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Needed: Housing Reform That Protects Property Rights

Ken Blackwell | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

A monumental opportunity has presented itself as Julian Castro, former mayor of San Antonio, takes over as the new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Congress looks ahead on the critical issue of housing finance reform.

Has Anyone Heard of the Uniform Law Commission?

Joel Sucher | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Joel Sucher

I doubt many American know anything about this group composed mainly of business and real estate lawyers and now engaged in drafting something called the Home Foreclosure Procedures Act.

Losing Fannie and Freddie: A Terrible Idea

Harlan Green | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics
Harlan Green

There was a reason Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association) and Freddy Mac (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation) were government created entities, before they became private corporations in the 1970s.

The Financial Meltdown Bailout Guy Has More to Say: Hank Paulson on His New Documentary

Nell Minow | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business
Nell Minow

As Paulson says with regret in the film, that program had a worse approval rating with the public than torture. People were asking, "Why were those fat cats being given money while I am losing my house?"

Warren Destroys Big Myth

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Tuesday rejected the notion that affordable housing mandates for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac caused the financial cr...

Why a Better Housing Finance Solution Shouldn't Be the Enemy of the Best Solution

Dr. Stan Humphries | Posted 11.16.2013 | Business
Dr. Stan Humphries

After months of robust home value appreciation, the U.S. housing market recovery is on very solid footing. We can now begin to turn away from housing's ugly recent history and start contemplating its future, specifically the future of housing finance.

Shahien Nasiripour

Obama's Housing Plan Would Keep Government Involved In Mortgages | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government may continue to play an outsized role in the nation’s roughly $10 trillion home loan market under a proposal Presi...

GOP House Panel Passes Bill Liquidating Agencies

Reuters | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics

(Fixes to upper case letter in lead paragraph) By Margaret Chadbourn WASHINGTON, July 24 (Reuters) - A Republican-sponso...

America's Half-Forgotten Housing Crisis

David Coates | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
David Coates

On the housing front, the good news is that the president wants Mel Watt to head the FHFA. The really bad news is that the problems in the U.S. housing system are currently so entrenched that, even if he is confirmed, Mel Watt will be hard-pressed to resolve them.

No Justice in Loma...

Joel Sucher | Posted 03.24.2013 | Business
Joel Sucher

Loma, Colo., is a small town, a very small town indeed, but one that Louise Davidson had called home until she was until she was evicted in April 2012 by Fannie Mae, the owner of her mortgage.

Taxpayer-Backed Lender Didn't Help Struggling Homeowners Because It Would Hurt Their Profits

ProPublica | Posted 10.25.2012 | Business

By Jessie Eisinger ProPublica Freddie Mac, the taxpayer-owned mortgage giant, made it harder for millions of Americans to refinance their high-in...

The White House and Your House: Policy Inertia and Organizational Resistance in the On-going Crisis of American Housing

David Coates | Posted 05.26.2012 | Business
David Coates

In 2008-9, major banks in trouble were bailed out by American homeowners as taxpayers; but in 2012 American homeowners in trouble are not being bailed out by those same banks to anything like the same degree.

Republican Truth and Real Truth: GSEs and the Housing Bubble

David Coates | Posted 03.30.2012 | Politics
David Coates

The main rewrite now underway in their twice-weekly televised clashes is a rewrite on housing finance.

Gingrich Firm Promotes Health Care Plan With Individual Mandate

Mother Jones | David Corn | Posted 11.17.2011 | Politics

In CNN's Republican presidential debate last month, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney tangled after the former Massachusetts governor declared that the id...

Zach Carter

Newt Gingrich Long Advocated Home Ownership Push Prior To A Reported Freddie Mac $1 Million Payday | Zach Carter | Posted 11.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich has been one of the most influential conservative voices advocating the use of home owne...

Newt Gingrich Reportedly Received At Least $1.6 Million From Freddie Mac

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

In recent months, GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has strongly criticized Freddie Mac and sister company Fannie Mae, as well as Democrats in ...

Jon Ward

Gingrich Denies Freddie Mac Accusations, Says "Random Strange Person" Attacking His Marriage | Jon Ward | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics

MASON CITY, IOWA -- Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Tuesday denied reports that his $300,000 contract with Freddie Mac in 2006 was ...

Is There a New Bipartisan Consensus on Housing Support?

Barry Zigas | Posted 11.18.2011 | Politics
Barry Zigas

After two years of intensely partisan and polarizing positioning around the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two bi-partisan proposals have created a new front that could signal a more hopeful future for the debate.

Mortgage Groups Push Senate Leaders to Extend Loan Limits

Chris Birk | Posted 11.09.2011 | Business
Chris Birk

Mortgage and real estate trade groups are pressing Senate leaders to take action on a bill that would extend the maximum mortgage loan limits through ...

Let's Not Lose Sight of Affordable Housing Goals When Reforming Housing Finance

Dory Rand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dory Rand

Debate is brewing about what shape our housing finance system should take in the years to come. But we need to ensure that the system that emerges meets the needs of low-wealth people.

Shahien Nasiripour

Obama Calls For End To Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- The Obama administration outlined three options Friday to change the way home loans are financed, calling for the slow death of mortgage g...

Zach Carter

Liberal Think Tank Parrots Bank Lobby | Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The following is produced in partnership with The Dylan Ratigan Show's weeklong "No Way To Live" series on the financial crisis and its impact on ordi...

Hank Paulson: Fannie, Freddie Should Become Like 'Public Utilities'

Hank Paulson | Henry Paulson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should not be allowed to revert to their old form, crowding out private competition and putting taxpayers on the hook for f...

Sensible Reforms Needed to Shield Housing Finance from Wall Street's Malfeasance

John Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Taylor

If the Obama Administration is serious about protecting the average American, then Fannie and Freddie must have a public role in the financial markets. Don't throw out the baby with the bath water.

From A Previous GSE Critic: Return Fannie & Freddie To Public/Private Status

John Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
John Taylor

In the 1990s, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition took a position that very few groups dared to take. We criticized Fannie Mae and Freddie M...