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News stories about GSEs

May 22, 2018  13:25 ET
Blog: White House holds keys to GSE reform
Two well-known mortgage industry experts believe big changes will come to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac after Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt’s term ends in January. ...
May 7, 2018  16:10 ET
GSEs bankroll fewer loans in Q1
The industrywide decline in refinancing continues to translate into weaker borrower demand for loans originated for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In the first quarter, the government-spons...
May 3, 2018  14:20 ET
GSEs report first-quarter rebound in profits
The government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac both reported a return to profitability in the first quarter of this year, after suffering losses in the final quarter of 2017. ...
May 3, 2018  10:30 ET
Strong economy may last for years
Freddie Mac recently named prominent housing economist Sam Khater as its vice president and chief economist. On his second week on the job, Khater discussed a range of housing issues with Scotsman Gui...
Mar 6, 2018  10:55 ET
Apartment sector charts a stable course
Fannie Mae provided more than $67 billion in financing for the multifamily sector in 2017, a record year for the government-sponsored enterprise. Kim Betancourt, Fannie’s director of economics and ...
Feb 26, 2018  12:10 ET
Trade group: America doesn’t need multiple GSEs
Housing-finance reform and ending the federal conservatorship of the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has become a hot topic again. The mortgage lobby, however, rem...
Feb 21, 2018  12:50 ET
Blog: SCOTUS declines to step into GSE fight
The U.S. Supreme Court declined this week to intervene in the fight between Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's private shareholders and the U.S. government over billions in profits. The nati...
Feb 20, 2018  12:00 ET
GSEs' loan counts fall in 2017
A steep decline in home-refinancing activity in 2017 pushed down demand for the nation’s most popular home loans. The government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie ...
Feb 14, 2018  11:35 ET
GSEs will need one-time bailouts
The government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced last week they will need to take draws on the U.S. Treasury after taking one-time hits as a result of last year’s tax overha...
Jan 31, 2018  11:05 ET
Blog: Treasury's Mnuchin talks GSE reform
In testimony this week before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reaffirmed the Trump administration’s preference for Congress to ena...
Dec 21, 2017  10:50 ET
Treasury allows GSEs to build capital buffers
The U.S. Treasury Department has agreed to allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to retain small capital buffers, reversing a plan to wind down the government-sponsored enterprises’ (GSEs) reserves to ze...
Dec 13, 2017  13:05 ET
Blog: House leader budges on GSE reform
House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling recently signaled that he is willing compromise on housing-finance reform. The Texas Republican acknowledged that the PATH Act, ...
Oct 27, 2017  13:55 ET
MBA president: GSE reform is within reach
At the end of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) national convention held in Denver this week, President David Stevens made a surprise announcement that he would retire effective Sept. 30, 2018...
Oct 23, 2017  20:20 ET
Mel Watt renews call for housing-finance reform
In a speech before mortgage bankers Monday, Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt strongly urged Congress to get housing-finance reform moving. “Fannie Mae and Freddie M...
Oct 23, 2017  18:05 ET
MBA leader delivers a call to action
Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) President David Stevens called for a “strong, steady and unified voice” to push for the reforms that matter to loan originators. In a kickoff ...

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