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Volume 10 - Number 52

January 4, 2013

FHFA Conservator/Regulator Line Blurring?

Mortgage market observers say they are seeing a gradually building struggle by the Federal Housing Finance Agency to maintain its precarious balance between the FHFA’s congressionally-mandated roles as conservator to the GSEs and – indirectly – regulator of 65 percent of the mortgage market. Industry interests, meanwhile, continue to call for greater “transparency” surrounding Fannie Mae- and Freddie Mac-related decision making. Under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, the FHFA was created to succeed the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight as regulator to Fannie and Freddie as well as the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks.

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Home-equity lending is beginning to show new life. My company (pick one):

Plans to enter this market over the next 12 months.

25%

Is already making home equity loans and hopes to increase the offerings.

45%

Is in the market but don’t expect much growth.

15%

Is not making second liens and has no plans to do so.

15%

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