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Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

June 20, 2017

Increasing Price Competition for Title Insurers

By David Reiss

The New York State Department of Financial Services issued proposed rules for title insurance last month and requested comments. I submitted the following: I write and teach about real estate and am the Academic Director of the Center for Urban … Continue reading

June 19, 2017

Treasury’s Trojan Horse for The CFPB

By David Reiss

The Hill posted my latest column, Americans Are Better off with Consumer Protection in Place. It opens, This month, the Treasury Department issued a report to President Trump in response to his executive order on regulation of the U.S. financial system. … Continue reading

June 16, 2017

Fox in The CRA Henhouse

By David Reiss

Law360 quoted me in Treasury’s Fair Lending Review Worries Advocates (behind a paywall). It reads, in part, President Donald Trump’s Treasury Department said Monday that revisiting a 1977 law aimed at boosting bank lending and branches in poor neighborhoods was a “high … Continue reading

June 15, 2017

Time Is Ripe For GSE Reform

By David Reiss

Banker and Tradesman quoted me in Time Is Ripe For GSE Reform (behind a paywall). It opens, Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Melvin L. Watt told the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs last month that “Congress … Continue reading

June 8, 2017

Securitizing Single-Family Rentals

By David Reiss

Laurie Goodman and Karan Kaul of the Urban Institute’ Housing Finance Policy Center have issued a a paper on GSE Financing of Single-Family Rentals. They write, Fannie Mae recently completed the first government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) securitization of single-family rental (SFR) properties … Continue reading

June 7, 2017

Framing Bipartisan Housing Finance Reform

By David Reiss

The Bipartisan Policy Center has issued A Framework for Improving Access and Affordability in a Reformed Housing Finance System. The brief was written by Michael Stegman who had served as the Obama Administration’s top advisor on housing policy. It opens, With policymakers … Continue reading

June 6, 2017

GSE Investors Propose Reform Blueprint

By David Reiss

Moelis & Company, financial advisors to some of Fannie and Freddie investors including Paulson & Co. and Blackstone GSO Capital Partners, has release a Blueprint for Restoring Safety and Soundness to the GSEs. The blueprint is a version of a “recap … Continue reading