October 9, 2014

A Framework For Housing Finance

By David Reiss

The Government Accountability Office has released Housing Finance System: A Framework for Assessing Potential Changes. The GAO writes, To help policymakers assess various proposals for changing the single-family housing finance system and consider ways in which the system could be … Continue reading

October 6, 2014

Are the FHA’s Losses Heartbreaking?

By David Reiss

The Inspector General of the Department of of Housing and Urban Development issued an audit of FHA’s Loss Mitigation Program (2014-KC-0004).  The Office of the Inspector General (the OIG) did the audit because of its “concern that FHA might have incurred … Continue reading

September 25, 2014

How Much Did the FHA Cost Us?

By David Reiss

Until the financial crisis hit, the Federal Housing Administration has never required budgetary support for its mortgage insurance programs. When it received a $1.7 billion infusion from the Treasury, it was seen as a sad day in the FHA’s long … Continue reading

August 18, 2014

Housing Finance at A Glance

By David Reiss

The Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center really does give a a nice overview of the American housing finance system in its monthly chartbook, Housing Finance at A Glance. I list below a few of the charts that I found … Continue reading

August 15, 2014

The Cost of Doing Nothing

By David Reiss

Yesterday, I wrote about the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)’s FHFA comment letter. Today I write about SIFMA’s comment letter in response to Treasury’s request for input relating to the future of the private-label securities market. Like the … Continue reading

August 14, 2014

Housing Finance Abhors A Vacuum

By David Reiss

The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) released their comment letter to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s request for input relating to the role of the Fannie and Freddie guarantee fee (g-fee) in the housing finance market. While clearly … Continue reading

August 11, 2014

Reiss on The Future of the Private Label Securities Market

By David Reiss

I have posted The Future of the Private Label Securities Market to SSRN (as well as to BePress). I wrote this in response to the Department of Treasury’s request for input on this topic. The abstract reads, The PLS market, … Continue reading