housing market

5 ways the coronavirus could affect home prices


The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller home price index hasn't yet reflected the impact of the coronavirus, but an independent market maker has some thoughts on how it might.


4 questions as CFPB closes in on revamp of key mortgage rule


The agency is sending a strong message that it won’t rush to end an exemption for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac while also signaling longer-term changes that will affect all lenders.


GSE investors better beware underlying risks


The FHFA’s attempt to move some of its balance sheet into the private sector could leave investors with greater liabilities than they were initially told.


Rate cuts have put U.S. economy on ‘strong footing’: N.Y. Fed's Williams


John Williams said Friday that the Federal Reserve's three interest rate cuts this year have bolstered the housing market and consumer spending.


Don't believe doom and gloom on Fannie, Freddie


There's been chatter that investors are shying away from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage-backed securities because Congress may not enact housing finance reform. Be skeptical of those claims.


Subprime mortgages keep minting cash for ex-Bear Stearns banker


Tom Marano, a former Bear Stearns banker, was apparently well compensated following the housing crisis for heading up ResCap and Ditech, both of which went into bankruptcy.


SOFR-linked deals plummet; 1MDB scandal mastermind settles with DOJ


Issuance of securities backed by the ostensible Libor replacement hit by money market turmoil; Jho Low will surrender luxury assets.


Let’s get housing reform right this time


As lawmakers tackle Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, any revamp must lessen risk to the mortgage system and U.S. taxpayers.


'Another hysterical voice of doom': Comments of the week


Readers sound off on climate change, the Federal Reserve's incoming real-time payments system, praise efforts for gender pay equity and more.


5 changes lenders want from CFPB’s rewrite of QM rule


Industry groups are calling on the consumer bureau to eliminate the debt-to-income limit for “qualified mortgages” and provide a short-term extension of special treatment for Fannie- and Freddie-backed loans.