The DOJ will sue the ratings agency over ratings it gave risky mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis
The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee says that a recent court ruling means the CFPB will have to comply with executive orders limiting its rule-making ability
The United States government has been very proactive in terms of stimulating mortgage lending activity since the disastrous collapse of the credit markets in 2008. Mortgage interest rates have been pushed down to historical low levels through the Treasury's Operation Twist and the third round of quantitative easing (QE3), which makes the government a major investor in mortgage-backed bonds. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) now guarantee almost all mortgages originated in the U.S. these days, The White House is very involved in foreclosure prevention and mitigation programs.
As inventories shrink and buyers frantically search for homes to buy off-market, “pocket listings” are becoming more prevalent, especially in luxury markets where the appeal of keeping the entire commission can be hard to resist for listing brokers.
The ongoing housing market recovery in the United States should be in the midst of a boom, but a shortage of home supplies is holding it back. Springtime is traditionally a busy time for the real estate industry in the U.S., but current low levels in the inventory of listings could dampen the recovery efforts. Such are the observations by news agency Reuters and real estate analytics firm Redfin.
Henry Paulson, Secretary of the United States Treasury under the administration of former President George W. Bush, recently shared his thoughts to the press with regard to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s return to profitability. Appearing in an interview with Bloomberg TV, Paulson remarked that he could not believe the good news; he also mentioned that he believes the two mortgage investment giants should still undergo comprehensive reform.
Despite the severe economic downfall left behind by the bursting of the housing bubble, home ownership remains as one of the tenets of the American Dream. For many first-time homeowners these days, however, fulfilling that portion of the American Dream is becoming increasingly difficult due to strict mortgage lending guidelines and requirements. This is an issue that the White House wants to alleviate.
A recent opinion piece by Matthew C. Klein and published by Bloomberg View argues that recent healthy profits posted by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could come to a stop once interest rates start to climb. Mr. Klein supports the reform of both government-sponsored entities (GSEs) even as they continue to post profits in the next few years. He argues that current profits at Fannie and Freddie may not last and could evaporate unless lawmakers and public officials agree on comprehensive reform.