housing market

On way out, Hensarling makes final case for GSE reform


The House Financial Services Committee held a hearing to examine the outgoing committee chairman's bipartisan GSE reform bill, but lawmakers were already looking ahead.


Even with new leadership, questions about FHFA’s agenda abound


The process to confirm Mark Calabria as FHFA director could be lengthy, forcing the White House to consider how it will proceed with housing finance reform under Joseph Otting as acting head of the agency.


In reg relief era, appraisers become endangered species


A proposal allowing more lenders to skip outside appraisals could remove a hurdle to quick closings, but appraisers say they could be collateral damage.


Housing market signals warning; another Deutsche Bank scandal?


Loans to house flippers dropped 11% in the third quarter, indicating "possible turbulence;" the German bank may have allowed some clients to claim tax credits on stock they didn't own.


Risk is building in the housing market


Home prices are rising and first-time buyers now account for an increasing share of sales, factors that could lead to a surge in defaults during the next economic downturn.


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.


Fannie, Freddie could fix what ails VA, FHA lending


The Trump administration should consider putting much of the subsidized mortgage lending done by the federal government under the government-sponsored enterprises to improve efficiency and transparency.


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.


Mortgage market is ripe for fraud (again)


Growing home prices plus rising interest rates are putting a damper on mortgage lending, which pushes the market to seek out less qualified borrowers and increases the risk of fraud.


The biggest challenge to fixing housing blight


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