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Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

December 16, 2016

Muddled Future for Fannie & Freddie

By David Reiss

The United States Government Accountability Office released a report, Objectives Needed for the Future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac After Conservatorships.  The GAO’s findings read a bit like a “dog bites man” story — stating, as it does, the … Continue reading

December 15, 2016

Fannie/Freddie Scorecard

By David Reiss

The Federal Housing Finance Agency released its 2017 Scorecard for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Common Securitization Solutions.  The scorecard highlights how the FHFA’s reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is proceeding apace, absent direction from Congress.  This reform … Continue reading

December 9, 2016

Trump and The Housing Market

By David Reiss

TheStreet.com quoted me in 5 Ways the Trump Administration Could Impact the 2017 U.S. Housing Market. It opens, Yes, President-elect Donald Trump may have chosen Ben Carson to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, but as the U.S. housing … Continue reading

December 8, 2016

Taking up Housing Finance Reform

By David Reiss

I am going to be a regular contributor to The Hill, the political website.  Here is my first column, It’s Time to Take Housing Finance Reform Through The 21st Century: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two mortgage giants under the … Continue reading

December 5, 2016

Mnuchin and Housing Finance Reform

By David Reiss

Sabri Ben-Achour of Marketplace interviewed me in Choice of Mnuchin Troubles Housing Activists. (The audio is available at the link at the top of the linked page.)  The summary of the story reads as follows: Donald Trump has tapped financier, Hollywood producer … Continue reading

November 21, 2016

The Trump Effect on Mortgage Rates

By David Reiss

The Christian Science Monitor quoted me in What Does President Trump Really Mean for Mortgage Rates? It opens, In the week following the election, mortgage rates soared nearly half a percentage point. Average weekly 30-year fixed home loan rates are back above … Continue reading

November 18, 2016

Low Down Payment Mortgages, Going Forward

By David Reiss

TheStreet.com quoted me in Home Loan Down Payments Are in Decline: Will Uncle Sam Ride to the Rescue? It opens, President-elect Donald Trump has enough problems on his hands as his administration takes shape, with the economy, health care, geopolitical strife and … Continue reading