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Fannie-Freddie Regulator to Plan to Stay On Under Trump

Housing / News December 15, 2016

Watt has told employees and others close to him that he plans to stay at his post after Trump becomes president to serve out a term that doesn’t end until January 2019.

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This is the most serious risk facing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Housing / News February 18, 2016

Watt’s speech identified risks to the long-term health of the country’s housing finance system because of the unsettled nature of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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Watt sounds warning bell on GSEs

Housing / News February 18, 2016

After eight years of functioning under a government conservatorship, Watt said the situation was growing worse at the housing giants.

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GSE reform just isn’t going to happen soon

Housing / News October 6, 2015

Seven years after Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were placed into conservatorship, there is still a lack of consensus on how to reform the GSEs.

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BPC discussion: Fannie, Freddie reform can happen but one step at a time

Housing / News July 16, 2015

Reform of the GSEs and housing finance may come, but it’s more likely to come in small bites rather than the big prix fixe Johnson-Crapo or the PATH Act.

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Fannie, Freddie profits should fund transition to new housing-finance system, analyst says

Housing / News September 16, 2014

Rather than funneling profits from housing-finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to the government, those funds could be put to better use by providing capital that supports a transition to a new mortgage-finance system, a housing expert said Monday…

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Can you guess the financial weight of Fannie and Freddie?

/ News March 19, 2014

Housing occupies a significant slice of the national budgets, causing the federal government’s conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to heavily impact the balance sheet.

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Love and hate on the Johnson-Crapo GSE reform effort

/ News March 11, 2014

Industry leaders gave a generally loving welcome to the agreement on GSE reform reached by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson, D-S.D., and Ranking Member Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, today, with smaller lenders and one investor and taxpayer-minded politician making up…

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No Big Bang Fix for Fannie, Freddie Reform

/ News November 13, 2013

The longer policymakers delay addressing the future of housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Ma, the more shareholders and investors seem to be taking matters into their own hands… Henry Cisneros, co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission, said that…

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DeMarco: No Mortgage Limit Declines Before Spring 2014

/ News October 24, 2013

The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which regulates Fannie and Freddie, had previously said it was considering plans to drop the limits as soon as Jan. 1, which triggered strong blowback from home builders, real-estate agents, and mortgage bankers. Edward DeMarco,…

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