September 18, 2014

Frannie Reps and Warranties Crisis Brewing

By David Reiss

The Inspector General of the Federal Housing Finance Agency released an audit, FHFA’s Representation and Warranty Framework. Reps and warranties are a risk-shifting device that sophisticated commercial parties use in transactions. If a party makes a representation or warranty that … Continue reading

September 15, 2014

Housing Goals and Housing Finance Reform

By David Reiss

The Federal Housing Finance Agency issued a proposed rule that would establish housing goals for Fannie and Freddie for the next three years. The Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992 required that Fannie and Freddie’s regulator … Continue reading

September 12, 2014

Reiss on Housing Finance Reform

By David Reiss

Inside MBS and ABS, the trade journal, quoted me in DeMarco Cites ‘Structural Improvements’ in Housing Six Years After GSE Conservatorship, More Needed (behind a paywall). It reads, Six years after the government takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, … Continue reading

September 4, 2014

Hope for Housing Finance Reform?

By David Reiss

The former Acting Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Edward Demarco, has issued a short policy brief from his new perch at the Milken Institute’s Center for Financial Markets.While there is nothing that is really new in this policy … Continue reading

September 3, 2014

Top Ten Issues for Housing Finance Reform

By David Reiss

Laurie Goodman of the Urban Institute has posted A Realistic Assessment of Housing Finance Reform. This paper is quite helpful, given the incredible complexity of the topic. The paper includes a lot of background, but I assume that readers of … Continue reading

September 2, 2014

Insuring Mortgages Through the Business Cycle

By David Reiss

Mark Zandi and Cristian deRitis of Moody’s, along with Jim Parrott of the Urban Institute, have posted Putting Mortgage Insurers on Solid Ground. They wrote this in response to the Private Mortgage Insurance Eligibility Requirements set forth by the FHFA. … Continue reading

August 26, 2014

Regulating Fannie and Freddie With The Deal

By David Reiss

Steven Davidoff Solomon and David T. Zaring have posted After the Deal: Fannie, Freddie and the Financial Crisis Aftermath to SSRN. The abstract reads, The dramatic events of the financial crisis led the government to respond with a new form … Continue reading