Trump administration pushing ‘urgency’ in mortgage-finance changes

WASHINGTON—Senior Trump administration officials are discussing how to jump-start an overhaul of mortgage finance, with the new federal overseer of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pledging to act with “a great sense of urgency” over the coming months.

“The foundations of our mortgage finance system remain vulnerable, and we must not let this opportunity for reform pass,” Mark Calabria, the new head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, said in his first public remarks on Monday. His agency regulates Fannie and Freddie, the two mortgage-finance companies that back about half of the U.S. mortgage market.

As the FHFA’s new chief, Mr. Calabria is set to play a critical role in the Trump administration’s efforts to address a remnant of the financial crisis: Washington’s control over Fannie and Freddie, which have been under government conservatorship since the 2008 financial crisis.

The Senate confirmed Mr. Calabria along party lines this month.

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