Fannie Archive

Lawmakers Expected to Look at Fannie, Freddie Reform This Spring

Since the market downturn several years ago lawmakers in Washington have been talking about reforming the secondary mortgage market but nothing has come out of Congress yet. This year, though, a lot of progress is expected to be made...
January 17, 2012

Fed Says Tight Bank Policies Hurting Recovery

The Federal Reserve urged lawmakers and the administration this week to take a more hands-on approach to the housing market because the market’s continued struggles is holding back strong economic recovery. In a report it just sent to legislative...
January 5, 2012

Congress Restores FHA Loan Limits to NAR-Backed Levels

The U.S. House and Senate yesterday restored FHA loan limits to the level they were at before they were allowed to expire at the end of September. As a result, the limits will rise to 125 percent of the...
November 18, 2011

‘Moneyball’ Approach to Boosting Home Sales

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Former FHA official Brian Chappelle has come up with a few ideas for getting the housing market back on track that are notable for one thing: They make so much sense that...
November 7, 2011

Volcker Speaks: Are the Right People Listening?

By Stacey Moncrieff, Editor in Chief, REALTOR® Magazine In “How Mr. Volcker Would Fix It,” New York Times business writer Gretchen Morgenson examines Paul Volcker’s speech at a Group of Thirty meeting, in which he called for an eventual...
October 23, 2011

Fraud: Are Your Clients Using Reverse Staging?

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine If you’re thinking about working with a financially distressed seller and the house he wants to sell is trashed, take the extra time to be sure he didn’t trash it himself. One...
September 7, 2011

Yes, White Picket Fences

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine A group of academics writing in a New York Times opinion piece yesterday,  “White Picket Fence? Not So Fast” (Aug. 17, 2011), call for a phasing out of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac...
August 18, 2011

Memo to WSJ: Caps Are Only Part of the Problem

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine The Wall Street Journal in an attention-grabbing half-page article and graphic (“Sellers Brace for New Mortgage Caps”) in its July 6 issue showed just how hard expensive markets in the U.S. would...
July 7, 2011

Phipps: Political Survival Is the Job at Hand

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine It’s difficult to know where to turn your attention when there are so many areas in which REALTORS®’ livelihoods are challenged. Financially strapped governments are proposing transfer fees and other taxes on real...

Feds GSE Reform Meeting: Keep Guarantees

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine As I write this, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is in Washington at the Treasury building discussing with a group of academics and business leaders what the home mortgage finance system should...
August 17, 2010