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The State of Housing

As President Trump will present his State of the Union address to the Senate this evening, what is the State of the Housing Industry? With home prices that ...

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GSE Status Quo No Longer an Option

Keeping Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as-is? That’s no longer an option according to remarks heard by the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs today. But what’s necessary to push through reform? And what would the agencies look like on the other side? Today’s hearing offered much-needed insight.

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Watt & Mnuchin Tackle GSE Reform

On Thursday, both FHFA Director Melvin L. Watt and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin separately addressed the current state of the GSEs. Though Mnuchin discussed the priority of housing finance and regulatory reform in front of the Senate, at an industry conference Watt described the many successes of the FHFA in the last nine years. Watt warned that reforms made during conservatorship should not be ignored by congress during the reworking of housing finance reform.

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Mnuchin: GSEs Won’t Stay ‘As-is’ for Long

In an interview with Fox Business on Monday, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin said he is committed to GSE reform—and that it might not include privatizing Fannie or Freddie. The main goal of the Trump administration, according to Mnuchin, is to provide "ample credit for housing" without putting taxpayers at risk. On the fate of the GSE's, Mnuchin said, "We’re committed to not leaving them as-is for the next four years." Mnuchin also discussed the Freedom of Information Act allowed GSE funds to be relocated toward other parts of the government—including the Affordable Care Act—without public knowledge.

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The Road to GSE Reform

How can the industry tackle GSE reform in the coming years? One housing expert weighs in. (Editor's Note: This select print feature originally appeared in the January 2017 issue of MReport magazine)

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