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Volume 2016 - Number 9

March 3, 2016

MBA Says Lack of GSE Reform Leading to Increased Problems, Potential Treasury Draw

The list of reasons to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is growing and taxpayer risk is increasing the longer the current housing finance system lingers in uncertainty, according to speakers at a Capitol Hill briefing on government-sponsored enterprise reform sponsored by the Mortgage Bankers Association. Fowler Williams, president and CEO of Crescent Mortgage, said that without the secondary mortgage market outlet, smaller institutions like his would not be able to make 30-year fixed-rate mortgages available in rural and small towns. Ethan Handelman, vice president for policy and advocacy at the National Housing Conference, said...

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