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Volume 2014 - Number 19

May 15, 2014

FHFA Still Working on ‘Eligibility’ Standards for MIs; State Insurance Regulators Must Weigh In as Well

When the Federal Housing Finance Agency unveiled its long-awaited strategic plan for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac this week, it provided scant guidance on pending eligibility standards for mortgage insurance firms that rely on the government-sponsored enterprises. But the good news for the MI sector is that there was a mention of the topic and a vague promise that eligibility standards – including capital-to-risk rules – will see the light of day this year. Although the agency did not offer a specific timetable, MI executives told Inside Mortgage Finance that they expect to see the standards early in the second half. “FHFA hasn’t dropped...

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