed, and their unresolved conservatorship continue to demand final resolution, even if Congress does not.
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  • End of conservatorship? Trump administration proposes privatizing Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

    Government reveals plan to reshape country’s housing finance system
    Later this year, the housing industry will “celebrate” the 10-year anniversary of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac being taken into conservatorship at the height of the housing crisis, but if the Trump administration has its way, the conservatorship of the government-sponsored enterprises could actually be ending soon.
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  • David Stevens: Here's the MBA view on GSE reform

    What to do about Fannie, Freddie, and even Ginnie
    [Expert commentary] In an exclusive guest post, Mortgage Bankers Association President and CEO David Stevens presents the MBA's view on the "right" reform plan for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Ginnie Mae. How much should the government be involved in the mortgage market? Stevens presents the MBA case.
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  • House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling not running for re-election

    Prominent Texas Republican announces retirement from Congress
    House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, will not run for re-election in 2018, the prominent Republican told his supporters on Tuesday. Hensarling may be on his way out of Congress, but he said Tuesday that he won’t stop working to further his agenda for the remainder of his term – including housing finance reform.
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  • Carson and Watt call on Congress to take on housing finance reform

    Both tell MBA Annual crowd that conservatorship has lasted too long
    During his speech Monday morning at the Mortgage Bankers Association Annual Meeting in Denver, Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt reiterated his recent sentiments that it is time for Congress to take on housing finance reform because the conservatorship of the government-sponsored enterprises has gone on too long. And Watt wasn’t the only big-time housing official to call on Congress to tackle housing finance reform.
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  • Message from housing finance groups: Congress must work on GSE reform

    Groups send joint letter to Mnuchin and Watt
    Initial talks from the Trump administration on reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are not happening as quickly as originally anticipated due to a growing backlog of things to accomplish in Washington D.C. Despite the slowed-down timeline, some of the biggest housing finance groups joined together to remind housing officials to stay focused on reform.
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  • Milken Institute recruits several big names to help conquer housing refinance reform

    Eric Kaplan to head group of industry veterans
    The Milken Institute is gearing up to conquer the complexities of housing finance reform as the topic hopefully starts to become a major talking point in Washington D.C. The institute announced a new policy team of mortgage veterans, who will probably sound familiar to most people in the industry.
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  • MBA President Stevens defends need for multiple guarantors in GSE reform

    Should reform preserve the current duopoly of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?
    The Mortgage Bankers Association was one of the first groups to publish their thoughts for the government on how to best tackle reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Now as the list of people commenting on how to execute reform continues to grow, David Stevens, Mortgage Bankers Association president and CEO, decided to go back and highlight one of the MBA’s main points: The need for multiple guarantors.
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  • It starts with rental housing: 3 key considerations for housing finance reform

    Housing finance reform is long overdue
    [Commentary] Housing finance reform may be making its long-awaited comeback on Capitol Hill. It’s been nearly nine years since the federal government first placed Fannie and Freddie under conservatorship. Housing finance reform is long overdue. If Congress can get it right, it will be well worth the wait. Lawmakers should consider three critical points.
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