December 18, 2014

Life Post-Fannie, Post-Freddie

By David Reiss

The Congressional Budget Office has released a report, Transitioning to Alternative Structures for Housing Finance. This report examines various mechanisms that policymakers could use to attract more private capital to the secondary mortgage market. The report also addresses how those … Continue reading

December 11, 2014

Fannie and Freddie Begin a New Stage

By David Reiss

The Federal Housing Finance Agency has ordered Fannie and Freddie to begin making contributions to the Housing Trust Fund and to the Capital Magnet Fund.  These two funds were created pursuant to the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, … Continue reading

November 25, 2014

Housing Finance Reform at a Glance

By David Reiss

The Urban Institute has posted its November Housing Finance At A Glance.  This is a really valuable resource. The introduction provides a nice overview of recent developments in the area: With a sweeping midterm election victory for the GOP, the … Continue reading

November 20, 2014

Reiss on GSE Privatization

By David Reiss quoted me in Waiting to Say Goodbye to the GSEs. It reads in part, US HUD Secretary Julian Castro added another “to do” item to the lame duck Congress’ list of things they should get done before they adjourn … Continue reading

November 13, 2014

Reiss on Privatization of Fannie and Freddie

By David Reiss profiled an article of mine in Brooklaw Professor Pushes for Privatization of Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac. The profile opens, Since the end of the Great Recession, policymakers, academics and economists have been struggling with a very difficult question — what … Continue reading

October 27, 2014

Reiss and Lederman on Affordable Housing Goals

By David Reiss

Jeff Lederman and I have posted our comment to the FHFA’s proposed housing goals for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for 2015 through 2017.  We argue, As the FHFA sets the housing goals for 2015-2017, it should focus on maximizing … Continue reading

October 21, 2014

Reiss on Easing Credit

By David Reiss

Law360 quoted me in With Lessons Learned, FHFA Lets Mortgage Giants Ease Credit (behind a paywall). It reads in part, The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s plan to boost mortgage lending by allowing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to purchase loans … Continue reading