Should Washington get out of the affordable housing business?

Eager lenders and under-qualified borrowers helped inflate the housing bubble that led to the economic collapse. We discuss what role government had in inflating the bubble, the current state of Fannie and Freddie, and the future of the "ownership society."

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30 Issues: Big Housing

Monday, October 08, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: The state of post-bubble housing policy and federal government's role in the market. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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That's My Issue Open Phones: Home Ownership

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A Brian Lehrer Show call-in for how the experience of buying and owning a house has shaped your politics - from zoning to taxes to government support and more.

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Phil Angelides on the Mortgage Crisis

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Phil Angelides, chair of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission and past two-term California State Treasurer, discusses the severity of the housing and foreclosure crisis and what we still need to do about it. 

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30-Year Fixed Rate: Yea or Nay

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

David Min, associate director for financial markets policy at the Center for American Progress, and Michael Lea, director of the Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate College of Business Administration San Diego State University and the former chief economist at Freddie Mac, debate whether the 30-year fixed rate mortgage should be preserved or become a thing of the past.

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Fannie and Freddie - Not Their Fault?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ultimately, because they were a profit making organization they decided to try to regain market share, drive up profits, drive up compensation. They joined the party late and unfortunately in the late stages of the crisis they bought a significant amount of subprime securities. But even then they peaked, they never bought more than 28 percent of the subprime mortgage backed securities on the market. So they helped inflate the housing boom, they added helium to the balloon, but they were not the primary drivers.

Phil Angelides Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission chairman, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Crisis Lessons: Fannie and Freddie

Thursday, February 17, 2011

On the Brian Lehrer Show today at 11:25 am. Audio and a recap of this conversation will be posted here by 1pm.

Phil Angelides, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission chairman is the monthly guest for February. Each week he unpacks the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission findings on the economic meltdown. This week he discusses the role of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the lead-up to the housing bubble and bust.

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