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Volume 2014 - Number 25

December 5, 2014

Little Help for Non-Agency Market from FHFA

Proponents of the non-agency market have seen little help in recent actions by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The FHFA continued its practice of maintaining high-cost loan limits for the government-sponsored enterprises and the FHFA’s strategic plan puts an emphasis on “preserving and conserving” the GSEs’ assets. Last week, the FHFA announced that conforming loan limits for 2015 will be largely unchanged compared with loan limits for 2014. Loan limits will increase ...

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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.

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