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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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HUD has announced a 25 basis point cut in FHA premiums, which is slated to take effect in late January. Is your lending shop for or against a cut in FHA premiums?

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