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January 24, 2014

What We’re Hearing: Time to Investigate the Government Takeover of Fannie and Freddie? / Fairholme Increases its GSE Holdings / Lenders Rolling out First-Lien HELOCs / George Mason Mortgage Loses Money, for Real / NTC Sees Fewer Differences Among Lenders / SLS Expands

By Paul Muolo

Who at the GSEs (or at the Federal Housing Finance Agency) was responsible for telling Fannie and Freddie to set aside so much money for loan losses and were those assumptions way off base?

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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.
Yes, by a lot.
Yes and, heck, we may even do non-QM lending.
No, not at all.
No and we may even tighten credit.

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