March 22, 2016
USMI submitted comments on the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA’s) proposal for how the government sponsored housing enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should serve underserved markets. USMI supports both principles of facilitating the financing of affordable housing for low-to-moderate income families consistent with the Enterprises’ overall public purposes while maintaining a strong financial condition and reasonable economic return.
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.