REFinBlog

Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

May 9, 2019

Financing The American Dream

By David Reiss

I published Financing The American Dream in the May/June 2019 issue of the ABA’s Probate & Property magazine.  it opens, Two movie scenes can bookend the last hundred years of housing finance. In Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life (RKO … Continue reading

February 23, 2018

The Budgetary Impact on Housing Finance

By David Reiss

The MIT Golub Center for Finance and Policy has posted some interesting infographics on The President’s 2019 Budget: Proposals Affecting Credit, Insurance and Financial Regulators: The White House released the President’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2019 on February 12, just days … Continue reading

February 13, 2018

Trump’s War on HUD

By David Reiss

President Trump’s budget for fiscal year 2019 offers these highlights for the Department of Housing and Urban Development: The Budget reflects the President’s commitment to fiscal responsibility by reforming programs to encourage the dignity of work and self-sufficiency while supporting … Continue reading

November 14, 2017

The Future of Public Housing

By David Reiss

The Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley has posted Lessons for the Future of Public Housing: Assessing the Early Implementation of the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program. Housing policy analysts have bemoaned the chronic underfunding of public housing for decades … Continue reading

October 16, 2017

The Next Taxpayer Bailout for the Mortgage Market?

By David Reiss

    The HUD Office of the Inspector General issued an audit on Nonbank Oversight by Ginnie Mae. This audit is one of those dry government documents that contain whispers of crises to come. The worrisome sentence is buried at … Continue reading

May 31, 2017

Cracked Foundation for American Households

By David Reiss

President Trump’s budget claims to lay A New Foundation for American Greatness. Whatever else it does, when it comes to housing it leads down a path to ruin for many an American family. Here is just some of what he … Continue reading

May 1, 2017

Patenaude To Help Lead HUD

By David Reiss

Realtor.com quoted me in ‘Ultimate Housing Insider’: Pam Patenaude Nominated as HUD Deputy Secretary. It reads, Pam Patenaude was nominated by President Donald Trump to become deputy secretary of Housing and Urban Development, according to a White House statement released on Friday. The move … Continue reading