Stabilizing the System of Mortgage Finance in the United States

Author/Editor:

Richard Koss

Publication Date:

August 8, 2017

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

It has been over a decade since the peak of house prices in the US was attained, and while there has been a concerted regulatory response to the subsequent collapse, the two Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) remain in conservatorship. While this action served to forestall a deeper crisis at the time, over the past several years risks related to the system of mortgage finance can be seen building across several dimensions that need to be addressed. While reforms to the GSEs are an important part of dealing with these concerns, this paper argues that broader changes need to be made across the entire mortgage landscape to stabilize the system, even before the final state of the GSEs is fully determined.

Series:

Working Paper No. 17/186

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

August 8, 2017

ISBN/ISSN:

9781484312544/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2017186

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

31

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