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Volume 2013 - Number 33

September 5, 2013

FHFA May Be Ready to Lower Fannie/Freddie Loan Limits in 2014 and Nothing Can Stop Them

The Federal Housing Finance Agency is expected to announce lower loan limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac sometime this fall, a move that warms the hearts of non-agency jumbo originators everywhere, but is causing consternation among certain factions of the market, in particular, Realtors and the California Mortgage Bankers Association. “Any reduction in the loan limit will have a huge impact on the California market,” said Susan Milazzo, executive director of the CMBA. “We’re a high-cost state.” The trade group executive told...

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What do you think is the biggest hurdle to meeting the new QM standards in the CFPB’s ability-to-repay rule?

A debt-to-income (DTI) cap of 43%.

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An interest rate cap of the average prime offered rate (APOR) plus 1.5%.

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