Items Tagged with 'housing finance reform'

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  • Hensarling’s Hail Mary: Top Republican unveils sweeping bipartisan housing finance reform bill

    Would wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, elevate Ginnie Mae
    It’s now officially been 10 years since the government took Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into conservatorship. And in that decade, an uneasy status quo has developed with Fannie and Freddie dominating the housing finance system, despite their limited capital bases and unresolved position as wards of the federal government. But if House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling has anything to say about it in his final days in office, all of that uncertainty will soon be resolved.
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  • Housing finance reform’s gridlock problem: Affordable housing

    What is standing in the way of reform?
    [Expert commentary] Housing finance reform remains the single largest piece of unfinished business of the housing crisis. And the single biggest factor standing in the way of that business is getting agreement on how to ensure that the GSEs serve all Americans, not just the wealthy.
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  • 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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