Affordable housing

Waters likely to raise affordable housing’s profile in GSE debate


The Democrat, who will likely head the Financial Services Committee, has signaled she'll make expanded housing opportunities for lower-income consumers a top priority.


FHA looking to extend multifamily risk-sharing program: Montgomery


The Federal Housing Administration's risk-sharing program with the Federal Financing Bank began as a temporary fix, but the agency is exploring how to make it more permanent.


Will Democrats’ midterm success spur progress on GSE reform?


The end of one-party rule in Washington could move the needle on efforts to devise a new housing finance framework.


Waters' priorities: Thwarting Trump, shielding consumers, housing


The presumptive chair of the Financial Services Committee resumed her tough criticism of the administration, but also committed to "hearing a range of views" if handed the gavel.


Siding with landlords and lenders, Calif. voters reject expanded rent control


Real estate and mortgage industry groups outspent proponents three-to-one to defeat Proposition 10, a measure to allow California municipalities to set local rent control laws.


Should industry fear Waters-led banking panel?


The presumptive chair of the House Financial Services Committee will likely take the panel in a sharply new direction and have a new bully pulpit to criticize the Trump administration.


Why banks are taking a closer look at down-payment assistance


A deal between TD Bank and a Vermont nonprofit is just one example of how banks are getting creative in addressing affordable housing needs while reaping financial and regulatory benefits.


Mortgage credit still in a post-crisis funk? The data begs to differ


Despite recriminations about how the crisis and ensuing regulations have tightened loan access, an actual assessment of mortgage credit availability is more complicated.


The biggest challenge to fixing housing blight


There are ways to fix vacant housing. So why can't we manage to do it?


‘We do not determine our destiny’: A sit-down with outgoing Freddie CEO


Donald Layton, who has run the mortgage giant since 2012, discussed the busy agenda leading up to his departure and says Freddie can serve as a "technical adviser" in GSE reform talks.