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The Regulation of Residential Real Estate Finance Under Trump
American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) News & Notes (2018)
  • David J Reiss
Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs was one of President Trump’s first Executive Orders. He signed it on January 30, 2017, just days after his inauguration. It states that it “is the policy of the executive branch to be prudent and financially responsible in the expenditure of funds, from both public and private sources. . . . [I]t is essential to manage the costs associated with the governmental imposition of private expenditures required to comply with Federal regulations.” The Reducing Regulation Executive Order outlined a broad deregulatory agenda, but was short on details other than the requirement that every new regulation be accompanied by the elimination of two existing ones.

A few days later, Trump issued another Executive Order that was focused on financial services regulation in particular, Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System. Pursuant to this second Executive Order, the Trump Administration’s first core principle for financial services regulation is to “empower Americans to make independent financial decisions and informed choices in the marketplace, save for retirement, and build individual wealth.” The Core Principles Executive Order was also short on details.

Since Trump signed these two broad Executive Orders, the Trump Administration has been issuing a series of reports that fill in many of the details for financial institutions. The Department of Treasury has issued three of four reports that are collectively titled A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities that are directly responsive to the Core Principles Executive Order. While these documents cover a broad of topics, they offer a glimpse into how the Administration intends to regulate or more properly, deregulate, residential real estate finance in particular.
  • Housing Finance,
  • Mortgage Market,
  • Deregulation,
  • Regulation,
  • Securitization,
  • Financial Regulation,
  • Consumer Protection,
  • CFPB,
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,
  • FHA,
  • Federal Housing Administration,
  • Sustainable Homeownership,
  • Financial Crisis,
  • Home Ownership
Publication Date
February 28, 2018
Citation Information
David J Reiss. "The Regulation of Residential Real Estate Finance Under Trump" American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) News & Notes (2018) p. 1 - 2
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