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Volume 2017 - Number 4

February 17, 2017

Downloads Available: GSE Involvement in the Nonprime Market - 4Q16

Sales Help Reduce GSE Nonprime Holdings

Sales of mortgages and non-agency mortgage-backed securities helped reduce the government-sponsored enterprises’ exposure to nonprime mortgages in 2016. As of the end of the year, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac held a combined $141.45 billion in purchased/guaranteed nonprime mortgages and nonprime MBS. The holdings were down by 5.8 percent from the end of the third quarter and 22.0 percent below the level at the end of 2015 ... [Includes one data chart]

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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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