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By / 3.8.2018

Senate Democrats yesterday unveiled an ambitious $1 trillion infrastructure proposal that would invest in everything from roads and railways to hospitals and high-speed broadband. And in sharp contrast to recent proposals by the Trump administration, this new Democratic proposal includes a plan to fully pay for itself. The proposal calls for repealing three elements of […]

By / 12.19.2017

It’s been a surreal political year, but PPI has much to celebrate this holiday season. Throughout 2017, we expanded our productive capacity and the scope of our political and media outreach significantly. For example, PPI organized 150 meetings with prominent elected officials; visited 10 state capitals and 10 foreign capitals, published an influential book and […]

By / 12.8.2017

Why is the decision to promote competition in the credit scoring model industry complicated? At first blush it would seem to make perfect sense. More competition could lead to lower costs for those who use the scores. Furthermore, it might increase the likelihood that some qualified individuals — who may not be approved for a […]

By / 3.12.2014

The housing sector is one of the pillars of the U.S. economy. That’s why we have marveled at the many partisan and radical proposals to reform the federal housing finance system that would have trashed both what’s good and what’s bad with the current system. PPI continues to maintain that any reform proposal must stabilize […]

By / 8.9.2013

On Thursday, Zillow released its quarterly Home Price Expectations Survey showing forecasters expect the website’s Home Value Index to end 2013 with prices up 6.7%. The numbers surveyed from 106 real estate experts across the country (I am a panel member), showed a significant jump from the 5.4% reported by the survey last quarter. While […]

By / 5.29.2013

As the New York Times reported yesterday, the housing market is recovering, consumer confidence is at a five-year high and the market is in the midst of a strong recovery– The housing market is enjoying sustained momentum alongside record highs in the stock market, and is leading the broader recovery. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac […]

By / 1.24.2013

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 domain to seize residential mortgages held in private label securitizations (PLS). The proposed move, authored by “Mortgage Resolution Partners”, a private firm out of San Francisco, had long been a […]

By / 1.14.2013

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 take effect next January, will effectively shut down some of the worst practices leading up to the 2007-2008 housing crash: “interest-only” loans, predatory fees, and “teaser rates” that trapped people […]

Writing for U.S. News & World Report, Jason Gold argues why the housing market needs more first-time homebuyers: Home values are now increasing nationwide. While that’s certainly better than the alternative, a deeper dive into the data reveals a serious crack in the foundation: too few first-time homebuyers. First-time homebuyers are the vital first rung on […]

In a Letter to the Editor of The New York Times, Jason Gold argues that the Times’ editorial gets it wrong and the Obama administration should act now on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Your Dec. 2 editorial “The Mortgage Challenge” drew welcome attention to a problem that neither party has done enough to fix. […]