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    GSE Reform: Housing Finance Experts on the Future of Fannie and Freddie

    Nearly five years after one of the largest federal government bailouts in American history and the enactment of a colossal federal regulatory law (Dodd–Frank), policy leaders still wrestle with the question: How to end government guarantees in the U.S. housing finance system? To address this issue, Heritage analysts John Ligon … More

    Federal Housing Administration Is Undermining Responsible Housing Policy

    The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has discrepancies in its loan portfolio that are unlikely to be resolved anytime soon and will continue to pose a burden to the recovery of the housing market. With little more than $32 billion in reserves, the FHA has an estimated $70 billion in future … More

    U.S. Mortgage Market Reform: Corker–Warner Bill Misguided

    Draft legislation by Senators Bob Corker (R–TN) and Mark Warner (D–VA) would wind down federally sponsored housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but it suffers from many of the same problems the system faced over the past two decades. The bill would replace the Federal Housing Finance Agency, … More

    Report: HUD Insured Stimulus Loans to Tax Delinquents

    President Obama’s stimulus package subsidized home loans for individuals who already owed the federal government millions in back taxes, according to a new report by federal watchdogs. The report, released Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office, found that the Federal Housing Administration, a division of the Department of Housing and … More

    Obama Cuts FHA Fees, Taxpayer Bailout Looms

    President Obama has announced that he ordered the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to cut in half the fee paid by homeowners whose mortgages the agency guarantees. The good news is that this reduction will save those homeowners who are able to refinance their homes about $1,000 annually. The Administration says … More

    FHFA Sues Banks to Recover Housing Bond Losses: Less Than Meets the Eye?

    News reports say that the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) will sue about 12 major banks in order to recover some of the losses that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac sustained on mortgage-backed securities the banks issued. The suits will seek to make the banks repay a share of about … More

    Morning Bell: End Crony Capitalism

    At 300 East 23rd Street in the exclusive Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan, where to get into parts of the park you need a key granted just to residents, a new 98-unit luxury apartment complex has been built with an outdoor movie theater and panoramic city views. The problem is … More

    How Government Intervention Caused the Credit Crisis

    Fantastic clear explanation of how federal government intervention with the market directly caused today’s financial turmoil by Peter Schiff in today’s Washington Post: Just as prices in a free market are set by supply and demand, financial and real estate markets are governed by the opposing tension between greed and … More

    Tide Turning on Housing Bailout?

    Yesterday we noted how the housing bill’s creation of a National Housing Trust Fund that would funnel money to corrupt and partisan groups such as ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) was reason enough to be skeptical of the bill. Today the New York Times reports that ACORN … More

    Morning Bell: Can Government Worsen the Mortgage Crisis ... 'Yes We Can!'

    A publicly traded corporation announces a $2.2 billion quarterly loss, a dividend cut and warns that steeper losses are sure to come. One might expect such a company’s stock to go down on such dire news. But not Fannie Mae! On the very day Fannie revealed nothing but bad performance … More