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Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

October 4, 2017

FHFA’s Strategic Plan for Fannie and Freddie

By David Reiss

The Federal Housing Finance Agency released its Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2018-2022 for public input. As discussed in yesterday’s post, Director Watt is very focused on maintaining the health of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The Strategic Plan reiterates … Continue reading

October 3, 2017

Watt’s Happening with Fannie and Freddie?

By David Reiss

Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Watt testified before the House Committee on Financial Services today and gave a good overview of the decade-long conservatorship of Fannie and Freddie.  He also gave some sense of the urgency of coming up with … Continue reading

September 27, 2017

Fannie, Freddie and Climate Change

By David Reiss

The Housing Finance Policy Center at the Urban Institute issued its September 2017 Housing Finance At A Glance Chartbook. The introduction asks what the recent hurricanes tell us about GSE credit risk transfer. But it also has broader implications regarding … Continue reading

July 3, 2017

Easy Money From Fannie Mae

By David Reiss

The San Francisco Chronicle quoted me in Fannie Mae Making It Easier to Spend Half Your Income on Debt. It reads in part, Fannie Mae is making it easier for some borrowers to spend up to half of their monthly pretax … Continue reading

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