Recent Articles by Barry Zigas
Congress Blog, New Mortgage Rules Strike the Right Balance,The Hill.com, January 3, 2014
Orange County Register, Special Report, "Housing Recovery a 'Myth' For Many", Nov. 9, 2013
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Community Development Investment Review, Learning from the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, Vol. 9, Issue 1, 2013
American Prospect, Restoring the Dream, Special Report, May, 2011
CSPAN's Washington Journal, August 18, 2010
CNN Money.com Fortune, "The Fannie-Freddie Turkey Shoot," August 16, 2010
American Banker American Banker Viewpoint with Sarah Rosen Wartell on housing finance reform, published August 11, 2010
Huffington Post, Thanks, Hank! July 30, 2010
American Banker "Viewpoint" on the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, published March 2, 2010
National Housing Conference Open House Blog,"What's Next for Fannie and Freddie?" December 24, 2009
What Does the Future Hold for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?, Shelterforce Magazine, Fall, 2009
Retooling HUD for a Catalytic Federal Government: A Report to Secretary Shaun Donovan, Chapter 1: Preventing Foreclosures, February, 2009
What Does Financial Capital Owe Society?, The American Prospect, July/August 2009
News Stories Featuring Barry Zigas
Affordable Housing Finance, Housing Moves Further Out of Reach, March 24, 2014
Today Monay, New Mortgage Rules: No Traps, No Runarounds, Today.com, January 10, 2014
Washington Informer, Special Report: New Mortgage Rules Take Effect, January 10, 2014
Inland Valley News, Mel Watt Becomes New Director of Federal Housing Finance Agency, January 8, 2014
CNBC Nightly Business Report, Underwater Mortgage Insurance, November 21, 2013
Marketplace, Divvying Up the $13 Billion JP Morgan Fine, October 21, 2013
Bipartisan Policy Center, A Conversation about Housing Finance Reform,Video Interview with Zillow Chief Econmist Dr. Stan Humphries, October 7, 2013
American Banker, Affordability Will Be Key Challenge in GSE Debate, August 8, 2013
MSNBC, RIP Fannie and Freddie?,August 6, 2013
McClatchy News Service, Obama Trumpets Housing Gains, Calls for Affordable Mortgages, August 6, 2013
National Journal/The Atlantic Cities, We Could Have Fixed the Underwater Mortgage Crisis a Long Time Ago, July 30, 2013
New York Times, New Standards for Safe Loans, February 7, 2013
Florida's Mortgage Mess: Among the Worst in the U.S., WLRN, Miami/S. Florida, FL, January 2, 2013
Small Housing Inventory May Push Rental Demand for Years, Housing Wire Rewire, December 31, 2012
The American Prospect, Foreclosure Free-for-All, August 30, 2012
Washington Post, How the Presidential Election Affects the Real Estate Market, September 1, 2012
Seattle Times, Deal to Aid 1 Million Homeowners; Won't Solve Housing Market Woes,February 9, 2012
Bankrate.com, Tips to Help You Make a Smart Buy on a New Home, February 9, 2012
MN Public Radio Mid Morning Report, Refinancing for Underwater Homeowners,audio clip (10:45 am), February 2, 2012
Los Angeles Times, Obama Proposes Refinancing Plan for Underwater Borrowers, February 2, 2012
WSAV4 TV, Savannah, GA, Consumer Federation of America responds to Obama refinancing plan for underwater borrowers, video clip, February 1, 2012
Las Vegas Review-Journal, Lender One-on-One, It's A Buyer's Market...January 31, 2012
McClatchy Newspapers, Obama's New Mortgage Fraud Unit Met with Skepticism, January 25, 2012
MN Public Radio Mid Morning Report, Foreclosures Keep The Economy from Recovering, July 12, 2011
Wall St. Journal, White House Raps Banks on Home Affordable Modification Program Failings, June 9, 2011
SmartMoney.com, Where Real Estate Listings Fail, June 8, 2011
American Banker, Bankers, Consumer Groups Call for Wider QRM Criteria, June 3, 2011
Fox Business News, 5 Things Homeowners Can Bargain For, June 3, 2011
Eden Housing Podcast, The Future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, April 29, 2011
Washington Post, Downpayment Proposal Could Make a Mountain Out of A Mortgage, April 9, 2011
Planet Money, Special Reports on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, March 29 and April 1, 2011
Washington Post, Obama Plan on Fannie, Freddie May Boost Mortgage Rates, February 11, 2011
Wall St. Journal, Republicans Welcome Obama's Fannie, Freddie Plan, February 11, 2011
Housing Wire.com, Housing Advocates See See GSE Reforms Putting Affordable Housing Goals at Risk, February 11, 2011
Real LI, Newsday.com, 4 Tips for Finding a Good Real Estate Agent, January 17, 2011
FINS Finance, WSJ Digital Network, Office of Housing Hiring Delayed Until March, At Least, January 7, 2011
New York Times, Foreclosure Frenzy Dismays Aspiring Homeowners, December 12, 2010
Housing Predictor, "Consumers Union Joins to Halt Extra Home Sale Fees," October 13, 2010
Minnesota Public Radio, "Misbehaving Banks Put Wrench in Foreclosure Process," October 6, 2010
Maine Public Radio, "GMAC Suspends Some Foreclosures in Maine," September 24, 2010
American Banker, Democrats Preparing Bill to Expand CRA Beyond Banks, September 22, 2010
C-SPAN Washington Journal, The Future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, August 18, 2010
Wall Street Journal, New Rules for Mortgage Lenders, August 1, 2010
Bloomberg, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Debate Begins, July 8, 2010
Washington Independent, "A 'Disastrous' Republican Proposal to Redo Fannie and Freddie," May 11, 2010
Associated Press, "Freddie Mac Seeks $10B in Aid After 1Q Loss," May 5, 2010
Bankrate.com, "Four Tips for Single, Female Homebuyers," April 23, 2010
Baltimore Sun, "HAMP: What the Loan Mod Changes Mean," March 27, 2010
Boston Globe, "Frank wants details on mortgage lender overhaul," March 24, 2010
Weekend Marketplace radio program on FHA and HUD IG reviews of lenders with high claim rates, January, 2010.
ULI webinar on Obama housing policies, December, 2009
Marketplace on mortgage delinquencies, December 2, 2008
Boston Globe, Obama Housing Budget Proposals, February 19, 2009
On August 17, HUD Secretary Shaun S. Donovan and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner convened a Washington, DC conference in Treasury’s historic Cash Room to discuss the future of the housing finance system. You can review a webcast of the two plenary panel discussions on Treasury’s website. Regional conferences are reportedly to follow later this year as the Administration develops its own options and recommendations for how to rebuild the system after the… Read More...
Watch New Zealand’s All Whites World Cup team pull it out from Down Under in the final 30 seconds of play to seal a draw with Slovakia and live to fight another day!
The National Housing Conference is seeking a Legislative Director to lead NHC’s work on public policy issues related to affordable housing and advocating for NHC’s policy priorities at the national level.e Director to lead its policy. The candidate will report directly to NHC’s CEO, and indirectly to the Director of the Center for Housing Policy, NHC’s research and… Read More...
Brian Chappelle is a respected expert on FHA and the mortgage business. He wrote a Viewpoint in the May 4, 2010 American Banker that calls out two ways in which he believes Fannie and Freddie’s current policies are hurting consumers and weakening a possible housing recovery.
Both GSEs are charging up-front fees at closing for borrowers with lower credit scores. Chappelle makes the point that these… Read More...
Consumer Federation of America is publishing a “cheat sheet” on the Senate Banking Commitee’s markup of financial services reform legislation, pointing out “who wins and who loses” on major amendments pending before the committee, which begins its markup this week.
“Recklessness among big banks and Wall Street firms and regulatory failures by federal agencies triggered a prolonged recession that continues to cause great hardship for many Americans,” said… Read More...
NY Times columnist Frank Rich uses the best-selling novel and just-released movie The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to tee off on Wall Street and the Senate’s consideration of financial reform in today’s column. As only Rich can, he focuses on this pop culture phenomenon’s sub-plot of financial wrong doing and the financial press’s credulous complicity with financial manipulations by high-flying moguls.
It’s… Read More...
Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers’ national economics reporter, was interviewed recently on The Real news Network about a possible future for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as utilities. His perspective on the companies’ role in the financial crisis is particularly interesting to me because of McClatchy’s stand-out reporting on the financial crisis and their refusal to pull punches or accept “common wisdom” in their coverage.
The American Banker published a commentary by me in the March 2, 2010 “Viewpoint” section entitled “Sustain the GSEs’ Legacy.”Read More...
In spite of widely held expectations that the Administration’s FY2011 budget would lay out some significant outline of its plans for housing GSEs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the future, the actual budget documents contain only one short paragraph about this topic. In the “Special Topics” subsection of its “Analytical Perspectives” addendum to the budget, the Administration devotes a number of pages to the companies’ history and current status under… Read More...
The blog “Econompicdata” has some graphics showing growth in Wall St. compensation that should rouse the populist spirit in just about anyone.
The blog cites other sources to note that while the
level of compensation remains exorbitantly high across all of financial services, the lack of competition among the largest banks has caused compensation within the industry to become even more concentrated.
Before specifically detailing those firms, lets… Read More...
Ritholz summarizes the column by distilling these lessons from the financial crisis of the late ‘00’s:
“1. Markets are not self-correcting, and without adequate regulation, they are prone to excess.
2. There are many reasons for market failures. Too-big-to-fail financial institutions had perverse… Read More...
According to the Wall St. Journal, the Treasury Department’s Christmas Eve announcement of an uncapped commitment to backstop Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has caused a bit of a stir. The article also details pay packages for the five highest paid people at both companies.Read More...
Fannie Mae’s CEO Michael Williams and Freddie Mac’s CEO Charles Haldeman received about $6 million each in compensation in 2009, reports CNN today. Other senior executives also had enviable pay packages. But unlike many other financial firms, including those under the supervision of pay czar Kenneth Feinberg, these packages did not include long term stock awards or options. The Federal Housing Finance Authority approved all the GSE compensation packages,… Read More...
In a weird “East meets West” alliance, conservative activist Grover Norquist and liberal Firedoglake blogger Jane Hamsher are attacking White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel over his short stint as a board member of Freddie Mac, the New York Times’ Caucus Blog reports.Read More...
The Congressional Research Service reports that its investigation of ACORN found the group did not break any laws in administering a number of contracts with federal agencies. CRS examined ACORN contracts over the last 5 years and found no instances of the group violating the terms of its funding, reports the NY Times.Read More...
A good report from Alan Zibel at the Associated Press on progress—or lack of it—in the Obama loan modification program.Read More...
Check out CFA’s Legislative Director Travis Plunkett on Al Jazeera discussing consumer financial protection.Read More...
As the Senate considers Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s renomination for another 4-year term, the Washington Post has published a thorough review of all the signals the Fed missed in the run up to the mortgage crisis. Will a chastened Federal Reserve learn from its lessons, or does this sad history argue for a different regulatory overseer, and possibly a different Chairman?Read More...
As banks continue charging consumers high fees for ATM’s and other credit uses, NY Sen Chuck Schumer (D-NY) calls them out.Read More...
The New York Times reported in a story on December 17, 2009 that Fannie, Freddie, GMAC and AIG may be settling in for a long stay under the U.S. Government’s protection.Read More...
Democratic Party strategist and consultant Donna Brazile’s op ed in the AZ Daily Sun newspaper dishes it out as only Donna can.Read More...
Paul Krugman cites work by Gauti Eggertsson, husband of our friend Helima Croft, on why economic policies that work in normal times don’t when interest rates are at zero.Read More...
HUD Secretary Shaun S. Donovan addresses CFA’s 2009 Financial Services Conference in Washington, DC on December 4. 2009. Watch the speech and Q&A on CSPAN.Read More...
This NY Times report on Sunday, December 13, 2009, recounts the difficulties owner occupant buyers have in outbidding “vulture” investors. Quoting a number of experts, including Barry Zigas, the story also mentions efforts like Fannie Mae’s to offer foreclosed property first to owner-occupants.Read More...
This hysterical powerpoint presentation entitled "The Subprime Primer" has been making the rounds through the Internet. I wish I knew who had authored it so I could give them credit!
Warning: there is some crude language in this presentation that could trigger corporate firewalls/security/filters.Read More...
Dee Walsh, Executive Director of REACH Community Development in Portland, OR, and Bob Zdenek, Interim Director of the National Housing Institute and former Executive Director of the National Congress for Community Economic Development have published a thoughtful piece in Shelterforce Magazine titled "Balancing Act" detailing the tough choices nonprofits face in deciding whether and how to "go to scale."Read More...