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Banking and Housing Lobby Petitions for CFPB Structural Changes

The banking and housing lobby has recently sent a letter to the leaders of the Senate and House appropriations committees expressing their position that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau should be restructured from a single director to a bipartisan panel of five people. Will they be able to get it through before Cordray’s appointment is up in 2018.

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Can Hispanics Bridge the Homeownership Gap?

Hispanics are a historically underrepresented market when it comes to homeownership, according to a recent report released by Freddie Mac. This gap is getting smaller—but it begs the question, who makes up the Hispanic population, and will the gap continue to close over time?

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Big Changes Could Soon Be Coming to The Enterprises

Two Senators are drafting legislation that could potentially break up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, according to Bloomberg, in an effort to increase competitiveness in the secondary mortgage market? How do they plan on doing this, and what repercussions might legislation such as this have on the mortgage finance industry?

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Do Rising Prices Indicate Another Crash?

Home prices have hit record highs once again, according to a national price index released today. And with high demand and tight inventory, they’re likely to keep rising for the foreseeable future. So, how long do we have until the bubble bursts? Today’s index has some answers.

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5 Cities with Great Rental Investment Opportunities

It seems with all the talk about how millennials are shaping the housing market, there is little talk about how millennials are shaping the market for rental investment properties. And with a national average of two years to break even on your first home purchase as opposed to renting, coupled with low inventory across the country and rising home prices throughout, many millennials are renting for longer. These five cities have the longest break even horizon in the country.

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Fannie Mae Reduces Risk Pool

Fannie Mae is making moves again—this time it has completed its second set of traditional Credit Insurance Risk Transfer. Read on to find the amount of coverage the GSE received and the terms of the deal.

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Why Are Lenders Loosening Credit Standards?

According to a new survey from Fannie Mae, lenders have loosened their credit standards once again, marking the third straight quarter standards have eased up. Does this make a trend, though? And what’s inspiring lenders to expand the credit box? The survey has some interesting insights.

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The End 
of an Era: Tozer Talks

Seven years might not seem all that long a tenure in the corporate world, but in the land of political appointees, Ted Tozer’s near-decade at the helm of Ginnie Mae was a true anomaly. Editor's Note: This feature originally appeared in the June 2017 print edition of DS News.

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