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Volume 14 - Number 15

July 25, 2014

Industry Groups Press FHFA to Hold Fast on Fannie, Freddie, G-Fee Hike

The levels and types of guaranty fees that the Federal Housing Finance Agency directs the GSEs to charge “have a direct and significant impact on the affordability of mortgage credit,” according to a coalition of industry groups that urged the FHFA to abandon planned fee hikes. In a letter to FHFA Director Mel Watt this week, the 10 trade groups – including the Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Association of Realtors – said they are “strongly against further, arbitrary increases in g-fees or loan-level price adjustments.”

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