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    Fannie-Freddie 2.0: Government Housing Polices Shouldn’t Get a Free Pass

    Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Shaun Donovan lamented statistics from a Pew report showing Hispanics lost 66 percent of their net worth between 2005 and 2009. He went on to say: Think about all the home equity, all the savings and all the retirement funds and other assets … More

    Getting Your Neighbor's Mortgage Off Your Lawn

    Did you know you are probably responsible for your neighbors’ mortgage payments? What? Heritage expert Norbert Michel explained: Nearly all new residential mortgages are currently being guaranteed by Fannie [Mae] or Freddie [Mac] because these companies buy mortgages from banks and then sell investments backed by the mortgages. And because … More

    Housing Finance: Fannie–Freddie 2.0

    Josh Rosner, who in Reckless Endangerment (2011) exposed the cronyism of Fannie Mae and warned of a meltdown of the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) as far back as 2001, recognizes that the Johnson–Crapo housing finance bill gives us Fannie–Freddie 2.0: Rather than fix these problems, legislators seek to demolish the current … More

    HAMP: Focusing on Mortgage Relief Programs Misses the Big Picture

    The Washington Post has an article detailing the ups and downs of the Obama Administration’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). Heritage previously pointed out several flaws with HAMP, and it’s no surprise that nearly 30 percent of those who qualified for the program have re-defaulted on their mortgages. The Post … More

    GSE Reform: FHFA Move to Crowd Out Private Mortgage Capital

    Newly appointed Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt is delaying the scheduled increases of the guarantee fee that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac charge mortgage lenders. This misguided move will discourage other firms from competing in the secondary mortgage market Fannie and Freddie charge this guarantee fee (or … More

    Will the Federal Housing Finance Agency Forgive Borrowers’ Debts?

    Today Representative Mel Watt (D–NC) assumes his position as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which manages the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Acting director (since 2009) Ed DeMarco’s departure could mark just the beginning of several key policy shifts at the FHFA, such as … More

    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

    New Fannie Bond Issue Elevates Need for Higher G-Fees

    As Congress contemplates legislation to end Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government agency running their operations is trying to make that task easier. However, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) seems to have run into trouble with Dodd–Frank regulatory issues, thus making the task of winding down the companies … More

    Lowering Loan Limits: An Overdue Step to Bringing Private Capital Back to Housing

    As legislation moves through Congress to address the fate of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has indicated it will decrease the limit on the size of the loans these institutions can purchase starting in 2014. The FHFA should decrease the loan limit independent of … More