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Rethinking Housing Policy

We believe in a robust housing market and a healthy balance between government and private capital. Our work focuses on housing and homeownership, Fannie and Freddie reform, financial services regulation and retirement security.

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Recovering Housing Market Solves Principal Reduction Dilemma

Senate Republicans are drawing a bead on Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC), President Obama’s pick to take over as Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency(FHFA)….

Guidelines for Federal Housing Administration Reform

After the housing bubble burst, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) rapidly expanded the scope of its mortgage insurance well beyond its traditional mission of helping…

Another Tool in the Toolkit: Short Sales to Existing Homeowners

Overview Edward DeMarco, acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), is drawing fire from congressional Democrats for preventing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac…

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How to Build a New Detroit

Following a half-century of economic decay and depopulation, there was a tragic inevitability to Detroit’s decision last week to declare bankruptcy. Motown must now restructure…

Killing Immigration Reform Hurts the Housing Recovery

It is looking more likely that the comprehensive immigration bill the Senate passed last month will end up stalling in the GOP-controlled House. Although Republican…

How the Latino Vote Will Shape Future Housing Policy

Writing for U.S. News & World Report, Jason Gold explains how the Latinos will influence the future of housing policy: A “Modern Family” coalition of single women,…

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San Bernardino County Strikes Measure to Use Eminent Domain

Earlier today the Joint Power Authority, municipal body constructed by the county of San Bernardino, California voted not to consider using the power of eminent…

New ‘Ability to Repay’ Rules Highlight Need for Affordable Housing

This week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released long-awaited new mortgage rules aimed at protecting consumers from abusive loans. The new rules, when they…

5 Housing Issues Hanging in the Balance Going Into Obama’s 2nd Term

In U.S. News & World Report, Jason Gold outlines the five housing issues that will need attention in Obama’s second term: “Underwater homeowners, tight credit…

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