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January 22, 2014

Short Takes: Fannie and Freddie Preferred Looking Frothy? / How Much Might the GSEs Earn? / New MSR Deals from Prestwick, Others / SFIG Continues to Roil ASF / Mortgage Applications Stage a Comeback

By Brandon Ivey and Paul Muolo

The hunger for GSE speculation is also causing some investors to buy Fannie/Freddie common which has been rising of late, but not by much. However, one GSE watcher believes that buying the common, "is a fool’s game."

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Poll

With rates higher this year, there has been talk of lenders liberalizing their underwriting standards in an effort to increase volume and make up for lower refis.

Do you think your shop will loosen standards over the coming three months?

Yes, but not by much.

47%

Yes, by a lot.

5%

Yes and, heck, we may even do non-QM lending.

14%

No, not at all.

26%

No and we may even tighten credit.

7%