REFinBlog

Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

February 22, 2017

GSE Investors’ Hidden Win

By David Reiss

The big news yesterday was that the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled in the main for the federal government in Perry Capital v. Mnuchin, one of the major cases that investors brought against the federal government … Continue reading

February 17, 2017

Kushner Conflicts with Fannie & Freddie

By David Reiss

Bloomberg quoted me in Kushner’s Use of U.S.-Backed Apartment Loans Poses Conflict Risk. It opens,  Jared Kushner relinquished control of his family’s multibillion-dollar real-estate business in January to eliminate conflicts of interest when he became a top White House adviser to … Continue reading

January 31, 2017

Mortgage Bankers and GSE Reform

By David Reiss

The Mortgage Bankers Association has released GSE Reform Principles and Guardrails. It opens, This paper serves as an introduction to MBA’s recommended approach to GSE reform. Its purpose is to outline what MBA views as the key components of an end … Continue reading

January 24, 2017

Can Fannie and Freddie Be Privatized?

By David Reiss

Kroll Bond Rating Agency posted Housing Reform 2017: Can the GSEs be Privatized? The big housing finance reform question is whether there is now sufficient consensus in Washington to determine the fate of Fannie and Freddie, now approaching their ninth year … Continue reading

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