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The Rise and Fall of Fannie Mae: A Timeline

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were in the news a lot this year. For starters, there was the presidential summit in August, to solicit ideas for what to do with the ailing government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs for short). That was followed by midterm-election wrangling over whether to replace the struggling mortgage giants... Continue Reading »

LIVE: Mortgage Markets Face 'Fundamental Change,' Geithner Says

The big takeaway from today's "Future of Housing Finance" conference at the U.S. Department of Treasury was that everybody agreed to agree – more or less. It was a given that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be put into retirement, eventually. As Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said in his introductory remarks,... Continue Reading »

Why the Feds Want to Stay in the Mortgage Game

The future is here, and not a moment too soon. Tomorrow, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, pictured left, will host a conference on the future of housing finance. Before you click away or fall asleep -- pay attention. What's at stake is nothing less than whether or not you -- or the buyer... Continue Reading »

Obama Conference on Housing Finance, Serving Substance or Softballs?

Back in April 2010, the Treasury and HUD issued a myriad of questions for the public to comment on regarding the future of the housing finance system. They received over 300 responses from everyone from members of the public to specialized think tanks. Now they are taking action: On Tuesday morning, the Obama... Continue Reading »

Will Someone Please Put a

Ever get stuck with something you really, really didn't want to get stuck with? Sure you have. We all have. And, when it comes to those darlings of the mortgage world, Fannie and Freddie, we are so stuck with them, they almost seem to have been written into the Constitution, sort of like another branch of government. In... Continue Reading »

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