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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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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?

For. It should help lending volumes.
Against. The private MI sector should take on this risk, not the government.
Too early to say.
I believe the new White House may scuttle the idea so it doesn’t matter.

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