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February 12, 2014

Short Takes: GSE Reform Legislation: Living the Dream / Mel Watt, the Man Behind the Curtain / The OC Gets Pricey, Again / PHH Mortgage, A Buyer of MSRs? / Ugly Refi Numbers, Ugly

By Charles Wisniowski, Paul Muolo, John Bancroft

Since Mel Watt was sworn into a five-year term as Federal Housing Finance Agency director on January 6, the former North Carolina Congressman has made no public appearances or policy statements except for canned comments attributed to him in routine FHFA press releases.

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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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