Federal Housing Director Mel Watt stokes housing fear

Joseph Lawler The Washington Examiner 12/14/2014

The government’s top housing finance regulator set up a fight with House Republicans for early next year as he raised the political stakes surrounding mortgage buyers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt pleased affordable-housing advocates last week by directing the bailed-out mortgage businesses […]

Mel Watt: Fannie and Freddie to Remain Under Federal Control

Government conservatorship of mortgage giants likely to continue, even as lawmakers call for change

Daniel Wiser The Washington Free Beacon 11/19/2014

Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt said on Wednesday that he did not see the government relinquishing control of housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac anytime soon, even as the Democratic […]

Rebirth Of The Toxic Twins

Editorials Investors.com 10/20/2014

Subprime Redux: Mel Watt’s easy credit crusade is now off and running. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s chief regulator has officially lowered lending standards for the entire mortgage industry. Here we go again.

In January, we warned that Watt’s swearing-in as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency would mark the start […]

Mel Watt’s plan to loosen mortgage credit will shape housing finance for years

Joseph Lawler The Washington Examiner 5/17/2014

Despite being a new officeholder of a relatively obscure federal agency, Mel Watt drew a strong reaction for his speech Tuesday by signaling that the federal government will increase its role in helping more Americans buy houses.

For now, credit standards for home loans remain tight. But Watt’s speech […]

Housing nominee Mel Watt helped create the subprime crisis

Charles C. Johnson The Daily Caller 5/5/2013

Mel Watt, President Obama’s nominee for director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, pushed government programs to help welfare recipients buy homes during the creation of the subprime mortgage bubble.

Watt, a 20-year Member of Congress from North Carolina’s 12th district, also had a hand in programs allowing […]