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Owning a home is a defining aspect of the American Dream for most Americans. Access to affordable housing – both ownership and rental – is critical to a vibrant middle class. To tackle structural flaws that plague our country's housing finance system, the Milken Institute Center for Financial Markets' Housing Finance Practice has the following objectives:

To help policymakers achieve lasting, post-financial crisis reform of the secondary mortgage market.
To identify any macroprudential risks that may arise from an evolving housing finance ecosystem.
To understand the barriers standing in the way of more affordable rental, and to offer practical solutions.
To monitor and analyze the changing dynamics in the U.S. housing finance market structure.
To help make homeownership achievable for all American families regardless of geography.
To offer lessons to developing economies around the globe as they seek to house their citizens.



A Secure Financial Future for All Americans: Modernizing Our Broken System of Housing

Housing Series Part 1

Eight years after the mortgage meltdown, America’s housing system remains broken, serving neither taxpayers nor homeowners properly. We released the first in a four-part series of papers designed to help policymakers end the conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and put our housing finance system on a path that ensures stability. This first paper briefly recaps how the system failed and reminds the reader why reform is necessary.

Housing Series Part 10

A detailed proposal for a secondary mortgage market structure that enables capital markets to operate efficiently, safely, and soundly. This structure would replace the failed GSE structure while combining market mechanisms with appropriate government standard setting, oversight, and transparent support to ensure a deep and liquid market.

Housing Series Part 11

An in-depth analysis of the discussion around access and affordability. Intended to provide fresh thinking and solutions for the many housing finance challenges facing American families today, this paper offers recommendations to expand economic opportunity for the 21st century American renter and homeowner. 

Other Coverage and Reports

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Creating Pathways to Sustainable Homeownership That Builds and Retains Wealth

The challenges of achieving homeownership, particularly for lower- and moderate-income families, remain a perennial issue in housing policy. Yet our public policy discussions of these matters seem old and tired, especially in light of the devastation caused by the millions of foreclosures during the Great Recession.

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Home Ownership, Wealth Creation and Financial Stability

The dream of homeownership remains alive and well in the United States. Despite the disastrous consequences of the Great Recession for millions of homeowners, polls suggest that Americans still want their names on deeds.

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Legislative Approaches to Housing Finance Reform

This paper reviews the legislative proposals for housing finance reform, highlighting the common and different features of these proposals and analyzing their economic implications.

Housing Finance Reform: Step-by-Step

Remarks prepared for delivery by Ed DeMarco to the Goldman Sachs Housing Finance Conference.

(Re-)Creating a Market for Mortgage Credit Risk

Remarks prepared for delivery by Ed DeMarco at the American Enterprise Institute's Fourth Annual International Conference on Housing Risk.