Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

March 15, 2017

Fannie and Freddie’s Credit Risk Transfers

By David Reiss

The Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center has released its February 2017 Housing Finance at a Glance Chartbook, always a great resource for housing geeks. Each Chartbook highlights one topic. This one focuses on GSE credit risk transfers, an important … Continue reading

March 13, 2017

Three Paths to Housing Finance Reform

By David Reiss

The Urban Institute’s Jim Parrott has posted Clarifying the Choices in Housing Finance Reform. It opens, The housing finance reform debate has often foundered under the weight of its complexity. Not only is it a complicated topic, both in its … Continue reading

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