March 15, 2016
(March 15, 2016) In letters to House and Senate Budget Committee leadership, USMI joined a broad group of more than a dozen housing organizations urging Congress to use GSE G-fees for their intended purpose, to support homeownership stability.
December 4, 2015
(December 4, 2015) “Yesterday’s bipartisan letter from Representatives Gwen Moore (D-WI) and Steve Stivers (R-OH) to Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Watt is further evidence of the growing bipartisan support for de-risking the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) with additional risk sharing transactions to reduce taxpayer exposure to losses from another housing downturn. USMI commends Representatives Moore and Stivers for urging FHFA to take additional steps to incorporate front end risk sharing, including with MI.
December 2, 2015
(December 2, 2015) “Today, Representatives Blaine Luetkemeyer and Patrick McHenry sent a letter to Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Watt ‘regarding the transactions that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) enter in order to share mortgage credit risk with private market participants.’ According to the letter, ‘[w]hile we strongly support these transactions as a mechanism for mitigating credit risk to the Enterprises and U.S. taxpayers, we are concerned that the focus for these transactions has been too heavily concentrated on back-end credit risk sharing. Accordingly, in order to expand the scope of risk sharing and to avoid favoring one approach to risk sharing over another, we believe that the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) should require the Enterprises to also explore and engage in diverse forms of front-end credit risk sharing.’
November 10, 2015
(November 10, 2015) In a letter to conferees on the pending highway bill, USMI joined a broad coalition of 27 housing organizations in urging conferees to draw funds from the Federal Reserve’s surplus, rather than using GSE G-fees, to pay for the extension of the Highway Trust Fund.
September 17, 2015
(September 17, 2015) This week, in a joint letter to the bipartisan Congressional leadership, USMI and a diverse coalition of thirty-two housing organizations reiterated their opposition to using the mortgage credit risk guarantee fees (g-fees) charged by the housing finance enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as a source to finance extension of federal highway programs.