REFinBlog

Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

June 26, 2017

FHFA’s Asks from Congress

By David Reiss

The Federal Housing Finance Agency released its 2016 report to Congress. Of particular note are its legislative recommendations. The first is one that I and every other housing policy analyst has been saying for years. The second two are very … 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

May 24, 2017

American Bankers on Mortgage Market Reform

By David Reiss

The American Bankers Association has issued a white paper, Mortgage Lending Rules: Sensible Reforms for Banks and Consumers. The white paper contains a lot of common sense suggestions but its lack of sensitivity to consumer concerns greatly undercuts its value. It … Continue reading

April 27, 2017

Community Bankers and GSE Reform

By David Reiss

The Independent Community Bankers of America have release ICBA Principles for GSE Reform and a Way Forward. Although this paper is not as well thought-out as that of the Mortgage Bankers Association, it is worth a look in order to … Continue reading