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Volume 2012 - Number 22

October 26, 2012

GSE Reform and Non-Agency Plans in the Works

Republicans in the House will approve a package of legislation to reform the government-sponsored enterprises next year, according to the chief of staff for Rep. David Schweikert, R-AZ. The Arizona lawmaker is also working on a bipartisan bill to establish a framework for the non-agency mortgage-backed security market. Speaking at the ABS East conference sponsored by Information Management Network this week in Miami, Matthew Tully, chief of staff for Schweikert, said GSE reform is a top agenda item for House ...

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What is it going to take to convince lenders to loosen the credit box (i.e., remove underwriting overlays)?

The recent rep and warranty changes announced by the Federal Housing Finance Agency should go a long way in protecting lenders from future buybacks and help expand mortgage credit.
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