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Notes from the Hill: Alternative Credit Scoring

Credit Score Competition Act Reintroduced

Russell McIntyre    |    Housing Policy

On February 7, Representative Ed Royce (R-CA-39) reintroduced the Credit Score Competition Act, which would require Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Government-Sponsored Enterprises, or GSEs) to consider alternative credit scoring models in their mortgage purchasing decisions.

What Does the...

The Effect of Higher Interest Rates on the Housing and Mortgage Markets

A Sunset Seminar with CoreLogic and the Urban Institute

Russell McIntyre    |    Housing Policy

Effect of Higher Mortgage Rates

This February, CoreLogic partnered with the Urban Institute to co-host a seminar highlighting the effect of higher interest rates on the housing and mortgage markets. The event was the 10th in the Sunset Seminar series, sponsored by CoreLogic and the Urban Institute...

Notes from The Hill: HUD Nominee Confirmation Hearing

Carson Up to Speed on Key Native American Housing Act

Russell McIntyre    |    Housing Policy


The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) distributes more than $700 million a year in housing assistance to the nation’s American Indian tribes and administers loan programs that have guaranteed more than $5 billion in mortgage money for Native Americans. The Secretary-designate of HUD demonstrated he has a working knowledge of this niche of the agency at his recent...

You’re Hired!

New Faces in the Trump Administration

Russell McIntyre    |    Housing Policy


The catchphrase “You’re Fired!” was made popular on President-elect Donald Trump’s reality television show The Apprentice, and in many ways it is still synonymous with both the show and the Trump brand. These days however, President-elect Trump is more concerned with who is being hired.

When a new president moves to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, he...

Policy Push

Think Tanks and Trade Groups under a Trump Presidency

Russell McIntyre    |    Housing Policy


Policy experts throughout Washington, D.C. spent much of 2016 assuming that a Hillary Clinton presidency was just around the corner. White papers, infographics, and case studies were overwhelmingly aimed at policies and regulations that would fall slightly center-left on the political spectrum, a space the Clinton campaign carved out during much of the primary and general...