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Shaping the Future of Housing Policy

On April 5, leaders from both government and mortgage servicing will meet in Washington, D.C., for the Five Star Government Forum to share ideas and shape housing policy. The event will include speakers and panel discussions on the economy and the future of the market.

“The Government Forum provides an platform for key stakeholders from the mortgage servicing industry and the federal government to address the important issues facing the industry and seek common solutions,” said Ed Delgado, Five Star Institute President and CEO. "We look forward to a day of industry growth for the good of the American homeowner."

The Eighth Annual Five Star Government Forum will include a lineup of speakers and attendees from government agencies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Ginnie Mae. Joining these institutions will be top executives from companies such as WL Ross & Co. LLC, The Milken Institute, Altisource Portfolio Solutions, Moody’s Analytics, FICO, Urban Institute, CoreLogic, The Collingwood Group, MERS, and Auction.com.

“We’re optimistic about what a business perspective in the executive branch can bring to housing finance policy,” said Alanna McCargo, Co-Director of the Housing Finance Policy Center at the Urban Institute. “I’m looking forward to sharing our suggestions with the thought leaders at the Five Star Government Forum on what the new administration should focus on–from increasing FHA’s efforts to expand access to credit, addressing a variety of servicing issues, and keeping continued focused on ensuring housing policies support low income, minority and first-time homebuyer and renter populations.”

Topics to be discussed will include housing policy in the new administration, the state of the economy, loss mitigation, and challenges facing property preservation. Chairman and Co-Founder of The Collingwood Group Tim Rood mentioned what he believes can be gained from the event.

“There are too many unknowns to have a meaningful debate over the merits of one housing reform proposal over another . . . on the other hand, a discussion about the combination of forces that will ultimately shape what is likely to happen would be a very worthwhile dialogue,” said Rood. “When you look at the Trump administration's goals, the people on his advisory team and cabinet appointees influencing housing policy, and the procedural considerations that any plan/proposal would need navigate-what is likely to happen directionally becomes much clearer.”

Auction.com, a Ten-X company, serves as this year’s hosting sponsor. The company is optimistic about the growth that the Forum fosters.

“As Host Sponsor and long-time leading voice in the housing and mortgage industry, we are excited to support this year’s Five Star Government Forum theme of ‘Inclusion.’  We look forward to working with diverse companies and individuals to advance the industry’s goals of promoting home ownership, stabilizing American neighborhoods, and optimizing asset disposition,” said Jason Allnutt, General Manager of Auction.com.

About Author: Seth Welborn

Seth Welborn is a contributing writer for DS News. He is a Harding University graduate with a degree in English and a minor in writing, and has studied abroad in Athens, Greece. An East Texas native, he also works part-time as a photographer.

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